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Eaton and The ATEC Training Academy Provide Market’s First CompEx National Electrical Code 500 Hazardous Area Certifications

Date: April 4, 2017

HOUSTON, TX — Power management company Eaton today announced its collaborative efforts with ATEC Training and Certification Services to launch a new CompEx-certified course, training to the National Electrical Code (NEC) 500 standard. This competence-based training and assessment for electrical and electronics personnel working in hazardous areas is the first of its kind in the industry and will be exclusively offered at Eaton’s Experience Center in Houston.

The NEC 500 course features enhanced modules to help design build engineers, plant operators and industrial facility owners reduce costs and the potential for catastrophic events in hazardous and industrial environments. Certified by CompEx, an internationally recognized solution for validating competency in explosive atmospheres, this practical, hands-on training and assessment will take place in a realistic simulated environment, giving attendees a comprehensive learning experience that will transfer to their work setting and enhance the real-world experience. The focus of this training is National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70 2014, NEC 500 Code of Practice, American Petroleum Institute (API) RP 500 for Area Classification, and API RP 14F Recommended Practice for Class and Division Electrical Equipment Installation.

“Proper training and certification can help reduce the potential for catastrophic events and can help keep everyone involved in hazardous work areas safe,” said Allan 

Clark, manager, Eaton’s Experience Center. “By working with The ATEC Training Academy to exclusively offer the new NEC500 CompEx-certified course, we are providing specialized training to help ensure a safe work environment for everyone from maintenance to management personnel.”

Located in Houston, Eaton’s Experience Center is an industrial training facility and the only NEC- and IEC- focused CompEx training location in North America. Including the new NEC500 course, the facility offers six new courses that take advantage of the facility’s true-to-life industrial environments and hands-on training opportunities. The Experience Center, which expanded in 2016 to add six new interactive applications, including a full-scale downstream petrochemical plant, also offers ATEC B.E.S.T. courses, which cover basic electrical and mechanical skills to provide a strong foundation of practices used in industrial workspaces.

ATEC’s extensive knowledge of international standards and requirements for safe design and operation of equipment in hazardous areas combined with Eaton’s expert trainers and world-class industrial facility provide the highest quality educational opportunity in the industry.

CompEx, or competency in explosive atmospheres, was designed and developed by industry for industry in 1994 to provide a validation scheme that ensures personnel have the knowledge and skills for the specialty within explosive atmospheres. 

The CompEx Certification Body is accredited to ISO/IEC 17024 : 2012 Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Bodies operating Certification of Persons. The CompEx Scheme provides independence for competency validation using only centers that are licensed to the CompEx Certification Body, having met their rigorous approval process. CompEx is a registered trademark of JTLimited, part of the JTL Group. 

To learn more about Eaton’s expansion of industrial competency training modules or to register for the new NEC500 course, visit To learn more about the Eaton Experience Center in Houston, contact or visit

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges. 

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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