Alternative Energy Specialist


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Alternative Energy Specialist

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Become an Alternative Energy Specialist and learn ways to help conserve, reduce, reuse, recycle, and thus minimize our impact on the planet. Through this “entry-level” green course you will learn that even small changes make a difference and that going green is good for our health, the planet, and even our budgets. In this Alternative Energy Specialist course, we will examine the history of sustainability practices and challenges we currently face. You’ll be introduced to the underlying components, installation, and implementation of solar energy, wind energy, photovoltaic systems, and geothermal systems. 

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall ways to implement sustainability
  • Identify basic solutions for climate change issues, water distribution and consumption, ecosystems, and pollution
  • List sustainability practices in relation to food, products, waste, and recycling
  • Recognize how to install and operate photovoltaic, solar and wind energy, and geothermal systems
  • Recall the fundamentals of biomass products and fuel cell composition

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 1
History of Sustainability

  • 19th Century Environmentalism
  • International Concerns
  • Ozone
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Justice
  • Natural Systems
  • Earth Layers and Rock Cycle
  • Organisms and Ecosystems

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 2
Energy and Global Climate Change 

  • National and Regional Sustainability Planning
  • Local Sustainability Measurement
  • Small Towns and Sustainability
  • World Energy Production and Consumption
  • Green Energy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Climate Action Plans

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 3
Water, Food, and Green Building

  • Sources of Water Pollution
  • Water Management and Conservation
  • Water Quality
  • Modern Agriculture
  • Farm to Table
  • Community Gardens
  • Beekeeping
  • LEED Building Rating Systems
  • Energy and Atmospheric Health
  • Green Building Policy

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 4
Transportation and Pollution

  • Transportation Options
  • Roads
  • Mass Transit
  • Understanding Pollution Distribution
  • The US Approach to Pollution
  • Sewage Treatment
  • Garbage and Recycling

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 5
Environmental Justice and Sustainability Planning

  • Social Justice
  • Civil Rights
  • Lead Pollution
  • US EPA
  • Exporting Environmental Problems
  • Community Stakeholders
  • Green Regional Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Globalization

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 6
Economics and Organizational Sustainability Management 

  • Social and Economic Theories
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Total Quality Management
  • Green Consumers
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Sustainability College Curriculum
  • External Benchmarking
  • Internal Initiatives

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 7
Solar Energy

  • History of Solar Thermal Systems
  • Feasibility of Solar Thermal Systems
  • Economics and Performance of Solar Thermal Systems
  • Passive Systems
  • Active Systems
  • Solar Collectors
  • Solar Thermal System Installation
  • Control Strategies for Solar Thermal Systems
  • Filling and Starting Up the System
  • Various Applications for Solar Thermal Systems

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 8

  • Solar Photovoltaics on an Atomic Level
  • Photovoltaics and Electric Principles
  • Photovoltaic Components
  • Photovoltaic System Configurations
  • Utilizing Solar Resources
  • Photovoltaic System Wiring
  • Grounding Requirements
  • Installing Photovoltaic Systems

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 9
Wind Energy

  • History of Wind Power
  • Different Types of Wind Turbines
  • Model Selection
  • Zoning Considerations
  • Correct Sizing
  • Installation and Maintenance Issues
  • Large Scale Turbines
  • Proper Site Selection
  • Safety Practices for Large-Scale Wind Turbines

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 10

  • Geothermal Refrigeration System
  • Types of Configurations of Geothermal Loops
  • Open-Loop Configurations
  • Closed-Loop Configurations
  • Proper Sizing Procedures
  • Load Calculations
  • Heat Loss Calculations
  • Heat Gain Calculation
  • Duct Sizing

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 11

  • Installing Geothermal Systems
  • Start Up Procedures
  • Using Biomass as a Heating Source
  • Applications for Biomass Burners
  • Wood, Corn, and Pellet Stoves
  • Outdoor Boilers
  • Indoor Boilers and Furnaces

Alternative Energy Specialist Module 12
Fuel Cells and CHP

  • What is a Fuel Cell?
  • Fuel Cell Composition
  • Fuel Cell Installation
  • Fuel Cell Maintenance
  • CHP Applications
  • Design Guidelines
  • System Costs
  • Maintenance of CHP Systems

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

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of our Alternative Energy Specialist course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as an Sustainability Professional and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Sustainability Specialist (CSS).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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