The Basics Principles of Energy (BPE) is an introductory module to more advanced training in energy and covers energy in its various forms, energy units, principles of electricity, thermal energy principles and heat transfer.

The context of the course addresses the basic principles of electricity and energy including the various forms of energy in chemical, thermal, mechanical and electrical energy including electricity i.t.o. voltage, current, power, demand, direct and alternating current, resistive loads, conductive loads, capacitive loads, synchronous machines. Describing the units of energy, metric system, power equivalents, power and energy units i.t.o, the difference between electrical, mechanical and thermal energy, boiler capacity and heat energy production. Basic calculations demonstrating the relationship between power, voltage, current, power factor in ac circuits, calculations i.t.o. relationship between electrical energy, average demand and time, average vs instantaneous demand and metering. Thermal energy principles, temperature, pressure, heat capacity i.t.o. mass, temperature change, material/ substance type, sensible and latent heat i.t.o. evaporation, condensation, moist, steam tables for heat transfer, psychrometric charts for determining humidity of air. Principles of heat transfer i.t.o. conduction, convection, thermal radiation, basic heat loss.

  • Explain energy and its various forms
  • Describe the units of energy
  • Explain the basic principles of electricity
  • Apply thermal energy principles
  • Apply the principles of heat transfer

The following learning is assumed to be in place and recognition of prior learning of knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent of:

  • Communication at NQF level 5
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 5

The examination and certification process is optional and you may take the course without it as well. The examination is typically held on the morning of day 4, or at any other AEE examination day. Examination questions are based on concepts and experiences contained within this program material. The exam, which must be completed within 4-hours, is open book, with a mixture of multiple choice and true/false questions.

This is a voluntary exam and delegates must book for the examination and submit a certification application form before taking the exam. The examination may only be taken after completion of the prescribed AEE CRM® training at a licensed AEE training provider.

Note that exam results will only be issued once candidate is in good standing with EnTF.

Eligibility For Certification


Education and Experience:

Training Costs*

R4 700.00 (Excl. VAT)

Examination: A 4-hour voluntary examination may be written in the afternoon on he next day, or a later date – subject to pre-application and registration

Examination Cost*

R3 200.00 (Excl. VAT)

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Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for ECSA requirements. 5 CPD for attending the course, 1 CPD when the examination is passed.ECSA-logo_150x132

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

7.2 credits for Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) demonstration to re-certify on another AEE certification program.


International certification with the AEE

International AEE certification may be applied for as a CEM® on attaining a 70% pass-mark for the examination.


Terms and conditions

1. First paid first served policy applies for booking security.

2. Booking security requires the following to be received six (6) working days prior to the commencement of the course:

A. Full payment with proof of payment supplied.

B. A deposit of 25% with proof of payment supplied.

C. A purchase order for the full amount of the invoice.

3. Fees include coffee/tea/juice on arrival, mid-morning coffee/tea with pastries, mid-afternoon coffee/tea with biscuits, and lunch. For training the fee includes the text books and course fee. For examinations the fee includes the examination fee, marking fee, certification application fee, and 1 year membership of AEE for successful candidates.

4. It is the responsibility of the candidate attending the course to arrange their own travel, accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

5. Policy on international candidates

A. Invoices exclude withholding and country-specific taxes. Should these be leveraged by your country government, we reserve the right to invoice the responsible entity/person to recoup the costs.

B. VAT is payable for candidates attending training in South African borders, this may be claimed on departure from South Africa using the tax invoice.

6. Policy on cancellations

A. Cancellations received within five (5) working days prior to the first day of training will carry a 25% cancellation fee. No course material will be supplied.

B. Cancellations received six (6) working days prior to the first day of training will receive a full refund.

7. Policy on accounts not in good standing

A. The candidate in attendance at the course ultimately remains responsible for payment of the outstanding account and providing the proof of payment thereof.

B. In the event that a candidate, or the candidate’s organisation is not in good standing with us we reserve the right to withhold:

– Certificates of Attendance
– Course Attendance Registers
– Issuing of ECSA CPD credits
– Examination Results
– AEE Certification Application and/or Renewal Submissions
– AEE Certification Certificates
– Listing on the AEE website

8. The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) is the energy division of Faculty Training Institute (Pty) Ltd and the invoice will be made out by Faculty Training Institute.

9. Proforma invoices will be supplied, Tax Invoices will be raised on request but these are payable within 30 days of issue.

10. Right of Admission Reserved.