Certificate in Sustainable Energy Technologies

Sustainable energy for the future

As the world fights the effects of the climate crisis, we have such an opportunity to embrace renewable energy, smart cities and the clean technologies that are shaping our future.

Along with learning about conventional energy systems, you will learn about how wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydro energy systems work, where they can be successfully deployed, the economic implications, policy directions and how they will integrate with the Internet of Things (IoT).

If you are passionate about technology, innovation and climate change, our Certificate in Sustainable Energy Technologies is right for you.

Details at a glance

Format: 100% Online
Program Length: Three modules, 6 weeks each. 
Fee: Register for the full certificate and save $320. For more information, please contact Program Manager, Julie Webb.

Who should attend?

  • Individuals who want to enhance their resume and marketability in the clean technology job market.
  • Industry executives interested in expanding their knowledge on the rapidly growing renewable energy sector.
  • Project managers, developers and investors interested in expanding their career or business with renewable energy.
  • It is recommended that participants will have completed secondary school or equivalent, be proficient (to university level) in English. Between two to five years of work experience is preferred, but not required.

What will I learn?

Participants will gain practical knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Walk through every step required to design, implement and manage a sustainable energy project.
  • Recognize the most common and most innovative applications of energy in electricity, transportation, heat and buildings.
  • Understand the mechanics of how power and heat are generated and used.
  • Financially evaluate and compare sustainable energy technologies.
  • Understand barriers and incentives to implementation of renewable energy technologies.

You will also be qualified to write the Sustainable Energy Professional (SEP) exam as part of the Foundation Technologies Institute credentialing process.

Certificate Details


This online certificate consists of three modules. Live online sessions will be held biweekly on Thursdays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

This certificate program consists of three courses:

Module I: Energy Fundamentals


6 weeks - Sep 02, 2020 to Oct 07, 2020

This is the first module in the 100% online Sustainable Energy Technologies Certificate program. Module I will introduce you to the theory and practice behind energy production, distribution and consumption. You will learn about the relationship between energy and the environment and leave with a strong grasp of the basic terminology and units of measurement used throughout the certificate program.


  • SET Certificate Overview
  • Introduction to Electricity
  • Power Generation Overview
  • Transmission and Distribution
  • Electricity and the Environment
  • Electricity Storage and Course Recap

Fee: $1,335.00

Module II: Wind Energy Developers


6 weeks - Nov 04, 2020 to Dec 09, 2020

This is the second module in the 100% online Sustainable Energy Technologies Certificate program. This module will provide you with a foundational understanding of wind power technologies and walk you through the planning, design and development process required to install different wind projects. Participants will leave with an understanding of the mechanics behind wind power generation, the economics of different types of power projects, technical aspects of its integration into power grids and the future potential of this technology.


  • Wind as an Energy Resource
  • Wind Turbine Basics
  • Developing a Wind Farm
  • Wind Power Economics
  • Technicalities of Wind Integration
  • Project Application

Fee: $1,335.00

Module III: Solar Energy Developers


6 weeks - Jan 13, 2021 to Feb 17, 2021

This is the third module in the 100% online Sustainable Energy Technologies Certificate program. This module provides an introduction to the technology behind solar power. It provides participants with a foundational understanding of the different major forms of solar power and walks them through the planning, design and development process required to install a solar project. You will leave with an understanding of the engineering behind solar power generation, the financial analysis required for different solar power projects, technical aspects of its integration into power grids and the future growth of this industry.


  • Solar Energy as a Resource
  • Solar Power Basics
  • How to Build a Solar Project
  • Solar Power Economics
  • Technicalities of Integrating Solar Power Systems
  • Project Application

Fee: $1,335.00

Certificate requirements

It is highly recommended that participants complete the three modules in sequential order. The certificate is awarded after the completion of the three modules, including all quizzes and final exams. This represents approximately 108 hours of training which includes online sessions, home study, assignments and exam preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 65% for each module and an aggregate average of at least 70% in the program.

Recommended reference books

  • Fundamentals and Applications of Renewable Energy, Kanoğlu et. al, 2020. Available through Amazon.
  • Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future , Donavan C., 2015. Available through Amazon.


Cameron Jones, MSc, is an energy professional with years of experience in renewable energy and climate change policy. He has worked for the Department of Energy and supported the U.K. Government with their energy transition plans. He has published papers and co-authored a book on low-carbon energy developments and is the recipient of multiple awards for his work in the field. This includes the Premier’s Public Service Award and the Gold Pinnacle Award which he received from the Minister of Energy for his work on Alberta’s Renewable Energy Plan.

Cameron was Vice President of the Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) association in Alberta, before relocating to Toronto where he is an active member of Toronto’s clean technology community. In addition to his energy background, Cameron is passionate about public speaking, entrepreneurship and environmental innovations. He recently helped launch the first drone-reforestation company in Canada and some of his work has been covered in Newsweek, Daily Mail, National Geographic and CBC.