School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Renewable Energy


Program number: 904802CERT


Madison College offers a variety of Renewable Energy certificate programs for students pursuing a career in renewable energy or enhancing their current career.

The Photovoltaics, Renewable Energy and Wind Energy Technology programs are designed to integrate interdisciplinary technical courses taught by faculty who hold appointments and certifications in a variety of instructional areas, including electrical and mechanical technology, engineering, agriculture, and basic and applied sciences.

As a renewable energy student at Madison College, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and learn in classrooms, laboratories and field locations. In the field, you’ll examine renewable energy technologies applied to real world situations.

Some renewable energy courses transfer to other UW and WTCS schools, giving you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills further.

As a student in Renewable Energy, you will:

  • Learn the necessary skills for a career in energy management and renewable energy technology.
  • Experience hands-on training in equipment maintenance, installation, operation, repair and replacement.

Renewable Energy Certificate Benefits

  • Combine credits with coursework in other areas to enhance a technical diploma, degree or transfer program at Madison College.
  • Use Renewable Energy certificate credits in combination with training, job experience or professional exams to earn national renewable energy certifications.
  • As a current trade worker or technical professional, enhance your career with the Renewable Energy certificate.
  • Enroll in flexible classes through online options, short-course formats and alternative schedules, including evenings, weekends, winter break and/or summer sessions.

Program Details

Students in the Renewable Energy certificate can attend full or part time.

Renewable Energy certificate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for Renewable Energy.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Madison College Engineering - Wind Turbine Construction


  • Madison College is recognized as a leader in renewable energy and has received multiple grant awards, including over $2 million in support from the National Science Foundation over the past decade.
  • Madison College instructors are part of a network of experts in the field, having worked with the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Solar Instructor Training Network and the National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium.
  • Madison College serves as the lead institution for the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) and has helped train many other renewable energy instructors across the country.
  • Madison College was one of the first schools in the nation to offer a Renewable Energy certificate and is highly regarded for several other course and curriculum innovations. Madison College students obtain a personalized learning experience with plentiful hands-on experience in courses that are intentionally kept small through limited enrollment.
  • Madison College students receive instruction from renewable energy faculty whose primary responsibility and interest is teaching.
  • Madison College facilities feature modern, renewable energy laboratories, tools and teaching equipment supported by an experienced professional staff.
  • Many renewable energy courses are available in the evenings, in hybrid or online formats, and as short courses to allow students flexibility in scheduling around their other work and academic responsibilities.
  • As of 2013, over 400 students have pursued coursework through Madison College and our renewable energy partners.

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210. 


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Choose at least 6 credits from among these Core courses:

Choose at least 2 credits from among these Intermediate courses:

Choose additional credits from the following courses to reach a total of 12 credits:


Earning your certificate in Renewable Energy at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:  

  • Wind Turbine Technician/Installer
  • Solar Hot Water Technician/Installer
  • Photovoltaic Technician/Installer
  • Anaerobic Digester Technician/Installer
  • Biofuel Refinery Operator/Technician
  • Building Operator/Technician
  • Power And Utility Technician
  • Legislative Research Technician
  • Energy Manager/Analyst
  • Energy Auditor
  • Energy Broker/Marketer
  • Resource Conservation/Efficiency Manager

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