Information Notice No. 84-11: Training Program Deficiencies
SSINS No.: 6835
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
February 24, 1984
Information Notice No. 84-11: TRAINING PROGRAM DEFICIENCIES
All nuclear power reactor facilities holding an operating license (OL) or
construction permit (CP).
This information notice is provided as information that may be of value in
upgrading your training programs. This notice relates to training program
deficiencies associated with licensed operator training. It is expected that
recipients will review the information for applicability to their facilities
and consider actions, if appropriate, to preclude a similar problem
occurring at their facilities. No specific action or written response is
Description of Circumstances:
In February and November of 1983, Region II conducted training assessments
at a Region II facility which cast doubt on the adequacy and validity of its
operator license training program. An in-depth inspection subsequently
verified the existence of deficiencies in the fulfillment of training
commitments made in the facility's FSAR and in the documentation of
completed operator training. Of particular note was the lack of attention to
accuracy on the part of the facility and the individual trainees in the
submittal of training history information pursuant to the filing of
applications for operator license examinations. These inaccuracies included
information related to qualification card completion and statements
concerning the length of formal training courses. Had the NRC been aware of
the inaccurate statements made in these license applications, license
examinations would not have been administered at the facility at that time.
The statement on the application (NRC Form 398) that certifies that all
required training has been or will be completed includes, as a minimum, that
training required by the FSAR has been conducted.
Inaccuracies on operator license applications relating to the degree of
training, or other factors identified in NRC rules, are considered a serious
matter by the NRC. This is specifically addressed in 10 CFR 55.10(d) and 10
CFR 55.40(b). Individual operator license applicants and facility licensees
are responsible for proper filing of operator license applications.
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Region II inspections of other facilities have identified failures to meet
FSAR commitments concerning licensed operator training. Other instances
have been identified in which facilities have failed to fully implement
their own procedures for licensed operator training. In some cases, the
inspections identified a failure to implement plant-specific system level
training and qualification programs.
The NRC-licensed operator examination and certifications program is
conducted based on certification that all required training has been or will
be completed by the time of the examination and the assumption that the
program has been conducted in a quality manner and properly documented.
Failure to fully implement the required training program calls into question
the certification of the affected operators.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Regional
Administrator of the appropriate NRC Regional office, or this office.
Edward L. Jordan, Director
Division of Emergency Preparedness
and Engineering Response
Office of Inspection and Enforcement
Technical Contact: W. F. Anderson, IE
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