This advanced program is delivered with a strong emphasis on vocational application and aims to impart practical and advanced knowledge. It is a high-level qualification designed for those who have already attained an undergraduate degree or can demonstrate significant industry experience combined with continuing professional development. Upon completion of this program, you will gain skills and knowledge in the latest advanced technologies in power generation through renewable energy technologies.
The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies is an advanced program, presented at a considerably higher level than the advanced diploma and bachelor’s degree level programs. This program has equal standing and level to that of a university Graduate Diploma but focuses on the career outcomes of a professional engineer and technologist. It has a higher vocational or ‘job related’ emphasis and focuses more on developing practical skills that you can apply to the workplace, rather than theory alone.
This program is designed for students who aim to build up their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of standalone and grid-connected photovoltaic systems, hydro-electric power generation systems, and wind power plants. The course will also enhance your learning experience in energy storage systems, distributed generation systems as well as non-mainstream renewable energy technologies used for power generation.
The program deals with practical issues of renewable energy that will confront an advanced practitioner in the field. For example, you will be expected to critically analyse the characteristics of solar irradiation, wind, and water as energy sources. You will also examine and investigate photovoltaic systems, wind farms and hydro-electric plants in terms of construction and operation mode, system design requirements and characteristics of turbine, generator and auxiliary equipment used for system installation and interconnection to the grid.
While studying this program, you will also evaluate and investigate the technologies used for solar thermal electricity generation, and model and simulate wind power plants and carry out analysis on wind farm siting and sizing. This graduate certificate also covers how to identify and outline the fundamental principles of fuel cells, biomass, biofuel, geothermal, hydrothermal, wave and tidal power, osmotic, hybrid wind-diesel, and low-energy nuclear reaction systems; compare and contrast characteristics of these systems. Finally, you will learn to analyse the economic impacts of renewable energy systems; address technical problems faced by electric grids with large-scale distributed generator units.
There is a definite ongoing need for highly qualified and skilled specialists in the renewable engineering field, and this program caters to that need. Upon completing this program, you will be able to show technical leadership in the field of renewable energy and be known as an advanced practitioner in the field.
The Graduate Certificate is an intensive part-time program, delivered over six months. The program is composed of four units, each conducted over six weeks.
Unit 1 – Fundamentals and General Distribution/Interconnection Components (GREFGD801)
Unit 2 – Solar-Based Systems (GRESBS802)
Unit 3 – Wind Power Generation (GREWPS803)
Unit 4 – Hydro Power Generation Systems (GREHPG804)
Unit 5 – Other Renewable Energy Technologies (GREORE805)
Unit 6 – Energy Storage Technologies (GREEST806)
This is an advanced program designed for individuals who may already have a relevant undergraduate qualification or higher. If you lack this, you must show relevant and substantial experience in the subject area (subject to the approval of the Dean) combined with evidence of continuing professional development. The program involves depth and complexity in varied specialized contexts.
Applicants must have completed at least a 3-year Bachelor degree in engineering, science or technology or equivalent in a related field; OR
Note: All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. The course would be suitable for:
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This qualification is officially accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework by the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), and EIT is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver in all Australian states. EIT delivers this program to students worldwide.
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You are expected to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week learning the program material and completing assessments. This includes attending weekly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This program is run online on a part-time basis and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take six months to complete.
We understand that sometimes work commitments and personal circumstances can get in the way of your studies, so if at any point you feel that you are struggling with the pace of the course or finding a particular unit challenging, you are encouraged to contact your designated learning support officer for assistance.
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