Renewable Energy and Conservation – Certificate or Diploma – Online


Important Registration Notes:
  • You register for these courses once you have applied to and have been accepted in the program. Use the online registration form.
  • You must register at least 2 weeks before the start of the class so that you can get your textbook in time.

You can find the full schedule of dates for our certificate courses on the Important Dates page.
Certificate Level Courses

CO 255 Communications 3
Communicating effectively is an essential skill for working in any industry. CO 255 addresses the practice of communication skills within the business environment, including work with scientific literature, proposals and bids, estimates, scientific report writing, business administration details, and customer/employee service.
RC 200 Basic Energy Principles 3
Provides understanding of principles of energy systems including electricity, heat, energy movement and water flow. Examines principles related to energy storage and transfer. Provides basic math review and practice with basic types of calculations used in energy industry.
RC 201 Energy and the Environment 3
Examine global aspects of energy movement in the natural environment, and where and how products like carbon are naturally stored and cycled. Current energy production practices reviewed in this context, and potential environmental concerns are identified, including greenhouse gases and other potential contaminants. The course draws linkages to where we are at today, and where we may be in the future if changes are not implemented.
RC 202 Energy Audits and Conservation Practices 3
This course inspects how a home energy audit measures energy efficiency in a residential home. This course also examines methods to reduce energy consumption in residential homes.
RC 203 Global Impact of Climate Change 3
Examines broader potential impacts of a warming planet. Potential impacts on plants, animals and mankind considered. Opposing theories about global warming and potential implications reviewed.
RC 204 Introduction to Wind Energy 3
Introductory course examines development of wind power as an alternative renewable energy source. Topics include need to assess wind energy potential, types of wind turbines, global development of wind power and environmental aspects. Large commercial and small wind power applications introduced. Prerequisite: RC 200
RC 205 Introduction to Solar Energy 3
Introductory course examines solar energy for supplementing heat and electricity demands in buildings. Topics include solar system components, general system planning, design considerations, and safe installation guidelines. Prerequisite: RC 200
RC 206 Geo Energy Exchange - Installation 3
Geo Energy Exchange – Installation reviews the application of geothermal energy systems. Introduces ongoing developments of energy exchange beyond typical ground source applications. Participants examine energy exchange principles, geothermal heat pump systems, economic and marketing factors of energy exchange industry, and geological factors related to geo-applications. Installation process, maintenance issues, and basic controls detailed. Prerequisite: RC 200.
RC 207 Introduction to Biofuels 3
Examines basic principles and practices of biofuel production. Topics include overview of production processes of biodiesel and ethanol. Quality, cost, and performance issues of these fuels discussed as well as benefits and challenges.
RC 208 Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling 3
An integral part of comprehensive strategy for sustainability is to reduce resources we consume and reduce waste in our environment. Looks at methods that can be used to reduce the amount of waste we create, re-use resources, and efficiently recycle resources.
  • RC 200 is a prerequisite for  RC 204, RC 205 or RC 206.
  • RC 204 can be taken as a co-requisite with RC 200.

You can find the full course schedule on the Important Dates & Course Schedule page.
Diploma Level Courses

BA 215 Small Business Management 3
This course covers basic principles and practices related to establishment and operation of a small business. Basic marketing, financial control systems, accounting requirements and personnel obligations are reviewed.
RC 210 Water Issues & Conservation Practices 3
The availability of good quality water is considered to be one of the biggest issues of the future. This course looks at global water sources, quality of water supplies and what needs to be done to conserve water. Potential water conservation practices for agriculture, industry and homeowners are reviewed. Although not required, students are encouraged to take RC 201 Energy and the Environment before taking this course.
RC 320 Small Wind Energy Systems 3
This is an advanced course that examines the steps involved in establishing a wind energy installation. Topics of discussion include assessment of the installation site, wind assessment, electrical components and considerations of a wind energy system, selecting a turbine and system as well as coverage of regulations, paperwork and safety. Prerequisite: RC204.
RC 321 Solar Thermal Systems 3
RC321 examines the current types of residential (applicable to small commercial) solar thermal applications and components, their installation and maintenance, advanced details on thermal collector performance, sizing of components, integrating heating systems and system controls. Students review the solar heat opportunity of a building’s overall energy patterns, evaluate existing solar installations, recommend improvements, and design and plan the installation of a new solar heating system for a building of their choice. Prerequisite: RC205.
RC 322 Geo Energy Exchange - Design Principles 3
This course examines the design aspects of Geo-Exchange systems related to a residential application. Prerequisite: RC 206
RC 323 Bio-Energy and Biogas 3
The course reviews the potential utilization of bio-energy technologies like biomass, bioheat, biogas, and other emerging bio-industries.
RC 324 Sustainable Building Strategies 3
This course examines sustainable building construction techniques, building location in the landscape, and options to use building design and features to optimize energy and resource conservation. Topics include site specific design related to climate, passive solar, natural lighting, and integration of renewable energy systems. The LEED building accreditation is also introduced. The course looks at the broad picture of how individuals and businesses can incorporate good design, and both technical and lifestyle changes to reduce our ecological footprint.
RC 325 Solar Photovoltaic Systems 3
This course reviews solar photovoltaic (solar PV) applications and equipment, focusing on design, installation and maintenance. Using a project-based approach, this course provides advanced details regarding sizing and selecting components, and planning a solar PV project from start to finish. Prerequisite: RC205. The prerequisites may be waived by the department chair if the applicant has prior documented knowledge of the basic skills related to the subject area. However the prerequisites are in place to ensure student success in RC325. A good basic knowledge of the related principles of electricity, heat, energy movement, energy storage, fluid flow, and the types of calculations commonly used in the related industry are required.
RC 326 Electrical Installation and Codes 3
This course covers the electrical requirements associated with renewable energy systems, and the associated electrical code requirements.
RC 430 Integration of Distributed Energy Systems 3
This course examines the monitoring and control logistics, and integration challenges of distributed renewable energy technologies like solar, wind, and geo-exchange into new construction, or creating  compatibility with existing systems. This course integrates knowledge learned about the individual renewable technologies, and how essential performance factors can be monitored and controlled. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: RC 320, RC 321, RC 322 and RC 325.
RC 431 Renewable Energy On-Site Lab 3
A hands-on lab component related to the wind, solar, geothermal, and system measurement and control courses are held at the Vermilion, Alberta campus of Lakeland College. This hands-on lab component is a very important part of the diploma program where students work with the equipment and practice many of the essential skills required. Prerequisites: RC320 , RC321, RC322, RC325 and RC430. This course is a cap-stone practical course and as such requires the noted courses as per-requisites covering the theoretical content without exception.
When you have completed all the diploma courses, you are required to attend an on-site lab on our Vermilion campus. This lab will be offered annually over a 1-week period and will bring together renewable energy systems theory and practice.
Optional Diploma Course

RC 450 Renewable Energy Traveling Seminar 1
An optional travelling seminar will occur at the end of the on-campus lab. Students wishing to participate will be required to sign up with full payment of fees in advance. The travelling seminar will include visits to relevant renewable energy and conservation sites, and participants will be required to research and help organize visits. This optional seminar will provide the opportunity for participants to further develop knowledge in the renewable energy field. Prerequisite: RC 431

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