It’s time to settle this issue once and for all. So how can one become a licensed energy auditor in Kenya? Below are 3 requirements needed to become one?
I. You first must ensure you have the requisite combination of both academic and professional experience. The table below details what academic qualifications and experience are required for the license.
|Education (Academic)||Professional (Job)|
|A degree in technology or engineering or equivalent in a relevant field.||At least three years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning|
|Post graduate Engineer (Masters of Engineering / Masters of Technology)||At least two years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning|
|A graduate Engineer with postgraduate degree in Energy Management or equivalent||At least two years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning|
|Higher National Diploma Engineer or equivalent||At least six years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning|
|A post graduate degree in Physics or Electronics or Chemistry (with Physics and Mathematics at graduation level)||
At least three years work experience in Energy operations or Maintenance or Planning
|A First degree in Architecture or equivalent field||
At least three years work experience in design and use of Energy efficient buildings
|A Masters degree in Architecture or equivalent in relevant field.||
At least two years work experience in design and use of Energy efficient buildings
II. Once you have attained both academic and professional qualification. You must also attain an energy management certification from a body recognized by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), or Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Management, or Masters of Science in Energy Management from a recognized University.
National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) together with ERC are also developing the course for energy auditors. The course is not yet ready. For now you can contact KAM for more information on when they shall be conducting the AEE course for energy auditors in Kenya. If not and your pockets are deep, you can contact AEE and fly either to South Africa or any other country offering the training.
III. Once you have both step I and II, you need to work with a licensed auditor and acquire 5 energy audits. This is normally a tough step since not so many people are doing energy audits. With time as the consumers are getting aware of energy audits, it will become easier getting the energy audits. You also must decide which category of energy auditor license you want to attain. There are two categories of licensed energy auditors.
1) Category A – You need to have at least 5 energy audits one of which must be an investment grade audit
2) Category B- You need to have conducted at least 5 general audits.
So once you have all the 3 steps checked, you go to the ERC online portal and make your application. The portal can be accessed @ https://portal.erc.go.ke
If ERC finds your papers and qualifications valid. They will invite you to a written interview. If you score more than 50% in the written interview, they will invite you to an oral interview. You will then be awarded the license if you are successful in both interviews. So if you have an energy auditing firm, you can use your auditor license to license it.
So that’s pretty much it. I hope this helps. If you have any more queries, feel free to ask.