Education & Training Info
In Belgium, different institutes organise education and training for RPE.
- XIOS Hogeschool Limburg/UHasselt and ISIB in Brussels, together with research center SCK•CEN and IRE organize a course "radiation protection expert" (opleiding stralingsdeskundige – formation de experts en radioprotection) in Dutch and in French. The syllabus is based on the legal requirements for the RPE as prescribed by the royal decree of 2001: at least 120 hours of theoretical and practical training on an academical level, in different topics such as nuclear and radiation physics, radiochemistry, measurement techniques, radiobiology, dosimetry, fundamentals of radiation protection and legislation.
- UCL organizes a DEC (diplôme d’études complémentaires, 1 year) in radiation protection (>120 hours), oriented at the basic education for class II experts. In addition a DES (diplôme d’études spécialisées, 1 additional year) is offered with additional courses in radiation protection en nuclear safety, thus oriented at class I experts.
- ULg organizes a DES (1 year) in nuclear sciences, oriented at basic education for experts, with courses in radiation protection (>120 hours).
- Within the 'Ecole de santé publique’ ULB organizes a DES (1 year) in radiation protection (>120 hours), oriented at the basic education for experts class II.
Official programs for RPO education and training are recently developed in Belgium, and offered by various providers.
The education and training requirements for RPE are stated in article 73 of the Royal Decree of 20 July 2001 (ARBIS-RGPRI), which are based on Annex I of the EU Communication 98/C 133/03 (training requirements for the qualified experts) and the definition of the Qualified Expert in the Council Directive 96/29/Euratom (European Basic Safety Standards).
The Regulatory Authority issued a technical decree for the training requirements of the RPO on 31 January 2019.
Requests and questions about (mutual) recognition of foreign documents can be submitted to the NCP of Belgium.