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Important Note: The Certificate in Energy Management and Conservation is currently under review. Students interested in registering in the program should contact ce@ryerson.ca for further information. 

Contribute to energy management, conservation, sustainability, and public policy in a dynamic and exciting sector. Help implement solutions and manage energy assets by responding to advances in energy conservation, energy public policy, smart grid, and green technologies.

Designed in collaboration with Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE), this certificate will help you develop skills in energy innovation and entrepreneurship, and meet the challenges and opportunities in creating new energy technologies and business enterprises.

This four-course certificate can be completed entirely online.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in this certificate if you want to expand your expertise, change or advance your career, or take on management and leadership roles in the rapidly evolving energy sector.

Through this certificate, you’ll explore diverse international, national, and provincial perspectives and best practices in energy conservation and management. You’ll consider the ethical implications and impacts of energy management planning, implementation, and auditing, particularly on the natural environment and on at-risk communities in surrounding areas.

You will use applied skill sets for energy generation, transmission, distribution and consumption, and renewable energy forms and technologies, including:

  • solar thermal and solar photovoltaic
  • bioenergy
  • hydroelectricity
  • tidal power
  • wind energy and wind turbine systems
  • geothermal energy

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are selected through a highly competitive process, and most of them either work in the industry or have had hands-on exposure to energy management and conservation.


Industry and Careers

  • Canada is the sixth largest consumer of electricity in the world. The United States is the world’s largest electricity consumer and Canada’s primary trading partner.
  • Between now and 2030, the Conference Board of Canada estimates that there will be a need for more than 150,000 workers per year to carry out the renewal and modernization of Canada’s electricity system. These roles will require advanced technical and analytical skill sets.1
  • According to Electricity Human Resources Canada, over 20,000 new employees will be needed for the electricity sector by 2022. This is the equivalent of 20 percent of the current workforce. 86 percent of these will be required to replace retiring employees and 14 per cent to meet expansion demand.2

Possible Job Titles

  • Energy Analyst
  • Energy Manager
  • Conservation Specialist Lead
  • Energy Technology Manager
  • Power Systems Manager
  • Distribution Systems Manager
  • Distribution Systems Operator
  • Building/Facility Manager
  • Renewables Manager
  • Renewable Project Manager
  • Green Building Project Manager
  • Energy Efficient Program Manager
  • Energy Policy Analyst

Shedding Light on the Economic Impact of Investing in Electricity Infrastructure 
Workforce in Motion: Labour Market Intelligence Study, 2017–2022

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Mature student status and evidence of relevant college- or university-level coursework, or equivalent


  • Mature student status with relevant industrial or professional experience

Centre for Urban Energy (CUE)

This program has been developed in collaboration with Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE).

CUE is an academic–industry partnership that is exploring, developing, and commercializing sustainable, innovative, cost-effective, and practical clean energy solutions and technologies.

CUE brings together industry and government partners, as well as top researchers from across Canada and around the world, to undertake a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the study of urban energy. CUE combines engineering, science, environmental issues, and infrastructure management to tackle immediate challenges such as the development of clean energy technologies; the advancement of smart grid technologies; the integration of energy storage, electric vehicles, and renewables; energy conservation and demand management; alternative local energy generation; carbon footprint reduction; and net-zero buildings and infrastructure.

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Bala Venkatesh, Academic Coordinator.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 2232
Email:  bala@ryerson.ca

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