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Hazardous Areas and CompEx Training Courses

UL offers a variety of standardized hazardous location training courses, ranging from two- to five-day sessions, that use both practical and theoretical assessments. These courses can be customized to meet your specific training needs.

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Overview

We offer a variety of standardized hazardous location training classes as well as customized training courses. These courses use both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidate’s core competencies in the areas of standard safety regulations and protocols.

Hazardous area courses include:

  • CompEx Training (Ex 01-04)
  • CompEx Foundation
  • CompEx Referesher
  • CompEx 11 (Mechanical)
  • IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence (CoPC): Classroom Training, Practical Training, Examination
  • Hazardous Area Electrical Training (HAET-IADC)
  • Upstream NEC 500 – 505 (API RP)
  • Hazardous Area Combustible Dust Training

For more information about our training programs, please visit our technical education and training page.

CompEx Training (EX 01-01)

This five-day course provides delegates with an understanding of the terminology and protection concepts for electrical/instrument equipment utilized in explosive atmospheres. It contains International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards and ATEX European Directives, including the preparation, installation, inspection and maintenance of electrical/instrument equipment used in explosive atmospheres. This course utilizes both practical and theoretical assessments, including all protection concepts listed below, in order to validate a delegate’s core competency to work safely in explosive atmospheres.

Topics include:

  • EX01:  The preparation and installation of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electrical equipment
  • EX02:  The inspection and maintenance of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electrical equipment
  • EX03:  The preparation and installation of Ex ‘i’ equipment and systems
  • EX04:  The inspection and maintenance of Ex ‘i’ equipment and system
CompEx Foundation

This two-day course is designed to give a full understanding of the requirements of working safely in a potentially explosive atmosphere through knowledge-based training and assessment. Targeted specifically at CompEx core competency and the promotion of safe working, this course aims to raise awareness of management’s responsibility when directing work of personnel who carry out the installations and maintenance of electrical equipment and apparatus in hazardous environments.
Topics include:

  • Equipment Directive, EPS Regulations and Worker Directives
  • Ignition Sources
  • Flammables
  • Characteristics of gases and vapors (IEC 60079-10)
  • Characteristics of dusts (IEC 61241-10)
  • Area Classifications
  • Boundary Signage
  • Categories and EPLs (IEC 60079-14)
  • Equipment for use in Hazardous Areas
CompEx refresher

In this two-day course, delegates will review updated requirements for the installation of electrical equipment for use in hazardous areas. The first day concentrates on current directives and practices. On the second day, delegates are assessed in maintenance, installation and inspection.
Topics include:

  • Sources of ignition
  • Nature of hazards and identification of hazards
  • Area classifications zones 0, 1 and 2
  • Selection of apparatus, cabling, glanding and termination
  • Inspection and testing
  • Management and remedial work
CompEx 11 (Mechanical)

This three-day course is designed to develop the competency of mechanical personnel working in potentially flammable atmospheres. Delegates gain knowledge, understanding and practice in the preparation, installation, inspection and maintenance of mechanical equipment. This course also contains the standards for the manufacturing and installation of mechanical equipment and their protection concepts.
Topics include:

  • Maintaining hazardous area equipment
  • Area classification and zones
  • Protection concepts
  • Hydraulic hose assembly
  • Standards, best practice and company criteria
  • Terminology and definitions
  • Sources of ignition
IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence (CoPC): Classroom Training, Practical Training, Examination 

The IECEx 05 Scheme addresses the certification of personnel competence involved in activities through 11 Units of Competence, as follows:

  • Basic knowledge and awareness to enter a site that includes a classified hazardous area (Unit Ex 000)
  • Applying the basic principles of protection in explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 001)
  • Performing classification of hazardous areas (Unit Ex 002)
  • Installing explosion-protected equipment and wiring systems (Unit Ex 003)
  • Maintaining equipment in explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 004)
  • Overhauling and repairing explosion-protected equipment (Unit Ex 005)
  • Testing electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 006)
  • Performing visual and close inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 007)
  • Performing detailed inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 008)
  • Designing electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 009)
  • Performing audit inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 010)

Please note, the IECEx CoPC Scheme is not intended for personnel who are involved with:

  • Design or manufacturing of products where the output of their work is verified through testing, assessment or equipment certification
  • Testing and certification bodies, where their competence is verified through the accreditation of a test laboratory or a certifying body
Hazardous Area Electrical Training (HAET-IADC)

This four-day course provides knowledge of industry standards, outlined by government and industry bodies, and delivers the most up-to-date, effective practice for the manufacturing, installation and maintenance of electrical/instrument equipment and the protection requirements utilized within hazardous or potentially hazardous areas. Upon completion of successful assessment, delegates will receive a competency certificate accredited by IADC.
Topics include:

  • Course covers training to the standards IEC 60079-17, API 500-505 and NEC 500-505
  • Overview of Area Classifications
  • Gas groups and temperature classes
  • Equipment protections concepts
  • Selection of apparatus, cabling and terminations requirements
  • Inspection of equipment and systems statutory and nonstatutory requirements
  • Testing of installation
  • Management and remedial work
Upstream NEC 500 – 505 (API RP)

Upstream 500 505 API RP provides delegates with competency-based knowledge and understanding on the 500 505 API RP terminology and protection concepts utilized in explosive areas. Upstream 500 505 API RP covers the preparation, installation, inspection and maintenance of electrical/instrument equipment used in explosive atmospheres.
Topics include:

  • Laws, standards, relevant API recommended practices (API RP 14F and API RP 14FZ), NFPA 70E, NEC and CFR regulations
  • Preparation and installation of IEC and Ex electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres
  • The inspection and maintenance of intrinsically safe and nonincentive equipment and systems in explosive atmospheres
  • Overview of Area Classifications, Class, Divisions and Zones
  • Gas groups and temperature classes and Protection types and concepts
  •  Installation of electrical equipment in Explosive Atmospheres or Hazardous Areas
  • Assessment and Inspection of explosive atmosphere equipment
  • Testing, Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) and procedures

Upstream 500 505 API uses both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidate’s core competency to work safely with Electrical Equipment in Ex Atmospheres or Hazardous Areas.

Hazardous Area Combustible Dust Training

This two-day course provides private businesses within industrial Hazardous Areas (HA) awareness of the hazards posed by Combustible Dust (CD). The course teaches delegates strategies that they can use to ensure employee safety while in a CD environment. By recognizing the hazards and risks associated with CD and developing proper control strategies, organizations can help prevent or mitigate CD fires and explosions.
Topics include:

  • Overview of CD in industry
  • CFR/OSHA on dust inspections/maintenance
  • NFPA 654 – Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions
  • OSHA Subpart S Standards on Dust
  • CFR/OSHA on Dust Inspections/Maintenance

Hazardous Area Combustible Dust Training uses both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidate’s core competency to work safely in Hazardous Areas where combustible dust can be found.

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