United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Availability of NUREG-1021, "Operator Licensing Examiner Standards" (Generic Letter 83-44)


                                UNITED STATES
                       NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 
                           WASHINGTON, D.C. 20595 
                                     
                             December 20, 1983 

TO ALL POWER REACTOR LICENSEES AND APPLICANTS FOR OPERATING LICENSES 

SUBJECT:  AVAILABILITY OF NUREG-1021, "OPERATOR LICENSING EXAMINER 
          STANDARDS" (Generic Letter 83-44) 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has recently published NUREG-1021, 
"Operator Licensing Examiner Standards." These standards, developed by the 
Operator Licensing Branch, Division of Human Factors Safety provide 
direction to NRC examiners and establish the procedures and practices for 
examining and licensing of applicants for NRC operator licenses pursuant to 
Part 55 of Title 10.  They are intended to assist NRC and facility licensees 
to understand the examination process better and to provide for equitable 
and consistent administration of examinations to all applicants by NRC 
examiners. Also, an examination that will be better focused on a more 
operationally oriented examination should result. 

The standards also account for the additional administrative controls 
necessary to accommodate the decentralized nature of the examination 
function.  We intend to update the standards periodically, to reflect the 
results of our program, to improve the content validity of the examination 
and to incorporate changes that reflect revisions to 10 CFR Part 55 that are
currently being proposed. 

In developing these standards, we considered the questions and feedback we 
received at the January 6, 1982, and February 11, 1983, meetings that were 
held to discuss the operator licensing function. Any additional comments are
welcomed and will be considered in the next revision.  Comments should be 
directed to Mr. Don Beckham, Chief, Operator Licensing Branch, Division of 
Human Factors Safety. 

For your information, copies of NUREG-1021 have been forwarded to you 
separately. 

                           Sincerely, 

                                   
                           Darrell G. Eisenhut, Director
                           Division of Licensing 


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