Operator Licensing for New Reactors Program Feedback
The NRC's operator licensing program is governed by the regulations in 10 CFR Part 55 and implemented in accordance with the guidance in NUREG-1021, "Operator Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors," and other documents. Individuals interested in these regulations and standards have, over time, requested clarification from the NRC's operator licensing program office regarding specific policies and issues.
The Operator Licensing Program Feedback Summary is generally organized to conform with the Examination Standards (ES) in NUREG-1021, with bookmarks and links to related documents. Note that some of the feedback has been revised to conform with Revision 9 of NUREG-1021, which was published in July 2004; significant revisions are identified with an "(R9)" and can easily be located using the Acrobat search function. Although some of the feedback is very specific in nature and may be limited in its applicability to other licensees, the staff believes that making it available on the website will promote a better understanding of the operator licensing program. Licensees are cautioned to use the feedback as an aid in understanding the elements of the operator licensing program and, if appropriate, to discuss their specific circumstances with the operator licensing staff at the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation or the appropriate NRC Regional Office; moreover, the feedback represents NRC staff positions that are NOT intended as legal interpretations of the regulations.