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 online as well.
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.
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.
- Wind energy engineers
- Project developers
- Supply chain managers
- Energy marketers
- Environmental scientists
- Policy professionals
Scholarships funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center are available for qualified applicants to enable underrepresented students to successfully prepare for and join the offshore wind industry. More information is available here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when applications are available, which will be approximately mid-October.
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)
Register for Courses
Course registration is through UMass University Without Walls. The Spring 2021 course begins on February 1. Click here to register for courses.
If you have any questions about registration, contact UMass University Without Walls at email@example.com, 413-545-3653 or 800-922-8211.
If you are interested in applying to the Certificate Program, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Note that you can register for one or more courses without pursuing the Certificate. (It is not necessary to apply to the program in order to register for courses.) Applicants for the Certificate must have a bachelor's degree upon beginning the Certificate program.
Tuition and Fees
University Without Walls (UWW) at UMass Amherst administers registration and payments for these courses. If you are a matriculated graduate student at UMass Amherst, tuition for the fall and spring courses is included as part of your UMass tuition - no separate payment is necessary. The summer course is subject to UWW fees per university policy.
Matriculated undergraduate students at UMass Amherst may enroll in courses with instructor approval but are not eligible to receive the certificate unless they already hold a separate Bachelor's degree. Also note that for undergraduates, course tuition is not included as part of your UMass tuition bill - a separate payment will be necessary.
- Tuition is currently at $569/credit.
- Tuition for each 3-credit course is $1,707 plus applicable fees.
- There is also a $50/semester registration fee.
Contact the Bursar’s Office at email@example.com or call 413-545-2368 for questions about tuition, fees, and payments.
Contact us anytime if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.