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International Training

Training and capacity building

Together with UNITAR, the UNECE has developed a Training and capacity building strategy to support the implementation of the UNECE Group of Experts Recommendations on Monitoring and Response Procedures for Radioactive Scrap Metal. This strategy is available for download in English, French and Russian and a printed version in English can also be obtained from the UNECE.

Strategy English
Strategy French
Strategy Russian

This page also presents a selection of training opportunities by international organisations or bodies that are of relevance to the field of radioactive scrap metal.

a) The European Network on Education and Training in Radiological Protection (ENETRAP) project aims to bring together different ideas and approaches on education and training (E&T) in radiological protection (RP) in order to better integrate and harmonise national E&T activities on a European level.

The main objectives of the ENETRAP project are:

  • to better integrate existing E&T activities in the RP infrastructure of the European countries in order to combat the decline in both student numbers and teaching institutions
  • to develop more harmonised approaches for E&T in RP in Europe
  • to better integrate the national resources and capacities for E&T
  • to provide the necessary competence and expertise for the continued safe use of radiation in industry, medicine and research

The project will assess training needs and capabilities within the EU Member States and the Candidate Countries, and evaluate the current situation with regard to mutual recognition of competencies and diplomas. The required qualifications for key professional functions in industry, medicine, research and the public sector will be assessed, along with the training available to support those qualifications, including OJT programmes and e-learning opportunities.

b) European ALARA network
The objectives of the European ALARA Network are

  • To maintain, enhance and develop competence in radiation protection, with special emphasis on the implementation of the ALARA principle for occupational, public and patients exposures both in routine operations and emergency situations
  • To contribute to the harmonisation of radiation protection policies and practices, particularly concerning ALARA, both at regulatory and operational levels within European countries
  • To contribute to the integration and effective co-operation of expertise in radiation protection that is available in the European countries
  • To cover all types of practices within the different sectors: nuclear, industrial, medical, research, and work with naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM)
  • To cover radiation protection themes relevant to all sectors, as well as themes specific to one or more sector(s).

The Network has organised and will continue to organise short workshops once a year which provide a forum for a few dozen experts to exchange feedback experience and to identify problems that need further research or development. Workshop themes covered so far have included:

“Developments in Implementing ALARA in Occupational, Patient and Public Exposures", Prague, Czech Republic, 12 th-15 th September 2006
”Occupational Exposure to Natural Radiation", Augsburg, Germany, October 2005
"Occupational Radiological Protection Control through Inspection and Self-assessment", Uppsala, Sweden, September 2004
"Decommissiong of Installations and Site Remediation", Arnhem, The Netherlands, October 2003
"Occupational Exposure Optimisation in the Medical and the Radiopharmaceutical Sectors", Madrid, Spain, October 2002
"Industrial Radiography: Improvements in Radiation Protection", Rome, Italy, October 2001
"Management of Occupational Radiological and Non-radiological Risks: Lessons to be Learned", Antwerp, Belgium, November 2000
"Managing Internal Exposure", Neuherberg, Germany, November 1999
"Good Radiation Practices in Industry and Research", Chilton, UK, November 1998
"ALARA and Decommissioning", Saclay, France, December 1997



a) Radioactive Waste management training at the IAEA
During the course of 2001 work was carried out to develop a comprehensive syllabus for training in radioactive waste management with particular emphasis on waste safety. This was in response to both the situations where increasing numbers of requests were being received for training events on waste safety, and the recognition in the General Conference resolution of the importance of the Agency training efforts in, inter alia, radioactive waste safety. The scope of the reference training material currently under development is focused on general fundamental principles for radioactive waste (RAW) management, safety requirements on predisposal and disposal activities. It has been structured in six main areas (30 modules): General Aspects, Predisposal Management of RAW, Disposal of RAW, Management of Special Waste, Environmental Restoration and IAEA Activities on Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

b) Regional Training Courses On The Physical Protection Of Radioactive Sources
The IAEA is undertaking regional training courses to create an awareness of the need to physically protect and control sources and apply adequate physical protection measures to sources throughout their life cycle. Courses cover international recommendations and physical protection principles, and provide methodologies and guidelines for designing physical protection systems for radioactive sources; and provide practical experience in applying guidance and methodologies. Pa rticipants should be a mix of regulators, users, producers and protectors of sources in medical and industrial applications.

c) IAEA Nuclear Security Training Catalogue
Detailed information about the IAEA's nuclear security training activities. These courses are run in conjunction with Member States on an 'as requested' basis. Interested participants should approach the IAEA's Office of Nuclear Security through their respective UN Mission to the IAEA.
Training catalogue



Disclaimer : This website merely presents a selection of courses and the user should be aware that the UNECE does not specifically endorse any of them.