Training Program for Technical & Extension Officers on Biogas Systems
The Project has designed, developed and is now delivering training programs on biogas systems targeted at 2 main audiences, the Extension Officers of provincial institutions and the masons who are to be engaged in construction and commissioning of tailored biogas systems.
The Extension Officers would undergo 2 training programs on biogas systems, basic and advanced. Basic training is for them to know the fundamental aspects of biogas systems and motivate them to be an Extension Officer engaged in the project activities. After introducing the project, they shall undergo the aspects of multiple benefits of biogas systems, science, technology, operations, maintenance, and exercises on basic calculations.
The advanced training is designed for selected Extension Officers to carry out feasibility studies, construction and installation supervision, and post construction verification of biogas systems. In addition to them, there also will be sessions on quality assurance, aesthetics, selection of technology, environment, health and safety aspects of biogas systems. After these deliberations, they shall make a field visit to a few biogas systems which are in the process of construction, and completed and being used.
The other training is provided to selected masons, who have masonry skills and for selected Extension Officers to gain hands on skills on the whole process from selecting a suitable site for a biogas system to commissioning of biogas systems. This is a hands-on residential training running for 7 days. To become a biogas registered technical service provider, the experience and competencies of masons is a pre-requisite and completing this training would be an advantage for those interested to become a registered biogas technical service provider.
Nearly 750 Extension Officers and 50 masons are targeted to attend the training programs from Central, Southern, Uva, North-Western and Eastern Provinces. The programs are delivered by a pool of experts from UNDP NAMA Project and the SLSEA.