CompEx Certification Body Statement re: Covid-19 Situation as of 18th September 2020

Published 17 March 2020 
Updated 27 March 2020, 13 May 2020 & 01 July 2020

Last updated  18 September 2020 – 20:00hrs

 

Further to our previous announcement please see our revised advice and guidance for Employers and Candidates in respect of the expiry of CompEx certificates.

Please note that the majority of CompEx Centres have now re-opened for courses to enable candidates to attend and renew certificates and the CompEx Certification Body has re-commenced printing certificates.

 

Background

Following the latest announcement by the UK Government, we are issuing further advice to Employers and Candidates. We are now announcing a further update to our Certificate Extension Process.

Our advice remains that Employers with Candidates; where certificates have or are due to expire, is to conduct a risk assessment against the candidate’s competency to cover their obligations for utilising them beyond their certificate expiry date and until a new certificate is obtained. We continue to recognise the exceptional circumstances that industry faces and consider that mitigation in this respect can normally be achieved by ensuring that a Refresher Course has been formally booked with a CompEx Training Centre.

Internationally the outbreak is still at different stages. To that end, the CompEx Certification Body remains open and will continue to provide administration support to CompEx Training Centres, Employers and Candidates. We have also made provision to enable our team to work from home. However, we would urge Employers and Candidates to contact their preferred Training Centres in the first instance. However, we recognise that some Centres may still be shut and have limited capacity to respond to enquiries.

 

Certificate Extension Process

As previously noted, Employers and Candidates may find that they are not able to attend courses due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

This extension process applies to those Candidates whose certificate is due to or has recently expired. The following situations may result in Candidates being unable to attend a refresher course, or any re-sit assessments:

  • Government, local authorities or the Candidate’s employer has imposed travel restrictions, self-isolation (“lockdown”), have cancelled all events or have closed all education establishments.
  • The Candidate has been diagnosed with and is receiving treatment for Covid-19 or is in self-isolation.
  • Training centres are closed, have cancelled courses due to Covid-19 or have limited availability and capacity due to the implementation of social distancing measures.
  • A Candidate’s previous travel history means that they have been refused entry to a CompEx Centre

This Certification Extension Process still applies to those certificates which have an expiry date from 17th March 2020 until 31st December 2020, or to those Candidates who are due to re-sit any assessments. Given that the majority of centres are now open or have immediate plans to open we expect candidates where possible to have made a course booking before their normal or previously extended certificate expiry date. The certificate extension process only applies to candidates who are able demonstrate to the satisfaction of the certification body that, for the reasons described above they have been unable to secure a course booking.

 

The Extension Period

If an extension is granted it will extend the expiry date by three months from the original expiry date. For example, an original expiry date of 3rd October will be extended to 3rd January 2020.

Any future certification will start from the original expiry date, so there is no advantage in delaying your re-certification. This applies to any course where a certificate extension has previously been granted.

  

Application Process

Employers and self-sponsored Candidates should write to info@compex.org.uk with the following details:

 

  • Employer Name, Employer contact name, position and contact details
  • Full name of all Candidates and certificate (CompEx) number(s), Candidate contact details (telephone and email) along with certificate expiry date(s)
  • The name of your preferred CompEx Training Centre.
  • Evidence (as appropriate) as to why you are unable to secure a course booking.

 

By submitting a request for an extension, the Employer or Candidate is certifying that the reason is due to circumstances relating to the Covid-19 outbreak. All contact details that are shared with the CompEx Certification Body must be done so with the express permission of the individual concerned. Personal information will only be used for matters in relation to certification. Please refer to our data privacy policy for more information (https://www.compex.org.uk/media/2195/jtl960-rev-4-compex-privacy-policy.pdf).

 

Time Period

CompEx Certification Body will continue to monitor the situation. This Certification Extension Process will remain in place until further notice and will be reviewed monthly.

Please note that an extension is granted on the basis of deferred assessment of competence and is subject to successful validation of competency before the extension expiry date. It remains the responsibility of Employers and Candidates to ensure that any CompEx courses or re-sits are booked and completed in a timely manner.

 

Enquiries

If you have urgent enquiries and are not able to get hold of your preferred CompEx Training Centre, please contact us by email on info@compex.org.uk.

 

 

 

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