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Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials Online Training

Online course introduces participants to methods of testing air for radionuclides


ORAU's Professional Training Programs (PTP) is now offering a new way to experience the traditional one-week Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials course that is offered at our training facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We are now offering a blended course that contains both online and in-class training. The lecture materials will be delivered online via self-paced modules and webcasts. The laboratory exercises will be delivered in-class at the ORAU PTP training facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where we will employ safe distancing, smaller lab groups, and disinfection protocols.

This option greatly reduces the on-site presence of the participant and the costs of travel, lodging, and per diem, while presenting all of the great instructional topics and content you have come to expect. 

The American Academy of Health Physics grants 24 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Course description

The use of radioactive materials in industry, research, and medicine has created a need for many facilities to perform routine air sampling in both the workplace and the environment. To help meet the need for trained personnel in this area, ORAU developed the Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials online training course. It is self-paced and can be completed as time allows. The course includes 14 modules. Upon successful completion of the exam, a course certificate of completion will be provided. Course materials are available on the ORAU PTP Learning Management System.

A list of the modules included in the course is provided below along with instructions about the registration process. This course is the equivalent of taking only the lecture component of the instructor-led course at the PTP training facility. PTP instructors will be available via email, phone, or Microsoft Teams to answer questions and provide assistance when needed.

This online course can be completed independently or as part of the new blended Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials course. If you are planning to complete the blended course, you must also complete the laboratory course. The full requirements for the blended course are listed below:

  1. Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials – Online
  2. Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials – Laboratory Exercises

Target audience 

This online course is designed for individuals with limited theoretical background and/or practical work experience who must establish and/or are involved with an air sampling program.


$1,197 – Tuition includes access to the course materials via the ORAU Learning Management System.

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If you have additional questions about this course, please contact the Registrar.

Impact Areas

Registration Information

These are asynchronous (self-paced) online courses. The training staff recommends that you complete the training within six months of enrollment. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email confirming that your registration has been received. Once your payment has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your user name and temporary password if this is the first time you have registered for an online course. If you have registered before, you will receive notification that the course is now available.

Each course contains a series of modules/exercises to be completed. When all modules are complete, you will be granted access to the exam. A passing score is 70 out of 100. You will have three attempts to successfully complete the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, a course certificate of completion will be provided.

Please read the following carefully and in its entirety. You must accept these terms and conditions in order to be successfully enrolled in the online course. By accepting these terms and conditions, you are legally obligated to act in accordance with this agreement.

Restricted Materials Use Agreement

By registering for this course offered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), I understand that I will be provided with ORAU PTP course materials developed by ORAU. In exchange for receiving these materials, I agree and understand that the ORAU PTP course materials (both electronic and hardcopy) are provided for use by the registered participant only. Duplication and/or distribution of the course materials, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission of ORAU. The participant may retain and use the course materials for personal reference in perpetuity. Publications and other copyrighted materials provided during the course may be subject to additional restrictions as noted within these documents.

Cancellations and Refunds

Once access to the course material (LMS) has been granted, no refunds or cancellations will be accepted.

Links to Third Party Websites

PTP's Online Training may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by other organizations. Any link to third-party websites is not an endorsement of said websites and ORAU is not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites.


Sessions that contain webinars will be recorded.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Environmental Monitoring Programs
  • Module 2: Environmental Standards and Regulation
  • Module 3: Effluent Monitoring
  • Module 4: Introduction to Radionuclide Pathways in the Environment
  • Module 5: Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials – Part 1
  • Module 6: Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials – Part 2
  • Module 7: Air Sampling Equations
  • Module 8: Environmental Air Sampling
  • Module 9: Radon and Its Decay Products
  • Module 10: Stack Sampling
  • Module 11: Air Sampling in the Workplace
  • Module 12: Continuous Air Monitors
  • Module 13: Airborne Particle Sizing
  • Module 14: Emergency Response

What our students are saying

“All of the hands on interaction, and ability to ask questions directly was incredible. The 'minds' teaching the material were by far the most valuable.”

“This course was very informative. I definitely learned a lot from this course! All the instructors are very intelligent and did an excellent job instructing during this course.”

“Instructors explained everything very clearly and sufficiently. This is a great course—I always enjoy ORAU courses.”

Male student participates in Air Sampling course

Contact us

For more information about ORAU's Professional Training Programs, contact:

ORAU Professional Training Programs 
P.O. Box 117, MS-11
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Phone: (865) 576-3576
Fax: (865) 241-9152

ORAU Professional Training Programs flyer

View the PTP course flyer (.PDF, 1.28 MB)