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Radioactive waste advisers training course

Date: 4-6 October 2021 (virtual course)

Waste adviser

Credit: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

This course is organised by the Joint Department of Physics of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

Course outline

Due to the continued uncertainty with the pandemic, we will now be offering an online version of this course only in 2021. If you have already booked and paid for a place on this course, we will contact you about your options.

This course provides the theoretical background and training necessary for the management of unsealed and sealed radioactive substances in hospitals.

The first day covers the following subject areas: interaction and units, instrumentation, radiation effects and risks and the regulatory framework.  The following two days cover the legislation, applying for a Permit and compliance with the Permit conditions, the transport regulations and practical management of radioactive substances in hospitals. As well as lectures, there will be workshop sessions covering some practical issues.

The course is at a level suitable for hospital physicists working in the field of radiation protection or those who want to expand their knowledge in this field. It is particularly suitable for those wishing to become Radioactive Waste Advisers (RWA), and covers the Basic Underpinning Knowledge (Basic Syllabus) as set out in the RPA2000 Guidance.

The course is an IPEM approved external short course.

We will provide course materials, virtual PowerPoint presentations and a certificate of attendance. Those wishing to use the course towards RWA certification can sit an optional marked short exam.


The course will be delivered online via Zoom.

Course overview

Day 1: Review of the basics

  • Interactions and units
  • Instrumentation
  • Risks and effects
  • Regulatory framework

Day 2: Statutory requirements

  • EPR2016
  • Applying for a permit
  • Compliance with permit conditions
  • Source security
  • Transport requirements

Day 2: Workshops

  • EPR audits
  • Radiological hazard
  • Assessment using the IRAT model

Day 3: Radioactive Source Management in Hospitals

  • Diagnostic uses
  • Therapeutic uses
  • Managing HASS and other sealed sources
  • Radioactive waste management
  • RWA certification
  • Optional assessment

The organisers may need to alter the final programme to fulfil practical commitments.

Course organisers

Brenda Pratt and Allison Craig

Lecturers include (subject to confirmation):

Mrs Brenda Pratt (The Royal Marsden) 

Dr Allison Craig (The Royal Marsden)

Mr Bruno Rojas (The Royal Marsden)

Mr Dominic Rushforth (The Royal Marsden)

Dr Jan Taprogge (The Royal Marsden)

Mr Jim Thurston ( Dorset County Hospital)

Mr Matthew Smith - (DGSA)

Anne-Marie Gawronski (Environment Agency

Course fees

  Full three days including first day review:  Two-day module excluding 1st day review (for those who have already attended RPTC in past 5 years) 
Application received on or before 20 August 2021   £350 £260
Applications received after 20 August 2021  £440


Payment options

  • Invoice - a Purchase Order number must be included on the registration form.
  • BACS/Overseas - please contact the RWATC secretariat.


Download the registration form.

You will be allocated a place only when we receive a completed registration form and a valid quoted payment reference/PO or completed bank transfer. Unfortunately we cannot accept credit card payments at this time.

We will not process registration forms without a payment reference/PO or bank transfer payment. 

Further information

To find out more about course content, contact the course organisers. Call  020 8661 3086 or 6259, or email [email protected] or [email protected]

For registration details and any other queries, contact [email protected]

Physics Department
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Downs Road
Sutton, SM2 5PT

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