Basic Principles of Energy (BPE) is a 1-day course for persons wishing to enter the energy industry, or that require a refresher course, or require an introduction to the various forms of energy, their sources, properties and uses to be able to understand where energy efficiency and savings opportunities can be found.

Basic Principles of Energy (BPE) covers chemical, thermal, mechanical and electrical energy with explanations in terms of their sources, properties and use. Understanding these basics will assist candidates in identifying where potential energy savings opportunities could be found. It is the ideal course for persons who want to do further training in energy efficiency, energy audits, energy management and measurement and verification. In addition it refreshes these concepts for persons that have been working in the industry over a period of time, who need to brush up on these concepts, prior to taking further training. Candidates who understand the syllabus of BPE will have a platform to undertake further training towards the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) international Certification programs such as Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP).

The content is aligned to SAQA Unit Standard, EWSETA Accredited NQF Level 5 earning 7 credits, 0.8 AEE credits.

A workbook is utilised to practice the concepts in class.

A Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) for completion should the candidate elect to pursue unit standard credits can be provided on request and at additional cost.

  • Energy in its various forms
    • Chemical energy is explained in terms of its source, properties and use
    • Thermal energy is explained in terms of sensible and latent energy and their properties
    • Mechanical energy is explained in terms of its source, uses and properties
    • Electrical energy is explained in terms of source, uses and propertie

 

  • Units of energy
    • Joules, British thermal units, kilowatt-hours, horsepower, Joules per second, kilowatts, ton
    • Energy equivalents between units
    • Power equivalents between units
    • Power and energy units are explained in terms of the difference between electrical, mechanical and thermal energy
    • Boiler capacity is explained in terms of heat energy production

 

  • Basic principles of electricity
  • The basic principles of electricity are explained in terms of voltage, current, power and demand
  • Electricity in terms of direct current and alternating current
  • Power factor in terms of resistive loads, conductive loads, capacitive loads and synchronous machines
  • Basic calculations are carried out to show the relationship between power, voltage, current, and power factor in alternating current circuits
  • Basic calculations are carried out to show the relationship between electrical energy, average demand and time
  • Demand and energy are explained in terms of average versus instantaneous demand and metering
  • Apply thermal energy principles

 

  • Energy in temperature and pressure
  • Units of Celsius, Kilopascals
  • Heat capacity is applied in terms of mass, temperature change, heat and the type of substance/material
  • Sensible and latent heat is explained and applied in terms of evaporation, condensation, moist air/humidity and steam
  • Steam tables are explained and applied in terms of heat transfer
  • The psychrometric chart is explained and applied in terms of determining the humidity of air.

 

  • Principles of heat transfer
  • Heat transfer is explained in terms of conduction, convection and thermal radiation
  • Conduction is explained in terms of conductance and temperature
  • Basic heat loss calculations are carried out in terms of the thermal conductivity of materials
  • The control of radiative heat transfer is explained in terms of insulating materials
  • An understanding of electricity
  • An understanding of energy principles
  • An understanding of temperature and heat
  • The various forms of energy

 

Candidates who understand the syllabus of BPE will have a platform to undertake further training towards the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) international Certification programs such as Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP).

Ideal for persons:

  • Starting out in the energy industry
  • Needing a refresher on the basics of energy
  • Wanting to prepare to cope with the fast paced nature of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) programs of Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP)

Basic skills required

  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5
  • Good command of the English language
  • Ability to use a scientific calculator
  • Attendance Certificate to candidates who have been in attendance for more than 85% of the course
  • Completion of the Portfolio of Evidence for assessment with an EWSETA accredited assessor the candidate can qualify for 7 credits on NQF Level 5
  • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) credits for Certification renewal

Launch offer for 2019 for training: R2,800-00 (excluding VAT)

Recognition

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.

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International certification with the AEE

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

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Terms and conditions

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

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

a. Full payment with proof of payment supplied.

b. A purchase order to the value of the full amount of the invoice for pre-approved clients.

c. For AEE examinations full AEE Certification Application with accompanying documentation.

3. Fees include:

a. Training courses: course fee, training manual, trainer costs, accreditation fees, venue and catering during training, attendance certificate, AEE chapter membership fee for one year.

b. AEE Examinations: exam fee, exam marking, accreditation fees, examiner costs, certification application and review, venue and snack during exam, exam passes and successful certification applications receive AEE membership for one year for pass candidates, AEE Certificate, AEE online listing.

4. It will be the responsibility of the course participants to book their own accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

5. Policy on international candidates:

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

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

5.3 Visa letters will only be issued to candidates that have paid in full for the training course.

6. Cancellation policy:

6.1 Cancellations received within six (6) working days prior to the first day of training will carry a 25% cancellation fee.

6.2 Cancellations received seven (7) working days or more prior to the first day of training will receive a full refund.

6.3 Examination sittings cancelled or moved more than six (6) working days prior to the exam date will carry a R300 excl reschedule fee.

6.4 We reserve the right to cancel a course should it not be financially viable.

7. Policy on accounts not in good standing:
The candidate in attendance at the course ultimately remains responsible to ensure full payment is received whether self-funded, through a sponsor, or their own company. In the event that a candidate, or the candidate’s organisation is not in good standing with the company 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 Certificate
Listing on the AEE website

8. Right of Admission Reserved.