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Second person awarded IECEx competence certificate

24 September 2010

The Managing Director of a Thailand-based company has become the second person in the world to be certified under the IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence Scheme (CoPC).

Second person awarded IECEx competence certificate
Second person awarded IECEx competence certificate

Wirote Wannasiwaporn, Managing Director of MARC Thailand, completed the first unit of the scheme in September 2010 and becomes the first person in the Asia- Pacific region able to prove their competence in the field of explosion safety, using the IECEx scheme as evidence.
MARC Thailand is based in the Nakornpathom region of Thailand and provides electrical repair, overhaul and engineering services.  In 2008, Sira also issued MARC Thailand with the world’s first IECEx Service Facility Certificate, a scheme which covers Service Facilities for the repair and overhaul of equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres.

The IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence Scheme is the world’s first international scheme for the certification of personnel associated with equipment, installations and servicing used by Ex industries.

This newly launched scheme provides companies with independent proof that a person holding an IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence has the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the International Ex Standards. This can be especially important for contracting staff.

Certification Body, Sira, is an approved provider of IECEx personnel certification, and issued the world’s first IECEx Competence certificate to Steve Wordley at Petroplus in July 2010.

Speaking about his achievement, Wannasiwaporn said “demonstrating competence  is vital, particularly in the Ex field, where safety is paramount.  Thai industry has recognised and adopted IECEx standards for products and facilities for several years and the extension of the IECEx scheme into personnel competence is an excellent progression”.

To obtain an IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence, a candidate prepares an application form and submits it to Sira, an approved IECEx Certification Body. An assessment of qualifications and experience will be conducted, followed by a knowledge test.  Candidates who successfully meet the certification criteria will be awarded an IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence. Regular re-assessment ensures that the certified person maintains their competence.

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