Most of us use electricity in our homes in a variety of ways, but it can take its toll on the environment and the country’s natural resources. Thankfully, renewable and sustainable energy technologies are consistently being leveraged. This course offers insights into alternative energies that will assist not only those involved in the sector but individuals who are keen to create positive change in their daily lives.
The Certificate of Alternative Energyis an online program that will introduce you to various energy sources and their issues, and provide inspiration for choosing, implementing and operating different types of energy solutions.
In this professional development course, you will learn about the nature and scope of electricity and alternative energies, and compare different methods of generating, storing and using electricity to manage your energy consumption better.
You will also learn about different energy conservation techniques, how to convert a building’s energy supply to an alternative system, and how non-electrical energy systems can be applied and operated.
On completion of this course, you will have the tools to lower your energy costs, be less dependent on mainstream energy supplies, and be inspired to adopt a more environmentally friendly way of living – either at home or in your new career!
Unit 1 - Introduction: the problems and the energy sources
scope and nature
energy consumption through history
problems with fossil fuels
problems with other energy sources … hydro electricity, nuclear, wind, solar
Cells – simple cell, car battery, gel, AGM, nickel etc
Deep cycle battery
Lithium rechargeable batteries
Calculating battery requirements
Alternators and regulators
EMR and electricity use
Recommended exposure limits
Safety with electricity
Unit 5 - Non-electric systems
Scope and nature
Drying and storing wood
Comparing different wood types
Creosote formation in fire flues
Environmental aspects of burning wood
Small scale biomass
Passive solar energy
Solar hot water … flat plate collectors, evacuated tubes, open or closed circuit, passive or active systems, heat pumps
Solar garden water features
Unit 6 - Energy consumption
Reducing energy consumption
Large scale reduction of energy consumption – managing green cities, urban sprawl, peak demands, transport, etc.
Unit 7 - Energy conservation
How a home owner can reduce energy consumption
Minimising light energy consumption
Minimising appliance energy consumption
Solar house design
Unit 8 - Converting to alternative systems
Estimating energy needs
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.