CompEx is the international scheme for competency validation and certification of personnel who work in explosive atmospheres. Through a network of independent training and assessment centres, the CompEx Scheme supports practitioners in a range of industrial sectors including oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food manufacturing and utilities.

The Scheme was developed in 1993 to provide the UK oil and gas sector with credible assurance of transferable skills and competency for electrical, control and instrumentation technicians operating in hazardous areas. Since that time CompEx has continued to incorporate a range of competency qualifications to embrace a diverse range of roles and industrial settings.

Modules continue to be developed, such as the updated Recognised Practitioner Programme (Ex01-04RPP), and soon to launch, Introduction to Hydrogen course, and the updated Water Utilities (Ex09-10) course.

CompEx is working to develop new blended and on-line routes for learning and assessment with its stakeholders to ensure that competency and safety continue to be supported. As part of this plan, CompEx and its centre network will provide an ongoing programme of professional development to support practitioners throughout their careers.

Quality and impartiality are essential, and CompEx is the only Ex competency scheme to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17024:2012 – Conformity Assessment – General Requirements of bodies offering Certification of Persons.

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