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Renewable Energy

QQI Award (Level 5 - 5M5010, Level 6 - 6M4989)

This course prepares students for work or further study in the rapidly-developing field of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction. Students on this course will gain fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience of a range of renewable energy technologies including Solar Thermal, Photovoltaic, Wind Power and Heat Pumps. Workshop sessions to give students a practical understanding of domestic sustainable construction practices, including Passive House methods, are an integral part of the course.

Course Content

YEAR 1 – QQI Level 5

Renewable Energy Systems, Building Construction with a focus on Passive House standards, Building Services, Computer Aided Design 2D, Architectural Drawing, Communications, Work Experience, Mathematics (optional) and Thermal Insulation Installation.

YEAR 2 - QQI Level 6

Renewable Technologies, Physics (Optional), Building Information Modelling (BIM), Surveying, Architectural Drawing & Presentation, Computer Aided Design, Communications, Work Experience, Building Technology and Design and Environmental studies, Project Management

Career Opportunities 

This is an area of study that offers excellent career prospects in a growing market. There are employment opportunities in a variety of areas including installation of thermal insulation; CAD Technician work with various architectural and engineering companies; installation of solar panels; wind turbine installation; thermal insulation; energy assessment, etc. Previous experience and existing skills in the building industry are a great asset in finding jobs in this field.

Graduates who choose to progress to degree level can qualify as Building Services Technicians or professional Building Services Engineers or Chartered Building Surveyors and can gain employment in the private and public sectors. There is also the option to progress to a career in Architectural Technology.

Entry Requirements

All VTOS applicants must be over 21 and in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment for at least 6 months before starting the course. Participation in a CE or FAS scheme counts in the calculation of six months once you must be in receipt of a relevant Social Protection payment immediately before starting the course.All applicants who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs.

PLC Applicants require Leaving Certificate / LCA and interview


Successful graduates will have the level of knowledge required to access a range of industry training courses in sustainable construction and installation of renewable energy systems.  There are options for progression to further study at degree level.

Degree Level Advanced Entry:

Second year of DIT Building Energy Services Level 7 Degree (DT005).
Second year of the Building Surveying Level 8 Degree in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DK830).
Second year of Architectural Technology Level 7 Degree in Institute of Technology Carlow (CW407).
Students may also apply to courses in other third level institutions.


QQI Level 5 & 6


1 year Level 5, with progression to 1 year Level 6.

How to Apply

Apply online here


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