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General Nuclear Worker Training

Gary W Castleberry, PE

Course Outline

This course will provide the student with a general overview of the job knowledge requirements for a worker at a nuclear power plant. Roles of the various work groups are discussed along with the individual responsibilities of the nuclear worker. Overviews of the security and fitness for duty requirements are provided along with an introduction to basic radiological concepts.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this course the student should have a basic understanding of:

Course Introduction

Prior to being granted unescorted access to the plant but not in any Radiation Controlled Areas (RCA). In order to perform unescorted work in an RCA, the worker must take additional training and pass a written examination on radiation work practices. That is the subject matter for a different course and only basic Radiation Protection (RP) information is provided in the material for General Nuclear Worker Training (GNWT).

Although each commercial nuclear facility has developed their training modules for GNWT, a large amount of the information is standard for the industry. This has become necessary over the years due to the number of contract workers who move from plant to plant. This course will provide the generic information which is applicable to any plant. Therefore, a new employee who has successfully completed this course will only have to address the minimal site specific topics in order to obtain unescorted access.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file General Nuclear Worker Training. You need to open or download above documents to study this course.

Course Summary

Like many industries, the nuclear industry has its own jargon and ways of doing things; however, due to the consequences of not doing things right the first time, adherence to the rules and standards of behavior are mandatory. The amount of information that must be learned in a short amount of time can be intimidating to a new employee. This course has provided a good introduction to the expectations to which you will be held accountable at a commercial nuclear facility and should make your first few days there a little less stressful. One final nugget to take away from this course is that the nuclear industry respects people who say "I don't understand this, would you help me?" Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help or direction because the person you asked for help has been there and done that.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.