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Offshore Wind Professional Certificate

Starting in 2020, the Department of Environmental Conservation, in association with the Clean Energy Extension, is offering a professional certificate in offshore wind to professionals and graduate students seeking to up-skill and broaden their knowledge to address the needs of the offshore wind industry. This certificate covers the broad range of disciplines involved in this industry, including technology and engineering, development and finance, supply chain management, marketing, environmental impact, business logistics, law, and policy. 9 credits of coursework are completed through online courses, with special events offered in Newton (on our Mount Ida campus) as well as online.


If you are considering applying to a Master’s program in a related field, check with your program to determine how these credits may transfer toward your degree. Please note, however, that admission to the certificate does not guarantee admission to any of our graduate programs. Also note that one can register for one or more courses, without pursuing the Certificate.


Why this Offshore Wind Professional Certificate?



The offshore wind industry brings together a wide range of disciplines that need to be effectively coordinated. This certificate will give you a deep understanding of all of these areas and how they relate to one another within the larger picture.


Gain an Advantage in an Emerging Field

The offshore wind industry is just emerging, and requires an inter-disciplinary understanding. This certificate positions you as a prospective employee with industry-specific skills, knowledge, and connections.


Enjoy Flexibility

Learn online at times convenient to your schedule. You can even count the entire certificate toward a Master’s degree in certain related fields.


Get Paid To Study

Receive this certificate for under $6,000. Check with your employer for tuition reimbursement programs.


Who Should Apply?

This certificate is geared toward any professional engaging in the offshore wind industry, as well as graduate students in related fields:

  • Wind energy engineers
  • Project developers
  • Supply chain managers
  • Energy marketers
  • Environmental scientists
  • Lawyers
  • Policy professionals


Course of Study

The certificate consists of the following three courses:

  • ECO 610: Offshore Wind Energy – Technology, Resources, Grid Integration, and Trends (3 credits, Fall, Online)
  • ECO 611: Offshore Wind Energy – Environmental Impacts, Siting, Permitting, and Stakeholder Engagement (3 credits, Spring, Online)
  • ECO 612: Offshore Wind Energy – Project Economics, Deployment, and Business Logistics (3 credits, Summer, Online)


Apply for the Certificate

We admit students to the program on a rolling basis. Students may register for up to two of the required courses before they officially apply for this certificate. However, enrollment in any of the courses does not guarantee acceptance into the certificate program.


Application Requirements:

  • Personal statement (1 page, PDF format)
  • Resume (1 page, PDF format)
  • Transcripts from undergraduate (and graduate) institutions attended (PDF format)

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree


To apply for the certificate, send the above materials as attachments to


Register for Courses

Course registration is through UMass University Without Walls. For registration instructions, go to:


If you have any questions about registration, contact UMass University Without Walls at, 413-545-3653 or 800-922-8211.


Completing the Program

Once you have registered for your final course, be sure to complete and return the Certificate Eligibility Form to us. Forms are due by the following dates for each conferral period:

  • September Conferral: August 12
  • February Conferral: November 26
  • May Conferral: March 20


Tuition and Fees

University Without Walls (UWW) at UMass Amherst administers registration and payments for these courses.


Tuition Details:

  • Tuition is currently at $569/credit.
  • Tuition for each 3-credit course is $1,707 plus applicable fees.
  • There is also a $47/semester registration fee and a one-time UWW enrollment fee of $75.


Contact the Bursar’s Office at or call 413-545-0337 for questions about tuition, fees, and payments.



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