On 17 September 2019, at the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, resulting from the successful pilot-trainings under the “Toward market-based skills for sustainable energy efficient construction – TRAINEE” project, certificates were awarded for designing and installing systems for the use of energy from renewable energy sources (RES) in construction.
The goal of the trainings for designing and installing systems for the use of energy from RES in construction was continuous improvement of the skills of the construction workers (installers) and engineers (designers) in building energy efficient constructions. The total duration of the trainings was 80 hours of teaching, divided in 30% theory classes, 60% of practical and on-site classes and 10% knowledge evaluation.
The event was opened by Jadranka Arizankovska, Senior Advisor at the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, and in the same time Coordinator of the TRAINEE project, who greeted the participants and pointed out that the main objective of the Project is improving the skills of the construction professionals – architects, engineers and construction workers in building energy efficient constructions.
Dr. Risto Janevski, President of the Energy Association within the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, pointed out that the need for trained and certified workforce in the area of utilization of energy from RES is inevitable and it is in accordance with the provisions from the revised Directive on renewable energy sources 2018/2001 (EU).
- Member States shall ensure that certification schemes or equivalent qualification schemes are available for installers of small-scale biomass boilers and stoves, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, shallow geothermal systems and heat pumps. Those schemes may take into account existing schemes and structures as appropriate, and shall be based on the criteria laid down in Annex IV of this Directive. Each Member State shall recognize the certification awarded by other Member States in accordance with those criteria. The Member States guarantee that the certification schemes or equivalent qualification schemes for installers will be available to the public. The Member States, likewise, should publish the list of installers that are qualified or authorized in accordance with the previous Paragraph, added Dr. Janevski.
Prof. Dr. Hristina Spasevska from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies within the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje pointed out that this is a serious training where the classes were conducted with models of photothermal and photovoltaic systems. Licensed software was used at the trainings, whereby the participants had the rare opportunity to be familiarized with the basics of designing and the software was used to produce specific project tasks.
The trainings were organized in 2 separate modules and 2 qualification levels, namely: Module 1: Designing and installing solar thermal collector systems, at two levels: for workers (installers) and engineers (designers) and Module 2: Designing and installing photovoltaic systems at two levels: for workers (installers) and engineers (designers).
From the 129 registered participants, 115 visited the trainings, of which 72 participants passed the final exam successfully – 49 engineers and 23 technicians/installers.
The TRAINEE project is part of the Call for energy efficiency 2014-2016, within the Horizon 2020 Program and is being conducted by the Economic Chamber of Macedonia as coordinator in partnership with: the Association for business and consultants Kreacija, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies within the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, the Public Institution Center for Adult Education – Skopje (COV), Engineering Institution of Macedonia (IIM) and WITS INSTITUTE SL – BIM Academy from Spain.