How long will it take me to finish the Renewable Energy Assessment certificate program?

You could complete the program in as little as 3 semesters. One of the biggest benefits of the online program is that you can work at your own pace. In order to earn the certificate, you must complete 4 courses that are 3 credit hours each, for a total of 12 credit hours. ET 120 and ET 262 are required for the certificate. You can choose two of the remaining three courses (ET 255, ET 240 or ET 220) to complete the certificate. Each course is only offered once per year, in either the Spring or Fall semester, except for ET 120 which is offered twice a year.

Do I need to come to campus to take any classes?

You don’t! The advantage of the Renewable Energy Assessment (REA) program is that it is available completely online. This makes it the perfect program for those who don’t have the time to commit to being a full-time student.

Will I need to be an NC State student in order to complete the program?

Yes, but you don’t have to apply to the university through the normal undergraduate process. You will apply through the Distance Education program as a non-degree studies (NDS) student. The application fee is waived for REA applicants. You can find out more about the application procedure here.

How much does the Certificate cost?

Non-degree studies (NDS) students pay the “Undergraduate Flexible Access” rate per credit hour for the courses they take each semester. As of the 2015-2016 academic year, each credit hour – including fees – costs $226.01 for NC residents or $536.01 for non-residents, for a total of $2,712.12 or $6,432.12.

The current resident and non-resident rates can be found at

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Answers to the most common tuition and payment questions can be found at