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Information table with course name, to follow to become RPE, RPO or RW in the different fields

Type

large/small

RPE

RPO

RW

NPP, research reactors

 

2

3

4 and 5

waste management

 

2

3

4 and 5

non-nuclear research

 

2 or 3

3

4 and 5

medical

academic

2

3

4 and 5

 

regional

3

3

4 ad 5

NORM

 

3

5B

5B

Industrial (e.g. NDT)

 

3

4 and 5

5

Description of the different courses and Radiation Protection education system


In the Netherlands there are 4 different levels in the education and training in radiation protection. The lowest level is 5, the highest is 2.
 
Level 5 and 4 are split up into two parts. The A version (4A or 5A) will train the student in radiation protection with sealed sources and x-ray machines. The B version will train students in dealing with both open radioactivity and sealed sources.
 
There is also a M version in the levels 5, 4 and 3 for medical professions. 5M is for students having a small x-ray machine for the treatment of animals or dentists, level 4M is for medical doctors using X-ray machines on patients and level 3M is for radiologists in hospitals.
 
Level 5 is about radiation protection with up to ten low risk sources.
 
Level 4 is about radiation protection with medium risk sources or more than ten low risk sources.
 
Level 3 will educate students to become area manager of a small radiological laboratory, to become an RPO, or to become an RPE of a small permit-holder.
 
Level 2 will educate students in all aspects of radiation protection and is needed to become an RPE of the large permit-holders.
 

With the revision of legislation being implemented to take account of the BSS (2013), the Dutch Authority (ANVS) has decided that the training of RPOs should be application specific. A start has been made with the introduction of the requirements for the training of RPOs in the field of unsealed radioactive materials. At the moment there are two guidance documents in English describing the training depending on whether the activity levels involved are designated as Level C  (medium risk) or Level D (low risk).

For the RPO (Open sources) Level B (high risk), the learning outcomes are the same as for Radiation Protection Experts (former level 3 - 'RPE basis'). There is a document (in Dutch) that describes these learning outcomes for RPEs. There is s similar document (in Dutch) regarding the learning outcomes for the Radiation Protection Expert (former level 2 - 'RPE top'). 

 

List of training institutes or general webpage(s)

 
Training providers for these levels are government approved institutes. They can be found on the website of the Dutch Society for Radiation Protection: http://www.nvs-straling.nl/
 
Courses for level 3 can be followed at:

The Level 2 Course can be followed at:
  •  BHC, LUMC, Leiden together with Delft University of Technology, RID, NCSV, Delft
 

Accreditation body

In the Netherlands there is no accreditation body available at the moment. Within 5 years from now the general RPEs and the coordinating RPEs (level 2 and 3) have to be registered.
 

(Mutual) recognition

Requests and questions about (mutual) recognition of foreign documents can be asked by the Ministry of Social Affairs: PSchuurmann@MINSZW.NL