CompEx Foundation Plus

CompEx Foundation Plus

CompEx Foundation Plus with basic practical training and assessment

The Foundation Plus 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 adds basic Ex installation practice, installation training and a simple ‘skills’ assessment by installing real Ex equipment and glands with our portable installation rigs and is an ideal primer for people considering taking EX01-06.

This course can be delivered at one of our training centres or at your location, providing a recognised qualification with a practical skills assessment.

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Who should attend the Foundation Plus Course?

This course contains some practical skills training and practical assessment and is therefore more suited to anyone involved in Hazardous Area work with very limited installation. Unlike the other CompEx units, no prior knowledge of hazardous areas is required for full participation in this unit.
The course would be ideally suited to:

  • Manufactures of equipment who may install glands/make internal connections in Ex panels or enclosures
  • Manufactures of skids and assemblies  who may install glands/make internal connections
  • Maintenance Engineers who make/do limited like-for-like replacement
  • Small scales site with very limited Ex equipment

The course is also an ideal ‘primer’ for the Ex 01-04 qualifications which have a full day of practical assessments.

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 four 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 with over 20 years experience each). 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 Plus Course Theoretical 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

Practical Content

  • Introduction to glands and connections
  • Reading Loop drawings
  • Practical examples of gland fitting
  • Practice gland fitting
  • Practice crimping, termination selection

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 installation and inspection every day!

CompEx Foundation Plus Course Examination

This is an examined course, on successful completion of the examination, a Nationally recognised awareness certificate for hazardous locations will be issued.
There is an on-line multiple-choice exam and a 1.5 hour practical installation exam on the provided rigs. The practically assessed exam will assess making of glands, termination and crimping and reading loop drawings (separation/segregation etc).

2023 Course Dates

  • Wrexham UK: 7th – 9th March, 2nd – 4th May, 29th – 31st August, 31st October – 2nd November.

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

Course Cost & Booking

The CompEx Foundation Plus Course is a full 3-day course with lunch and refreshments provided, the course costs: UK: £650 + VAT; USA: $900 USD and can be booked on credit card or via a company purchase order.
Bookings can be taken by completing the online-form below.