Certificiate in Radiation Protection

University of Strathclyde/AURPO


This course has been developed by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde and the Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO) in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive and RPA 2000.
Entry criteria for the course are a University degree in a physical science or acceptable alternative qualifications and relevant work experience.   Participants should currently be working as Radiation Protection professionals.
The course is aimed at assisting people who aspire to be Radiation Protection Advisers (RPAs) or just Radiation Protection Officers (RPOs) to demonstrate the required core of knowledge and core competencies in accordance with Annex 3 of the HSE Statement on RPAs.   This course does not make people RPAs, rather it is concerned with assessing and demonstrating core competencies that will assist them if they go on to seek accreditation as an RPA from an awarding body e.g. RPA 2000.
Course notes are benchmarked to the level of knowledge specified by the HSE.   Tutors will assist students if required with advice on the creation of a Portfolio of Practical Competencies as part of the accreditation process to RPA 2000.
On successful completion of the eight assessed Course Units and 5 assignments, a Certificate of Professional Development will be awarded by the University of Strathclyde, recognising academic achievement in accordance with the HSE basic syllabus.

Core of Knowledge

There are eight Course Units that can be downloaded from the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace.   These Units will more than cover the HSE's Basic Syllabus for the RPA.   The Course Units are released two at a time at 6 week intervals:


Unit     Title
1     Basis of Radiation Protection
2     Basic Atomic Physics and Radiation Biology
3     Detection and Measurement of Radiation
4     Legislation
5     Sources of Radiation, Practices and Interventions
6     Control of Exposure
7     Organisation of Radiation Protection
8     Other Relevant Legislation and Practices

Throughout the Units the authors have set various activities to be carried out, and in some cases guidelines as to which should be attempted and returned to your tutor for assessment.
Students must choose and submit five Assignments from a selection available.   These Assignments will be published on Myplace in December.   They are designed to set scenarios where RPA advice is required.   The Assignments are not Unit-based.   They require the student to source and apply radiation protection information from various Units.   In this way the Assessor can gauge if the student has sufficient academic knowledge and can apply it as a competent RPA.

Practical Competencies & Portfolio Development

Some candidates on this course are looking for assistance in building a Portfolio for submission to RPA 2000, and guidance on portfolio development will be given by tutors if required.  Portfolios should follow the latest RPA 2000 guide -
Assignments undertaken for the main part of the course may also be used to demonstrate some practical competencies that could be useful in a portfolio.  Suitability in this case should be discussed with tutors.
People may need experience outside their own establishment to satisfactorily demonstrate all the competencies required by RPA 2000.   Individual need should be discussed with tutors.   It may be that someone within the course can assist and by helping could gain evidence for his or her own Portfolio.   Whatever work is submitted it needs to be validated.


Further Information

The course will involve around 120 hours study depending on prior knowledge and experience.   Added to this will be the time to produce 5 assignments approx 2000 words each and suitably referenced.   The cost of doing the course in 2011/12 is £1,400.00.   Every student will be assigned a tutor who will be RPA accredited.   The course in itself does not guarantee RPA accreditation but should enable successful students to produce an acceptable portfolio for RPA 2000.


For further information, contact either Louise Carbry at the University of Strathclyde or Trevor Moseley at the University of Sheffield.
Trevor Moseley
Course Coordinator

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Louise Carbry
Course Administrator
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