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Quality Assurance for Radioactive Material Packaging

Argonne National Laboratory
March 12-16, 2018


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Packaging Certification Program (PCP), Office of Packaging and Transportation (EM-4.24), is sponsoring a training course on Quality Assurance for Radioactive Material Packaging. The course will be held March 12-16, 2018, at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL.


Visit the registration page to register by February 26, 2018. The tuition for the training course is $1,700. Early registrants will receive a discounted rate ($1600) for registering before February 12, 2018. Class size is limited to 24 participants.

Course Context and Objectives

The objective of this 4.5-day course is to help participants gain a working knowledge of the quality assurance (QA) principles and methods for satisfying those regulatory safety requirements for packagings and casks used in the transportation and storage of radioactive material, including spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. Course highlights include the following:

  • Overview of federal regulations that govern (1) packaging and transportation of radioactive material and (2) dry cask storage systems for spent nuclear fuel
  • DOE Orders and NRC guidance documents, including Regulatory Guides, NUREG reports, and Standard Review Plans
  • ASME NQA-1 requirements on organization, quality assurance program, design control, inspection, test control, corrective action, and others
  • Test requirements: ASME Code & 10 CFR 71/72 and Best Practices in Type B Packaging Testing
  • ANSI N14.5 Leakage Rate Testing
  • Commercial-grade dedication and software QA
  • Graded approach to establish QA requirements for components important to safety (small-group exercise)
  • Lessons-learned from QA audits and inspections at facilities using packagings and casks
  • DOE Quality Assurance Approval Program (QAAP) for transportation packagings
  • DOE PCP packaging certification process and lessons learned

Course Activities

Course activities will include lectures and discussions, in-class exercises, homework, facility tours and a final exam. Participants who successfully complete this course and pass the exam may be eligible for college credit at the University of Nevada, Reno. For more information, see


Faculty will include subject matter experts from U.S. National Laboratories, DOE and other agencies, academia, and industry.

Who Should Attend

The course has been designed for DOE and its contractors and other agency and industry personnel who are responsible for designing, fabricating, or evaluating radioactive material transportation packagings and spent fuel dry storage casks, as well as for preparing or reviewing the associated safety analysis reports. Utility and other facility personnel may benefit from classes on QA for packaging operations and maintenance; commercial-grade dedication of components; and lessons-learned from QA audits, inspections, and QA program approvals. The number of participants is limited to 24.

Hotel Information

Each attendee is responsible for making their own reservations and payments.

On-site Lodging

For those attendees who wish to stay on campus, we recommend accommodations provided by the Argonne Guest House.

Argonne Guest House
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue - Building 460
Argonne, IL 60439
Phone: (800) 632-8990 or (630) 739-6000
Fax: (630) 739-1000


Off-site Lodging

Another lodging option available off-campus and in close proximity to Argonne is Aloft Boilingbrook.

Aloft Bolingbrook
500 Janes Avenue
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: (800) GO-ALOFT or (630) 410-6367



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