The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) has granted one Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) Continued Professional Development (CPD) credit for persons taking the international Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) examinations to attain international certification status as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM®), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA®), Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP®), and Certified Renewable Energy Professional (REP®).
Persons wishing to sit the AEE examinations are required to attend the CEM, CEA, CMVP or REP training at a recognised training partner of the AEE, which for the Southern African region is the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF). EnTF has been training and conducting AEE examinations since 2002 and facilitates the certification applications and renewals of certification on behalf of the AEE for the African continent at large.
AEE training modules are short learning periods from 2-5 days, whereafter an examination is written which requires solving problem and solution statements. AEE’s Certification qualifications training modules are not designed for beginners in the industry – although it gives the most comprehensive overview to introduce you to the fact that it is an industry not to be taken lightly. For attaining the qualification, the syllabus is designed to culminate together all the disciplines in the engineering fields to enhance and build on the experience candidates already have in the industry – to form a holistic understanding of energy and its bigger picture.
The success of the AEE qualification programs comes in that it requires working experience, more so than existing qualifications – and of course passing the examination with 70%. But the most important aspect is that you need to keep that experience current, and the Certification requires renewal every three years, giving a reasonable amount of assurance to clients and employers that an individual that carries the qualification is keeping abreast of the industry trends.
The figures speak for themselves, as there are currently just over 23,000 active AEE Professionals in the world from 105 countries where AEE qualifications are recognised, of which just 1,000 are in the Southern African region in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Seychelles, Namibia and Kenya.
Many other schemes exist – but few as large and successful with so much peer review to accept candidates for Certification. In our region there is a board for the African continent that review Certification applications and renewals, whereafter a similar review process is done internationally. Each applicant’s CV and project descriptions are peer reviewed before Certification is granted.
EnTF presents its regular public courses, as well as EWSETA modular training which creates a pathway to AEE training, to organisations as in-house sessions combined with facilitated learning and mentorship to ensure training aligned to the client’s requirements and the outcomes required for the trainees.
All EnTF courses carry CPD credits for ECSA awarded by the SAIEE. EnTF courses that carry CPD credits include:
- CEM: 5 CPD credits plus 1 for taking the examination – a possible 6 credits
- CEA, CMVP and REP all carry 3 CPD credits plus 1 for taking the examination – a possible 4 credits
- The following courses are not AEE courses and do not have examinations but are presented as pathway training towards AEE qualifications, or additional training for AEE professionals:
o Building Energy Auditor Training (BEAT) carries 5 CPD credits
o Fundamentals of Energy Management Training (FEMT) carries 3 CPD credits
o Measurement and Verification Standard Training (MVST) carries 3 CPD credits
More information about energy training qualifications in Africa, examinations, costs and dates, visit our website www.energytrainingfoundation.co.za