Renewable Energy Technician Career Prep

380 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

*** This course is currently under development and will be available soon. ***

This course gives the background for renewable energy sources and describes their occurrence, devices for using them, and the role of renewable energy in current and future energy systems, depending on social values and the economic rules used to judge the viability of competing solutions.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Sigrid Ferguson Green, MSEd in Instructional Design for Online Learning, MS Human Resource Management, with over 15 years of experience in training and development/education. Her experience has been to lead teams of Instructional Designers, and managed curricula for companies such as: American Express and Assurant. Her experience includes but is not limited to the following: technical writing, web design, training, instructional design, graphic design, and curriculum development.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Perspectives on Energy Resources

In this lesson you will learn about the current renewable energy market and the origin of renewable energy.

Lesson 2: Origin of Renewable Energy Flows

In this lesson you will learn renewable energy is followed from the sources where it is created— notably the Sun— to the Earth, where it is converted into different forms, e. g., solar radiation to wind or wave energy, and distributed over the Earth–atmosphere system through a number of complex processes.

Lesson 3: Individual Renewable Energy Sources

In this lesson you will learn about incoming radiation, since the outgoing flux may be modified by the specific type of energy conversion device considered.

Lesson 4: The Energy Conversion Processes

In this lesson you will learn surveys methods that may be suitable for the conversion of renewable energy flows or stored energy. A discussion of general conversion principles is made below, followed by an outline of engineering design details for specific energy conversion devices, ordered according to the energy form being converted and the energy form obtained.

Lesson 5: Energy Transmission and Storage

In this lesson you will learn transport of energy may, of course, be in the form of transportation of fuels to the site of conversion. With regard to renewable energy resources, transport is useful for biomass-derived energy, either by direct movement of the biological materials themselves or by movement after their conversion into biofuels, which may be more convenient to move.

Lesson 6: Energy System Planning

In this lesson you will learn about energy conversion devices are regarded as parts of larger systems, which may comprise several converter units, storage facilities, and transmission networks.

Lesson 7: Socioeconomic Assessment

In this lesson you will learn about the tools available for analysis and comparative assessment of energy systems.

Lesson 8: Integrated Approaches

In this lesson you will learn the status of renewable energy development in the context of current political focus, and generally gives the author’s personal evaluation of further development requirements, technically as well as institutionally.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**