Overview

The IECEx Certification of Personnel Competencies (CoPC) Scheme enables individuals working in potentially explosive atmospheres to provide independent proof that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to work on, service or install Ex equipment. QPS was the first Certification Body in North America to be accredited to certify personnel under this Scheme.

What is the IECEx CoPC Scheme?

It is a conformity assessment Scheme operated under the International IECEx System that provides the global Ex industries with a single system that is transportable across borders, for the assessment and qualification of persons meeting the competency prerequisites needed to properly implement the safety requirements based on the suite of IEC International Standards covering explosive atmospheres, e.g. the IEC 60079 series of standards.

The objective of the Scheme is to ascertain the competence of personnel as it relates to installation of, and working with equipment used in, or associated with explosive atmospheres.

What Requirements are used to Assess and Certify Personnel?

The following documents provide the basis for the IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence Scheme:

  • IECEx 05, IECEx Scheme for Certification of Personnel Competence for Explosive Atmospheres – Rules of Procedure
  • IECEx OD 501, Assessment Procedures for IECEx acceptance of Certification Bodies (ExCBs) for the purpose of issuing and maintaining IECEx Certificates of Personnel Competence
  • IECEx OD 502, Application for an IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence, documentation and information requirements
  • IECEx OD 503, ExCB Procedures for issuing and maintaining IECEx Certificates of Personnel Competence
  • IECEx OD 504, Specificatiion for Units of Competence assessment outcomes

What are the Units of Competence?

IECEx Units of Competence are as shown in the following Table:

Reference Title Scope Limitation a)
Unit Ex
001
Apply basic Principles of protection in explosive atmospheres Not Applicable
Unit Ex
002
Perform classification of hazardous areas 3
Unit Ex
003
Install explosion-protected equipment and wiring systems 1,2,3,4
Unit Ex
004
Maintain equipment in explosive atmospheres 1,2,3,4
Unit Ex
005
Overhaul and repair of explosion-protected equipment 1,2,4
Unit Ex
006
Test electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres 3,4
Unit Ex
007
Perform visual and close inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres 3,4
Unit Ex
008
Perform detailed inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres 3,4
Unit Ex
009
Design electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres 3,4
Unit Ex
010
Perform audit inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres 3,4

a) Limitation by:
1. Explosion-protection technique or
2. Product Type
3. Group
4. Voltage

How can QPS help?

QPS is accredited in the IECEx Certification of Personnel Competencies Scheme as a Certification Body (ExCB). The scope of our accreditation currently covers the following Units of Competence:

  • Unit Ex001 General HazLoc Knowledge; and,
  • Unit Ex002 Area Classification.

QPS will be adding additional units in the near future.  At present, we can access these Units on behalf of our customers via our numerous partners.

To obtain an IECEx CoPC Certificate, a candidate makes an application to QPS. An assessment of qualifications and experience will be conducted by QPS, followed by an open book exam and/or practical exam. Successful candidates will be awarded an IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence, which is required to be renewed on a regular basis to ensure that the certified individual maintains his/her competency.

The successful candidate will be listed on the IECEx Website along with the unit(s) of competence.