United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Operator Licensing National Examination Schedule (Generic Letter 89-03)

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

                                 March 24, 1989


TO:       ALL POWER REACTOR LICENSEES AND APPLICANTS FOR AN OPERATING LICENSE

SUBJECT:  OPERATOR LICENSING NATIONAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE 
          (GENERIC LETTER 89-03)

Generic Letter (GL) 88-13, dated August 8, 1988, solicited your estimated 
replacement examination needs for each fiscal year (FY) through 1992 and 
stated the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) intent to 
implement a national examination schedule beginning in FY 1990 (October 1, 
1989).  Adopting such a schedule would enable the NRC to more efficiently 
employ its limited examiner staff while allowing you to plan your training 
efforts with greater confidence that your licensing examinations will be 
administered on their designated dates.

The Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) has evaluated your estimated 
examination needs for FY 1990 and developed the enclosed national examination 
schedule.  Every attempt was made to schedule examination services at the 
times you requested; however, if the workload within a region, among 
facilities of the same vendor type, or nationally was excessive during a 
particular month, then your designated examination dates were adjusted to 
eliminate the excessive work!oad.  Each facility was assigned two examination 
dates during the fiscal year regardless of how many examinations were 
indicated in its response to Generic Letter 88-13.

NRR's objective is to administer replacement and/or requalification 
examinations at each site at approximately 6-month intervals.  Although the 
replacement and requalification examination methodologies are currently too 
different to facilitate concurrent administration of both examinations, NRR is 
evaluating the potential for adopting portions of the revised requalification 
methodology in the replacement examination program.  When the differences 
between the two methodologies are reconciled, all normal licensing activities 
necessary for your facility will be performed during one or both of your 
designated examination dates.

The NRC regional offices, through direct liaison with your training managers, 
will schedule examinations within the months assigned on the enclosed national 
schedule.  Every effort should be made to target the assigned examination 
dates during FY 1990; however, in light of the lead time necessary to revise 
your training schedules, some deviation from the enclosed schedule will be 
accommodated.  In the absence of documentable, extenuating circumstances, 
replacement examinations during fiscal years 1991 and beyond will not be 
rescheduled but will be deferred until the next regularly scheduled site 
visit.  During the period that NRR is evaluating concurrent administration of 
replacement and requalification examinations, the regions will continue to 
schedule requalification examinations on a case-by-case basis.


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The same schedule will be used year after year, so your operator licensing 
examinations should be expected on approximately the same dates every year. 
When requalification examinations are added to the schedule, they should be 
expected with equal regularity.  Your estimates of licensing examination 
requirements for future fiscal years will be solicited to determine which 
assigned dates you plan to utilize and the number of candidates to be examined 
so that NRC may modify its budget and staffing accordingly.

We appreciate your assistance in this matter and invite you to direct any 
questions concerning the national examination schedule to Mr. Kenneth E. 
Perkins, Jr., at (301) 492-1031.

                              Sincerely,



                              Steven A. Varga, Acting
                              Associate Director for Projects
                              Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

Enclosure:
National Examination Schedule

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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                    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 1          X                           X
FORT ST VRAIN                       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
LACROSSE
LASALLE 1/2             X                       X
LIMERICK 1/2                        X                       X
MAINE YANKEE                                X                       X
MCGUIRE 1/2                     X                       X
MILLSTONE l                                 X                       X
MILLSTONE 2                     X                       X
MILLSTONE 3                 X                   X
MONTICELLO 1/2                              X                       X
NINE MILE POINT 1               X                       X
NINE MILE POINT 2           X                       X
NORTH ANNA 1/2                          X                       X
OCONEE 1/2/3                        X                       X
OYSTER CREEK            X                       X
PALISADES                                   X                       X

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                          NATIONAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

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


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
RANCHO SECO                             X                       X
RIVER BEND                          X                       X
SALEM 1/2                       X                       X
SAN ONOFRE 1            X                       X
SAN ONOFRE 2/3                      X                       X
SEABROOK 1/2            X                       X
SEQUOYAH 1/2                X                       X
SHEARON HARRIS                      X                       X
SHOREHAM                        X                       X
SOUTH TEXAS 1/2                             X                       X
ST LUCIE 1/2            X                       X
SURRY 1/2                                   X                       X
SUSQUEHANNA 1/2                     X                       X
TMI 1                               X                       X
TMI 2
TROJAN                          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 1/2                               X                       X
WNP 2                                       X                   X
WOLF CREEK              X                       X
YANKEE ROWE                 X                       X
ZION 1/2                            X                       X

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