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Work package 4

WP4 continues on the achievements of WP2. Here, it is the aim to develop appropriate European radiation protection training schemes (ERPTS), with objectives, target audience(s), audience prerequisites, required topics, suggested durations and evaluation methods for both initial and refresher training of RPEs, taking into account the nature and requirements of the RPE role.  The starting point is the ENETRAP 6FP Training Scheme. Furthermore internationally recognised training material such as the material developed by the IAEA will be incorporated. The ERPTS should meet the requirements of the revised definitions of the RPE and should eventually replace Communication 98/C133/03, as a guide for the Member States to develop, or evaluate, their national strategies for RPE qualification and recognition. The ERPTS should cover a broad knowledge of radiation protection fundamentals, as well as application-specific issues. The ERPTS would facilitate in an objective way individual national authorities in assessing the adequacy and completeness of their own training programmes and compare it with the training programme of other countries. EU wide agreement on the ERPTS would harmonize the qualification of RPEs, while keeping flexibility on a national scale on how to organize their training programme.

Advantage will be taken of existing training schemes that have proven to be efficient. It will be investigated whether they could be "Europeanised", bearing in mind the different scientific cultures and regulatory environments amongst the EU Member States. The experience ("lessons learnt") from some non-nuclear high-tech sectors could also be of interest, e.g. training schemes in the public health sector, in nanotechnologies, etc.

Work package number

4

Start date or starting event:

12

Work package title

Establish the reference standards for RPE training

Activity Type

COORD

Participant id

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

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12

13

Person-months per beneficiary:

 

5

 

1

1

 

1

1

 

1

 

1

 

 

Objectives

To develop appropriate European reference standards for both initial and refresher training of RPEs, taking into account the nature and requirements of the RPE role.  The desired end-points are training standards which should encourage a consistency in approach and, if applied, will help ensure the adequacy of RPE training from training providers.

 

Description of work

  • Organise kick-off and subsequent meetings WP4 participants.
  • With reference to the outcome of ENETRAP FP6 define the key requirements for both initial and refresher training for RPE.
  • On the basis of these requirements define reference standards for RPEs, to:
    • Definition of target audience
    • Statement of required levels knowledge, understanding and competence
    • Statement of training objectives
    • Reference syllabus for initial training
    • Guidance on expected content of training materials
    • Guidance on required practical components of training
    • Guidance on appropriate assessment mechanisms with respect assessment of knowledge, understanding and competence (as relevant)
    • Guidance on frequency, content and format of refresher training.
     

    Deliverables

    Report on

    • WD4.1   Statement of initial and refresher training requirements for RPE.
    • WD4.2   Reference standards for RPE training.