The OPITO Approved Fireproofing Competence Assessment specifies the assessment process and criteria to demonstrate competence in the role of an industrial fireproofer. Successful candidates will be awarded with an OPITO Approved certificate of competence which can be used by employing companies to assess their experience in passive fireproofing installation.
Passive fire protection does not prevent fires but is designed, in the event of explosion and fire, to protect the structural steelwork of the installation. In an offshore oil and gas environment, passive fire protection systems are applied to the primary structure of the platform to ensure there is no collapse of the steelwork during a hydrocarbon fire. Depending on specific platform safety case requirements, passive fire protection systems can be designed and applied to protect the structure for up to 4 hours duration. This in turn will allow additional time to effectively down man platforms in a controlled manner.
This standard specifies the pre-requisites and competence assessment requirements for personnel undertaking formal assessment as a Fireproofer. The Fireproofer’s route to achieve OPITO training and competence certification is comprised of the following stages:
- Initial Training Programme
- Workplace Experience Tasks
- Competence Assessment
The aim and objectives of the OPITO Competence Assessment Level 2 are to establish that the candidate has the required underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills to undertake fireproofing projects on an industrial scale, while working safely and protecting the environment.
- Contribute to effective working activities
- Contribute to health, safety and environmental quality
- Safe Operation of compressor and spray equipment
- Surface Preparation
- Apply fireproof coatings
A valid OPITO-approved Fireproofing Training Level 1 Certificate AND
A fully completed and valid logbook, based on the OPITO Fireproofing Training Level 1 (WE) Workplace Experience requirements.
A *formal letter from the candidate’s current or previous employer stating that the candidate has been employed as a Fireproofer within the last two years, AND **documented evidence of having been employed as a Fireproofer over the last two years. The formal letter and documented evidence must be authenticated by the assessment centre prior to confirming the booking.
*The formal letter must include details of the employer or employer representative’s position in the company, full contact details, and be signed and dated by the employer or employer representative
**documented evidence - As a minimum requirement: the candidate’s CV