ASHE members taking advantage of free online classes

An article in Health Facilities Management magazine http://www.hfmmagazine.com/display/HFM-news-article.dhtml?dcrPath=/templatedata/HF_Common/NewsArticle/data/HFM/Magazine/2014/Aug/ashe-energy-university-online-classes-free  I saw recently peaked my attention and I wanted to be sure you were aware of it.

ASHE members recently reached a milestone in continuing education and energy efficiency. ASHE members have taken more than 1,200 free online classes through Energy University.   We, at Schneider Electric, have worked with ASHE at a national level so that ASHE members can take these courses and receive CEUs.

Energy University offers a series of e-learning courses available to ASHE members at no cost. The courses are helping facility professionals learn new ways to create energy efficiency health care facilities, which is an especially important topic as hospitals search for ways to reduce operational costs.

Energy University is one of several ASHE resources devoted to helping facility professionals cut costs and utility bills.  Energy University compliments these resources by providing continuing education for facility professionals.

Three ASHE learning paths are available to help members find the curriculum that will be most beneficial to them.

Technician Energy Management Path: This learning path provides an in-depth and comprehensive overview of the basic building systems of the power plant and controls. Before you can achieve maximum efficiency in system operations, it is vital to have a good foundation on the intended function and operations of each system—including boilers and steam systems, compressed air, fans, pumps, and building controls. A “how stuff works” course on each system provides staff members with the practical overview needed to spot energy hogs.

Healthcare Facility Manager Energy Management Path: This path includes a complete survey of the foundational knowledge that a health care facility manager needs to take control of energy.  Topics include lighting, power drive systems, commissioning, measurement and verification, energy billing, and procurement.  This learning path will equip facility managers to understand the available opportunities, have an educated dialogue with experts,  prioritize projects, obtain approvals and funding, successfully select and acquire solutions, and follow up on results.

Energy Manager Management Path: Those looking to advance beyond the foundational elements and boost their energy IQ should take this learning path. This learning path begins with a focused look at energy procurement and provides financial and measurement tools to maximize and sustain results.  This set of classes will enable participants to find opportunities, understand costs, and express financial benefits in order to obtain approvals and secure results.

To access ASHE’s learning paths and the free online courses, visit
www.ashe.org/energyuniversity

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