United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Chemistry and Radiation Protection Technician Training and Qualifications

HPPOS-067 PDR-9111210253

Title: Chemistry and Radiation Protection Technician

Training and Qualifications

See the memorandum from D. P. Allison to F. A. Wenslawski

dated March 28, 1984. If a technician fills a dual role as

a responsible HP / Chem Tech, then 2 years experience in each

area is necessary. Common areas may exist so that an

experience period of less than 4 years could be acceptable.

Preoperational, design, construction, and startup

experience can be counted as well as operational

experience. HPPOS-020, HPPOS-062, and HPPOS-096 contain

related topics.

Technicians filling responsible positions in a specialty

are required to have two years experience in that

specialty. Therefore, if a technician is fulfilling a dual

role (as a responsible HP / Chem Tech), then a total of four

years experience (two in each area) is required by ANSI

N18.1-1971. IE understands that common areas of chemistry

and radiation protection may exist, so that some experience

period less than four years could be acceptable for full,

dual-specialty qualification. The overall goal of the TS

requirement is to ensure that technicians filling

responsible positions have the necessary experience,

education, and skill to perform their assigned functions

during normal and abnormal conditions.

Nuclear power plant preoperational experience, as well as

design, construction, startup, and operations, can count on

a one-for-one basis toward the two-year experience

requirement defined in Section 4.1 of the ANSI standard.

The licensee must make definitive applicability assessments

of any type of experience as it relates to the technicians

current or projected job responsibilities. Well documented

training programs, structured to specific job functions,

should form the basis for licensee qualification


Regulatory references: ANSI N18.1-1971, Technical


Subject codes: 1.1, 1.2

Applicability: Reactors

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