Professional Certificate of Competency in Hazardous Areas & Intrinsic Safety For Engineers & Technicians

Course Duration
  • 3 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Industrial Automation
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 20 August 2024
  • 19 August 2025
Course Type
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control
Course Fees

Course Overview

This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to understand the different types of protection, maintenance of safety equipment, and requirements for working with hazardous areas.

Hazardous Areas Short Course Details:

This course provides a comprehensive technical approach to hazardous areas. It offers detailed explanations of the principles involved, the techniques used, the management structures, and the requirements to comply with the harmonized international standards that are now in place. It also explains the subject of explosion protection applied to electrical equipment in such areas.

Where potentially flammable atmospheres are encountered in industrial processes, area classification is mandatory as part of a risk assessment for the management of health and safety. These issues are examined by providing you with the opportunity to apply this process and understand the importance and extent of the cooperation of the disciplines involved.

Requirements of inspection and maintenance are discussed to show the importance of their effectiveness once the correct installation has been adequately achieved, and to enable management to form a structured and effective regime to ensure safety.

While this course is aimed at those who work in technical roles, supervisors and managers are also encouraged to take it, as we outline management responsibility to complement and accommodate the needs of your staff.

Course Benefits:

  • You may be eligible to claim CPD points through your local engineering association.
  • Gain a strong understanding of electrical system planning & design, their installation or maintenance & the requirements as per AS/NZS 3000:2018
  •  Understand how to ensure the safety of personnel against the dangers arising from the use & handling of electrical equipment
  • Learn how to calculate the power demand of a system & the computation of earth fault currents, as well as the procedure for selection & installation of wiring systems


The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as the responsibilities of hazardous area owners and equipment suppliers, how apparatus is made safe and suitable for use in hazardous areas, and understanding the requirements for the maintenance of equipment and inspection of hazardous areas.

Module 1: Background and History

  • The need for explosion protection
  • Lessons from disaster investigation
  • Concept of certification
  • Risk assessment

Module 2: Ignition Characteristics

  • Fire triangle
  • Flammability characteristics
  • Ignition sources
  • Apparatus grouping

Module 3: Area Classification Theory

  • Objectives
  • Terminology and definitions
  • Sources of release and ventilation
  • Zoning
  • Presentation, communication, and monitoring
  • Responsibilities
  • Types of protection suitability

Module 4: Area Classification Practice

  • Process of decision making
  • Assessment and calculation
  • Other ‘codes of practice’
  • Examples and tabulations

Module 5: EX D

  • Flameproof
  • Theory of operation
  • Flamepath joint types
  • Dimensions and condition
  • Apparatus and component certification

Module 6: EX I & Systems

  • Intrinsic safety
  • Simple apparatus
  • Apparatus and system concepts
  • Interfaces
  • Apparatus matching
  • Descriptive system documentation

Module 7: EX E and EX N

  • Increased safety
  • Limitations of use
  • Insulation and connection integrity
  • Enclosure requirements
  • Non-incendive
  • The difference in approach

Module 8: EX types: P, O, Q, M and S

  • Features of these other types of protection
  • Pressurization and purging, oil immersion, sand-filling, and encapsulation.
  • Special protection
  • Combined protection types

Module 9: Installation

  • General requirements
  • Information flow
  • Cabling requirements
  • Electrical protection
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Specific requirements for different types of Protection

Module 10: Inspection

  • General requirements
  • Periodicity and grade
  • Scheduling
  • Maintenance
  • Responsibilities
  • Testing and fault-finding issues

Module 11: Certification and Marking

  • Summary of certification
  • Marking of older apparatus
  • Types of certificate and information contained
  • Conditions placed on the use of apparatus
  • Multiple certification techniques and benefits

Module 12: European Atex Requirements

  • ATEX and the international standards
  • Product marking
  • “Product” directive
  • “Workers” directive (The DSEAR in UK)

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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Haresh Khemani is passionate about Mechanical Engineering, and teaching and writing. In a career spanning over more than 20 years, he has gained extensive industrial experience in the area of utilities, which provides him command in this field to teach and provide consultancy.

Learn about our instructors.

You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This program has a 65% attendance requirement in the live webinars in order to graduate from the program.  If you are unable to attend the live webinars, you have the option of watching the recording of completed webinars and sending a summary of what you have learnt from the webinar to the Learning Support officer.  The summaries go towards your attendance requirement for the program.

This program is run online on an intensive part-time basis and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

We understand that sometimes work commitments and personal circumstances can get in the way of your studies, so if at any point you feel that you are struggling with the pace of the course or finding a particular module challenging, you are encouraged to contact your designated Learning Support Officer for assistance.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

Hear from our students

  The content was very indepth; was able to apply the learnings into my work role from day 1.  

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