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Renewable Energy Technologies

Career Studies Certificate

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Look to the future with renewable energy technologies

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Solar energy is becoming more cost-effective and wind is the fastest-growing energy source, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More than $17 trillion will be invested in renewable energy technologies over the next two decades to meet the worldwide demand for electrical power, the U.N. estimates.

That means renewable energy jobs in design, product and project management, and mechanical sales and service, field service and application engineering.

The Career Studies Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies at Tidewater Community College prepares you for a career in this growing field. You’ll learn about the design, installation and maintenance of alternative energy systems, including solar, thermal and wind.

Receive hands-on experience at our working solar laboratory at the Chesapeake Campus.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for the certification exam administered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. 

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies consists of 3 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
23 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,263.05 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While many students may find employment or gain promotion with the Renewable Energy Technologies Career Studies Certificate, you can also transfer to a 4-year school to work toward your bachelor of science in electrical engineering or another related field. You can also apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • are excited to learn new technology
  • like hands-on work
  • enjoy troubleshooting and problem-solving
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Finish this program in as few as 3 semesters

Prepare for industry- and manufacturer-specific certification exams for Renewable Energies Integrator Installer.

All classes are available at the Chesapeake Campus


Gov. McAuliffe’s Clean Jobs Tour highlights TCC’s renewable energy technologies program

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $56,576*


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* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.