The Scheme is structured to encourage public-private partnership. The public sector institutions that are partners to the ECSES Scheme carry the needed political weight and authority to the process, while the private sector institutions use their experience to build capacity. As such, the Regional Certification Body (RCB) has selected a network of partner training and examination centres or institutions in each ECOWAS country to train and undertake examinations respectively on behalf of the ECSES scheme. Candidates that want to acquire these credentialing must meet all the requirements set by the ECSES scheme including code of conduct after an individual is successfuly certified by the scheme. The competencies of every practitioners seeking these credentials will be assessed through competency-based examinations which will be hosted by these partner examination centres. Experienced practitioners who want to obtain the regional certification can select and locate any of the approved examination centres in s/he country to register and undertake the examination. Inexperienced persons that want to be certified can be trained in partner training centres after which s/he can register with an approved examination institution to schedule for examination. The ECREEE registers and lists selected training and examination institutions or centres that meets the requirement of the RCB on the ECSES scheme website as authorised centres to undertake training and to administer the certification examination on its behalf. 

 


Figure 1: Fow-chart showing the relation between the RCB and its national partners

 

In order to register as a partner institutions with the RCB, the Centre or institution must fills out an application form and submits it to the RCB's email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with all relevant supporting documents (listed in of the ECSES scheme guideline) including a receipt confirming the payment of [USD100] for the application fee. 

The Relevant documents that must be submitted include:
    ⦁ Copy of the curriculum (one for each relevant course/training module).
    ⦁ A complete checklist (the scheme guideline refers) mapping the curriculum to the JTA (one for each relevant course/training module)
    ⦁ Curriculum Vitae’s of the trainers
    ⦁ List of equipment available for conducting practical training
    ⦁ Form(s) with information about the courses given during the last two years

The RCB shall have the documentation reviewed and if satisfactory after inspection of the Centre's faciity, the Centre will be added to the ECSES scheme and listed on the website. The RCB will select qualified examination centres/institution to serve as the local partner for organizing the exams. The selected examination institutions shall support the RCB administer examinations as it keeps the credibility and impartiality of the Regional Certification Scheme. It is highly preferred that examination institutions are not training institutions listed under the scheme. 

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