The ECOWAS Certification Body (RCB) for Sustainable Energy Skills is a West Africa's foremost regional certification body established by all ECOWAS countries with the support of IRENA, GIZ and other partners to promote quality assurance at all levels through a regional certification scheme known as the ECOWAS Certification of Sustainable Energy Skills (ECSES) scheme. The certification of skills is considered essential for the success of the RE and EE market and future projects in the West African countries because certification gives the reassurance that technicians and 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 RE and EE systems. In order to achieve this quality assurance at various levels of the value chain, stakeholders put emphasis on the establishment and enforcement of product standards. However, high-quality products that will enter the region will only provide the desired services if systems are designed, installed and maintained by highly qualified professionals.
The Regional Certification Body (RCB) is committed to providing credential programs of quality and integrity for the practitioners and the consumers of the ECOWAS region. RCB understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out certification functions. The RCB ensures that the objectivity of the ECSES scheme is complete and administers its programme activities to the highest standards. The RCB treats all applicants, candidates, and credential holders fairly and impartially by following the guidelines and procedures. RCB holds all credential holders to high standards of ethical and professional practice. The RCB maintains policies and procedures designed to manage conflict of interests and ensure objectivity throughout the credentialing process. Currently, all the structures and procedures of the ECSES scheme are aligned with the requirements of the standard ISO/IEC 17024:2012 and currently being administered by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in partnership with public and private institutions in the 15 ECOWAS countries.
RCB’s goal is to develop regional credentialing programs in partnership with its national institutions that will:
support the development of the renewable energy and energy efficiency market
provide value to practitioners of the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry
promote worker safety and skill
Promote consumer confidence