Training and Qualification
PART 4 Radiological Control Technician and RCT Supervisor Qualification
641 General Provisions
Training and qualification of radiological control technicians (RCTs) and their immediate supervisors should address
routine operations and also focus on recognizing and handling situations in both normal and changing radiological
conditions. Newly qualified technicians and those still in training should be given the opportunity to work with qualified,
experienced technicians to foster development.
642 Radiological Control Technician
Because of the nature of their duties (e.g., monitoring the workplace, implementing administrative controls and
entry controls), RCTs would generally be expected to have responsibility for implementing measures necessary for
ensuring compliance with 10 CFR 835. Therefore, RCTs will generally be subject to the education, training, and
skills requirements of 10 CFR 835.103. RCT training should include the standardized core course training
materials, as applicable, which should be expanded to include site-specific information.
RCT candidates who have prerequisite knowledge, such as college credit, operational experience, or related
qualifications, may satisfy individual sections of the standardized core course training requirements by passing
comprehensive challenge examinations.
Entry-level prerequisites should be established to ensure that RCTs meet the standards for physical condition and
education. At a minimum, these standards should include the following:
High school education or equivalency
Fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and science
Systems and fundamentals of process, operations, and maintenance
Reading and comprehension level sufficient to follow procedures, write permits, prepare survey maps, write
reports, and prepare shipping and transfer permits
Ability to work in a support role, including communicating verbal instructions to others
Physical requirements to handle personal protective equipment and other equipment and assist others in work
locations, commensurate with assignment.
RCTs are encouraged to pursue registration by the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists
Sites are encouraged to give credit toward completion of standardized core training requirements for NRRPT
643 Qualification Standards for Radiological Control Technicians
Qualification Standards define the requirements for demonstrating completion of training. Signatures on the forms in
Qualification Standards provide documentation of satisfactory proficiency.
The Qualification Standards from the standardized core course should be supplemented to include site-specific
Qualification Standards for the radiological control technician position should include on-the-job training to provide
hands-on experience directly applicable to the job.
644 Oral Examination Boards