United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Replacement and Requalification Training Program (Generic Letter No. 84-14)

                                UNITED STATES
                        NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
                           WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 

                                May 11, 1984 

TO ALL OPERATING POWER REACTOR LICENSEES  

Gentlemen: 

SUBJECT:  REPLACEMENT AND REQUALIFICATION TRAINING PROGRAM (Generic Letter 
          No. 84-14) 

One of the most important follow-up actions that has been identified as part
of the operator licensing program reviews is to ensure that there is an 
accurate description of each licensee's requalification training program and
replacement operator training program. This information is needed to ensure 
that candidates for operator licensing examinations have completed the 
necessary qualifications and training prior to examination and to ensure 
that requalification program audits by the Regions are based on the 
requalification training program as implemented. 

Some utilities have provided a description of the program as part of the 
updated FSAR which was submitted in accordance with the requirements of 10 
CFR 50.71(e)4. Other utilities, in the updated FSAR, have referenced the 
program, but have not provided the details or a description. In these latter
instances, the regulatory staff finds it very difficult to prepare a proper 
audit. 

The regulations, 10 CFR Part 50.54(i-1), require that licensees have a 
program in effect which meets the requirements of Appendix A to Part 55 and 
that changes to the approved program that decrease the scope, time allotted 
for the program or frequency in conducting different parts be approved. 
Therefore, we are requesting that the next annual update to the FSAR either 
include the current program or provide explicit reference, including date, 
to the submittal which is the program of record. 

Licensees have submitted proposed changes to their replacement and 
requalification training programs and some proposed changes were submitted 
directly to the NRR technical review branches and Regional offices. Proposed
changes to training programs should be submitted to the Director, Division 
of Licensing, not the Regional Offices or technical review branches. All 
such proposed changes should be clearly identified and include appropriate 
fees. 





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We are also aware that a number of licensees are either in the process of 
ordering, or have already taken delivery on, plant-referenced simulators. 
When these new simulators are available, revisions should be made to the 
replacement and requalification training programs to reflect their use. When
the revision to the program involves only the identification of a plant 
referenced simulator, no approval is required; therefore, no fee is 
required. 

                              Sincerely, 


                              Darrell G. Eisenhut, Director 
                              Division of Licensing  
                              Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation 

This request has been approved by OMB Clearance Number 3150-0018, which 
expires February 29, 1987. 
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