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It is critical that personnel working in areas involving explosive atmospheres (Ex) have the knowledge and competency necessary to properly and safely perform activities, such as classification, design, installation, maintenance, inspection, and repair, in accordance with the applicable IECEx standards. The IECEx Scheme for Certification of Personnel Competence (CoPC) for Explosive Atmospheres provides global industries with a single system for the assessment and qualification of persons to efficiently and safely carry out activities in hazardous areas or areas associated with them.

The IECEx 05 Scheme addresses the certification of personnel competence involved in activities through eleven 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, or
  • Testing and certification bodies, where their competence is verified through the accreditation of a test laboratory or a certifying body.

UL is an approved IECEx Certification Body (ExCB) for the IECEx 05 Scheme for Units Ex 000 and Ex 001 and can issue both Ex Facility Orientation Certificates (EFOC) and Certificates of Personnel Competence (CoPC).

Click here to download additional information on the IECEx 05 Scheme.

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