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Certificate of Achievement
Energy Auditor*

The Energy Auditor Certificate of Achievement at Golden West College is designed to provide formal training for individuals who seek entry into the Energy Efficiency Assessment Service field. Students will learn to conduct energy audits, and to establish energy efficiency benchmarks for physical infrastructures to help utilize resources more efficiently and reduce cooling and energy consumption in buildings and processes. Students will also learn to provide analyses and recommendations to help efficiently upgrade and expand the power, cooling, and space to support new equipment or design a new facility.

Year 1
Fall Semester

Envs G100 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 Units
Envs G133 Energy Audit I 4 Units
Business G155 Customer Service for the 21st Century 3 Units

Year 1
Spring Semester

Envs G170 Introduction to Renewable Energy 3 Units
ET G100 Electrical Fundamentals: AC-DC Circuits 4 Units
Drafting G105 Basic Engineering Drafting I, Computer Aided Drafting 3 Units

Year 2
Fall Semester

Envs G190 Practicum 1.5 Units

Total Units 21.5

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Certificate of Achievement
Solar Energy*

The Solar Energy certificate at Golden West College is designed to provide formal training for individuals who seek entry into the rapidly growing fields of photovoltaic and thermal solar energy fields. Students will learn to design, install, and maintain photovoltaic and solar heating equipment and understand the relevant building codes. Students will also learn to perform site analysis for the installation of such equipment. Sizable projects are undertaken in each class providing the students with an opportunity to add the projects to their portfolios and knowledge to their skill sets.

Required Courses
Year 1
Fall Semester

Envs G170 Renewable Energy Sources and Applications 3 Units
Envs G160 Solar I – Thermal 4 Units
Envs G162 Solar II – Photovoltaic 4 Units
ET G100 Electrical Fundamentals: AC-DC Circuits 4 Units

Year 1
Spring Semester

** Construction A161 Solar Water and Pool Heating Installation 4 Units
** Construction A157 Solar Photovoltaic Installation 4 Units
*** BCT C306 Electrical Code 3 Units
*** BCT C308 Plumbing Code 3 Units

Year 2
Fall Semester

Envs G190 Practicum 1.5 Units

Total Units 30.5

* Pending State Approval
** These courses are offered through the Construction Program at Orange Coast College.
*** These courses are offered through the Building Codes Technology Program at Coastline Community College.

Federal Gainful Employment Report
Use the link below to view Golden West College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.
Federal Gainful Employment Reports