Excellent learning and peer-to-peer networking opportunities with a cross-section of the nuclear industry.
The world’s first certified professional development programme for individuals in nuclear security management.
An extensive archive of information on nuclear security, both from WINS and from external sources.
Helping licensees assess the maturity of their security programme and measure their security culture effectiveness.
Here you will find frequently asked questions relating to the WINS Academy. For other questions relating to WINS, please see our general FAQs.
Professional certifications earned through accredited testing services are one of the best ways to assess an individual’s level of knowledge, skill and experience. Consequently, the requirement to undergo professional development and certification has long played a crucial role in such professions as law, medicine, insurance and information technology.
Professional societies use certification to benchmark and improve the quality and relevance of a profession, employers seek out credentialed professionals, and government agencies and licensing bodies often mandate certification to practice.
In the nuclear industry, certifications are often required of individuals employed in nuclear safety; until now, however, the same has not been true of nuclear security management. We created the WINS Academy to address this need.
Since our founding in September 2008, we have established ourselves as a vital contributor in the international effort to implement effective nuclear security practices.
In the process, we have become leaders in the identification and sharing of nuclear security best practices, and tangible improvements to security procedures have already resulted from our efforts. In all of our surveys conducted to date, the vast majority of our members have consistently stated that they have modified their approach to security management because of their interaction with WINS.
We offer a fundamentals programme for individuals new to nuclear security and a range of specialisation programmes for individuals wishing to broaden their understanding of specific aspects of nuclear security. All our programmes can be completed online or offline and, for individuals wanting formal recognition of their achievement, a proctored exam can be taken either at a testing centre (at over 180 global locations) or online. Successful learners will receive a WINS Academy Certificate as a Certified Nuclear Security fundamentals Professional (CNSfP) or as a Certified Nuclear Security specialised Professional (CNSsP).
If you have further questions about the WINS Academy or would like to learn more, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost varies depending on which package you prefer:
|LMS LEARNING ACCESS||TEXTBOOK FOR STUDY USE||EXAM VOUCHER||EXAM RETAKE VOUCHER||COST*|
|Comprehensive package||500 EUR|
|Online study only||150 EUR|
|Offline study only||200 EUR|
|Combined online + offline study||350 EUR|
|Combined online study + exam||300 EUR|
|Combined offline study + exam||350 EUR|
|Exam only**||150 EUR|
|Exam retake only***||150 EUR|
*Discounts may be possible from time to time and can be requested prior to any purchase.
**This is not a recommended option for anyone who has not completed the module learning.
***This is required and only available for a learner who has failed an exam, or has not attended a scheduled exam (ie. a no-show)
Yes, scholarships are available for women as part of the WINS Gender Champions Programme and for selected male participants who come from certain countries and have specific responsibilities for nuclear security or radioactive source security related to the certification programme. (Note that the selection of eligible participants is entirely at WINS’ discretion and that only WINS members are eligible to apply.)
A corporate purchaser is an individual from an organisation or company that wishes to buy WINS Academy programmes for other individuals and has the purchasing authority and ability to pay with a company credit card.
Any WINS Member can become a corporate purchaser if they have purchasing authority from their company. Simply contact WINS via the Contact Button at the bottom of the Academy webpage and request ‘Corporate Purchase’ be added to your WINS Member profile. This can be removed at any time by request. Once you have been notified by the WINS Academy, you can select the programme or programmes that are required for individuals within your company on the WINS Academy purchase page. You will receive tokens for each programme purchased that you may distribute from your Member Dashboard. To distribute them, open the modules tab and insert the individuals’ email addresses. The individuals will receive instructions to use the tokens to confirm and start their assigned programmes.
Becoming a CNSfP or a CNSsP demonstrates your knowledge of nuclear security or radioactive source security, helps prepare you to address professional challenges, and demonstrates your commitment to certified training.
Having the CNSfP or CNSsP designation will help to distinguish you from your peers. It will give you professional credibility, earn you recognition within the workplace, increase your earning potential, strengthen your job marketability, and give you greater job mobility. Revalidating your CNSfP or your CNSsP designation will ensure that your knowledge and expertise continue to grow. It will also demonstrate that you have discipline and self-motivation and are dedicated to your profession.
Yes. Each certification, whether CNSfP or CNSsP, requires revalidation every five years.
Yes! We encourage our WINS Alumni to consider renewing their certified professional status at least 12 months in advance of their recertification expiration in order to ensure they have sufficient time to complete a new learning module or the Continued Certification Assessment form. WINS automatically prompts alumni to consider recertification at that time. We ask that you keep your Member Dashboard profile and email up to date to continue to receive correspondence from WINS.
Yes! We recommend that you apply for a recertification scholarship at least 12 months before your professional status expires (after five years currently). The options to recertify are provided in our Recertification Guide.
All participants who have successfully received their CNSfP or CNSsP (as well those who earned the previous designation as CNSP or CRSP) are invited to join the WINS Alumni Network. Those who do so receive their own dashboard page on the WINS website, giving them easy access to all WINS information. This includes their personal information about the modules they have studied and passed, the progress they are making toward recertification, access to the latest news and events, and the complete library of information in the Knowledge Centre. This platform also gives alumni the ability to network with other CNSPs from around the world, contribute their knowledge and expertise to others, and participate in ongoing learning opportunities created especially for them.
WINS Academy Ambassadors are a group of selected Academy Alumni (both CNSfP and CNSsP, as well those who earned the previous designation as CNSP or CRSP) who have the support of their organisations to promote the WINS Academy Programme within their organisation, their country and their region.
We want to give all learners a consistent and fair way of attaining certification. Now learners can achieve Certified Nuclear Security Professional status through all module programmes by passing one exam. Previously learners who undertook the CNSP programme had to pass two exams. We have not changed the rigour and the quality requirements for programme modules and exams.
We also want to give learners more flexibility to decide where to start, taking either the Foundation Module to achieve the Certified Nuclear Security fundamentals Professional (CNSfP) designation or selecting any specialisation module to achieve the Certified Nuclear Security specialised Professional (CNSsP) designation.
Additionally we encourage all successful learners to join the WINS Alumni network and continue to broaden their professional development in nuclear security through further engagement in events, workshops and discussions as well as WINS Academy learning modules, building a portfolio of competencies for the future.
No, from now on our programmes will be linked to the Certified Nuclear Security fundamentals Professional (CNSfP) and Certified Nuclear Security specialised Professional (CNSsP) designations. The CRSP module will still be available as a specialisation.
Yes! Under the new system, learners can purchase an online module or textbook to aid in their professional development and understanding of nuclear security. Purchase of an exam voucher is only required if a learner wishes to attain a Certified Nuclear Security Professional designation. This is entirely optional and can also be done at a later date.
If you have already passed one of the two exams required for the CNSP programme, you will also receive your certification in the new format, either CNSfP for the Foundation Module or CNSsP for an elective module. You can find this stored in your Member Dashboard under the View Modules menu.
For the second module, please continue as normal and schedule your exam(s) before your programme expires. On passing the exam, you will receive your certification in the new format.
Please continue as normal and schedule your exam before your programme expires. On passing the exam, you will receive your certification in the new CNSsP format.
Yes, your designation as a CNSP or CRSP will remain valid until your certification expires. (WINS Academy certification remains valid for five years.) Your CNSP or CRSP certificate is stored in your Member Dashboard under the View Modules menu. This provides a historical record of your achievements. We recommend that you download a copy of all WINS Academy certificates you hold.
When you renew your WINS Academy certified professional status, you will receive your certification in the new format.
Yes! You will be provided with certificates in the new CNSfP / CNSsP formats for modules in which your certification is still valid. (WINS Academy certification remains valid for five years.) The original certification dates and validity will remain the same. You will be required to recertify to renew and maintain your professional status as normal.
Your new certificate will be stored in your Member Dashboard under the View Modules menu. We recommend that you download a copy of all WINS Academy certificates you hold.
Yes! We fully encourage our WINS Alumni to continue their professional development in nuclear security, at both a fundamentals and specialisation level. This can be done with a scholarship or purchased courses. Scholarships are available for broadening into new specialisations and certification renewal (when required), and approval will be subject to WINS having appropriate funding at the time of application. Alumni can also apply for a discounts to purchase additional modules.