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IECEx grants Sira full scope-extension for personnel competence certification scheme

25 June 2012

Sira Certification Service, a leading ATEX and IECEx Certification Body, has been granted a full scope extension by IECEx for the Certificate of Personnel Competence (CoPC), enabling it to certify competence of persons working in or associated with hazardous areas. Read more

IECEx is allowing Sira to offer certification of persons in all 10 units of competence under the scheme
IECEx is allowing Sira to offer certification of persons in all 10 units of competence under the scheme

Sira, which issued the world’s first IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence in 2010, has since become the world’s leading certification body issuing over 70 IECEx certificates to competent persons working in or associated with hazardous areas (source www.iecex.com 31st May 2012). 

Sira is pleased to announce that its scope of accreditation has been extended by IECEx to offer certification of persons in all 10 units of competence under the scheme.

It is a requirement of the European Union and the IEC that personnel working in potentially explosive atmospheres are competent. One of the most rigorous ways to demonstrate this is through a thorough training and assessment programme. 

Developed by the IEC to meet demand from the oil and gas industries for a global competence standard, IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence (CoPC) provides companies with globally recognised certification that a person has the knowledge and skills necessary to implement international standards relating to equipment, services and personnel operating in potentially explosive atmospheres.

The IECEx CoPC initiative introduces an internationally-accepted scheme to certify competence of personnel working in potentially explosive atmospheres. Candidates are required to complete a rigorous application process, where work experience is assessed to demonstrate practical application of IEC standards in Hazardous Area applications, as well as complete knowledge examinations and practical demonstration of skills. The scheme comprises 10 units of competence to meet the varied needs of different functions in this highly specialised area.  

The units are as follows:
Ex001 Apply basic principles of protection in explosive atmospheres
Ex002 Perform classification of hazardous areas
Ex003 Install explosion-protected equipment and wiring systems
Ex004 Maintain equipment in explosive atmospheres
Ex005 Overhaul and repair of explosion-protected equipment
Ex006 Test electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres
Ex007 Perform visual & close inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres
Ex008 Perform detailed inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres
Ex009 Design electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres
Ex010 Perform audit inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres

Applying for certification:

Scheme information is available on our website:
http://www.siraenvironmental.com/personnelcompetence.aspx 

For further information, or to apply to become an IECEx Competent Person through the world’s leading certification body, please contact Lisa Perry, Certification Scheme       Co-ordinator for Sira Test & Certification Ltd: 
Email: lisa.perry@siracertification.com  
Tel: +44 (0) 01322 520500 

Training:
Sira Consulting Ltd is recognised as a leading provider of hazardous area training and awareness seminars. Sira Consulting is launching a full suite of training courses tailored to meet the learning objectives of the IECEx CoPC scheme, practical skills and best practice necessary for people working in or associated with Hazardous Areas.

For further information on our scheduled courses, or to arrange a bespoke on-site training and competence programme, please contact Janet Middlehurst, Training Manager for Sira Consulting Ltd: 

Email: janet.middlehurst@siraconsulting.com 
Tel: +44 (0) 1244 670900













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