Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Course starts 3 June 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
28 May 2019
Course Starts:
3 June 2019
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8 - 10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R13,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Learn about viable methods to increase energy efficiency in a way that can result in cost savings with the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Over eight weeks, you’ll gain important context in the performance of energy audits. You’ll also explore how potential energy saving mechanisms are verified using measurement and verification techniques.

By the end of the UCT Energy Efficiency and Sustainability short course, you'll have the understanding needed to draft energy management policies for an energy management system.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Elevate your skill set to understand, assess and implement energy saving strategies
  • Gain a comprehensive, holistic perspective of energy efficiency, including specific understanding of: 
    • Demand-side management
    • Electrical components like lighting and water-heating technologies
    • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
    • Applicable knowledge of enhanced cost savings for energy-related business processes and outcomes

Course curriculum

Become adept at using the latest technology available to align your business practices with energy conservation and sustainability principles as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to energy efficiency – importance, strategies, and challenges
  • Module 2 Energy metrics, economics, and the business case for energy efficiency
  • Module 3 Energy-efficient and sustainable buildings: general considerations and regulations
  • Module 4 Energy efficiency management and technologies in buildings
  • Module 5 Energy efficiency management and technologies in the industrial sector
  • Module 6 Energy auditing
  • Module 7 Measurement and verification
  • Module 8 Energy management systems

This course is certified by The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points.The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning and South African engineering professionals can earn upto 8 CPD credits. International students need to consult their national professional engineering bodies to check whether this course is recognised for points towards maintaining professional status.

Note: Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Our ECSA validation number is “UCTEES19”

Learn how to effect cost-saving energy measures

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop the practical skills to achieve energy conservation in your organisation. 

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by University faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Richard Larmour

Richard Larmour

Course Convenor, Research Officer at the Energy Research Centre (ERC) based at UCT

Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree (Engineering) in Mechatronics from UCT. He has prolific expertise in measurement and verification, energy efficiency, pump systems optimisation, and motor-driven systems optimisation. Richard recently completed a Master of Science degree (Engineering) in Energy Studies, also through UCT. He has worked at the ERC since 2010 and is also an accomplished author and presenter, having published articles in Energy Management News and co-authored the book, Measurement & Verification Practices.


Mascha Moorlach

Mascha Moorlach

Course Convenor, Member of the Measurements and Verification team at the ERC at UCT

Mascha obtained an MSc in Architecture, Systems and Planning from the University of Technology in Eindhoven. After graduating in 1996, she worked as a Consultant Engineer with Sweegers en de Bruijn in the Netherlands. She then relocated to South Africa and pursued a career as an Architectural Draughtsperson, later joining the Energy Research Centre as an Energy Efficiency Engineer. Mascha is currently involved with research and various energy efficiency projects.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town and use it to set yourself apart as a skilled advocate of energy efficiency and sustainability.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 3 June 2019.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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