Offshore Wind Professional Certificate

Offshore Wind Professional Certificate

Offshore Wind Professional Certificate

Starting in 2020, the Department of Environmental Conservation, in association with the Clean Energy Extension, is offering a professional certificate in offshore wind to professionals and graduate students seeking to up-skill and broaden their knowledge to address the needs of the offshore wind industry. This certificate covers the broad range of disciplines involved in this industry, including technology and engineering, development and finance, supply chain management, marketing, environmental impact, business logistics, law, and policy. 9 credits of coursework are completed through online courses, with special events offered online as well.

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Why this Offshore Wind Professional Certificate?

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The offshore wind industry brings together a wide range of disciplines that need to be effectively coordinated. This certificate will give you a deep understanding of all of these areas and how they relate to one another within the larger picture.

Gain an Advantage in an Emerging Field

The offshore wind industry is just emerging, and requires an inter-disciplinary understanding. This certificate positions you as a prospective employee with industry-specific skills, knowledge, and connections.

Enjoy Flexibility

Learn online at times convenient to your schedule. You can even count the entire certificate toward a Master’s degree in certain related fields.

Get Paid To Study

Receive this certificate for under $6,000. Check with your employer for tuition reimbursement programs.

Who Should Apply?

This certificate is geared toward any professional engaging in the offshore wind industry, as well as graduate students in related fields:

  • Wind energy engineers
  • Project developers
  • Supply chain managers
  • Energy marketers
  • Environmental scientists
  • Lawyers
  • Policy professionals
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Offshore Wind Career Access Scholarship

Offshore Wind Career Access Scholarship

The Clean Energy Extension – with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – is offering several full-tuition scholarships for CEE’s Offshore Wind Professional Certificate program. The scholarship value is approximately $6,000, which covers the full cost of the three courses.

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This scholarship will enable students from diverse backgrounds to successfully prepare for and join the offshore wind industry.

In addition to the tuition scholarships, recipients will receive (1) professional development and networking support; (2) direct, person-to-person introductions to hiring offshore wind companies and organizations; and (3) a non-curriculum stipend to help address specific personal and professional barriers on an as-needed basis.

Eligibility

We are seeking applicants who (1) have completed (or are nearing completion of) a bachelor’s degree, (2) have particular interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or other fields related to offshore wind development, and (3) have an interest in entering the offshore wind workforce in a professional capacity.

We will prioritize applicants who are:

  • from diverse backgrounds
  • in need of financial assistance to take the Certificate Program
  • facing barriers to entering the offshore wind workforce
  • seeking to transition to offshore wind from a related field, such as commercial fishing, fossil fuels, the armed services or shipbuilding
  • a resident of a Massachusetts Environmental Justice Community(link is external) or Gateway City(link is external).

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 semester. The application period will close on December 9th, but applicants are encouraged to apply early. Qualified applicants may be contacted for a virtual interview to complete the application process.

If you have questions, or if you would like to receive announcements about the scholarship through our newsletter, please email oswcertificate@umass.edu(link sends e-mail).

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