Renewable Energy Certificate

Program Description

The Bramson ORT College Renewable Energy Technician Certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to learn how to install and maintain photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, solar thermal systems and biofuel manufacturing equipment. Students will learn about design requirements, installation guidelines, materials and resources, green buildings, safety issues, maintenance and troubleshooting, and legal considerations of renewable energy systems. Students will also be trained in energy assessment, auditing and efficiency.

Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will have the opportunity to pursue the following certifications

  • PV Installer Certification – by (NABCEP) North American Board Certified Energy Practitioner
  • Solar Thermal Installer Certification – by (NABCEP) North American Board Certified Energy Practitioner
  • Green Associate – by LEED - U.S. Green Building Council
  • Building Design and Construction – by LEED - U.S. Green Building Council
  • A range of employers, from manufacturers producing component parts for renewable technologies to construction and utility companies, will need workers with knowledge and skills in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Without a skilled workforce to manufacture, install, monitor and maintain renewable energy systems, the nation will be unable to achieve its critically important goals of energy independence and security. Graduates will be prepared to work in entry-level positions in energy-related fields. They will be able to work with a team of highly skilled professionals in the renewable energy industry. Credits obtained by students while in the Renewable Energy Technician Certificate program are transferable to two-year and four-year programs at Bramson ORT College and other colleges and universities worldwide. In order to earn the Renewable Energy Technician Certificate, a student must complete at least 30 credits.

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    US Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification Code for Renewable Energy Technician: 499021.

    Program Summary Chart


    Renewable Energy Certificate

    Program Length:

    30 semester credits

    Entrance Dates:

    Rolling Semesters


    Queens & Brooklyn Campuses

    Admission Requirements:

    Admission to Bramson ORT College's Renewable Energy Certificate Program is open to all students who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies.

    Please visit the Admissions Office Site for the complete requirements. High School Diploma or High School Equivalency is required.

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    More Information
    Electronics Technology Department
    Bramson ORT College
    69-30 Austin Street
    Forest Hills, NY 11375
    Phone: 877-281-3717

    Renewable Energy
    18 Credits
    Required Major Courses
    ET100 Introduction to Electronics
    3 Credits
    ET105 Renewable Energy Technologies
    3 Credits
    ET165 Photovoltaics
    3 Credits
    ET166 Energy Management & Load Estimation
    3 Credits
    ET167 Solar Thermal Systems & Design
    3 Credits
    ET168 Solar Photovoltaic Systems & Design
    3 Credits
    Elective Major Courses
    3 Credits
    Elective Major Courses - Select credits from the list of Elective Major Courses
    CS208 Project Management
    3 Credits
    CS254 Construction Graphics
    3 Credits
    ES110 Basic Electronics and Computers I
    3 Credits
    ES115 Electrical Codes
    3 Credits
    ES230 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
    3 Credits
    ES243 Solar Project Site Assessment
    3 Credits
    ES245 Renewable Systems Troubleshooting and Repair
    3 Credits
    ES246 Wind Energy Systems Design and Installation
    3 Credits
    ES247 Building Weatherization and Energy Auditing
    3 Credits
    ES207 Control Systems
    3 Credits
    ES204 Power Electronics
    3 Credits
    ES205 Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution
    3 Credits
    ES244 Advanced Photovoltaic
    3 Credits
    Arts and Sciences Courses
    9 Credits
    General Education Courses
    EN100 English Composition I
    3 Credits
    Elective Liberal Arts
      General Education Courses (Select two)
    6 Credits
      Select credits from the list of liberal arts courses which are not required liberal arts.

    Career Outlook

    Renewable energy is a rapidly growing field locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. A study conducted for the American Solar Energy Society indicated that in 2006 alone 8.5 million jobs were generated in the renewable energy industry. That same report suggested that by 2030, the renewable energy sector may account for as many as one in four jobs.

    The Renewable Energy Technician Program will open up many doors for students. Graduates will have a wide variety of employment opportunities thanks to the strong emphasis on electromechanical systems that this program provides. Graduates will be able to find entry-level positions with electrical firms, construction businesses, ethanol plants, biodiesel plants and wind turbine manufacturers. As large companies continue to explore and expand renewable energy infrastructure, the need for trained technicians will continue to grow.

  • Renewable Energy Technician
  • Solar Systems Installer
  • Power Systems Installer
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Renewables Consultants
  • Project Manager - Renewables
  • Energy Efficiency Consultant
  • Estimator Heating & Renewables
  • Biodiesel Manufacturing Maintenance Technician
  • Windsmith and Green Associate
  • Product Safety Manager
  • Project Developer
  • Solar Project Sales
  • Energy Advisor
  • Quality Inspector
  • Solar Design
  • Energy Auditor
  • Solar PV Assessor
  • Wind Site Assessor
  • Solar Analyst
  • Solar Sales Representative

  • Employment Opportunities

    Earnings in the Renewable Energy field typically run from $25,000-35,000 annually as starting salary. Below you will find a table of average annual salaries for different positions in the renewable energy field. Salaries are listed by both position and Industry/Sector. These salaries have been provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and Bramson ORT College's Career Services Center.


    Average Salary

    Technical Field Representative


    Area Assistant Technician


    Wind Turbine Technician


    Wind Energy Technician