Energy Efficiency and Sustainability online short course

Course starts 2 December 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
26 November 2019
Course Starts:
2 December 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 and leverage cost savings with the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Over eight weeks, you’ll gain important context to be able to partake in energy audits. You’ll also explore how energy-saving measures are verified using industry-accepted measurement techniques.

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

Course Trailer

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What will set you apart

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

  • Elevate your skill set to understand, assess and implement energy-saving strategies
  • Gain a comprehensive perspective of energy efficiency, including specific understanding of:
    • Analysing energy flows in buildings
    • Sustainable building principles providing valuable insight into green building and energy efficiency best practices
    • Preparing for, and partaking in, energy audits
    • The application of the Measurement and Verification (M&V) methodology – covering the use of energy metrics, meaningful data collection, and analysis that enables informed decision-making
    • Creating an energy-management system, which will enable organisations to follow a systematic approach in achieving energy efficiency measures to leverage cost savings in line with global standards

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 up to eight 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.

* Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and can’t be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points. The 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 Teaching Team

These professionals guide the course design and delivery, and may appear in a number of course videos.

Richard Larmour


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

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


Mascha Moorlach


Course Convenor, member of the Measurements and Verification team at the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at UCT

Moorlach 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 relocated to South Africa and pursued a career as an architectural draughtsperson, later joining the ERC as an energy efficiency engineer.


Kevin Bennet


Head Tutor, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Bennett completed his PhD in 1977 – covering energy utilisation in South Africa, and was subsequently involved in research projects that included alternative liquid fuels and renewable energy. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an associate professor for thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and was subsequently promoted to professor in 1992.

In 2000, Bennett took over as director of the Energy Research Institute. After the merger between the Energy Research Institute and the Energy for Development Research Centre, he was appointed as the director of the newly formed, Energy Research Centre.

Guest Lecturers


Christian Skosan

Electrical Manager, V&A Waterfront

Iekraam Kariem

Utility Analyst, V&A Waterfront

Andrew Hibberd

Former member of the Measurement and Verification team, Energy Research Centre (ERC) at UCT


Warwick Hayes

Technical Lead, Engage Energy and Engineering

Bryan Maytham

Project Lead, Engage Energy and Engineering

Michelle Ludwig

Director, Ludwig Design Consulting (Pty) Ltd


Manfred Braune

Managing Executive: Sector Development and Transformation, Green Building Council South Africa

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 2 December 2019.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    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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