Ex F Foundation Course

A nationally recognised certificate in the basic theory of hazardous areas.

This unit 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 Matrix. For this reason, it is considered that assessment of the knowledge imparted by the training will be an essential part of any programme.

Intertek ensures that this course is up-to-date with the latest requirements of the European Directives, ATEX and IEC Standards.

Who should attend?

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 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.


  • National core competence certificate for hazardous locations
  • Directives and regulations
  • Hazardous areas
  • Ignition sources of gas and dust
  • Area classification
  • Signage
  • Categories and EPLs
  • Equipment for use in hazardous areas
  • Types of protection, electrical and non-electrical
  • Ingress protection (IP rating)
  • Marking
  • Maintenance work
  • Repairs
  • Modifications
  • Portable equipment
  • Miscellaneous