United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Operator Licensing National Examination Schedule (Generic Letter 90-07)



August 10, 1990


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

SUBJECT: OPERATOR LICENSING NATIONAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
         (GENERIC LETTER 90-07)

Generic Letter (GL) 89-03, dated March 24, 1989, promulgated the United 
States Nuclear Regulatory Commmission's (NRC's) national examination 
schedule.  It contained the two examination dates assigned each facility 
during each fiscal year.  

Generic Letter (GL) 89-12, dated July 6, 1989, announced that, beginning 
October 1, 1990, replacement (initial) examinations would not be rescheduled 
but deferred until the next regularly scheduled site visit.

To plan its resources for fiscal years 1991 through 1994, the Office of 
Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) request your input to update the number of 
candidates you provided in response to GL 89-12.  

Using the proposed format provided as Enclosure 1, please update your 
estimate of the anticipated number of candidates to be examined during each 
site visit assigned to you.  Also, please update your requalification 
examination schedule using the proposed format provided as Enclosure 2.

To facilitate regional planning, please estimate the number of candidates 
that you expect to participate in the Generic Fundamental Examination 
Schedule (GFES) using the proposed format provided as Enclosure 3.  The 
National Examination Schedule is provided as Enclosure 4. 

Your updated schedules, to be voluntarily submitted in the enclosed 
suggested formats, should be returned to Mr. Kenneth E. Perkins, Jr., Chief, 
Operator Licensing Branch, OWFN-10D-22, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, D.C. 20555, with a courtesy copy to the appropriate Regional 
Administrator, by September 15, 1990.

Section 55.45 (b)(2)(iv) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) prohibits the simulation facility portion of the operating test, which 
is required to complete operator licensing examinations, from being 
administered at other than a certified or an approved simulation facility 
after May 26, 1991.  As noted in the "Supplementary Information" published 
with the revised 10 CFR 55 in the March 25, 1987 Federal Register, the NRC 
expects each facility licensee to have a simulation facility available 
within a reasonable time.  The NRC will address each deviation from the time 
requirements of 10 CFR 55.45 (b) individually by reviewing requests for 
exemption from the required schedule.  Therefore, facility licensees who do 
not intend to submit either an application or a certification pursuant to 
the schedule required by 10 CFR 55.45 (b)(2) should request an exemption as 
soon as possible.  This is to allow adequate time for NRC review of the 
exemption justification prior to the deadline for ceasing examinations.  


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Generic Letter 90-07                 -2-                    August 10, 1990 


As stated in GL 89-03, in the absence of documented, extenuating 
circumstances, the NRC will not reschedule initial (replacement) 
examinations during fiscal year 1991 and beyond but will defer them until 
the next regularly scheduled site visit.  The Regional Offices will continue 
to schedule NRC requalification examinations on a case-by-case basis until 
NRR reconciles the differences between the methodologies for the 
requalification examinations and initial (replacement) examinations to allow 
the NRC to administer both examinations concurrently.

This request is covered by Office of Management and Budget Clearance Number 
3150-0131, which expires March 31, 1992.  The estimated average burden is 
two person-hours per owner response, including the time required to assess 
the new recommendation, search data sources, gather and analyze the data, 
and prepare the required letters.  Please send comments regarding this 
burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, 
including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission Information and Records Management Branch (mail stop 
MNBB-7714), Division of Information Support Services, Office of Information 
Resources Management, Washington, D.C. 20555, and to the Paperwork Reduction 
Project (3150-0131), Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C.  
20503.

We appreciate your assistance in this matter and invite you to address any 
questions concerning this generic letter to Mr. Perkins at (301) 492-1031.

                              Sincerely,


                              James G. Partlow, Associate Director 
                                for Projects 
                              Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

Enclosures:
1.  Operator Licensing Examination Schedule Format
2.  Requalification Examination Schedule Format
3.  Generic Fundamental Examination Schedule Format
4.  National Examination Schedule 
5.  List of Recently Issued NRC Generic Letters 

Technical Contact:  K. Perkins, NRR 
                    (301) 492-1031 
.

                                  Enclosure 1

            PROPOSED OPERATOR LICENSING EXAMINATION SCHEDULE FORMAT

FACILITY _____________________________      NRC REGION _____________________

                 FY 1991         FY 1992         FY 1993          FY 1994
               (10/1/90-       (10/1/91-       (10/1/92-        (10/1/93-
                9/30/91)        9/30/92)        9/30/93)         9/30/94)

1.  Assigned
      Date
   (GL 89-03)  __________       __________       __________        __________

  #RO          __________       __________       __________        __________
  
  #SRO Instant __________       __________       __________        __________

  #SRO Upgrade __________       __________       __________        __________

  #SRO Limited __________       __________       __________        __________

2.  Assigned
      Date
   (GL 89-03)  __________       __________       __________        __________

  #RO          __________       __________       __________        __________

  #SRO Instant __________       __________       __________        __________

  #SRO Upgrade __________       __________       __________        __________

  #SRO Limited __________       __________       __________        __________


Please indicate initial cold license examinations by placing an asterisk(*) by 
the date.  Please indicate examinations intended to extend an operator's 
license to a second or subsequent unit with two asterisks (**).  (For example, 
if Unit 1 is in operation and Unit 2 is approaching fuel load, and three RO 
candidates with no previous license are to be examined on both Units 1 and 2, 
and five RO candidates licensed on Unit 1 are to be examined to extend their 
licenses to Unit 2, then indicate "RO 3,5**.")
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                                  Enclosure 2

             PROPOSED REQUALIFICATION EXAMINATION SCHEDULE FORMAT

FACILITY _____________________________      NRC REGION _____________________

            FY 1991           FY 1992           FY 1993           FY 1994
          (10/1/90-         (10/1/91-         (10/1/92-         (10/1/93-
           9/30/91)          9/30/92)          9/30/93)          9/30/94)
1.  Date  __________         __________        __________        __________

2.  Date  __________         __________        __________        __________
 
3.  Date  __________         __________        __________        __________

4.  Date  __________         __________        __________        __________

5.  Date  __________         __________        __________        __________
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                                  Enclosure 3

           PROPOSED GENERIC FUNDAMENTAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULE FORMAT

FACILITY _____________________________      NRC REGION _____________________


            OCTOBER 1990      FEBRUARY 1991     JUNE 1991
Estimated
Number of
Candidates   __________       __________       __________


The Generic Fundamental Examination Schedule (GFES) is administered three 
times a year, on the Wednesday following the first Sunday in February, June, 
and October. 
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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 1/2                               X                   X   
BEAVER VALLEY 2                                 X                   X   
BIG ROCK                        X                   X                     
BRAIDWOOD 1/2               X                       X                   
BROWN 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 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      
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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 
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         
THREE MILE ISLAND 1                     X                       X         
THREE MILE ISLAND 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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