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Education and training in radiation, transport and waste safety

To build competence in the area of radiation, transport and waste safety, the IAEA offers a range of education and training services and activities to its Member States. The principles for this support are based on the IAEA’s mandate, the Safety Standards and the Strategic Approach to Education and Training in Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety, 2011-2020.

The IAEA’s ultimate vision of the strategic approach is for Member States to develop their own sustainable infrastructures and capabilities to train key personnel who will help ensure the safe use of ionizing radiation.

The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety in the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security is responsible for the implementation of the IAEA strategic approach. To successfully implement this strategic approach, an adaptable and flexible response is required since training needs will evolve.

Consequently, there is a need for ongoing observation and review to ensure that implementation of the strategy continues to be on course to meet the objectives. For this purpose, a Steering Committee for Education and Training in Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety exists, which advises the IAEA on the implementation of the strategic approach.

Developing a sustainable national infrastructure and capabilities for education and training through a national strategy

Ultimately, the strategic approach aims at Member States to establish a sustainable education and training infrastructure that addresses national needs for building and maintaining competence in radiation, transport and waste safety, and is consistent with the Agency’s safety standards.

Sustainability is of key importance for a Member State’s education and training infrastructure. This finds its reflection in the IAEA strategic approach, one of whose main objectives is to facilitate the development and implementation of a National Strategy for Education and Training for Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety in Members States. This is aimed at helping governments to comply with the requirements outlined in the IAEA safety requirements on the Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Safety. These requirements focus on the establishment of a national policy and strategy for safety that should include the need for appropriately qualified and competent staff.

Key players and activities

The successful implementation of the IAEA strategic approach requires an effective interaction between the IAEA, its Member States and regional training centre. In this context, their tasks are:

  • For the IAEA, to develop and provide the tools to build competence and to assist Member States to apply the IAEA safety standards. This includes for example the development of training material, syllabi and guidance material on the methodology to establish a national strategy;
  • For regional training centres , to provide training, in collaboration with the IAEA, to Member States in the region; to disseminate and promote the guidance material on the methodology for establishing a national strategy for education and training; and
  • For Member States, to establish the national strategy, including the development of education and training programmes in line with the IAEA’s safety standards.

Time frame and responsibilities

The three main key players are each involved in specific tasks but are all playing a major role at different stages of the IAEA strategic approach’s implementation.


Stage I


Stage II


Stage III


Activities Preparation of the competence-building tools and guidance material to establish a national strategy for education and training Dissemination and promotion of tools and guidance material at regional level among Member States Development and implementation of national strategies in Member States  
Key players IAEARegional Training Centres Member States


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