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Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) Training Course

Ionactive Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) courses are designed for individuals who will be appointed as an RPS, or those who are already appointed in the role, but require a refresher. They are also suitable for those who will not be appointed officially, but require radiation safety training to a recognised UK standard.

The next 2018 standard RPS course will be running 10-11 September 2018 at Missenden Abbey, Great Missenden, Buckingshire UK (HP16 0BD).

The course provides quality colour personalised training material, 2 full days, en-suite accommodation, course meals & test for £530 plus VAT inclusive. 2018 dates are as follows:

10-11 September 2018
29-30 October 2018
03-04 December 2018

Pease register online using the registration box on the right, or contact us for more details or to book by email.

"Many thanks for an interesting two-day radiation course. Whilst physics and maths is not my thing, I found the material easy to digest and surprisingly enjoyable!"

OM, RPS Training Course, May 2018

"I work only with security x-ray systems but found the radioactive bits of the course interesting too. I will be talking to my colleagues about Radon Gas when next discussing our workplace risks !!"

BQ, RPS Training Course, December 2017

Controlled Area Radiation Warning Sign We welcome delegates from all areas of ionising radiation use at our training venue in Buckinghamshire.

Delegate interaction and networking are important, our delegates learn from each other.

Ionactive RPS training courses meet the requirements of Regulation 15, Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17). Employers must provide sufficient information, instruction and training to all those who might be affected by ionising radiation.

Our delegates regularly attend from the security industry, process control, quality assurance, research & teaching, NDT, oil & gas and medical sector. Some delegates work with radioactive sources, others with machine generated x-rays, and some work with both.

Topics covered include the properties and nature of ionising radiation, the biological effects and radiation risks, radiological units, internal and external radiation hazards, radiation and contamination monitoring, risk assessment and emergency planning, local rules and the role of the RPS. Contingency rehearsal is new for 2018 so we cover several scenarios during the 2 days.

" In addition to an interesting course, we both found the all-inclusive package useful allowing us also to stay the Sunday night too. It was also nice to be able to take the test at a later date so we could concentrate on the training material and not waiting for an exam. Excellent presentation Mark. "

[IL, RPS Training Course, October 2017]

In all cases we ensure the delegate:
  • Understands the risks caused by exposure to ionising radiation
  • Understands the precautions that should be taken
  • Understands the importance of complying with the technical and administrative arrangements of the regulations (and other radiation protection legislation)
  • Knows what to do in an incident situation

RPS Training Courses (2-day residential)

RPS Training Course Venue - Missenden Abbey, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Training venue - Missenden Abbey, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

The Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) is required by Regulation 18 of IRR17. Our training course covers all the core requirements in IRR17, and will also cover the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR2016) and the Radioactive Substances Act (RSA93) in Scotland where appropriate.

We examine external radiation hazards (e.g. x-rays, sealed sources) and internal radiation hazards (e.g. unsealed radioisotopes) during the same course. This has been a great success with delegates - they learn from each other by discussing similar (and different) problems and issues.


No prior knowledge of physics required

Our RPS training will ensure the delegate:

  • Knows and understands the requirements of IRR17, EPR 2016, RSA93 (as appropriate) and local rules
  • Is able to feel confident that they can supervise the radiation protection aspects of the work
  • Understands the principles of restricting exposure (and its practical implementation)
  • Knows what to do in an emergency

We particularly concentrate on Local Rules and the duties of the RPS but will always cover the following:

  • Nature of ionising radiations and their interactions
  • Quantities (dose, dose rate, activity, half-life)
  • ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable)
  • Measurements (monitoring, dosimetry, techniques)
  • Legal Requirements (IRR17, local rules, EPR 2016, RSA93)
  • Principles (time, distance, shielding, containment)


The core learning objectives are supplemented with further material (as appropriate to the delegates) including:

  • Open sources (e.g. unsealed radioactive work in research and medicine)
  • Closed sources (e.g. densitometry gauges, NDT, research)
  • X-rays (e.g. security scanners, QA, XRF, XRD, NDT, linacs)
  • Construction (e.g. nuclear density gauges)
  • Museum Specimens (e.g. geological specimens, radium dials)
  • BPM & Management for permit compliance (EPR2016 / RSA93)

Typical RPS Training Delegates

  • Theatre nurses / PET physicist
  • Museum staff
  • Shielding designers
  • The security industry (e.g. x-ray, linac, cargo, airports)
  • Radiation detector manufactures
  • Research & teaching establishments
  • Quality assurance / NDT / Niton (XRF)
  • The oil and gas industry
  • Local government / authorities
  • The food industry (x-ray QA equipment)
  • 'NORM Industry\' (Ceramics, Zircon & similar)
  • Fire & Police Service
  • Army, Navy & Airforce

Bespoke Radiation Safety Training

We will be pleased to design a radiation safety course to your exact requirements - please use our contact page and tell us what you need.

Bespoke Courses we have delivered (or we are currently preparing) include:
  • Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) Training - Middle East
  • RPS Training in the Security Products Industry - UK
  • RPS Training in the Radiation Detector Industry - UK
  • Radiation Safety x-ray training - Angola
  • Radiation Safety Training (x-ray) - delegates from Pakistan
  • Radiation Safety Training (x-ray) - delegates from Libya
  • Specifc contingency based / CBRN courses for Police / Fire Service
  • Specific RPO Training for security related industry in UAE (Dubai)
  • Specific RPO training for oil / gas industry in Bahrain



Training Courses

These are all our forthcoming training events. To register interest simply click the 'register' button under the individual course or download the application form at the bottom of this box.

Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) Training Course
Number of places: 25
Duration: 2 days
Commencing: 10/09/2018
Location: Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Our September 2018 RPS Training Course is suitable for the first time RPS or as a refresher. Features local rules, RPS duties, & practical radiation protection for all sources of ionising radiation (sealed & unsealed radioactive materials and x-ray generators). Covers industry, security, research, medical, QA, nuclear, emergency services and more. HSE & IRR17 compliant with personalised colour course notes. Ensuite accommodation and all meals are included in course fees. 2018. UK based.

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Why use Ionactive?

Excellent Content
" Excellent content with interest held over the length of the course. Presented in an easily understandable way. " RM RPS Training (Jan 2014)

Outstanding Instructor
" Outstanding Instructor Knowledge, Hit all the important parts, very satisfied! " NG (RPS Training Sept 2011)

Knowledgeable Tutor
" Mark was very knowledgeable lots of stories to tell to help with understanding. Lots of interaction around table, workbook was very detailed. " LK (RPS Training, May 2011)

Relevent Knowledge
" Came knowing very little about the subject, have left with all of the relevant knowledge I need " BJ (RPS Training, March 2011)

Excellently Presented
" A lot to take-in during the two days, but excellently presented! " AC (RPS Training, Feb 2011)

Spot on !
" Content: Spot on, Presentation: Spot on, Planning: Spot on! Excellent course, I come from Oil & Gas Industry, I felt Mark covered all applicable legislation, risk, PPE - he managed to do this for all delegates! " JJ (RPS Training, Nov 2010)

Handouts are Superb
" Knowledge and experience were very obvious. Very good job of putting each delegates job into perspective in regards to radiation. " JJ (RPS Training, Sept 2010)

Excellent Course Book
" Course very clear and allows time for information to sink in! Very important - not hurried. Excellent course book to refer to. " SP (RPS Training, May 2010)

First class handouts
" Excellent and easy to follow. First class handouts overall excellent course structure. Mark was excellent and gave a superb course lecture over two days " PD (RPS Training March 2010)

Found Interesting !
" Good grounded introduction found interesting! Having completed feel I have a better understanding of the requirements for radiation protection. " MM (RPS Training March 2010)

Best RPS Course
" Thanks for an excellent course the best radiation related course I have attended in 24 years in my role as radiation supervisor / manager " DD (RPS Training Jan 2010)

Easy to understand
" Course duration just about right great facilities with good breaks. Mark made the course very interesting and easy to understand. Many thanks. " TM (RPS Training Nov 2009)

Extremely interesting
" As I am relatively new to this field the whole course was extremely interesting. The manual will definitely become my radiation protection bible. " SC (RPS Training Nov 2009)

Good value for money course
" An interesting, good value course. Interesting to meet others who are working with radiation in areas you would not necessarily think of. " AO (RPS Training Nov 2009)