Green Cert goes global - Students can now study for their Green Cert all over the world
Students are currently studying for their Green Cert from as far away as Perth in Australia and Abu Dhabi.
An initiative to provide the Green Cert course for students on an island off the west coast has acted as the springboard for a novel educational service.
Westport College of Further Education (CFE) is this year delivering an online Green Cert course to around 100 people, with some students thousands of kilometres away.
The online Green Cert is also good for the environment, as Westport CFE claimed this year's course had saved 300,000km of travel - and that's not counting the lads on the other side of the world.
The concept of the online course grew from an enquiry to Westport CFE from the development company on Clare Island off Louisburgh, Co Mayo on how eight students could best access the college's Green Cert course. "The teachers going out to provide the course on the island, or the students coming in to Westport, didn't work with the ferry times," college principal, Michael Murphy, recalled.
It was then proposed that the classes could be streamed live on the internet to the eight students. This solution worked so well that 12 more students on the mainland enrolled for the online classes.
This year the college has around 100 students doing the Green Cert online, with three separate classes.