Launched in 2001 as a vision to broaden South and Southern Africa's pool of knowledge in the energy efficiency sector, the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) programme has trained 1860 professional and Certified 431 energy efficiency professionals, whom are actively involved in the Southern African energy industry. Of the 431 Certified professionals, 217 are Certified Energy Managers (CEM®s) with 18 energy managers in-training, and the balance contributes as energy auditors and measurement and verification professionals.
The CEM course was the first of the EnTF initiative. To facilitate the need of the South African industry to continuously contribute to energy efficiency, the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP®) course was launched in 2006 to ensure accurate and verifiable reporting of savings to receive energy efficiency project grants and recognition. Currently 95 professionals are active CMVPs® and 3 are in-training. These professionals have gained invaluable experience to accommodate future requirements with prevailing tax incentives for energy efficiency projects that are set to encourage industry investment in this sector. Subsequently the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA™) course was initiated in 2009, with 70 auditors currently active and 13 in-training.
These Certified professionals are based around the country in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Potchefstroom, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch, Witbank, Sandton, East London, Richards Bay and Edgemead.
The year 2013 will see the launch of the Certified Renewable Energy Professional (REP™) training course for which a high demand has occurred in South Africa with the explosion of renewable energy sector in the country. AEE designed the REP™ training to raise the professional standards of those involved in the specification and application of renewable and alternative energy technologies, assessment of renewable energy projects, and development of achievable low-carbon and sustainability goals for organisations.
These courses are all developed and promoted by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in the United States. All these certification programmes require that specific educational and/or experiential criteria be met. The qualifications obtained at the EnTF are recognised internationally as one of the leading standards in competence in energy management, as well as measurement and verification, energy auditing, and renewable and alternative energy. Locally these courses are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for engineering practitioner's registration renewal requirements.
EnTF also meets the ISO 9001 standards requirements with its Energy Management System Implementation (EnMSI) training course which was developed with DQS. The Fundamentals of Energy Management Training (FEMT) course, also locally developed, serves as an introductory training course to understand the basics of energy management and energy efficiency.
A great variety of vertical industries, both locally and in the African region, benefit from having these certified professionals within their organisations. Industry representatives have qualified from economic sectors such as financial institutions, major retail stores, metering technology companies, government departments, food and beverage manufacturers, energy management specialists, gas corporations, aluminium, iron and steel, civil construction, lighting, electronics equipment manufacturers, pulp and paper industries, cement manufacturers, local utilities, major property investment groups, facility management organisations, solar suppliers, academia, consulting engineering firms, electrical engineering consultants, mines, and many more.