EnTF is the approved training partner of the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the Southern African region and the training provider for the Southern African Association of Energy Efficiency (SAEE). All its training courses are accredited with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from 2 to 8 CPD credits.
SETA’s have been set up to encourage skills development through the establishment of a system of levies and grants, the registration of new learners and the quality assurance of training providers and assessors.
Izelle Bosman, manager of the EnTF, is very positive about the quality of training provided by her organisation and said, “By receiving the accreditation our organisation receives the nod from government that our aims of providing international quality training and qualifications is accredited as being in-line with the focus of the EWSETA to address the appropriate qualification and skills development needs in the energy and water sector in South Africa.”
Bosman continues, “With the backing of 36 years’ experience and existence of training and certifying energy engineers world-wide, the AEE is an Association of choice in 89 countries, whom all recognise the energy engineers trained by the AEE and its training partners, in South Africa the EnTF.” AEE has strict control for re-Certification every 3 years of their qualified professionals, as well as similar controls for the lecturers that EnTF uses. Bosman said, “We are very fortunate to have some of the top lecturers that have vast academic knowledge, practical industry experience, and excellent proficiency in communicating the concepts of the courses.”
The EnTF training courses allow almost instant return-on-investment of the training fee as trainees can leave the lecture hall and immediately implement improvements within their organisation whether a mine, a large industrial manufacturing plant, a utility, a green building, or a small office. Energy costs have over the past few years moved from being an expense to organisations, to being a major universal commodity cost due to the rising electricity rates and the need for back-up power and expensive alternative energy resources. EnTF courses not only equips trainees with the skills and knowledge on finding energy savings opportunities and implementing them, but teaches the holistic effect of implementing basic engineering fundamentals that bring about many additional improvements like increased production throughputs, lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life, better investment decision-making, enhanced working conditions, and many more.
In Southern Africa the EnTF has trained in excess of 1900 candidates in energy management, energy efficiency, co-generation, carbon reduction management, energy auditing, measurement and verification, fundamentals of energy engineering, and awareness over the past 11 years. Courses are scheduled from March to November throughout the country.
Pic: Izelle Bosman, Manager of the Energy Training Foundation, the training division of the recently EWSETA fully accredited training provider Energy Cybernetics.