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Environmental Monitoring Online Training Course

Training course introduces theories and methods of measuring outdoor radiation levels

Introduction

ORAU's Professional Training Programs (PTP) is now offering a new way to experience the traditional one-week Environmental Monitoring course that is offered at our training facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We are now offering a blended Environmental Monitoring course that contains both online and in-class training. The lecture materials in the online course will be delivered via self-paced modules and webcasts. The laboratory exercises will be delivered in-class at the ORAU PTP training facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when it is deemed safe to do so by employing safe distancing, smaller lab groups, and disinfection protocols.

Participants may sign up for the Online course (Option 1) or the Online course + In-class Laboratory Exercises course (Option 2).

Online Course

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

Monitoring programs for environmental radioactivity have been, or are being, established at many facilities. It is essential to ensure that the appropriate types of samples are collected, that the appropriate measurements are made, that the correct sampling and measurement techniques are employed, and that the best locations for these samples and measurements are selected.

To help meet the need for trained personnel in this area, ORAU developed Environmental Monitoring – Online course. It is self-paced and can be completed as time allows. The course includes 17 modules. In order to successfully 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. 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. Enrollment in an online course will still include question and answer sessions with the PTP instructor-led team, similar to what you would experience in the classroom training.

This online course can be completed independently or as part of the new blended Environmental Monitoring 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. Environmental Monitoring – Online
  2. Environmental Monitoring – Laboratory Exercises

Target audience

This online course is for individuals who are designing and/or implementing environmental monitoring programs and have limited practical and/or theoretical experience in this area.

Cost

$1,197 - The tuition includes access to the course materials via the ORAU Learning Management System.

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Questions

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

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.

    Recording

    Sessions that contain webinars will be recorded.

Course modules

    • Module 1: Introduction to Environmental Monitoring Programs
    • Module 2: Environmental Standards and Regulations
    • Module 3: Effluent Monitoring
    • Module 4: Introduction to Radionuclide Pathways in the Environment
    • Module 5: Direct Radiation Measurements, Part 1
    • Module 6: Direct Radiation Measurements, Part 2
    • Module 7: Environmental Air Sampling
    • Module 8: Soil Science for Health Physicists
    • Module 9: Radionuclides in Soil
    • Module 10: Soil Sampling Programs
    • Module 11: Sediment Sampling
    • Module 12: Sampling Equipment for Soils and Sediments
    • Module 13: Water Sampling, Part 1
    • Module 14: Water Sampling, Part 2
    • Module 15: Sampling Biotas and Food Products, Part 1
    • Module 16: Sampling Biotas and Food Products, Part 2
    • Module 17: Environmental Sampling in Support of Decontamination and Decommissioning
Environmental Monitoring Course instructor and students in the field

What our students are saying

“This course really brought environmental field monitoring to life. There was much practical info I can apply to my job!”

“The laboratory and off-site labs were excellent experiences. Sampling the sleu (stream) sediment and surveying the old American Nuclear Corporation site were excellent four steps that added a realistic flavor to course where often they would be simulated environments.”

“Hearing Paul Frame tell his stories! Actually, as I listened to him describe/explain how to use the ponar dredge, I realized that I need to modify my sediment sampling procedure to better describe how to use the dredge.”

Contact us

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

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs 
P.O. Box 117, MS-11
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152
registrar@orau.org