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UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 March 31, 1993 NRC INFORMATION NOTICE 93-24: DISTRIBUTION OF REVISION 7 OF NUREG-1021, "OPERATOR LICENSING EXAMINER STANDARDS" Addressees All holders of operator and senior operator licenses at nuclear power reactors. Purpose The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this information notice to inform all holders of operator and senior operator licenses at nuclear power reactors that the NRC issued Revision 7 of NUREG-1021, "Operator Licensing Examiner Standards." Revision 7 of NUREG-1021 contains changes to the processes for licensing operators and conducting NRC initial licensing and requalification examinations. It is expected that recipients will review the information for applicability and consider actions, as appropriate, to their licensed activities. However, suggestions contained in this information notice are not NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or written response is required. Discussion In 1991, the staff proposed to evaluate a crew-based grading method for dynamic simulator tests that would reduce examination stress, encourage operator teamwork, and minimize the regulatory impact of NRC requalification examinations on facility licensees and licensed operators. With the concurrence of the Commission, the staff wrote a crew-based simulator test procedure and, in 1992, tested the procedure in a pilot program by examining over 100 licensed operators at 6 facilities. After completing the pilot program, the staff incorporated the crew-based simulator test procedure into a draft Revision 7 of NUREG-1021. In July 1992, the staff sent copies of the draft revision of NUREG-1021 to the Professional Reactor Operator Society (PROS) and the Nuclear Management and Resources Council (NUMARC) for comment, and placed a copy in the NRC Public Document Room. NUMARC distributed the draft NUREG-1021 to facility licensees and sponsored a meeting at which the NRC staff discussed the draft revision with industry representatives. NUMARC consolidated the facility comments and forwarded them to the NRC. The PROS organization also forwarded comments on the draft revision to the NRC. The staff evaluated the comments and made appropriate changes to the draft revision. In January 1993, the staff sent Revision 7 of NUREG-1021 to all holders of operating licenses or construction permits. A copy is also available in the NRC Public Document Room. 9303250008. IN 93-24 March 31, 1993 Page 2 of 2 Changes made to Revision 7 of NUREG-1021 include refinements to the content and structure of the initial and requalification examinations; these changes will enhance the validity of the examination as well as improve its administrative efficiency and consistency. Significant changes in the requalification examination include (1) condensing the walkthrough to five job performance measures with no prescripted questions, (2) incorporating the crew-based dynamic simulator evaluations and (3) using low-power and shutdown job performance measures and low-power scenarios from facility reference material in the operating test. Examples of specific changes affecting the NRC initial examinations include (1) use of only objectively scored questions on the initial written examination and (2) a decrease in the number of prescripted follow-up questions related to job performance measures on the walkthrough portion of the operating test. Revision 7 of NUREG-1021 contains an Executive Summary which summarizes all of the non-editorial changes made to Revision 7. In February 1993, the NRC published in the Federal Register a notice informing the public of the revision. As indicated in the Federal Register notice, the NRC will use Revision 7 of NUREG-1021 for all initial and requalification examinations scheduled to be conducted after August 9, 1993. This information notice requires no specific action or written response. If you have any questions about the information in this notice, please contact one of the technical contacts listed below or the appropriate Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) project manager. ORIGINAL SIGNED BY Brian K. Grimes, Director Division of Operating Reactor Support Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Technical contacts: Fred Guenther, NRR (301) 504-1056 Christopher Gratton, NRR (301) 504-1055 Attachment: List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices ..
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