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The challenges inherent in managing nuclear and radiological materials are complex and growing. Ensuring that such materials remain secure requires effective and competent managers. Through the WINS Academy, you can now receive training, certification and professional recognition to demonstrate your leadership and expertise.

Certification Programmes

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GRADUATE EXPERIENCE

"I personally hope that experts from different countries and organisations will participate in these WINS Academy courses."

Jussi Kivinen

Jussi Kivinen, Security Expert, Fortum Power and Heat Oy, Finland

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Certification Programme for Scientists, Technicians and Engineers

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The programme helps participants understand how to use the technical knowledge and expertise they have developed as a scientist, technician or engineer (STE) to increase security within their organisations. It teaches STEs how to communicate with their fellow professionals in the Security Department in order to achieve mutual goals and why it is so important to integrate security culture with safety culture. After completing the elective, STEs will understand the potential security threats their organisations face and know what they can do to mitigate them.

 

This programme includes the eLearning materials for the WINS Foundation Module, and the Scientists, Technicians & Engineers Elective Module, plus 1 Foundation Module Exam Voucher, and 1 Scientists, Technicians & Engineers Elective Module Exam Voucher.

Certification Programme for Senior Administrators and Board Directors

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The programme is designed to help boards and senior government administrators gain insight into best practices for nuclear security. Whilst responsibility for an effective nuclear security regime is the responsibility of the State, responsibility for security implementation usually rests with an organisation’s management team through their “Licence to Operate”. Ensuring that this team is effective is the responsibility of the board or senior government administrators (depending on the ownership model). Through their considered governance, oversight and leadership, boards have a critical role to play in ensuring that nuclear security risks are understood and effectively mitigated by management teams. Boards also have the responsibility to ensure that strong security oversight is integrated into a programme that focuses on building resilient security, an effective operational environment and a strong organisational culture.

 

This package includes the eLearning materials for the WINS Foundation Module, and the Senior Administrators & Board Directors Elective Module, plus 1 Foundation Module Exam Voucher, and 1 Senior Administrators & Board Directors Elective Module Exam Voucher.

Certification Programme for Executive Managers

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This programme is intended for personnel with positions of executive authority within organisations that have custody of nuclear or other radioactive materials. The Programme addresses the most effective methods of implementing nuclear security programmes through cross-functional management, identifies meaningful metrics and performance indicators, provides a business-style approach to security management, and addresses communications issues relating to command. In essence, the course demonstrates the business benefits of security. It shows how security, if properly managed, adds value and resilience to an organisation and helps it achieve its strategic objectives.

 

This programme includes the eLearning materials for the WINS Foundation Module, and the Executive Managers Elective Module, plus 1 Foundation Module Exam Voucher, and 1 Executive Managers Elective Module Exam Voucher.

Certification Programme for Security Incident Management (to be released in 2015)

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This Programme is designed for guard forces, police, first responders and national-level civilian and military response forces that are responsible for responding to a nuclear security event. It covers best practices for planning an armed response to facilities with both armed and unarmed guards. It also covers issues surrounding public order. The goal is to present all of the issues and arguments that must be considered when designing, planning, training for and carrying out effective response. Participants will then be able to adapt these considerations to best meet the needs of their own country and region.

Certification Programme for Communicating with Civil Society

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This Programme is designed for those who communicate with members of civil society. The support of such stakeholders, including journalists, politicians and community leaders, is necessary for the successful development and implementation of a security programme for nuclear and radioactive materials—whether in industry, medicine or academia. When community members trust the organisation and its leaders, the support they provide can be invaluable. When distrust and conflict are the norm, protests, negative media coverage, lawsuits and the like can harm an organisation’s reputation, ability to do business and bottom line. This is why it is so important for the public to understand and encourage best practices in operations. Because transparency is vital to nuclear security, this elective also encourages public and nuclear operators to engage with each other through Stakeholder Dialogue, which encourages trust, goodwill and positive, two-way communication and problem solving.

Certification Programme for Radioactive Materials Managers (to be released in 2015)

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This programme is designed for senior managers accountable for the oversight of the security of high activity radioactive sources in medical, industrial, academic and research facilities. This is generally the direct responsibility of a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) who reports directly or indirectly to a Board of Directors. This Elective module is also expected to be of interest to regulatory oversight personnel, particularly inspectors and license reviewers. RSOs have historically inherited the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of security requirements since some security measures (e.g., material accounting, access control and physically securing equipment) were already part of the RSO’s safety responsibility. Therefore, such professionals have a good knowledge of radiation protection and safety practices and the use of radioactive sources, but they generally lack formal security education and training. Consequently, an overriding goal is to help these safety-oriented professionals broaden their orientation from concerns about inadvertent incidents to malicious and intentional acts leading to significant consequences.

Certification Programme for Security Programme Managers (to be released in 2015)

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This programme is designed for the Security Management team—the subject matter experts who help to ensure that the security programme is informed by professional knowledge and who manage or oversee the security guard force and other security specialists. The programme explains why the Security Programme should be seen as an integral part of an organisation’s operations and strategy rather than as an expensive overhead required by regulators. It identifies the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to improve security for an entire organisation; it also helps to establish a procedural and cultural framework that promotes a strong security culture that is integrated with safety and related functions. In addition, the Module highlights some of the common reasons why security is not readily supported by business managers and proposes practical ways in which these attitudes can be changed.

Certification Programme for Regulators (to be released in 2015)

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This programme is designed for nuclear security regulators who have prime responsibility for establishing and revising effective regulations and for ensuring that operators implement them. Governments must ensure their regulatory bodies have the authority, competence and financial and human resources necessary to manage the legislative and regulatory framework they have set. Regulations that involve overwhelming layers of requirements, bureaucracy and red tape not only hamper the regulated, but also the regulators, which increases unproductive costs for everyone involved. Consequently, this programme proposes an outcome-focused, risk-based approach to nuclear regulation and implementation that is founded upon the evolving principles of better regulation.

Certification programme for Transport Security (to be released in 2015)

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This programme addresses the roles that operational and response personnel have in properly preparing for and/or undertaking secure transport of nuclear and other radioactive material. By the end of the course, participants will understand the international framework for transport security; the types of materials that may be transported; the risks these materials pose during transport that require specific security actions; how to plan, develop and implement a sound security system using a graded approach based on risk; and how to ensure that emergency response capabilities are adequate over the transport route to be followed.

The Foundation Module

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The Foundation Module lays a foundation of understanding for all other Modules; consequently, it is required for all participants. The Module provides the operating context for personnel who do not have a strong nuclear industry background. It summarises the international efforts being made by governments, industry and the non-governmental community to enhance nuclear security and minimise the chance that a successful terrorist incident involving nuclear or other radioactive materials will take place. It sets out the current developments in International Governance and Assurance and explains how these concepts are relevant to nuclear security. It reviews the current state of reporting for nuclear safety management, benchmarks it against nuclear security reporting, and proposes model assurance statements for nuclear security. Above all, the Foundation Module aims to provide information that helps course participants think about security management more broadly and from different perspectives.

 

This package includes the eLearning materials for the WINS Foundation Module, plus 1 Foundation Module Exam Voucher.

Elective for Scientists, Technicians and Engineers

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This Elective Module helps participants understand how to use the technical knowledge and expertise they have developed as a scientist, technician or engineer (STE) to increase security within their organisations. It teaches STEs how to communicate with their fellow professionals in the Security Department in order to achieve mutual goals and why it is so important to integrate security culture with safety culture. After completing the elective, STEs will understand the potential security threats their organisations face and know what they can do to mitigate them.

 

This package includes the eLearning materials for the Scientists, Technicians & Engineers Elective Module, plus 1 Scientists, Technicians & Engineers Elective Module Exam Voucher.

Elective for Senior Administrators and Board Directors

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This Elective Module is designed to help boards and senior government administrators gain insight into best practices for nuclear security. Whilst responsibility for an effective nuclear security regime is the responsibility of the State, responsibility for security implementation usually rests with an organisation’s management team through their “Licence to Operate”. Ensuring that this team is effective is the responsibility of the board or senior government administrators (depending on the ownership model). Through their considered governance, oversight and leadership, boards have a critical role to play in ensuring that nuclear security risks are understood and effectively mitigated by management teams. Boards also have the responsibility to ensure that strong security oversight is integrated into a programme that focuses on building resilient security, an effective operational environment and a strong organisational culture.

 

This package includes the eLearning materials for the WINS Senior Administrators & Board Directors Elective Module, plus 1 Senior Administrators & Board Directors Elective Module Exam Voucher.

Elective for Executive Managers

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This Elective Module is intended for personnel with positions of executive authority within organisations that have custody of nuclear or other radioactive materials. The Elective addresses the most effective methods of implementing nuclear security programmes through cross-functional management, identifies meaningful metrics and performance indicators, provides a business-style approach to security management, and addresses communications issues relating to command. In essence, the course demonstrates the business benefits of security. It shows how security, if properly managed, adds value and resilience to an organisation and helps it achieve its strategic objectives.

Elective for Security Incident Management (to be released in 2015)

More Information

This Elective Module is designed for guard forces, police, first responders and national-level civilian and military response forces that are responsible for responding to a nuclear security event. It covers best practices for planning an armed response to facilities with both armed and unarmed guards. It also covers issues surrounding public order. The goal is to present all of the issues and arguments that must be considered when designing, planning, training for and carrying out effective response. Participants will then be able to adapt these considerations to best meet the needs of their own country and region.

Elective for Communicating with Civil Society

Purchase (link to Mindhub website) More Information

This Elective Module is designed for those who communicate with members of civil society. The support of such stakeholders, including journalists, politicians and community leaders, is necessary for the successful development and implementation of nuclear and radioactive materials—whether in industry, medicine or academia. When community members trust the organisation and its leaders, the support they provide can be invaluable. When distrust and conflict are the norm, protests, negative media coverage, lawsuits and the like can harm an organisation’s reputation, ability to do business and bottom line. This is why it is so important for the public to understand and encourage best practices in operations. Because transparency is vital to nuclear security, this elective also encourages public and nuclear operators to engage with each other through Stakeholder Dialogue, which encourages trust, goodwill and positive, two-way communication and problem solving.

Elective for Radioactive Materials Managers (to be released in 2015)

More Information

This Elective Module is designed for senior managers accountable for the oversight of the security of high activity radioactive sources in medical, industrial, academic and research facilities. This is generally the direct responsibility of a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) who reports directly or indirectly to a Board of Directors. This Elective module is also expected to be of interest to regulatory oversight personnel, particularly inspectors and license reviewers. RSOs have historically inherited the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of security requirements since some security measures (e.g., material accounting, access control and physically securing equipment) were already part of the RSO’s safety responsibility. Therefore, such professionals have a good knowledge of radiation protection and safety practices and the use of radioactive sources, but they generally lack formal security education and training. Consequently, an overriding goal is to help these safety-oriented professionals broaden their orientation from concerns about inadvertent incidents to malicious and intentional acts leading to significant consequences.

Elective for Security Programme Managers (to be released in 2015

More Information

This Elective Module is designed for the Security Management team—the subject matter experts who help to ensure that the security programme is informed by professional knowledge and who manage or oversee the security guard force and other security specialists. The elective explains why the Security Programme should be seen as an integral part of an organisation’s operations and strategy rather than as an expensive overhead required by regulators. It identifies the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to improve security for an entire organisation; it also helps to establish a procedural and cultural framework that promotes a strong security culture that is integrated with safety and related functions. In addition, the Module highlights some of the common reasons why security is not readily supported by business managers and proposes practical ways in which these attitudes can be changed.

Elective for Regulators (to be released in 2015)

More Information

This Elective Module is designed for nuclear security regulators who have prime responsibility for establishing and revising effective regulations and for ensuring that operators implement them. Governments must ensure their regulatory bodies have the authority, competence and financial and human resources necessary to manage the legislative and regulatory framework they have set. Regulations that involve overwhelming layers of requirements, bureaucracy and red tape not only hamper the regulated, but also the regulators, which increases unproductive costs for everyone involved. Consequently, this elective proposes an outcome-focused, risk-based approach to nuclear regulation and implementation that is founded upon the evolving principles of better regulation.

Elective for Transport Security (to be released in 2015)

More Information

This Elective Module addresses the roles that operational and response personnel have in properly preparing for and/or undertaking secure transport of nuclear and other radioactive material. By the end of the course, participants will understand the international framework for transport security; the types of materials that may be transported; the risks these materials pose during transport that require specific security actions; how to plan, develop and implement a sound security system using a graded approach based on risk; and how to ensure that emergency response capabilities are adequate over the transport route to be followed.

WINS Exam Resit voucher

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This package includes 1 voucher code for booking a resit for any one of the WINS Module Exams.

Exam Booking

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Your exam appointment can be booked up to one business day before the date you wish to sit the test, subject to availability. You can schedule your test online, or by calling the Customer Service Centre (Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. UK time; closed on local holidays. Tel: +44(0)161 855 7436).

WINS Exam: IAEA NS22 Cyber Security for Nuclear Security Professionals

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The Exam is based on the IAEA's NS22 Document on Cyber Security for Nuclear Security Professionals. The goal of the exam is to promote the use of IAEA guidance and to measure the awareness of professionals in the nuclear industry with respect to cyber security issues.

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Frequently asked questions about the WINS Academy

For more specific questions, please visit the WINS Academy FAQ page.

The WINS Academy's educational design consists of a Foundation Module plus nine elective Modules. All participants take the Foundation Module and choose a minimum of one elective; the choice of the elective will most likely depend on the participant’s area of responsibility.

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Once participants complete the Foundation Module and one Elective Module, they will have the option to sit for an exam in one of over 5,100 local accredited test centres in 175 countries. Participants who successfully pass the examinations will receive certification from WINS and be eligible to join the WINS Academy Alumni.

WINS partners with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, to deliver our online courses and certification tests. Pearson works with educational institutions, organisations, corporations, associations and government agencies to create effective solutions that are aligned to professional development goals.

The certification programme is designed to be completed entirely online. We are also exploring opportunities for participants to attend in-person training at nuclear security training centres so they can benefit from a blend of online and face-to-face learning through simulations, role play and additional exercises.  We will announce these arrangements in the near future.

We plan to release the Modules according to the following schedule:

Released Q2 2015
Q3 2015
The Foundation Module Elective for Regulators Elective for Security Programme Managers
Elective for Scientists, Technicians and Engineers Elective for Civil Society Engagement Elective for Radioactive Materials Managers
Elective for Senior Administrators and Board Directors Elective for Incident and Response Management Elective for Transport Security
Elective for Executive Managers