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Renewable Energy (VTOS)

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, Biomass, Wind Power and Heat Pumps. Hands-on 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

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

Career Opportunities 

This is an area of study that offers excellent career prospects in the expanding building industry.

There are employment opportunities in a variety of areas including installation of solar panels, wind turbines and thermal insulation,  building energy assessment etc. Previous experience and existing skills in the building industry are a great asset in finding employment in the field.

Students 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.

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


Upon completion of this two year programme students will have the knowledge required to access a wide range of industry training courses in sustainable construction and installation  of renewable energy systems or to progress to further study at degree level.
2nd year DIT Building Energy Services Level 7 Degree (DT005)
2nd year Dundalk Institute of Technology (DK830) Building Services Level 8
2nd year Carlow Institute of Technology  (CW407) Architectural Technology Level 7.

How to Apply

Apply online here. For more information email vtos@cdcfe.com

Renewable Energy (VTOS)
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