End of 2018 saw the launch of the Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) program in Nigeria by the Energy Training Foundation, the energy division of Faculty Training Institute (FTI) based in South Africa and the sole approved training provider for the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Extensive work has gone into the launch of the program by the individuals passionate about energy in Nigeria over a number of years to achieve this milestone. The AEE qualifications, such as CEM®, enables you to obtain a globally transferrable and usable Certification thereby enhancing career development and marketability of skills, besides the benefits an organisation receives that employees a CEM® through bottom line contribution, and reduced energy use. And now, Nigerians have the opportunity to become empowered through this globally accredit program.
In addition, Nigeria has now more than 10 AEE members and have started establishing a local AEE Chapter working towards being officially chartered. CEM® certification is a 42 year old Certification programme from the Certification Body the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) headquartered in the USA. AEE qualifications are recognised in over 100 countries around the world, as well as the Southern African region. To achieve CEM® candidates need to largely have sufficient work experience in energy management, as well as qualifications in a technical field. For those with no technical qualifications at least 10 years energy management experience is required. Candidates need to attend theoretical class-based training, whereafter an international examination has to be written and passed with 70%.