Course Title:
Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS)

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Suitable for:

All staff working or associated with radiation generators and sealed sources, particularly industrial radiography personnel.

Designed to meet the requirements of PCN which states radiography certificates are valid only so long as the holder has been successful in a PCN radiation examination within the past five years and holds valid certification for Basic Radiation Safety or Radiation Protection to supervisor level.

Course Content:

Source and nature of ionising radiation; relevant basic physics; behaviour of radioactive isotopes; absorption processes; units of activity and dose; radiation damage to the human body; somatic and hereditary damage; stochastic and deterministic effects; early and late effects; principles of radiation protection; methods of radiation protection (time, distance, shielding); dose limits; safe distance and other protection calculations; guidance on the use of SI 3232:1999 and the relevant parts of ACOP; gamma containers and tests on them; packaging, labelling and transport; instrumentation and monitoring; emergency procedures and equipment; Radiation Protection Supervisor will also include the requirements for Radiation Protection Supervisors; knowledge and understanding of the requirements to assess doses; carry out hazard assessments; implement contingency plans and emergency procedures; arrangements for the provision of dosemeters and the keeping of dose records.

The course ends with the certification examination.

Training in accordance with the requirements of BS EN ISO 9712.

Certification/Awarding Body:

Additional Information:

Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) level is an optional level of certification for holders of PCN level 1, level 2 and level 3 certification of competence for industrial radiography. In addition, it is made available for those appointed by an employer in accordance with regulation 17(4) of the United Kingdom Ionising Radiation Regulations (SI 3232:1999) to supervise work with radiation.

Candidates for this examination must:

  • Hold a current PCN BRS certificate or an alternative acceptable to BINDT
  • Have successfully completed a PCN approved course comprising of 24 hours of formal training to RPS level as outlined in the current edition of PCN/GEN Appendix Z1
  • Provide evidence of nine months relevant experience as a holder of a PCN Basic Radiation Safety certificate or an alternative recognised by BINDT

The responsibility for appointment of a Radiation Protection Supervisor rests with the employer, whose attention is drawn to regulation 13 of the IRR 99 regarding the duty to consult one or more Radiation Protection Advisers.

Price listed includes examination and levy fees.

All candidates attending a PCN examination (initial, retest or renewal) must provide photo ID (e.g Driving licence number, Passport number, PCN ID Card) on the day of sitting the examination. Failure to do so will result in the candidate being turned away.