WP3: Establishment of three specialized training modules for RPE and implementation of pilot sessions

Objectives

The objective of this WP is to further develop the ENETRAP reference training scheme for RPE and expand it with specialized modules that have not yet been developed before (these are modules for the RPE working in the medical area, in NPP and in geological disposal). The modules will be developed using the ECVET approaches; learning outcomes will be defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competences. Also, pilot sessions will be organised. The modules will be developed and organised in close collaboration with the relevant stakeholders. Further, it will be explored how ENETRAP III can reach out to groups dealing with topics like emergency planning and decommissioning, which have a clear involvement with radiation protection and which will gain importance because of future developments.

Description of Work

Building further on what has been achieved already, this WP will develop three new training modules, which will serve as specialized modules in the ENETRAP training scheme for RPEs. They will be complementary to the three week basic course for RPE which was developed and implemented under ENETRAP II. Thus a more complete set of Common Basis and Optional Training Modules for RPE will be available for the Member States.

The modules will be taught in English, typical duration will be about one week (on-the-job training excluded). The development of the modules will be based on the ECVET principles. Learning outcomes will be determined, and the proposed course material will be developed in such a way that knowledge, skills and competences required by an RPE working in the given field are addressed. Endorsement from HERCA, prior to the organisation of the pilot sessions, will be strived for. This will give an added value to the training schemes and will facilitate both the initial recognition process of the capacity to act as RPE, and the mutual recognition process. The effectiveness of the course and the endorsement by the regulatory authority will be reported in order to allow close feedback to the other WPs.

The new topics proposed are situated in the field of radiation protection in geological disposal, in NPP, and in the medical field. In addition to the fact that there currently do not exist training modules specifically dedicated to RPEs in these fields, this choice also has important additional significances: (i) the geological disposal area is more and more becoming an important stakeholder in radiation protection E&T, (ii) new NPPs under construction or planned have a need for high-level RPEs in order to guarantee a safe operation, and (iii) the different roles of MPE and RPE in the medical area can be made more clear and the required competences can be explained based on the understanding that an individual can hold both roles simultaneously provided he/she has the required competences of both, plus the understanding that there are instances of medical practices (e.g. interventional radiology) in which both roles are required.
Further, it will be explored how ENETRAP III can reach out to groups dealing with topics like emergency planning and decommissioning, which have a clear involvement with radiation protection and which will gain importance because of future developments. Modules or course content developed within ENERAP III might be of use for the education or training of personnel dealing with these specific topics.

It is the aim of this WP to test the feasibility of the whole European reference training scheme in radiation protection with the complete ECVET approach and including recognition procedures and acceptance by stakeholders.

In parallel to the initiative for RPE training, also RPO training will be provided and tested according to the guidance made in ENETRAP II in the area of medical and NPP applications.

Initiatives to spread the pioneering work also beyond the European borders (for example in collaboration with the IAEA) will complete the work in WP3. This will contribute to the visibility of important results of European initiatives in the global E&T community. It is our intention that newcomers in the nuclear field can benefit from the work already performed.

Deliverables

D 3.1   For each module: determine the learning outcomes, develop the programme and the course requirements (training material, endorsement by authorities, etc.), and develop a training agreement with the stakeholders
D 3.2   Organise a pilot session of the specialized module for RPE in geological disposal
D 3.3   Organise a pilot session of the specialized module for RPE in NPP
D 3.4   Organise a pilot session of the specialized module for RPE in medical
D 3.5   Report on effectiveness of the training, the endorsement process and the feedback from the stakeholders