Nuclear Power & Energy Online Course & Certificate

20 contact hours
Used For:
2 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

Nuclear energy is a source of power which is created from energy released by a nuclear reaction. In this course the student will study the history of nuclear power, the basic principles of reactor design and operation at commercial nuclear electrical generating facilities. It includes an examination of nuclear waste issues, a study of the important events which occurred at commercial nuclear plants, and a look towards the future of the electrical generating industry.

This course is designed for the following personnel

  • Power and energy employees aiming for a more specialized career focus
  • Staff in companies supporting or newly engaging with the nuclear sector
  • Nuclear company personnel seeking broader knowledge of the entire industry
  • Legal, financial and insurance professionals related to the energy sector
  • Consultants coming to projects involving nuclear issues
  • Government officials in energy and environmental portfolios


After completing Nuclear Power & Energy Fundamentals, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • What is nuclear power
  • What is the energy potential
  • What are the advantages & disadvantages
  • How to design a nuclear reactor and facility
  • How to safely produce nuclear energy
  • What are the wastes produced
  • What is the outlook for the future


No prerequisites are required.

 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam for each course. 

  • Nuclear Power: Terminology, History, Technical Basics and the Current State of the Industry

  • Nuclear Power Stations: Operations and Maintenance

  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle

  • Nuclear Safety

  • Decommissioning, Public Perception and Accident Analysis

  • Future Developments and Challenges


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.