Retain certification

CompEx certification lasts for 5 years. Its important to make sure knowledge and skills are up to date and workers remain competent to work in explosive atmospheres.

Retaining certification

Renew your CompEx certification every 5 years

All CompEx certificates are issued with an expiry date and it is important that practitioners attend a CompEx course before that date if they want to retain their certification.

Choose the right course that meets your experience

For some people they will have been working regularly in hazardous areas, but for others it might be infrequent or not something they have done for a few years. For Gas and Vapours (Ex01-Ex04) and Fuel Forecourts (Ex07-Ex08) there are tailored two-day refresher courses available. Employers and practitioners should consider the knowledge, skills and recent experience when deciding which course to attend for recertification. Attending a full course may be more appropriate as it gives learners more classroom time ahead of practical assessments and theory examinations.

Revision and pre-course preparation

Employers should make sure that their staff have plenty of notice before attending a course, particularly for either of the Refresher courses (Ex01-04 and Ex07-Ex08).

It is important that you come fully prepared by completing enough revision of key topics such as relevant standards, regulations and directives; ignition sources; risk reduction; protection concepts; hazardous area classification; equipment marking and selection. Practical skills are also assessed so make sure that you can gland, terminate and inspect a variety of cables and equipment suitable for explosive atmospheres.

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