United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Operator Licensing National Examination

                                 UNITED STATES
                         NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                     OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION
                         WASHINGTON, D.C.  20555-0001

                                January 9, 1996


NRC ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER 96-01:  OPERATOR LICENSING NATIONAL EXAMINATION 
                                  SCHEDULE


Addressees

All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power
reactors.  

Purpose

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this administrative
letter to ask addressees, on a voluntary basis, to submit information
pertaining to their previous estimates of the number of candidates to be
tested for operator licenses in fiscal years (FYs) 1996 through 1999.  These
estimates will help the NRC in the planning of its resources.  The submittal
of this information is strictly voluntary.  Therefore, no specific action or
written response is required.  

Background

In Generic Letter (GL) 89-03, "Operator Licensing National Examination
Schedule," March 24, 1989, the NRC issued its first national examination
schedule and asked licensees to provide estimates of the number of candidates
requiring examination.  Subsequent generic and administrative letters have
updated this process.  To plan its use of resources for FYs 1996 through 1999,
the NRC is asking licensees to update their estimates submitted in response to
Administrative Letter (AL) 94-12, "Operator Licensing National Examination
Schedule," September 12, 1994.  

Discussion

The NRC regional offices normally schedule examinations consistent with the
attached examination schedule (Attachment 1).  However, if the workload in a
region or across the nation is excessive during a particular month, the NRC
may need to adjust some examination dates to balance its resources. 
Additionally, in light of proposed program and resource changes, the NRC is
considering scheduling operator licensing examination dates on a once per year
basis.  The NRC regional offices will coordinate shifts in examination dates
with the training managers of affected licensees if the schedule needs to be
changed.   


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The generic fundamentals examination (GFE) will be given only twice a year: 
on the first Wednesday following the first Sunday in the months of October and
April.  All other aspects of and procedures for administering the GFE will
remain the same.

Requested Information

Using NRC Form 536, "Operator Licensing Examination Data," included as
Enclosure 2, please update in Section A the estimated number of candidates to
be examined during each of the two annual scheduled site visits.  Indicate in
this section the desired primary date should scheduling allow for only one NRC 
examination visit per fiscal year.  In Section B, please update the estimated
number of candidates that will participate in the GFE scheduled for April 1996
and October 1996.  Lastly, please provide dates for the next scheduled
licensed operator requalification examinations, which will be used for
resource planning for NRC requalification program inspections.

Voluntary Response Requested

Within 30 days of receiving this administrative letter, all addressees are
requested to voluntarily submit a response containing the information
requested above.

Address the voluntary response to this request for administrative information
to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ATTN:  Document Control Desk,
Washington, DC, 20555, with a copy to the applicable regional office.

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

The voluntary information collections contained in this request are covered by
the Office of Management and Budget clearance number 3150-0131, which expires
August 31, 1997.  The public reporting burden for this voluntary collection of
information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time
for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and
maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of
information.  Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect
of this voluntary collection of information, including suggestions for
reducing this burden, to the Information and Records Management Branch 
(T-6 F33), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001,
and to the Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs,
NEOB-10202, (3150-0131), Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C.
20503.  
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This administrative letter requires no specific action or written response. 
If you have any questions about this letter, please contact the contact listed
below or the appropriate Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation project manager. 


                                          signed by

                                    Dennis M. Crutchfield, Director 
                                    Division of Reactor Program Management
                                    Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

Contact:  Stuart A. Richards, NRR
          Internet:sar@nrc.gov
          (301) 415-1031

Attachments:  
1.  National Examination Schedule
2.  NRC Form 536, "Operator Licensing Examination Data"
3.  List of Recently Issued NRC Administrative Letters
.                                                            Attachment 1      
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                         NATIONAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

FACILITY            OCT  NOV  DEC  JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP
NAME

ARKANSAS 1                               X                             X 
ARKANSAS 2                     X                                  X 
BEAVER VALLEY 1                               X                        X 
BEAVER VALLEY 2                               X                        X 
BIG ROCK POINT            X                        X
BRAIDWOOD 1/2        X                             X
BROWNS FERRY 1/2/3             X                             X
BRUNSWICK 1/2        X                             X
BYRON 1/2                      X                             X
CALLAWAY                                 X                             X
CALVERT CLIFFS 1/2   X                             X
CATAWBA 1/2          X                             X
CLINTON                             X                        X
COMANCHE PEAK 1/2         X                                  X
COOPER                    X                             X
CRYSTAL RIVER 3           X                             X
DAVIS-BESSE               X                             X
DC COOK 1/2                         X                        X
DIABLO CANYON 1/2         X                             X
DRESDEN 2/3                              X                        X
DUANE ARNOLD                   X                             X
FARLEY 1/2           X                             X
FERMI 2                        X                        X
FITZPATRICK          X                             X
FORT CALHOUN         X                                  X
GINNA                                    X                                  X
GRAND GULF                          X                             X
HADDAM NECK                    X                        X
HATCH 1/2                                X                             X
HB ROBINSON                         X                             X
HOPE CREEK                     X                             X
INDIAN POINT 2                           X                        X
INDIAN POINT 3                      X                             X 
KEWAUNEE                                 X                             X
LASALLE 1/2          X                             X
LIMERICK 1/2                        X                             X
MAINE YANKEE              X                             X
MCGUIRE 1/2                    X                             X
MILLSTONE 1                                   X                             X
MILLSTONE 2                    X                             X
MILLSTONE 3               X                        X
MONTICELLO                                    X                             X
NINE MILE POINT 1              X                             X
NINE MILE POINT 2         X                             X
NORTH ANNA 1/2                           X                             X.                                                            Attachment 1     
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                         NATIONAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

FACILITY            OCT  NOV  DEC  JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP
NAME

OCONEE 1/2/3                        X                             X
OYSTER CREEK         X                             X
PALISADES                                     X                             X
PALO VERDE 1/2/3                              X                             X
PEACH BOTTOM 2/3                         X                             X
PERRY                                    X                             X
PILGRIM                   X                             X
POINT BEACH 1/2                               X                             X
PRAIRIE ISLAND 1/2        X                             X
QUAD CITIES 1/2                               X                             X
RIVER BEND                          X                             X
SALEM 1/2                      X                             X
SAN ONOFRE 2/3                      X                             X
SEABROOK 1/2         X                             X
SEQUOYAH 1/2              X                             X
SHEARON HARRIS                      X                             X
SOUTH TEXAS 1/2                               X                             X
ST. LUCIE 1/2        X                             X
SURRY 1/2                                     X                             X
SUSQUEHANNA 1/2                     X                             X
THREE MILE ISLAND 1                 X                             X
TURKEY POINT 3/4                         X                             X
VC SUMMER                 X                             X
VERMONT YANKEE                           X                             X
VOGTLE 1/2                     X                             X
WATERFORD 3                              X                                  X
WATTS BAR                           X                                  X
WNP 2                     X                   X
WOLF CREEK           X                             X
ZION 1/2                            X                             X

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