CompEx Foundation

Course Information

The ATEX Directive legislation underlines the need for practitioners in potentially explosive environments or hazardous areas to be competent. It is implemented through regulations 7 and 11 of DSEAR – Dangerous Substances and Explosive Regulations.

This unit is established as underpinning knowledge and is only to give the individual an overview of the requirements of working safely in an explosive atmosphere.

PLEASE NOTE: Price displayed is based on training being held at our Middlesbrough HQ. For training to be delivered at customer premises please contact the Business Development Team on 01642 770310 or email


The aim of the course is to provide course delegates with the knowledge and understanding of terminology and protection concepts that are utilised in potentially flammable atmospheres.


At the end of the course you will:

  • Understand the concept of area classification and the need to zone flammable atmospheres accordingly
  • Understand the terminology and definitions associated with hazardous areas
  • Understand the various protection concepts
  • Understand IP codes in relation to ingress protection
  • Understand current ATEX directives
  • Have an awareness of DSEAR Regulations
  • Understand equipment groups and temperature rating

Course Content

  • Area classification
  • Zones
  • Terminology and definitions
  • Protection concepts
  • IP codes
  • Brief overview of ATEX Directives
  • DSEAR Regulations


Assessment Method

Delivery will be a combination of classroom tuition / written assessment.

Each candidate is required to demonstrate competence through an online multiple choice question paper.

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Course Information


Successful delegates will receive a UK JTL Certificate of Core Competence valid for 5 years.


1.5 Days


Middlesbrough or or Customer Premises

Who is it for

The course is aimed at senior management, electrical supervisors, project engineers, contract managers and non-practitioners involved in hazardous area work activity, to enable a greater appreciation of the hazards associated with working in explosive atmospheres and the promotion of safe working practices.


No prior knowledge of flammable or potentially explosive atmospheres is required for full participation of this unit. The JTL Registration form must be completed and returned on booking; photographic identification (ie passport/photo driving licence) should be brought to the course. All personnel attending the course should have a good understanding of the English Language. The CompEx Toolbox guide is provided.


£275.00 + VAT