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Certificate Program in Energy Resource Management

The EPA estimates that 30 percent of all energy in industrial and commercial buildings is wasted or used inefficiently. In today's complex and volatile economic environment, energy resource management is a top concern for any business hoping to maintain its competitive edge. Pursuing sustainable energy management strategies can be a powerful tool for achieving energy efficiency, cost savings and risk reduction. And most importantly, those business and government leaders who understand the intricate issues surrounding energy management will help chart a course toward a sustainable future.

The UC Davis Extension Certificate Program in Energy Resource Management is a completely online program designed specifically for those leaders—professional engineers, construction planners and designers, facility or plant managers, energy analysts, architects, agency managers, and other who wish to expand their expertise in this critical area.

This certificate program addresses the entire range of issues involved in understanding and managing energy in any industry, from heavy to light energy users. The six courses of the program provide the information you need to distinguish yourself as an expert in the energy resource management field.

The curriculum of this program aligns with the Association of Energy Engineers requirements for CEM and BEP certifications. This program has also been recognized by the California Energy Commission.

Gain practical knowledge that matters

  • Explore the practical, sustainable application of contemporary energy resource management
  • Learn best practices and discover techniques and resources to improve business competitiveness and ensure regulatory compliance
  • Stay apprised of new and emerging developments, technologies and regulations
  • Analyze supply-side sourcing and procurement portfolio strategies
  • Examine energy security risk analysis methods
  • Learn innovative methods for financing energy management projects

Designed for professionals like you

This program benefits those wanting to distinguish themselves as energy resource management experts and draws from a wide variety of disciplines, including engineering, construction planning and design, and facility-plant management and/or operations, such as:

  • Energy engineers, analysts, managers and auditors
  • Chief sustainability officers
  • Demand-side management auditors and managers
  • Architects
  • Construction planners and designers
  • Agency and facility managers

Certificate program requirements

Courses may be taken individually or as part of the Certificate Program in Energy Resource Management. Tuition for the entire certificate program is $9,070 to $9,320, depending on when you enroll. Please call (800) 752-0881 for more information.

Endorsed by

This program is an approved educational provider for the following organization:

Certificate Requirements

Courses may be taken individually or as part of a certificate program. Participants will be awarded a certificate in Energy Resource Management upon the successful completion of the six-course (17 units) program, which focuses on the four key issues in energy management: supply, demand, regulatory and environmental.

Quarterly schedule of courses
  UNITS F W SP SU
REQUIRED COURSES Introduction to Energy Resource Management 3   Online Learning Format   Online Learning Format
Energy Resource Management: Supply 3     Online Learning Format  
Energy Resource Management: Regulatory 3   Online Learning Format    
Energy Resource Management: Demand 3 Online Learning Format      
Energy Resource Management: Environment 2   Online Learning Format    
Energy Resource Management: Leadership 3     Online Learning Format  
F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change
Online Learning Format Online Learning format

Required Courses

Introduction to Energy Resource Management

3 quarter units academic credit, X445.1.

Examine the four major components of energy management--supply, demand, regulation and environment--and the concepts and principles behind successful energy management. Learn the basics of:

  • Auditing and economic analysis
  • Management control and maintenance systems
  • Sustainability and high performance green buildings
  • Alternative energy systems
  • Boilers and fired systems
  • Cogeneration and HVAC systems
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Lighting and electrical management
  • Natural gas purchasing
  • Thermal storage
  • Codes and standards
  • Indoor air quality
  • Utility deregulation and energy systems outsourcing
  • Energy security risk analysis methods
  • Financing energy management projects

Plant energy managers, utility energy auditors and analysts, consulting energy managers and engineers, demand-side managers, architects, construction planners and designers benefit from this overview and prerequisite for the UC Davis Extension Energy Resource Management Certificate Program. 

Members of the Association of Energy Engineers can purchase the required textbook for a discount through AEE. Please visit www.aeeprograms.com for more information.

This course is not currently scheduled.

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Energy Resource Management: Supply

3 quarter units academic credit, X445.2.

Learn to conduct market assessments and to develop sourcing and procurement strategies. Topics include energy management control systems, natural gas purchasing opportunities in the spot market, thermal energy storage, alternative energy supplies, energy security and energy trading. Explore reliability and risk analysis methods, financing projects and tax considerations as well as strategic planning, cogeneration and the options, costs, benefits and constraints of "green sourcing."

Members of the Association of Energy Engineers can purchase the required textbook for a discount through AEE. Please visit www.aeeprograms.com for more information.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Energy Resource Management.

This course is not currently scheduled.

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Energy Resource Management: Regulatory

3 quarter units academic credit, X445.3.

Learn the difference between regulations, tariffs and standards pertaining to electrical generation, transmission and distribution and those pertaining to gas production, transmission and distribution. Explore the nexus between water and energy use.  Examine emerging state and federal laws and policies, in anticipation of potential changes to incumbent regulations, tariffs and standards.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Energy Resource Management.

This course is not currently scheduled.

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Energy Resource Management: Demand

3 quarter units academic credit, X445.4.

Learn how to conduct energy audits, a function in a conservation-conscious energy community. The audits integrate: energy economics, metering, performance contracting and financing with demand response, measurement, verification, equipment applications and systems. Discover the quantitative analysis of WAGES—water, air, gas, electricity and steam—and familiarize yourself with an overview of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Amp up your knowledge of:

  • The latest lighting technologies and products
  • Project management
  • Fleet operation and maintenance
  • Verification of energy savings
  • Best practices and benchmarking

Explore optimization and analysis of performance for new and existing buildings. Walk away with real solutions to real-world energy problems.

Members of the Association of Energy Engineers can purchase the required textbook for a discount through AEE. Please visit www.aeeprograms.com for more information.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Energy Resource Management.

This course is not currently scheduled.

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Energy Resource Management: Environment

2 quarter units academic credit, X445.5.

Explore the range of environmental issues affected by energy use. Gain perspectives on current trends and technologies. Examine the environmental fundamentals--planning, development and implementation--of WAGES (water, air, gas, electricity and steam) and renewable energy systems, purchasing/trading carbon offsets, the Climate Change Action Plan and best practices and methodologies for financing "green" investments.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Energy Resource Management.

This course is not currently scheduled.

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Energy Resource Management: Leadership

3 quarter units academic credit, X445.6.

Examine the leadership issues involved in managing energy from organizational behavior and change management to project management and communication skills. Gain insight into how to develop your own leadership style. Learn how to successfully move your organization ahead by creating effective strategies for energy management, including your most important asset—people.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Energy Resource Management, and one other Energy Resource Management certificate program course.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:


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This program is an approved educational provider for the Association of Energy Engineers and receives technical support from the California Energy Commission.