TÜV Rheinland offers an IECEx certification scheme for explosion protection specialists / International comparability of qualifications supports companies

Safety specialists who are familiar with explosion protection are in demand worldwide. This is because all companies that operate or set up potentially explosive plants need such experts – especially the oil and gas industry. “Such specialists must be able to work internationally. However, there is often a lack of comparability in training,” explains Marc Krugmann, explosion protection expert at TÜV Rheinland. As a result, companies looking for explosion protection specialists find it difficult to assess whether a specialist is suitably qualified in each case.

New testing standard ensures comparability of qualifications

Internationally active companies and testing organizations, including TÜV Rheinland, have therefore jointly developed a certification scheme that allows for comparison of the training of technical specialists in explosion protection. Known as “IECEx Certified Persons Scheme”, the program now also offered by TÜV Rheinland provides suitable qualifications and is continuously adapted to the state of the art. IECEx stands for the working area of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that deals with explosion protection. Those who pass the test receive a certificate that lists their own qualifications in a detailed and standardized manner. “Any company worldwide can trust that a certified explosion protection specialist can assess safety in potentially explosive atmospheres according to global standards,” says Marc Krugmann.

Comprehensive theoretical and practical examination

To obtain the certificate, candidates must pass a comprehensive theoretical and practical examination. This covers, for example, basic knowledge for entering potentially explosive atmospheres, installation and maintenance of explosion-proof equipment, detailed testing of explosion-proof equipment and installations, and auditing and testing of electrical installations in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Specialists from almost every country in the world can take the test at TÜV Rheinland branches. If they pass the test, they receive a certificate and an ID card listing the modules they have passed, along with any limitations. This certificate is valid for five years. To extend the validity, candidates must prove in a follow-up examination that their training is still state of the art.

Further information on content and examination at www.tuv.com/world/en/atex-directive.html

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