Do you want to become an ECOWAS certified off-grid solar photovoltaic systems technician/professional?
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) with the support of the with the support GIZ, IRENA and other partners offers you the opportunity to have the regional and international recognition of your skills in the installation of off-grid solar photovoltaic systems.
In fulfilment of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy and the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) of ECOWAS member states, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has established a Regional Certification Scheme (RCS). The goal of the RCS is to promote professional competency and address the quality assurance gaps that exist along the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) value-chain.
The rationale behind this Action is that for successful RE and EE market and projects, there is a need for quality assurance at various levels. This includes quality assurance of equipment e.g. through the establishment and enforcement of product standards. However, high-quality products will only provide the desired services if RE and EE systems are designed, installed and maintained by highly qualiﬁed individuals. The certiﬁcation of skills is considered essential because certiﬁcation gives the reassurance that professionals have the competencies and capacities required to complete a job safely and eﬀectively. More speciﬁcally, certiﬁcation is a way to promote the quality and safety of systems.
The RCS is based on a Job-Task-Analysis (JTA) that was developed by all ECOWAS member states with inputs from stakeholders and industry experts. ECREEE also aligns all the structures and procedures of the certification system to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 “conformity assessment-General requirements for bodies performing certification of persons".
The scheme’s certification and credentials positively impact career and industry by giving:
- Training courses and certification that is acknowledged in all ECOWAS countries;
- Enhanced skills, reputation, credibility, and consumer confidence;
- Mobility to other ECOWAS countries, regional platform, the credentials provides the“passport” to national and regional sustainable energy project, recognition and professional competitive advantage and job market in the ECOWAS region;
- Availability of competent and efficient workforce;
- Increased credibility and confidence to the clean technology by the potential investors (better system performance and reduced risks);
- Satisfied customers (efficient installations, less technical failures, lower operational costs).
This certification is designed to test the competencies of candidates. Candidates who will demonstrate the requisite skills, abilities, and knowledge typically required in installing and maintaining off-grid solar PV systems in this competency-based examination will be awarded the credentials of the Regional Certification Body (RCB).
The process for getting certified is illustrated in the figure 1 below.
Figure 1: Steps to certification (Step 1: Application, Step 2: Examination, Step 3: Examination)
The stages of the competency-based examination are practical and written as illustrated in figure 2 below. An applicant can only be certified after passing the written and practical examination. The examinations are designed to assess the competencies of the candidates based on the JTA.
Figure 2: Stages of certification examination
Nigeria Certification Examination Schedule:
Place of Examination: Lagos, ASTEVEN Renewable Energy Academy
Date: 26 to 30 August 2019
To Apply online for the Nigeria Certification Scheme Examination in Lagos, click here the button below.