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Radioactive waste advisers training course

Course dates

Dates for the next course in October 2024 to be confirmed.


The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, UK.

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

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 centres on UK (English) Legislation. 

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.

This is a CPD course approved by IPEM.

Those wishing to use the course towards RWA certification can sit an optional marked short exam.

Provisional Lecture List

Day 1: Review and effects of radiation

  • Interactions and units
  • Instrumentation
  • Sources of exposure
  • Risks and effects
  • Radiation protection framework
  • Other legislation

Day 2: Statutory requirements

  • EPR2016
  • Compliance with your environmental permit
  • Applying for an environmental permit
  • Transport regulations

Day 2: Workshops

  • Assessment using the IRAT model
  • EPR audits

Day 3: Radioactive source management in hospitals

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic use of unsealed radionuclides
  • HASS and other sealed sources
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Counter Terrorism
  • RWA certification
  • Optional assessment

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

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) 
Payments received on or before 25 August 2023  £420 £315
Payments received after 25 August 2023



The cost includes lunches and light refreshments. Lecture notes and a certificate of attendance are provided.


Registration Form

You will be allocated a place on receipt of a completed registration form and a valid quoted payment reference/purchase order or completed bank transfer. We are unable to accept provisional bookings.

The number of participants is limited, so early booking is advised.  Applications from outside the UK are welcome.

Closing date for registrations: Friday 22 September 2023

Related documents

2 Day Course - Provisional Timetable 2023

3 Day Course - Provisional Timetable 2023

Sutton Site Map


Course organiser: Dr Allison Craig 

For registration details and any other queries contact:

Course administrator: Mrs Jessica Keegan.