The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) was appointed by the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LDEDET) to train and mentor Limpopo-based graduates towards implementing ISO50001 at organisations and achieving the required experience in order to complete the Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) examination so that they can meet the eligibility criteria to obtain the CEM qualification. Mabore Langa is the first student to complete her internship under mentorship from a CEM at Supreme Spring, a manufacturer of automotive suspension parts in Nigel, on the East Rand.
CEM is an ISO17024 qualification of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), made available to persons on the African continent since 2002 by the EnTF. AEE has over 23,000 current Certified Professionals in the world listed on an international website, of which over 17,000 are CEMs. AEE qualifications are recognised in 105 countries, making them the leading Certification body in the energy industry.
EnTF joined forces with LDEDET in an initiative where 30 students from Limpopo were selected to undergo extended training sessions in the basic aspects of energy management covering the engineering fields of mechanical, electrical, industrial, chemical, thermal and energy management. Thereafter the students underwent training in the international CEM syllabus, as well as ISO50001 energy management systems implementation training. The students were divided into groups and spent time on-site with EnTF mentors at facilities identified by LDEDET to conduct practical energy audits and compile audit reports.
LDEDET and EnTF thereafter arranged placement of the students at organisations to gain experience in energy management and all its related aspects. Where possible, placements were made under a current CEM who could provide the appropriate guidance.
LDEDET’s first student to complete her internship, Mabore Lange, received guidance from CEM and a Mechanical Engineer, Martin de Lange, the operations director at Supreme Spring. She formed part of the company’s energy team for a year which was led by Supreme Spring energy manager, JP Bredenhand, Mabore was involved with all aspects of the organisation’s ISO 50001 implementation and management of the Energy Management System (EnMS).
“Mabore was a crucial part of the energy team and she coordinated energy representative appointments, captured and collected important data and information, managed the EnMS files, reviewed and updated system documents and procedures, assisted during ISO 50001 audits, drafted communication bulletins, managed meeting minutes and many other administrative tasks related to energy management”, says de Lange. ISO 50001 is an EnMS which requires dedication by the whole organisation to align the documentation requirements, as well as to understand the technical requirements of the energy management opportunities identified to align with the objectives and targets of Supreme Spring’s EnMS, whereafter auditing and monitoring the progress towards these objectives and targets is required.
The placement at Supreme Spring allowed Mabore to gain experience and a complete understanding of the requirements for ISO 50001 as well as of the technical side of the implementation and equipment in the plant.
Mabore is now working towards sitting for her CEM examination. CEM requires candidates to not only take the intensive training session with an approved training provider such as EnTF, but they need to pass a 4-hour examination and obtain 70%, as well as have sufficient experience in relation to any of their existing qualifications in order to be able to write the letters CEM behind their name.
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