Excel in a renewable energy future.

Modules from our acclaimed postgraduate degrees are also made available as short courses to the public and private sector. These modules are registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as short courses that qualify for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. Each of the courses below will earn you 4 CPD points.

How to get CPD points

  • Participants are expected to attend a full course.
  • Certificates of attendance are issued to those attending the course.

For students

  • Note: no academic credits can be obtained with these courses.
  • Enrolment must be done via the SU system. Please contact the Faculty Officer in Admin A.
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R12 000

for Certificate of Attendance.

R14 000

for Certificate of Competence.

A 50% course fee reduction might apply.*

*Attendees from Eskom, municipalities, government, academia and industry that are actively involved in some aspect of the South African power system may apply for a 50% course fee reduction (applicable only to the courses listed below under Overview and Planning & Operations, not Technology.”

Course modules


wdt_ID Title URL Description PLACE Date
3 Overview of the Power Industry A systemic view of the traditional and future electrical power industry within a broader societal energy context. UCT 9-15 Mar 2022
6 Smart Grid Technology Overview Introduction to the key concepts of the Smart Grid, including information and communication technologies and their application and integration. SU 7-11 Feb 2022
9 Power system analysis The fundamentals, models and applications of power system load flow, short-circuit analysis, stability and control. WITS 1-7 Dec 2021

Planning & Operations

wdt_ID Title URL Description PLACE Date
3 Power System Asset Management Strategic and tactical approaches to asset management principles and practices applied to a power system with increasing renewables. UP 21-25 Feb 2022
6 Power System Data Analytics The data analytics life cycle applied to solve power system problems, with special focus on demand and renewable energy short-term forecasting. SU 14-18 Feb 2022
9 Long-term Power System Planning The principles and techniques informing optimised long-term generation capacity planning, and transmission expansion planning. SU 26 Jan-1 Feb 2022
12 Distribution Customer Concepts Understanding the concepts inherent in the end use of electricity, including load modelling, pricing, technologies, and mini- and microgrids. SU 9-13 May 2022
15 Distribution Network Planning & Operations Distribution network technical planning fundamentals, codes and regulations, and applications, and protection and technical operations. NWU 31 Jan-4 Feb 2022
18 Power System Operations The fundamentals of power system operations in a future with high shares of VRE, and the processes and technologies that support such operations. SU 1-7 Dec 2021
21 Power System Flexible Operations Operational power system flexibility optimisation where technical systems and electricity markets interact, and flexibly operating power plants. UCT 24 -30 Nov 2021


wdt_ID Title URL Description PLACE Date
3 Advanced Photovoltaic Systems Fundamentals, financial modelling, technical design, installation and maintenance of PV systems. SU 11-15 Jul 2022
6 Wind Energy Fundamentals, resource and feasibility modelling, technical design, project development and grid-integration of Wind Energy systems. SU 4-8 Jul 2022
9 Energy Storage Systems Fundamentals, applications, technologies, modelling and design, and economics of Energy Storage systems. SU 5-9 Sep 2022
12 Solar Thermal Energy Systems Fundamentals of solar thermal energy systems, specifically CSP, including concentrator principles and thermal storage applications. SU To be confirmed
15 Smart Grid Communications Communications fundamentals, applications and technologies within the context of the power system. SU 22-26 Aug 2022
18 Bioenergy The practical and commercial application of various technologies for biomass conversion into bio-energy, ranging from bio-fuels to electricity. SU 6-10 Jun 2022
21 Hydro and Ocean Energy Ocean and hydro energy associated with the elevation or movement of water, including resources, conversion technologies, and implementation. SU 1-5 Aug 2022
24 Renewable Energy Systems The scientific, engineering, resource and integration aspects of various types of renewable energy systems at introductory level. SU 28 Feb-4 Mar 2022

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