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Training Course on Leadership and Management for Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes

19 - 30 August 2013



The main objective of this training course is to help decision makers and those responsible for developing and implementing a nuclear programme in emerging nuclear power States obtain knowledge and develop the skills and abilities needed for success in this undertaking. Course activities would revolve around three major inter-related objectives: (i) providing knowledge of 19 issues a State has to consider when establishing a nuclear power programme and the actions necessary to establish the safety infrastructure; (ii) sensitizing participants about the specific processes, organization and management systems related to the nuclear power business; and (iii) further strengthening the networking among emerging nuclear power countries and sharing international and field experiences.

The first part course is intended to provide guidance and tools to assist the key personnel in the development of the necessary managerial and technical framework to address the various infrastructure issues delineated above. The course will also help to accumulate and disseminate information and guidance that will help Member States to: (i) identify and assess the key issues that affect decisions on the introduction of nuclear power; (ii) establish a management framework for planning, control, implementation, and coordination of a nuclear power project; and establish a safety infrastructure in compliance with international norms. It will also be an excellent opportunity to discuss proven and modern approaches 'face-to-face', and to share information on needs, experience and lessons learned from the nuclear industry. In this connection, case studies and presentations on experience and future trends will be also included.

The second part of the course is to help current or future owners/operators, regulators, suppliers and other organisations connected to nuclear facilities and activities establish management systems that meet IAEA requirements. The course should help Member States embarking on, or expanding, a nuclear energy programme, develop, implement, assess and continually improve management systems that incorporate international best practices, enhance safety and improve quality management and quality assurance in all the phases of developing a nuclear power plant, from feasibility studies, to siting, design, construction, commissioning, operation, and decommissioning.


The expected outputs of the training course are:

  • CD ROM of PowerPoint presentations and other workshop documents sharing information on challenges or issues and good practices or solutions from around the world, relating to establishing management systems for nuclear energy programmes and nuclear power plant (NPP) projects
  • Discover the political impact of nuclear power programmes and projects.
  • Learn strategies for introducing and expanding nuclear power programme.
  • Review options for finance and funding of NPP as well as the financial and procurement structures of nuclear power programmes and projects.
  • Understand all contracting mechanisms and implications in nuclear power projects, with special emphasis on Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracting management.
  • Learn siting related issues and implication including impact of economy, engineering and environment in site selection.
  • Understand options and alternatives for fuel and waste management.
  • Uncover advantages and disadvantages of different reactors design.
  • Navigate the complex regulations and legal constraints in the nuclear industry.
  • Meeting participants with enhanced understanding of management system design and implementation for NPP project management to enhance safety.
  • Meeting participants with greater knowledge and comprehension of what safety-focused management systems are, how they work, their value and importance, and how they function or operate in the real world.
  • Feedback to help the Agency improve the guidance it provides through its publications and other services to Member States.


This training Course, planned for two weeks, is intended to provide a broad overview of all the nuclear power management and safety infrastructure concepts and their applications to nuclear power programmes, including the nuclear power plant project. The training is intended for high level people, decision makers etc. leading the project/programme and provides an overview of all the processes and issues and could be viewed as a "Know-What" or "Basic Overview" Training Course. This training course is therefore structured in 2 main aspects divided into the following 13 training modules:

Course Introduction, Nuclear and Policies
Module 01 Energy policies and strategies
Module 02 Fundamentals of Nuclear Technology, Safety and Radiation Protection

Legal, Safety, Security and Safeguard Infrastructure
Module 03 Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Frameworks and International legal instruments
Module 04 Safety infrastructure, Security and Safeguard Considerations
Module 05 Siting, Environmental Considerations, Emergency Preparedness and Response

Other Infrastructure Aspects
Module 06 Stepwise "Milestone" Approach : Considerations, Organization and Evaluation
Module 07 Technology Assessment, Future Designs and Grid considerations
Module 08 Fuel Cycle and Waste Management
Module 09 Construction, Commissioning and Operation
Module 10 Financing, Contracting and Ownership

Management Aspects
Module 11 Institutional, Human Resource Development and Nuclear Knowledge Management
Module 12 Stakeholder Involvement and Nuclear Communication
Module 13 Project Management, Integrated Management Systems and Leadership in NP Programme, consisting on:
  • The basic principles of nuclear power programme management and the role of management systems
  • Establishing a management system
  • Leadership and organisational culture
  • Stakeholder communication and management
  • Resource management
  • Process management
  • Monitoring, Measurement, Assessment and Improvement
Other Aspects
Visit to a Facility : NPP Training Center / NPP Simulators
Exercise in Infrastructure Development
The above aspects provide an outline of the main considerations with respect to building a nuclear power infrastructure. Special emphasis is placed on safety, security and emergency strategies for nuclear power programmes and the other issues as well as leadership and management of nuclear power infrastructures activities, in the context of the approach presented in the Milestones document and corresponding IAEA Safety Requirements and Guides.

The training course will be conducted as a series of presentations by the IAEA staff, international experts, management and technical specialists of the Argonne National Laboratory, the US nuclear community, and invited participants. The programme will include discussions, review of case studies, peer-to-peer exchange of good practices, and working group sessions on possible solutions to common problems. Each module includes:

I. Presentations on the IAEA Publications and other related documents;
II. Relevant technical presentation from US and international experts;
III. Presentation of case studies and exercises when appropriate.

The workshop also will discuss opportunities for participants to network and continue sharing information and good practices beyond the workshop, as well as other potential future follow-up tasks and coordinated activities relating to management systems and improving quality management and quality assurance in nuclear power programmes and NPP project activities

Argonne ANL is located near several Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), a visit to one NPP or training would be held (subject to authorization) and some structured discussions with the managers of these plants organized.

    Nuclear Energy Series Documents
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-G-3.1, "Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power"
  • Basic Infrastructure for a Nuclear Power Project, IAEA TECDOC 1513 (2006)
  • Managing the First Nuclear Power Project, IAEA TECDOC 1555 (2007)
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-T-3.1, "Initiating Nuclear Power Programmes: Responsibilities of Owners and Operators"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-T-3.2, "Evaluation of the Status of National Nuclear Infrastructure Development"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-T-3.6, "Responsibilities and Capabilities of a Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organization"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series, No. NG-T-3.10, "Workforce Planning for New Nuclear Power Programmes"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-T-4.1, "Issues to Improve the Prospects of Financing Nuclear Power Plants"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series, No. NG-G-2.1, "Management of Human Resources in the Field of Nuclear Energy"
  • IAEA TECDOC 1024: "Selection, competency development and assessment of nuclear power plant managers"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-T-4.2, "Financing New Nuclear Power Plants"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NW-G-1.1, "Policies and Strategies for RWM"
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-G-2.1, "Management of Human Resources in the Nuclear Field"
    Safety Standards Series and Related Documents
  • Fundamental Safety Principles, IAEA Safety Standard Series No. SF-1 (2006)
  • Establishing the Safety Infrastructure for a National Nuclear Power Programme SSG-16 (2012)
  • Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Safety, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 1 (2010)
  • IAEA Handbook on Nuclear Law (2003)
  • IAEA Handbook on Nuclear Law- Implementing Legislation (2010)
  • Organization and Staffing of the Regulatory Body for Nuclear Facilities, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-G-1.1 (2002)
  • Training the Staff of the Regulatory Body for Nuclear Facilities: A Competency Framework, IAEA-TECDOC-1254 (2001)
  • Safety Assessment for Facilities and Activities, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 4 (2009)
  • Safety of Nuclear Power Plants: Design, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-R-1 (2002)
  • Safety of Nuclear Power Plants: Operation, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-R-2 (2002)
  • Recruitment, Qualification and Training of Personnel for Nuclear Power Plants, Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-2.8
  • Site Evaluation for Nuclear Installations: Safety Requirements, Safety Standards Series No. NS-R-3, (2003)
  • External Human Induced Events in Site Evaluation for Nuclear Power Plants, Safety Standards Series No NS-G-3.1, (2002)
  • IAEA TECDOC 416: Manual on Quality Assurance for the Survey, Evaluation and Confirmation of Nuclear Power Plants Sites.
  • Siting of Near Surface Disposal Facilities, Safety Series No. 111-G-3.1
    Management Aspects and Related Documents
  • IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-R-3: The Management System for Facilities and Activities, IAEA, Vienna (2006)
  • IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-G-3.1: Application of the Management System for Facilities and Activities, IAEA, Vienna (2006).
  • IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-G-3.5: The Management System for Nuclear Installations, IAEA, Vienna (2009)
  • IAEA TECDOC 1555 Managing the First Nuclear Power Plant Project, IAEA, Vienna (2007)
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series Guide NG-G-2.1, Managing Human Resources in the Field of Nuclear Energy, Vienna (2009)
  • IAEA Draft Nuclear Energy Series Report NG-T-2.x, Improving Human Performance in Nuclear Facilities
  • IAEA Nuclear Energy Series, No. NG-G-3.1, Milestone in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power, IAEA, Vienna (2007)
  • IAEA TECDOC 1226, Managing Change in Nuclear Utilities, IAEA, Vienna (2001)
  • IAEA TECDOC 1321, Safety Culture in Nuclear Installations - Guidance for use in the enhancement of safety culture, IAEA, Vienna (2002)
  • IAEA Draft Technical Working Paper No. xx: Management System Standards: Comparison between IAEA GS-R-3 and 50-C/SG-Q (Code)
  • IAEA Draft Safety Report Series No. xx: Management System Standards: Comparison between IAEA GS-R-3 and ISO 9001:2000 [and ISO 9001:2008]
  • IAEA Draft Safety Report Series No. xx: Management System Standards: Comparison between IAEA GS-R-3 and ASME NQA-1-2008, 2009a Requirements
  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (ASME), Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications, ASME NQA-1-2008, 2009a, ASME, New York (2009)
  • NUCLEAR QUALITY STANDARD ASSOCIATION, new quality management system NSQ100
  • INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION (ISO), Quality Management Systems: Requirements, ISO 9001:2000, ISO, Geneva (2000)
  • INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION (ISO), Quality Management Systems: Requirements, ISO 9001:2008 ISO, Geneva (2008)
  • INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION (ISO) Environmental Management Systems: Requirements with Guidance for Use, ISO 14001:2004, ISO, Geneva (2004)
  • BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION (BSI), Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems: Requirements, OHSAS 18001:2007, BSI, London (2007)

The training course will consist of lectures and presentations by international experts in the various subjects and tools outlined above. Case studies and lessons learned by the application of these tools by some Member States will also be shared.


Developing a nuclear power programme is a major undertaking that involves many complex and interrelated activities with a long duration - usually about 10 to 15 years - leading up to start of operation of the first nuclear power plant. These activities involve, inter alia, planning, preparation and investment in a sustainable infrastructure that provides legal, regulatory, technological, human resources, economical, financial and industrial support to ensure that the programme is developed exclusively for peaceful purposes and in a safe and secure manner.

The increased interest in nuclear power in a significant number of countries has prompted the IAEA to develop a publication titled Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power [1], which identifies 19 separate, but interrelated and largely interdependent, infrastructural issues to be addressed by a State that is considering the introduction of nuclear power as part of its national energy strategy. This publication provides the necessary guidance to Member States to properly plan their development, with due attention to the necessity of : i) enhancing human resources and infrastructure across a number of areas, ii) establishing an independent and effective regulatory framework, and iii) adhering to relevant international legal instruments. The 19 infrastructural issues can be considered in three broad phases or timelines each with its own milestones, which run from the concept of developing nuclear power in a Member State, to the commissioning and operation of a first nuclear power plant (NPP). The effort required to build a nuclear power infrastructure may vary significantly among countries, depending on the level of political and financial commitment of the country, the nuclear facilities currently being operated and regulated in the country, as well as the nuclear expertise of the main national role players. In this context, realistic strategies and road maps, effective leadership, good management practices and sound procedures that help to preserve nuclear skills and knowledge are key components for a successful nuclear power programme.

A complementary Safety Guide SSG-16 - Establishing the Safety Infrastructure for a Nuclear Power Programme, has been developed to provide guidance to States considering introduction of a nuclear power programme on the actions necessary to establish a safety infrastructure complying with IAEA Safety Standards. Two hundred specific actions in 20 categories are identified. They are divided into broad time phases similar to those identified in the Milestone Document.

Four related training courses that were held in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were attended by representatives of more than 20 Member States from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The courses were an excellent forum for networking among the participating countries. All countries were new to nuclear power, with some more advanced than others. It gave participants the opportunity to review the status and prospects of nuclear power and to discuss necessary actions needed to carry forward the positive momentum of recent years. Those countries further along in the process were able to share their experience with others. The courses were a success in enabling newcomer countries to establish concrete partnerships and/or relationships, which will allow them to work together in the future, and strengthen avenues of information sharing and support as they develop their nuclear power programmes. The IAEA also implemented in 2010, an interregional training course related to the programme management of safety and security infrastructures as well as another one related to integrated management systems and programme management while introducing nuclear power in 2012. The experiences gained from all these training courses and the lessons emerging from recent nuclear events point to more strategic thinking in organizing leadership and management training events. It was therefore recommended by all stakeholders that collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory on this matter be merged into one single infrastructure training event. It was also agreed that special emphasis in this new training course be given to safety, security and emergency preparedness in strategic planning and implementation of nuclear power infrastructure programme.

This course is therefore planned to be implemented on a yearly basis at Argonne in Illinois, USA, in cooperation with the US Department of State and Department of Energy.

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