CompEx

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CompEx (meaning Competency in Ex atmospheres) is a global certification scheme for electrical and mechanical craftspersons and designers working in potentially explosive atmospheres. The scheme is operated by JTLimited, UK and is accredited by UKAS to ISO/IEC 17024.[1]

The scheme was created by EEMUA (Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association) to satisfy the general competency requirements of BS EN 60079 (IEC 60079), parts 10, 14 and 17. The requirements are currently explicitly detailed in EN 60079 Part 14 Annex F,[2] detailing knowledge/skills and competency requirements for responsible persons, operatives and designers.

The scheme is broken down to twelve units covering different actions and hazardous area concepts.

CompEx has now developed core competency modules specifically for the USA, and provides NEC500 & NEC505 Ex01-Ex04. These are delivered at the approved CompEx Centre  : the Atec Training Academy : advertising [1]. The course delivers the NEC500 & NEC505 Code of Practice and encompasses the API RP 14FZ - Recommended Practice for Fixed and Floating Offshore Petroleum Facilities for Unclassified and Class 1, Zone 0, Zone 1, and Zone 2 locations in the delivery.


Unit Title
Ex01 The preparation and installation of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres
Ex02 The inspection and maintenance of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres
Ex03 The preparation and installation of Ex 'i' equipment and systems in explosive atmospheres
Ex04 The inspection and maintenance of Ex 'i' equipment and systems in explosive atmospheres
Ex05 The preparation and installation of electrical equipment protected by enclosure, for use in explosive dust atmospheres
Ex06 The maintenance and inspection of electrical equipment protected by enclosure, for use in expolsive dust atmospheres
Ex07 The preparation, installation and de-commissioning of electrical installations at fuel filling stations
Ex08 The inspection, test and maintenance of electrical installations at fuel filling stations
Ex09 The preparation and installation of electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres within the water industry
Ex10 The inspection, test and maintenance of electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres within the water industry
Ex11 The competency requirements for EN 13463 Parts 1, 5 and 6 for operatives working with mechanical equipment
Ex12 The competency requirements of IEC 60079 Part 14 for designers (design & selection)

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Ex14 The competency requirements of IEC 60079 Parts 10, 14 & 17 for Technical Person with Executive Function (Responsible Persons duties in Explosive Atmospheres)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ UKAS Schedule of Accreditation No 0270, issue #6, 2013-05-07.
  2. ^ BS EN 60079-14: "Explosive atmospheres - Electrical installations design, selection and erection" (2008)

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