The CompEx news articles from 2015, 2014 & 2013

Dec 30, 2015

December 2015

Ex14 Responsible Person Module - The first courses will be available from January in 2016, details will be posted here week commencing 7th December to provide interactive links to the CompEx centres that will initially deliver this important module to enable you to register directly via the details on their website.

November 2015

New CompEx Centre licensed at HETA - Humberside Engineering Training Centre in Scunthorpe, Yorkshire. This centre is unique in that it was built by the centre apprentices under the guidance of Mr Colin Jackson - CompEx Instructor/Assessor.

New CompEx Centre in the UAE licensed at Ex Safe T Services and Solutions FZE bringing the total number of centres operating in the UAE to 5 centres.

October 2015

NEW CompEx Ex14 Module - This week has seen the launch of the new CompEx Ex14 - Responsible Person Module. Under development with the CompEx Working Group during 2015, this week the module was launched for Major Users by Paul Hague of JTLimited at our Endress Hauser Centre Facility in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Supported by the HSE, this module aims to assist Responsible Persons meet their legal obligations with regard to maintaining an asset register and implementing a practical approach to the inspection and maintenance of equipment in explosive atmospheres utilising IEC 60079 Parts 14 & 17 and offering the basis of best practice in this regard.

CompEx Centre Instructors will be attending the same course from Monday 9th November and centres will be licenced to offer the course commercially from January 2016.


CompEx Landmark - We are very pleased to announce the licensing of our 50th CompEx Centre at British Gas Electrical Services in Rotherham, UK. This is indeed a historic landmark in the CompEx Scheme history  and development which has seen the number of centres grow from 11 in 2007 to today's 50th Centre, confirming the CompEx Scheme as the major users scheme of choice for core competency validation of Operatives/Technicians and Application Design Engineers who work in explosive atmospheres.

New Module - We continue to address the needs of major users and the Regulators and have now completed the development of our new module Ex14 - Responsible Person Module. This module will be piloted with a number of major user represenatitives from Monday 19th October and will then be delivered to CompEx Instructors in mid-November, before commercial roll-out in January 2016.


IEEE/PCIC Conference in Houston, Texas

Check out the Technical Paper 'Competent Electrical Staff - Are You Sure They Are Competent? - Authoured by Martin Jones, CompEx Operations Manager and Peter Bennett - CompEx Chairman, the paper argues that investing in personnel competency serves to make the workplace a safer environment and increases the protection afforded to the company's expensive capital asset. The paper will be delivered on Wednesday 7th October at the Safety Technical Session II at 2pm and can be viewed at 


September 2015 

Landmark 50,000th CompEx Ex01-Ex04 Gas & Vapour Module certificate

A landmark event for the CompEx Scheme as Martin Jones (CompEx Operations Manager)  presents the 50,000 Gas & Vapour Module Certificate to Shaun Mitchell (Haliburton) at SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition -  on Sept 9th 2015

View the presentation @


SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition - Aberdeen UK

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The summer season has seen our partnership with Quercus B.V. expand centres in both Nigeria and Iraq. Quercus Pace Nigeria now have a centre in Ogere, Ogun State to compliment the safety courses they already service the oil and gas industry. In addition Quercus now have a centre at Shell Iraq Petroleum Development B.V. facility in Basra which will assist in upskilling the local workforce to work safely in explosive atmospheres..

This now takes the number of Licensed CompEx centres worldwide to 48 and with a number of centres currently in the final stages of licensing, so we look forward to this Autumn/Fall period  to announcing that wthe CompEx Scheme will have passed the landmark 50 centres.


July 2015

Martin Jones at EEMUA's Collaborate Conference 2015 - 'An introduction to the CompEx competency scheme'.


June 2015

New Centre

After a successful licensing visit on 15th June, Jones Engineering Services centre in partnership with ExVeritas, will officially open on 16th June 2015 and will be the first CompEx Licensed Centre in Ireland. Situated in Little Island, Cork, this is the first opportunity for Ireland's Operative / Technicians to have their core competency validated in-country, another first for the CompEx Scheme overall.


April 2015

New Centre

Endress Hauser Ltd have been licensed in Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. The CompEx Centre forms part of their state of the art training facility and is a welcome addition to the CompEx network of centres, especially given their global leadership in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering.


March 2015

New Centre

KIQUSATTS Co., Ltd. is a joint venture company of Korea International Quality School (KIQUS) and Assets Training & Technical Services Pte Ltd (ATTS), Singapore. This is the first CompEx Centre to open in S.Korea and we look forward to this development with great interest.


February  2015

New Centre

ATEC Services FZE has been licensed to operate in Dubai Freeport Zone in the UAE. This centre adds to ATEC's growing global footprint and will offer both the Ex F Foundation Module and the Ex01-04 Gas & Vapour Modules.


December 2014

Martin Jones - CompEx Operations Manager reviews 2014

One of the most satisfying achievements this year has been the recognition for JTLimited as the CompEx Certification Body to be accredited by UKAS in accordance with the updated recognised International Standard ISO / IEC 17024:2012 Conformity Assessment - General Requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.

This year has seen unprecedented interest in both candidate registrations and enquiries for new CompEx Centres, to date this year 9 new CompEx Centres across the world have become licensed to operate.

This growth confirms the continued push by major users in the oil, gas & chemical sector to ensure core competency validation is in place for all operatives / technicians either employed or contracted in for all installation, maintenance or inspection activities in work areas containing explosive atmospheres.



New Centre

K2 Specialist Services has become the third centre to be licensed in Singapore. K2 will offer the traditional Ex01-04 Gas & Vapour courses.



New Centre

ExTek in Bryne, Norway has become the first licensed CompEx Centre in Norway. Situated just south of Stavanger, ExTek enjoys an excellent location to provide core competency validation services for Ex01-04 Gas & Vapour modules to the Norweigan Oil, Gas and Chemical sector.


July / August 2014

New Centres

Two new UK centres have been licensed during the Summer with slightly different focus:



June 2014

NEW Centres

JTLimited are pleased to announce the licensing of two new centres internationally to compliment the growing cohort of international centres:

  • CJI situated in Batangas, Philippines has been licensed to deliver core competency validation services n support of the requirements of Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX) initially;


  • Quercus (Netherlands) have partnered with LLD in Uralsk, Kazakhstan to deliver CompEx courses locally.


May 2014

After negotiations had concluded with EEMUA, the ownership of the CompEx Scheme has passed over to JTLimited who have managed and operated the scheme under contract to EEMUA since 1994. The following press release was issued:


Development of the CompEx Scheme

EEMUA[1] and J T Limited[2] are pleased to announce that ownership of the CompEx Scheme[3] has been transferred from EEMUA to J T Limited.

Both parties believe that this change in ownership will be beneficial to the Scheme as it will enable further growth and development of the Scheme through additional investment and resources.

EEMUA will retain its Members’ interests in CompEx by continuing to play a proactive advisory role in the Scheme’s future through participation in the CompEx Scheme Committee and in other ways.

These arrangements should better support and promote safety and ensure competency of the workforce in potentially explosive atmospheres around the world, especially in oil & gas, energy industries, chemical processing and related industry sectors.

J T Limited Chief Executive, Denis Hird, stated that “J T Limited is delighted to have taken over the mantle of responsibility and ownership of this important Scheme. Our management and staff have been involved in CompEx since it was first set-up in 1994 and we have acted as the Certification Body for many years.  We are committed to ensuring the expansion of the Scheme in response to industry demand while at the same time maintaining the quality and integrity of the Scheme.”

EEMUA Chief Executive, Clive Tayler, stated that “EEMUA is proud of its historical links with the development of CompEx and this latest development is another step in the continuing evolution of the Scheme. Our Board believes that J T Limited, as the established and accredited Certification Body for CompEx, is the right organisation to take it forward in the future.”


[1] The Engineering Equipment & Materials Users Association is a non-profit membership organisation for companies that own or operate industrial assets; its members are significant purchasers or significant users of engineering equipment and materials.

[2] J T Limited is the wholly owned subsidiary of JTL, a not-for-profit charity which is the principal training provider of apprenticeships and commercial training to the Building Services Engineering and related industries. 

[3] The CompEx Scheme is the global solution for validating core competency of employees and contract staff of major users especially in oil & gas, energy industries, chemical processing and related industry sectors.



April 2014

This year's CompEx Best Practice Conference saw 81 delegates attending from all over the globe. Both Mechanical and Electrical presentations were held and delegates were shown the new technology that is been user tested by JTLimited to be implemented as soon as all systems can be linked to centres.


NEW Centre - Intertek US based in Plano, Dallas has been licensed to deliver CompEx Courses in the US. (Relocated to Spring, Houston, Texas in May 2015)


March 2014

NEW US Modules - CompEx NEC 505 Ex01-04 Gas & Vapour Course being run at ATEC Houston from March 31st - April 4th - 6 candidate places available - contact Dayne Hunt [] on

 Office:  1 713.862.00881 713.862.0088



February 18th 2014

All CompEx Centres now have the online examination facility available.

PDO Oman has now been granted a centre license to operate the CompEx Scheme. Hornbill Training (Neath) will partner with PDO to deliver the course .


January 18th 2014

New UK Centres - Cenelec (Newcastle) & AIS (North Shields) have been licensed to deliver CompEx Ex 'F' and the Gas & Vapour Ex01-04 Modules during the new year. This now takes the number of CompEx Centres licensed to deliver CompEx Modules to 31 worldwide.


January 11th 2014

All Licensed CompEx centres can now conduct the Ex01 - 04 Gas & Vapour Module Underpinning Knowledge Examination online, giving the candidate a much better examination experience as a result. 


November 6th 2013

CompEx Ex01-04 Underpinning Knowledge Examinations are now being conducted online at over 14 centres  - Since commencing the online examination over 2000 candidates have experienced the online examination this year.


November 5th 2013

New Centre at CATCH - The CompEx Certification Body is pleased to announce that it is currently progressing a new centre licence with Roxby and the CATCH consortium which will deliver CompEx Core Competency Validation in the South Humber Bank Region 


October 31st 2013

JTL Company Specific Certificates

Certification ceased for Company Specific Certificates in 2011 - If you have a JTL Certificate number with RNC at the end, unless you have completed a Ex01-04 course previously, refreshing this certificate is no longer an option. Candidates should register for the 5 day Ex01-04 Course or request to undertake the practical assessments and examination for Ex01-04 without attending the full 5 day course - Please contact your nearest Licensed CompEx Centre for registration details.


September 2013

Two new CompEx Centres have been licensed in Q4 2013:

  • Quercus have partnered with SPDC Nigeria and Hazloc Instructor/Assessors have delivered the first 3 courses in this new venture;
  • EPIT have partnered with Ray Skills to deliver CompEx in Muscat, Oman

There is considerable interest in providing CompEx Courses  worldwide- all initial enquiries to become a Licensed CompEx Centre should be made with the CompEx Certification Body by e-mailing and we will ensure your interest is developed professionally.


SPE Offshore Europe Exhibition & Conference

CompEx representatives M.Jones, S. Ryan & S. Myers accompanied with J. Lilley (EEMUA) exhibited at SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen between 3rd & 6th September 2013 on Stand 5C137 - see details at


CompEx at Piper 25 Exhibition & Conference June 18th - 20th 2013  


CompEx Refresher Certificates - Reminder

  • Candidates and Employers need to check the expiry dates for current certification to ensure they register and complete a Refresher Course before their certificate expiry date.

Candidates cannot be registered for a course beyond their current certificate expiry date.


 June 10th 2013

New Centres

Two new CompEx Centres have been licensed in Q1 2013:

ATEC-Moxi Centre in Singapore & Intertek in Grangemouth, Scotland.


CompEx Best Practice Conference Delegates - April 2013

The CompEx Annual Best Practice Conference was held in West Yorkshire, England on the 3rd & 4th April 2013 and 77 delegates representing all the CompEx Centres from all over the world were in attendance.

The CompEx Chairman, Peter Bennett opened the conference and various papers were given by Martin Jones, CompEx Operations Manager; Mike Ellis, EEMUA Technical Expert; Steve Ryan, CompEx Framework Manager and David Consterdine, JTLimited's Quality Manager.

JTLimited's CEO, Denis Hird and Director of Operations, Caroline Turner were in attendance to witness the continuing growth of the CompEx Scheme.

Martin Jones presented an overview of the scheme's development over the last 12 months. He also shared the CompEx strategic direction with delegates by displaying the new technology for recording the underpinning knowledge and core competency validation tests of candidates that will speed up the candidate certification process for all CompEx modules in the future.

Mike Ellis presented an overview of the potential changes to the IEC Standards, Steve Ryan presented a paper to delegates of the importance of Assessor 'Best Practice' regarding Valid; Authentic; Current and Sufficient Decision Making and David Consterdine presented a paper on the new IEC/ISO 17024 : 2012 Standard. 

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