Environmental Studies
Continuing & Professional Education

Course Series
in Solar Energy Development and Design

Start exploring connected careers. People in these types of occupational fields may benefit from this program:

Senior Manager - Construction, Transportation, Production and Utilities
61 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Inspector in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
352 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Natural and Applied Science Policy Researcher, Consultant and Program Officer
190 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Engineering Manager
249 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Architecture and Science Manager
65 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Utilities Manager
147 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Urban and Land Use Planner
109 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Civil Engineer
307 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Civil Engineering Technologist and Technician
113 positions open annually
employment snapshot
Senior Government Manager and Official
71 positions open annually
employment snapshot

All 4 courses are part-time and also open to current practitioners
Program enrolment is optional – register without applying

Take a course
  • project managers
  • industry executives
  • environmental professionals

The renew­able ener­gy sec­tor employed 11 mil­lion peo­ple in 2018, with an esti­mat­ed growth of near­ly one mil­lion new jobs added every year.

IRE­NA Annu­al Review, 2019.

Under­stand the tech­nol­o­gy behind solar pow­er as you acquire a foun­da­tion­al under­stand­ing of solar pow­er and walk through the plan­ning, design, and devel­op­ment process required to install a solar project. Learn about the mechan­ics of solar pow­er gen­er­a­tion and the tech­ni­cal aspects of its inte­gra­tion into pow­er grids. Explore the eco­nom­ics of dif­fer­ent solar pow­er projects as you prac­tice fore­cast­ing the out­put of projects in real time and assess the prof­itabil­i­ty of poten­tial new projects. Dis­cuss the promis­ing future tra­jec­to­ries of the industry.

Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design will be of spe­cial inter­est to those who want to devel­op, man­age, or improve their under­stand­ing of the rapid­ly evolv­ing clean ener­gy sec­tor. This includes, among oth­ers, envi­ron­men­tal pro­fes­sion­als, project man­agers, indus­try exec­u­tives, devel­op­ers and investors inter­est­ed in expand­ing their career or busi­ness with renew­able energy.

Two steps, two cre­den­tials for you!

This series is com­prised of a 42-hour course, Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment,” which is offered as a com­ple­ment to the foun­da­tion­al pro­gram Renew­able Ener­gy Essen­tials. To earn your Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design Record of Achieve­ment, you must com­plete this solar ener­gy course and, in addi­tion, the three 14-hour cours­es offered through Renew­able Ener­gy Essen­tials.

Generic placeholder image
Step 1

Com­plete the three foun­da­tion­al cours­es in the Renew­able Ener­gy Essen­tials series
three 14-hour cours­es: receive Essen­tials Series Record of Achievement

Generic placeholder image
Step 2

Com­pete the course Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment
one 42-hour course + Essen­tials Series: receive Solar Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design Record of Achievement


Fully online.

Offered as a complement to the foundational program Renewable Energy Essentials.

No prerequisites; working experience in a related area is recommended but not required. It is also recommended that participants have completed high school and are proficient in English.

Complete one course and the Renewable Energy Essentials series and earn a Faculty of Extension Record of Achievement.

Complete all 3 Renewable Energy Technology Series (Essentials, Solar Energy, and Wind Energy), and be eligible to write the Sustainable Energy Technologies Professional Exam (administered by the Foundational Technologies Institute) for a discounted student rate of $200 CAD (regular $800 CAD).

A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

  • Can be completed in 3 months
  • Pay as you go
  • Start today – no need to apply for admission

Com­plete one more course to also earn an addi­tion­al – Wind Ener­gy Devel­op­ment and Design – Record of Achievement.

Com­plete all 3 Renew­able Ener­gy Tech­nol­o­gy Series (Essen­tials, Solar Ener­gy, and Wind Ener­gy), and be eli­gi­ble to write the Sus­tain­able Ener­gy Tech­nolo­gies Pro­fes­sion­al Exam (admin­is­tered by the Foun­da­tion­al Tech­nolo­gies Insti­tute) for a dis­count­ed stu­dent rate of $200 CAD (reg­u­lar $800 CAD).

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Mate­ri­als are includ­ed in course fee.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
Coal and Electricity Transition Tuition Voucher 

If you work at one of the identified coal/electricity worksites and have been employed for a year or more

$12,000 max.

You may also be interested in

Related courses and workshops — not for credit towards this program's requirements
Https cdn evbuc com images 130850051 11328263619 1 original
Wetland Capacity Building: Assessment, Regulatory & Mitigation Requirements

An online seminar

Ticket info

Related credentials and series

Enhance your resume and marketability in the clean technology job market with this program, as you learn about renewable energy, smart cities, and the clean technologies...

Acquire a strong understanding of wind power technologies and walk through the planning, design, and development process required to install different wind projects....