Inaugural Thermal Energy Technologist (TERT) Certification Training Programme

Organised by UTM Spinoff company, Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE).

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TERT training is now offered by OPTIMISE Academy

Malaysia’s first online Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist (TERT) workshop series kicked off yesterday with the first batch of 25 selected trainees from among future and experienced energy auditors, energy managers, consultants, industrial practitioners, technologists and researchers out of nearly 100 workshop applicants.

Fully sponsored by PENJANA HRDF GIG fund, the workshop is part of OPTIMISE’s and UTM-PROSPECT’s initiative to build capacity and expertise for the current and future Thermal Energy Auditors and Experts, in support of the government’s aspiration to build resilience and create a sustainable and efficient industrial eco-system through initiatives such as the National Energy Award (NEA), Energy Audit Conditional Grant (EACG) and the anticipated enactment of Malaysia’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA).

The current batch of TERT trainees is expected to complete User (Level 1) and Advanced (Level 2) of the TERT workshop program by the end of March 2021. There are four levels of the Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist (TERT) Certification program. TERT Level 1 is a three-day workshop session aimed at providing participants with the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist “User Level” recognition upon successful completion of the module.  TERT Level 1 began on 28th February and will end on 2nd March 2021.

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A group photo of Trainers & Trainees of TERT level 1

Next, TERT Level 2 is aimed at upskilling participants on the advanced Process Integration based on Pinch Analysis techniques to maximise energy savings. Level 2 modules include integration of combined heat and power systems, implementing process changes, manufacturing site-wide analysis and retrofit of existing heat exchanger networks. Passing this module will qualify participants for the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 2: Advanced’ expertise.

Participants who completed the Advanced TERT module will have the chance to be a Certified TERT Expert by completing TERT Level 3.  Participants shall need to complete a set of assignment and pass a qualifying exam for the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 3: Expert’ certification.

Finally, participants will have the chance to promote themselves to the level of an industrial practitioner by completing a real life industrial process integration project.  Upon successful completion of the project, participants are required to submit the project report to be verified by the company manager. Participants will finally undergo a competency-based interview to communicate their experiences as a proof the acquired competency.  Successful completion of this level will earn them ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – TERT Level 4: Industrial Practitioner’ Certification.

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Dr Lim Jeng Shiun covering his topic with fellow trainees on the second day of TERT training.
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