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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy Certificate Program

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Curriculum and Format

A hybrid of both online and in-person interaction, this program consists of a self-paced foundations precourse, a week on Yale's campus, and four sequential eight-week core courses.

In 2020, the program will kick off in June with a five-week long Foundations Course aimed at bringing the cohort up to speed on basics of energy and finance concepts. This precourse is entirely self-paced and does not require you to log in at specific times. All five weeks worth of material are made available at the same time and take approximately 25 hours to complete. While the participants are able to interact with one another during the Foundations Course, the course is designed for you to go through it on your own, without input or feedback from your instructors.

The precourse is either required or recommended based on a very short placement test meant to assess your skills and knowledge areas after the admissions process.

After the Foundations Course, the cohort meets for the first time in August on Yale's campus for one week. During the On-Campus Week, participants receive an introduction or a refresher on climate change, an overview of investment opportunities and challenges, and an introduction to the barriers to clean energy finance and deployment. Participants also meet their peers, learn the basics of team dynamics to address the challenges of collaborating online, and expand their professional networks.

Immediately following the on-campus week, participants will begin the first of four eight-week online core courses, which run from August through May. Core courses all include a mandatory weekly one-hour live session.

FDCE curriculum format

All online course material, be it the foundations precourse or the core courses, is made accessible through Yale's online platform, Canvas and admitted participants receive a link the week prior to the start of the Foundations Course.

You can learn more about the structure of the core courses here, and read more about the content of the core courses here.