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This standard was prepared by DNV GL class society with the objective to cover the competence certification within a specific target group, as per the recognizable, consistent and well-regarded standards, rules, technical specifications and testing methods, with the ultimate intention to limit the risk factor for certificate holders as well as all interested parties. It covers all activities that take place within the certification system and applies to non-compulsory certification systems. Four sections of this publication cover the certification system, test requirements, examination and certification process, test centers and examinations. In addition, four appendices provide relevant supplementary information on regulations for examinations, complaints, objections and appeals, including ones concerning examination, and sample certificate of competence. The above mentioned certification of competence can be implemented when requested by interested parties, as per ISO/IEC 17024:2003 standard. The generic certification system developed by this classification society consists of a framework which, in turn, consists of expertise, established procedures and technical instructions compliant with the standard of competence being is the subject of that certification.