Alternative Energy Career Prep

250 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

The skyrocketing demand for clean, abundant energy has resulted in a need for comprehensive information that can be used by builders, technicians, energy industry professionals, and anyone else wanting to learn about alternative forms of energy and their everyday uses. With a vast array of information available on the subject, this course stands out from other courses because it bridges the gap between overly simplistic information and high-level engineering materials. Instead, this course explores solar, wind, and other sources, and the technology available to harness them. Learners will gain a better understanding of how these systems work as well as how they are put together. 

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Sigrid Ferguson Green, MSEd in Instructional Design for Online Learning, MS Human Resource Management, with over 15 years of experience in training and development/education. Her experience has been to lead teams of Instructional Designers, and managed curricula for companies such as: American Express and Assurant. Her experience includes but is not limited to the following: technical writing, web design, training, instructional design, graphic design, and curriculum development.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Solar Energy

In this lesson you will learn a brief history of solar thermal systems, and the economics and performance of solar thermal systems. 

Lesson 2: How Thermal Storage Works

In this lesson you will learn thermal storage is achieved by capturing the sun’s energy in a solar collector by allowing its radiation to pass through a selective material without allowing it to reradiate back out.

Lesson 3: Applications for Solar Thermal Storage

In this lesson you will learn the use and application of solar thermal energy involves three steps: It must first be collected, it must be stored, and then it must be distributed.

Lesson 4: How Photovoltaic Panels Work

In this lesson you will learn the two main classifications for solar photovoltaic system: grid-connected and stand-alone systems.

Lesson 5: Applications for Photovoltaic Solar Panels

In this lesson you will learn about once there is a clear understanding of the fundamentals of solar photovoltaic  systems, these fundamentals can be applied to the sizing, installation, and maintenance of PV systems.

Lesson 6: Introduction to Wind Energy

In this lesson you will learn that the wind has proven to be a free, clean, and inexhaustible source of energy. The wind has been used for powering sailing ships for many centuries, and many countries have owed their prosperity to their skill in sailing.

Lesson 7: Considerations for Residential and Light Commercial Wind Turbines

In this lesson you will learn purchasing and installing a wind turbine for residential or light commercial use can be a major decision, and there are many turbines currently on the market from which to choose.

Lesson 8: Introduction to Large-Scale Turbines

In this lesson you will learn wind turbines are generally classified into three different categories according to size.

Lesson 9: How A Geothermal System Works

In this lesson you will learn Geothermal energy is one of the most sustainable sources of alternative energy and can provide a lower operating cost than any conventional type of residential or commercial heating and cooling system available.

Lesson 10: Types of Configurations of Geothermal Loops

In this lesson you will learn Geothermal loops can be designed with a variety of configurations. The particular configuration that is chosen will depend on a number of factors for the specific application.

Lesson 11: Applications for Biomass Burners

In this lesson you will learn there are numerous different solid fuel heating appliances available today, and the consumer should be familiar with their capability and how this type of equipment correctly fits into the particular application.

Lesson 12: How Fuel Cells Work

In this lesson you learned there are other sources of alternative energy that need to be discussed. These sources may not receive the same exposure as some of the more popular choices that are available today, but they do possess the same characteristics.

Lesson 13: What is CHP?

In this lesson you will learn modern CHP facilities can achieve fuel efficiencies of up to 90%. In comparison, conventional power plants that only produce electricity are about 35% to 55% efficient at best. One cause of these low efficiencies is that the waste heat produced by the plant is not easily transportable; therefore it is not utilized.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


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