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Radioactive waste advisers training course

Date: 4-6 October 2021

Waste adviser

Credit: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

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: historical review, 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.

Course materials, PowerPoint presentations and a certificate of attendance is provided. Those wishing to use the course towards RWA certification can sit an optional marked short exam.


Brookes Lawley Building
The Institute of Cancer Research
15 Cotswold Road

Course overview

Day 1: Review of the Basics

  • Historical Review
  • 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 Alison Craig

Lecturers include (subject to confirmation):

Brenda Pratt (The Royal Marsden) 

Alison Craig (The Royal Marsden)

Jim Thurston (The Royal Marsden)

Will Jones (Independent Safety Services - 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   £400 £300
Applications received after 20 August 2021  £500


Payment options

  • Invoice - A Purchase Order number must be included on the Registration Form
  • BACS/Overseas - Please contact the RWATC Secretariat


RWA Registration Form

A place will be allocated only upon receipt of completed registration form valid quoted payment reference/PO or completed bank transfer. Unfortunately credit card payments cannot be accepted at this time.

Registration forms without a payment reference/PO or bank transfer payment will not be processed. 


Accommodation is available in nearby hotels, B&Bs and private houses. Details can be supplied on request by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form. 

Further Information

Further details on course content can be obtained from course organisers. Call  020 8661 3086 or 6259, or email [email protected] or [email protected].

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