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Develop your career skills in the low-carbon, energy-efficient building, and resource management sector with building-based courses and programs at Douglas College.
The courses are designed to help you develop specific management, technical, and critical thinking competencies needed to manage change and to work effectively with others in the modern building and built-environment fields.
Our programs and courses have been developed with support from Natural Resources Canada, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, the BC Housing, and MetroVancouver, and many industry individuals.
We also partner with Canada Green Building Council and Passive House Canada to deliver workshops they have developed.
PEAK - Buildings is our flagship certificate program comprised of seven courses:
Time commitment for each course = 30 hours over a six-week period for each course.
The program is part-time. It will take less than 1 year to complete.
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:
Graduates are well positioned to go directly into the workforce in a variety of roles, depending on previous experience and qualifications. You will also be well prepared to continue your career education through further training.
The following jobs have been filled by graduates, and represent potential career destinations for graduates:
Related credentials of interest to current students and alumni include:
Skills developed by graduates have led their careers down different paths, including:
Our courses combine advanced understandings of improving building-based energy and environmental performance with energy efficiency and cost containment approaches to energy management.
Competencies developed include navigating current sensibilities concerned with energy and resources, including public and organizational policies, programs and incentives.
You will also gain a practical understanding of building systems, such as:
Building science topics include:
We believe in helping students develop necessary technical skills and the communication skills needed for facilitating policy and organizational changes while implementing energy and resource conservation measures.
Graduates of the program take their place in the low-carbon economy, providing important contributions to a sustainable society.
Douglas College building and energy management education is recognized by the Fortis BC Energy Specialist program.
You can enrol in the PEAK-Buildings Foundational Knowledge course at any time. Check the Current course offerings page for registration details and information about other upcoming courses.
Courses can be taken individually, and in any sequence. Intake for courses occurs regularly. Please check the Current course offerings page for upcoming courses.
Please contact the program facilitator to discuss the suitability of the program based on your background, interests and experience.
For more information, please contact us via email.
Ongoing online check-ins: Former, current, and prospective students are invited to participate in periodic online meetings. This is a good way to connect with others in the field, find out more about the course, and receive extra help if enrolled in the course. To be sent notices for these and other upcoming events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Workshops with partners for information about LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation courses, other Canada Green Building Council courses, Passive House courses, and specialized cohort training.
Financial support provided by Natural Resources Canada
Funding for developing the PEAK/Buildings program was provided by the BC Housing.