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Virtual Radiation Safety Officer Training

Continuing education for health physicists responsible for their organization’s radiation safety program


Personnel responsible for radiation safety activities are faced with numerous administrative and technical issues. These issues are often complex and require individuals who are well trained and responsive to existing and evolving regulations. To assist those individuals who desire a successful radiation safety program, ORAU conducts a training course—Virtual Radiation Safety Officer Training.

The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course. American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) Diplomates can claim Certification Maintenance credit for this event. See ABIH Maintain Certification for more information.

Training dates

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Course description

This Virtual Radiation Safety Officer Training has been designed similar to the instructor-led course. There will be sessions that are attended by RSO and MRSO participants. There will be sessions that focus specifically on RSO requirements and responsibilities as well as laboratory demonstrations. The course will be a mixture of live webinar instruction and previously recorded webcasts. Twelve lectures will be presented live and 12 previously recorded lectures will be available to view independently. See the schedule below for more details.

Participants will have six days in-between the four days of live instruction to complete the webcasts as time allows. A question and answer session is scheduled in the middle of the course via a live webinar to allow participants to ask questions and discuss difficult concepts with the course instructors. In order to complete the course, you will be required to pass an 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.

This course introduces participants to relevant issues that influence the effectiveness of a radiation safety program. The course emphasizes a variety of administrative and technical issues that an RSO has to address.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals who presently have or anticipate having the responsibility for RSO activities at their facility. Participants should be familiar with the basics of health physics and radiation safety. Individuals new to the field are advised to attend the Introduction to Radiation Safety or Applied Health Physics courses as a prerequisite.


$1,995 - The instructional material will be provided in an electronic format via the ORAU PTP Learning Management System (LMS).

Registration Terms and Course Schedule


  • 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.

  • Monday, Nov. 29

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
    10:00 AM Radiation Interactions and Radiobiology Review
    11:00 AM Dosimetry Program Requirements
    1:30 PM Introduction to Radiation Math for RSOs
    Tuesday, Nov. 30

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Survey Instruments
    10:00 AM Responsibilities of the RSO
    11:00 AM Security of Radioactive Material
    1:30 PM Inventory Control and Records
    2:30 PM Overview of Radioactive Materials Licensing Requirements
    Dec. 1-3

    Recorded Webcast

    Radiation Sources and Equipment
    Radiation Surveys
    Lab: Inverse Square Law
    Lab Demo: Survey Techniques – Instrument Response
    Liquid Scintillation Counting
    Demo/Lab: Sealed Source Leak Testing/Shipping & Receiving RAM Packages
    Monday, Dec. 6

     Live Webinar

    10:00 AM Webcast Q&A Session
    Dec. 6-8

    Recorded Webcast

    Radiation Instrument Quality Control
    Lab Demo: Instrument Calibration
    Lab Demo: Chi-Square Testing and Instrument QC
    Radiation Safety Regulations and Standards
    Transportation of Radioactive Materials
    Lab/Demo: Radiation Surveys
    Thursday, Dec. 9

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Internal Dosimetry for the RSO
    11:00 AM Treatment for Internal Contamination
    1:30 PM Challenges for the Health Physicist during Medical Management of Accidents
    Friday, Dec. 10

     Live Webinar

    9:00 AM Radioactive Waste Management
    10:00 AM Inspections and Audits
    11:00 AM Exam
    12:00 PM Critiques and Adjourn
Radiation Safety Officer Training Course equipment

What our students are saying

“Overall this was a great course. I've been an RSO for years and this course gave me great reminders. The instructors were helpful and provided great resources I will be able to use.”

“I think the labs and hands-on experience is probably the most valuable aspect of this course. Also having multiple people talk about things really helped get different perspectives.”

“The instructors were great! Very knowledgeable and went out of their way to help and make sure the information was understood. Continually asked if students had any questions or needed assistance.”

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