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IECEE runs virtual 2021 Peer Assessor training

Nearly 200 lead or technical assessors from IECEE registered national certification bodies (NCBs) and their testing laboratories (CBTLs) have taken part in this year’s IECEE Lead Assessor and Technical Assessor Training.

IECEE, the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, is a multilateral certification system based on IEC International Standards. Its members use the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) of test results to obtain certification or approval at national levels around the world.

The role of peer assessment

Peer assessment is one of the core principles of IEC and its conformity assessment systems. It facilitates mutual confidence among the participants, which is the driver for mutual recognition of the conformity assessment results and that underlies the success of the .

“Peer Assessment is one of the core principles of IEC and all IEC Conformity Assessment Systems," says Wolfram Zeitz, Executive Secretary for IECEE. "It facilitates mutual trust among the participants, which leads to mutual recognition of test results and CB Test Certificates within the community”.

Peer assessment is used to check if NCBs and their CBTLs have the required skills and competencies to provide certification and testing. It is also used to see if they know and understand the IECEE operation documents and rules, and, more importantly, that they check if operational documents and rules are actually being followed.

Peer assessment training allows new peer assessors to become qualified and existing peer assessors to maintain their qualifications, without which, they cannot operate within IECEE. Their qualification is confirmed with an exam at the end of the training.

Moving training online

This year’s IECEE Lead Assessor and Technical Assessor Training took place virtually with the assistance of IEC Academy and Capacity Building, with 190 lead or technical assessors from IECEE registered NCBs and their CBTLs, mainly from Asia. The final assessment was also completed virtually.

“Online quizzing, assessments and exams are nothing new. However, many people are concerned about how best to do them. It was great to use the IECEE training as a pilot for extending our use of the IEC Academy Online Learning Platform as we continue to support the IEC community through more online learning options,” remarks Ian Gardner, IEC Online Learning and Development Coordinator.

Online exams are also used for the other courses, such as the course for standardization-focused IEC Convenors and Project Leaders available on the IEC Academy platform, where participants can directly print out a participation confirmation after successfully finishing the exam.

Learn more about IECEE through the Introductory course on IECEE, which is available on the IEC Academy platform. Find out more about IEC Conformity Assessment Systems here.

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