Deadline: Dec - 01 - 2018
Deadline: Dec - 01 - 2018
For successful RE and EE installations 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. As such, ECREEE in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and other partners initiated the establishment of a Regional Certification Scheme (RCS) in 2015 for member states. The RCS is based on a Job-Task-Analysis (JTA) and initially focusing on certifying the competencies and skills of off-grid photovoltaic systems technicians but will gradually covers other RE and EE professions. By certification of skills, there is a reassurance that a technician/professional has the competencies required to complete a job safely and effectively. Lastly, certification requires (i) regular training that forces the practitioner to stay current, and (ii) work on multiple types of jobs, learn new skills, and network with peers.
The RCS will provide quality credentialing for practitioners who will participate and be successful in these competency-based examinations. These credentials will be recognized in all ECOWAS Member States and promote mobility of these Certified Sustainable Energy Practitioners (CSEP). Again, in order to strengthen the reputation of the Scheme at the regional level, ECREEE as the Regional Certification Body will seek accreditation to the international standards such as ISO/IEC 17024:2012 norm “Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons”. Persons who want to acquire these credentialing of the RCB must meet all the requirements set by the Scheme and pass the regional competency-based examinations that will be hosted by selected Partner Examination Centres (PEC) in each member state. Inexperienced persons that want to be certified will be trained in Partner Training Centres (PTC) selected by the RCB.
The overall objective of the regional certification programme is to support the development of renewable energy (RE) markets in the ECOWAS region by improving the skills of RE professionals and credentialing through a regional certification system, which is to be based on unified and harmonized technical guidelines (JTA) for each target group and skills level.
The first phase of this programme aims to carry out this required task for the operationalisation of the RCS first for installers of off-grid solar PV systems. As such, ECREEE and GIZ hereby call for applications from interested bidders to provide quotations for certificate and professional ID card printing materials together with a sample certificate that meets the criteria listed in the Annex and below features:
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