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Training Course for National Trainers in Developing the National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power

25 April – 13 May 2016

Deadline for Nominations: 20 February 2016


The main objective of this training course is to foster dedicated teams of instructors in Member States considering the introduction of nuclear power that will develop and implement indigenous training programmes in their respective countries.

The first part of the course will focus on explaining the Systematic Approach to Training as well as introducing the IAEA’s Milestones approach for introducing nuclear power programmes. This introduction will provide an overview of all 19 infrastructure issues.

Next, the participants will be provided more in depth training on specific infrastructure issues that are a priority for Member States that are still in the initial phase of considering the introduction of a nuclear power programme, such as:

  • IAEA Milestones Approach
  • Energy planning and the development of a national position for a nuclear power programme
  • Legislative framework
  • Regulatory framework
  • Nuclear safety and nuclear safety culture
  • Human resource development
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Siting
  • Funding/financing, including alternative approaches to contracting
  • Spent fuel and radioactive waste management
  • Electrical grid
  • Other relevant infrastructure issues of interest

Finally, the course will conclude with the development of customized training programmes for each Member State that will be implemented by the participants within six months following the conclusion of the course. Participants in this training course will make use of the Peaceful Uses Network to share and exchange training materials and report progress to the course organizers on the implementation of their respective Member State training programmes.

Background Information

Developing a nuclear power programme is a major undertaking that involves many complex and interrelated activities. Each nuclear power plant project involves a commitment in the order of 100 years, through construction, operation, decommissioning and waste disposal. Experience suggests that the time from the initial consideration of the nuclear power option by a country to the operation of its first nuclear power plant is about 10–15 years. Activities undertaken during this period include developing the legal and regulatory frameworks, safety and security culture, human resources, and financial and industrial support necessary to ensure that the programme is developed in a safe, secure and peaceful 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, 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.


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