The short course for Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for Buildings is developed to be aligned with the outcomes of the Energy Audit Technician (EAT) Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) registered qualification. The course curriculum is aligned to enable registration of a Skills Programme to allow for recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards the full EAT qualification.
Electricians by nature of their basis qualification have a good platform to enter the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry. Energy efficiency requires teaching the integration of electrical, mechanical, thermal, civil, industrial etc engineering field to form a holistic overview of an energy use system’s operational requirements, as well as the energy sources being used. The EAT qualification consists of a fairly comprehensive curriculum which requires an outcomes of four energy system audits towards achieving the full EAT qualification. The EPC Practitioner Skills Programme is designed to teach the basics required for energy efficiency to perform a system audit on a building, with the outcomes to understand, plan, collect, analyse and report on the findings of the building audit for the purposes of getting a building ready for verification towards an EPC summary report and sample certificate. The audit process is aligned to the SANS50002 standard for energy audits as is required in the EAT.
The EPC Practitioner Skills Programme requires theoretical training online from the workplaces, together with the student mentors, with recordings made available for study and revision. A practical session to prepare for the workplace practical, and understand the equipment required and their uses, will prepare the students for the workplace assignment to prepare a building for an inspection to be issued with an EPC. The inspection will be the responsibility of the accounting officer in the case of a government owned, operated, or occupied building, or the building owner in the case of a private building owner. The programme will run over 3 months, where the first month will include 8 days of online training from the respective workplaces, 4 days of practical work at the College of Cape Town for Western Cape students, and Ekurhuleni East TVET College for Gauteng students, with the balance of the time at the mentor’s company where the assignment will be completed to perform the requirements to get the selected building ready for inspection to be considered for an Energy Performance Certificate.