CompEx Foundation Course

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Nationally Recognised CompEx Foundation

This course is part of the national scheme for the training and certification of core competence of personnel who work on equipment for use in explosive atmospheres. Such training provides companies with a target for their employees, which is recognised by the self-regulated sector of this industry as a necessary component of their Personnel Competency. Our course not only covers the core CompEx unit qualifications (covering subjects like ATEX, DSEAR and general hazardous locations theory) but also adds information on international standards and schemes such as IECEx and NEC (North America). Our course also covers all of the latest updates and new Standards, ensuring you are covered for past, current and even future practices!

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Who should attend the Foundation Course?

This course contains no practical skills training or practical assessment and is therefore more suited to anyone involved in Hazardous Area work that does not actually conduct installation or inspection of electrical equipment. Unlike the other CompEx units, no prior knowledge of hazardous areas is required for full participation in this unit. The ExVeritas COMPEx Foundation Course content covers the knowledge requirements for a ‘Responsible Person’ as defined by EN60079-14 Annex A (c-d) The course can be delivered as an OPEN course at our training Centre or delivered at your location, minimising travel and disturbance to the people attending the course.

Why CompEx at ExVeritas?

The only training ExVeritas do is Hazardous Area Training – We are accredited experts in this field, and as such have the leading instructors and facilities to ensure you will receive the very best instruction and assessment available anywhere. We are practitioners in Explosive Atmospheres installation, inspection and certification. We are an ATEX Notified Body and an IECEx Certification Body- We have well over 200 years experience in this field at our training centre and our specialist CompEx instructors (we don’t bring in outside contractors to teach our courses, we only use our own staff who are industry experts and active practitioners, the trainer will have at least 20 years experience). In addition to presenting CompEx courses, we are on CompEx best practice working groups and help with the development of CompEx courses. ExVeritas uses an electronic cloud-based e-learning system called ‘Learn Ex,’ once registered candidates can have immediate access to course notes which are updated electronically.  Simply visit for further details about the benefits of LearnEx. We have a comfortable air-conditioned lecture room with HD projectors and audio and up-to-date practical facilities mirroring the requirements of the latest editions of the Standards. We offer hot and/or cold food at lunchtimes and complimentary hot drinks, snacks and Wi-Fi throughout your visit

COMPEx Foundation Course Content

  • Directives and regulations including ATEX & DSEAR
  • International schemes (NEC/IECEx)
  • Hazardous areas overview
  • Explosion Demonstrations
  • Ignition sources of gas and dust
  • Introduction to Area classification
  • Categories, EPLs & Marking
  • Equipment for use in hazardous areas
  • Types of protection, electrical and non-electrical
  • Repairs & Modifications
  • Updates and Standards Changes

Course Presenter

The CompEx Foundation Course is presented by one of our in-house CompEx approved lecturers (we have four qualified lecturers to choose from, each with over 20 years experience!). All of our lecturers are working practitioners in the field, we don’t just teach it, we actively work on certification and inspection every day!

COMPEx Foundation Course Examination

This is an examined course, on successful completion of the examination, a Nationally recognised awareness certificate for hazardous locations will be issued.

2023 Course dates

  • Wrexham UK: 7th – 8th March, 2nd – 3rd May, 29th – 30th August, 31st October – 1st November.

Bespoke: This course can be delivered at your location (worldwide)

Course Cost & Booking

The CompEx Foundation Course is a full 2-day course with lunch and refreshments provided, the course costs UK: £480.00 + VAT; USA: $750 USD and can be booked on credit card or via a company purchase order. Bookings for the UK can be taken by completing the online form below.