CompEx shortlisted for an award

20 March 2017     JTL


Martin Jones, CompEx Operations Manager, (JT Limited, part of the JTL Group) reports that JT Limited, the CompEx Certification Body has been shortlisted for an e-Assessment award for their involvement in the on-going success of the e-Assessment programme for the CompEx on-screen examinations that are now common place through 23 licensed CompEx Centres in the UK and 32 international centres, with well over 55,000 candidates involved in the Gas & Vapour modules and thousands more in the Dust, Fuel, Water, Mechanical and the recently introduced Application Design Engineer and Responsible Persons modules.


Martin Jones - CompEx Operations Manager

The e-Assessment Association has played an important part in promoting better assessment through technology and the awards have been designed to showcase the international commercial success of great e-assessment technology in action.

The Export Award looks to acknowledge e-assessment organisations that have delivered innovative and effective programmes in one or more countries outside their main country of operation.

Following the North Sea Piper Alpha platform disaster in the North Sea in 1988 that saw 167 people lose their lives, the major industry players in the oil and gas sector came together to address the recommendations of the Lord Cullen inquiry and this included introducing the world’s first core competency scheme for electrical and mechanical practitioners working in the oil, gas and chemical industry, to help protect the lives of workers and to protect the companies expensive capital assets. This initiative was jointly developed by the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA), with Shell, BP and British Gas and JT Limited, who were brought on board, because of their experience in vocational assessment and training.

The first JT Limited CompEx Centre at Aberdeen College in Scotland was established in 1994, delivering competence based training and assessment in Oil, Gas and Chemical workplaces. By 2007 there were 11 UK and 3 international centres delivering CompEx assessments via paper-based delivery. In 2011-12, JT Limited piloted the first on screen examinations with their assessment partner EAL using the Surpass Assessment Platform. In 2013 the programme went live and then in 2014 the CompEx programme had grown so much that JT Limited began to operate the service independently using Surpass.

The CompEX implementation of Surpass freed the team up to enable significant growth, and during the period 2011-2016 the CompEx scheme grew to 55 centres worldwide with over 8000 candidates certificated annually. Benefits to candidates included a significant reduction in turnaround time from the date the assessment was taken to knowing the results – typically eight weeks with the paper system, but reduced to 1-2 weeks with the e-assessment route in place. Significant reductions in time and cost were the result of the e-Assessment approach.

The awards take place on the 22nd March 2017.

Compex JT Limited are shortlisted for an award!

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