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CSA-Sira Issues 100th IECEx Personnel Competence Certificate.

14 January 2013

On 21st November 2012, IECEx Certification Body CSA-Sira issued its 100th certificate under the IECEx Competence of Personnel Scheme. This now puts the number of people certified under the Scheme at 144 in total, with 3 other IECEx CBs having certified the 44 others.

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

Developed by the IEC to meet demand from the oil and gas industries for a global competence standard, the 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, and details can be found at 

CSA-Sira (a CSA Group company) has worked with the IEC and industry to progress the scheme since its inception in 2010, when CSA-Sira issued the world’s first IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence.

Bob Cooper, Director of the Scheme for CSA-Sira said: “This achievement highlights the growth of the scheme since it was introduced in July 2010. We have particularly seen expansion of the scheme in 2012 and expect 2013 to continue this trend as acceptance of the scheme increases across the globe.”

He added: “In June 2012 Sira was granted the full scope of assessment modules under the scheme, and this in turn will lead to many more people being certified in line with the various skills that mirror their job function in the field, such as installation and inspection of Ex equipment.”

For further information, or to apply to become an IECEx Competent Person through the world’s leading certification body, please contact CSA-Sira: Email: or Tel: +44 (0) 01322 520500. 


Sira Consulting Ltd is recognised as a leading provider of hazardous area training and awareness seminars. Sira Consulting has launched a 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 Sira Consulting Ltd: Email: or Tel: +44 (0) 1244 670900

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