Certificate in Sustainable Energy (SE)

Explore and gain applied skills in the area of sustainable energy (SE), specifically in energy efficiency, conservation and demand management and renewable energy sources. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified sustainable energy technologies and practices as foundations of cost-effective strategies to prevent dangerous climate change. There is a growing market for sustainable energy practitioners in Canada and around the world.

The certificate encompasses the policy, economic, technological and managerial aspects of sustainable energy and provides students with applied skills in the field.

Students will complete the certificate as part of their Honours BES degree. The SE certificate will enhance the theoretical foundation provided by student's Area of Concentration with expertise in sustainable energy policy, economics, law, technology, management, communications and evaluation and hands-on applied training. These skills are in high demand in the growing sustainable energy sector. Students completing the certificate program can pursue career paths with government agencies, local energy distribution companies, renewable energy developers and energy service companies.

Required courses (24 credits):

and 6.00 credits from the following list of elective courses:

Elective courses

How to Apply:

To apply for the Sustainable Energy Certificate Program, students must fill out the SE application form (PDF) and submit it to the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at the beginning of the third year of their Honours BES program and after completing 48-60 credits.

Other requirements

Students working towards this certificate must:

  • maintain honours standing with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 6.00 (B) in the certificate required courses;
  • achieve a cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C+) in all courses; and
  • register in the certificate program after completing 48-60 credits.

Students who have been exempted from any of the required courses or Special Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of any of the required courses must substitute additional credits from the certificate program elective courses list, for an overall total of 24 credits in the certificate program.