The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) is seeking input from commercial and industrial energy auditing stakeholders on a proposed training and professional certification pathway for Australia’s energy auditors.
A major update of the Australian/New Zealand Standard for energy audits was released in 2014 – the AS/NZS 3598 series. The new standards are a significant departure from the previous standard, AS/NZS 3598:2000, and are presented in three parts to cater for different types of activity:
- AS/NZS 3598.1: 2014 Energy audits – Commercial buildings
- AS/NZS 3598.2: 2014 Energy audits – Industrial and related activities
- AS/NZS 3598.3: 2014 Energy audits – Transport related activities
Currently, there is no way for clients to easily identify appropriately qualified and experienced suppliers of energy auditing services to suit their industry and equipment. Nor is there a recognised career pathway to support energy auditors in developing the competencies they require to undertake a robust audit.
Establishing a national professional pathway to certification for energy auditors is one way of addressing these issues.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Sustainability Victoria (SV) and the EEC are working together to assess the need for a training and certification pathway for Australia’s energy auditors, and – if a need exists – the best model for such a pathway.
The closing date for feedback is 29 September 2017.
The consultation document can be accessed here.