ECOWAS Certification Examinations for Off-grid Standalone Solar PV Technicians/Professionals (Nigeria-Lagos)

08/26/2019 - 08:00 a 08/30/2019 - 18:00

Do you want to become an ECOWAS certified off-grid solar photovoltaic systems professional?

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) with the support of the with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and other partners offers you the opportunity to have the regional and international recognition of your skills in the installation of off-grid solar photovoltaic systems.


In fulfilment of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy and the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) of ECOWAS member states, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has established a Regional Certification Scheme (RCS). The goal of the RCS is to promote professional competency, build capacity and address the quality assurance gaps that exist along the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) value-chain.

The rationale behind this Action is that for successful RE and EE market 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. The certification of skills is considered essential because certification gives the reassurance that professionals have the competencies and capacities required to complete a job safely and effectively. More specifically, certification is a way to promote the quality and safety of systems.

The RCS is based on a Job-Task-Analysis (JTA) that was developed by all ECOWAS member states with inputs from stakeholders and industry experts. ECREEE also aligns all the structures and procedures of the certification system to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 “conformity assessment-General requirements for bodies performing certification of persons".

The ECSES scheme’s certification and credentials positively impact career and industry by giving:


  • Training courses and certification that is acknowledged in all ECOWAS countries;
  • Enhanced skills, reputation, credibility, and consumer confidence;
  • Mobility to other ECOWAS countries, regional platform, the credentials provides the“passport” to national and regional sustainable energy project, recognition and professional competitive advantage and job market in the ECOWAS region;


  • Availability of competent and efficient workforce;
  • Increased credibility and confidence to the clean technology by the potential investors (better system performance and reduced risks);
  • Satisfied customers (efficient installations, less technical failures, lower operational costs).

This scheme is currently covering only technicians/professionals of off-grid solar PV systems, but will gradually be extended to other RE and EE professionals. The regional certification scheme is designed to test the competencies of candidates. Candidates who will demonstrate the requisite skills, abilities, and knowledge typically required in installing and maintaining off-grid solar PV systems in this competency-based examination will be awarded the certificates and professional ID cards of the Regional Certification Body (RCB). The process for getting certified is illustrated in the figure 1 below.

 The stages of the competency-based examination are practical and written as illustrated in figure 2 below. An applicant can only be certified after passing the written and practical examination. The examinations are designed to assess the competencies of the candidates based on the JTA.


Nigeria Examination Schedule:

  • Place of Examination: Lagos, ASTEVEN Renewable Energy Academy

              Date: 26 to 30 August 2019

              To Apply online for the Nigeria Certification Scheme Examination in Lagos, click here

              Read or download the brochure of the programme, click here

In case you want to fill an off line form, please download it by clicking it here, fill it and email it to



The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)

Achada Santo Antonio, ECREEE Building, 2nd floor, C.P. 288, Praia, Cape Verde


Tel: +2382604633  

Free Whatsapp Call: +2389114455 |


Deadline for submission of application: 24th of August June 2019

NB: The registration fee is 80,000 Niara.


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