Greening the qualifications suite

Hand in hand with green business go green skills. The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) has developed three exciting new qualifications using the QCTO methodology – ‘energy efficiency auditor’, ‘energy management adviser’ and ‘concentrated solar plant process controller’.

The first qualification, already registered by SAQA, prepares a candidate to conduct energy audits, which involve assessing, analysing and reporting on the energy performance of an organisation, equipment, system or process, and identifying opportunities to improve energy use and efficiency and to reduce costs.

Put another way, an energy audit aims to reduce the amount of energy input into the system without negatively affecting the output.

An energy management adviser develops, advises on and leads implementation of energy performance opportunities for sustainability, profitability and competitiveness. This function manages energy measurement, performance and verification, reduces fuel consumption, cuts emissions and increases fleet performance.

This qualification is between public comment and SAQA registration.

The last qualification prepares an individual to provide technical support and services in the installation, operation and maintenance of solar power plant processes, systems, facilities and equipment.

This work is a particular priority for South Africa, which aims to generate 42% of its electricity from renewable energy technology sources by 2030.

Seven concentrated solar power (CSP) plants have been, or are being, built, three already connected to the national grid.

CSP is currently treated as other renewable energy technologies, with no specific technology diffusion or adoption model.

Almost all South Africa’s electrical energy needs are supplied currently by coal power, which adds about one ton of CO² to the atmosphere for every MWh produced. CSP provides electricity at almost carbonneutral

This qualification has been recommended for SAQA registration. For more information visit EWSETA