WINS Academy Two-Module Programme

 

Our Certified Nuclear Security Professional (CNSP) programme consists of two modules; a Foundation Module and the choice of one of eight elective modules for participants to complete.

The CNSP Programme requires up to 40 hours of study and can be completed entirely online, with end of unit and end of module tests provided for participants to self-check their understanding and help with exam preparation. Traditional hardcopy textbooks are also provided to aid offline study and note taking whilst learning and for revision purposes. No prior knowledge is required to complete the relevant modules.

Exam Voucher codes are provided so participants can self-book their exams when ready to do so after completing the learning. All modules and exams are presented in written English. The Foundation Module is also available in Spanish.

All modules use a problem-solving approach to learning that is practitioner-focused, hands-on, cross-disciplinary and immediately useful.

All modules tell a compelling, well-researched story designed for an educated audience without using bureaucratic or academic language. We incorporate numerous case studies, exercises and questions for reflection to stimulate thinking and increase learning. To receive CNSP certification, the exam pass grade for each module is 65% and participants will have the option to take the exams at a PearsonVUE test centre or by remote online proctoring.

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Foundation Module

Programme Structure

This module provides the context for nuclear security. It sets out key features of the nuclear industry, including its historical development, prospects, national and international stakeholders, and some key characteristics of nuclear and other radioactive material. It also describes how the environment is changing and some of the actions that governments, industry and non-governmental communities around the world are taking to enhance the nuclear security regime. By the end of the course, participants will understand how clearly defined nuclear security responsibilities and interface arrangements help to reduce the likelihood of a terrorist incident, how current developments in governance and assurance internationally are relevant to nuclear security, and why personnel with accountabilities for nuclear security must be demonstrably competent. This programme is available in Spanish language too. The module can be purchased for 450 Euros.


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Nuclear Security for Scientists Technicians and Engineers

Programme Structure

This module is designed for scientists, technicians and engineers (STEs) who work with nuclear and other radioactive materials understand the importance of nuclear security and their responsibilities for contributing to it effective implementation.

The module emphasises that a nuclear organisation cannot be safe unless it is also secure. Should an event occur—whether the initial cause stems from a safety issue or the malicious intent to do harm—both safety and security staff will need to work together to resolve it.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the concept of threat—including external adversaries, insider threat and cyber threats—and the role that STEs play in helping mitigate or minimise the risks caused by these threats. They will also understand some basic physical security concepts, safety and security interfaces, and some practical steps STEs and security personnel can take to work effectively together.

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes the Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euro.

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Nuclear Security Incident Management

Programme Structure

The audience for this module consists of guard force, law enforcement personnel, first responders and other civilian and military organisations who respond to a nuclear security event.

The module addresses some of the key issues that organisations could face when planning and implementing response arrangements. In doing so, the module recognises that circumstances will vary from one State to another; therefore, it seeks to provide insights into the principles of effective emergency management and incident response rather than prescriptive standards. The module addresses the strategic, tactical and operational context of incident response.

By the end of the course, participants will understand what needs to be considered when preparing to respond to a nuclear security incident. They will also understand how to manage the response to an incident and how to ensure the effectiveness of post-incident investigations. They will also learn how to use scenarios to plan and test response arrangements and increase the effectiveness of their decision making.

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes the Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euro.


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Communicating with Civil Society

Programme Structure

The audience for this module consists of professionals in the nuclear sector whose responsibilities include communicating with civil society on nuclear security issues, either on a day-to-day basis or during a crisis. Such professionals may not be specialists in communications or outreach, but they understand the importance of communicating effectively with their local community, civil society organisations, politicians and the media. The module may also interest leaders in civil society and the media who wish to increase their understanding of the challenges nuclear professionals face when communicating about nuclear security to civil society audiences.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the basic elements of the communication process, the crucial role that trust plays in any relationship, and the numerous benefits of stakeholder dialogue and active engagement with civil society. They will also understand the communication needs that traditional media and social media have and how to communicate about nuclear security in a crisis.

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes the Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euro.

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Nuclear Security Programme Management

Programme Structure

The audience for this module are senior managers who, as functional specialists, are responsible for implementing their organisation’s nuclear security arrangements.

The module explains that operators are likely to have many external interfaces with government-related organisations responsible for national security, including policing and law enforcement, intelligence assessment and dissemination, and the regulation of nuclear facilities and transport operations. Because such interfaces are a potential source of confusion over roles and responsibilities, managing them requires the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive nuclear security programme.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the characteristics of an effective security director; how to manage relationships with internal stakeholders, external stakeholders, and the security team; and how to measure performance.

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euro.


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Nuclear Security Regulation

Programme Structure

The audience for this module consists of regulatory staff who are responsible for the regulation of the security of nuclear and other radioactive materials. It is also relevant to other stakeholders who interact with regulators and have an interest in ensuring that the regulatory regime is both effective and efficient.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the benefits of an outcome-focused, risk-based approach to nuclear regulation and implementation, how to build trust between regulators and licensees, the steps in the regulatory cycle, and how to measure regulatory performance and competence.

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes the Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euro.

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Transport Security Management

Programme Structure

This elective module covers the principles that support the secure transport of nuclear materials, helping participants to ask informed questions that will prompt reflection and further inquiry. The content is based upon practical experience, research and best practice as identified from WINS’ broad membership, relevant workshops, and experts in the field. The content is also consistent with the IAEA Nuclear Security Series of guidance. Ensuring effective and secure transport of nuclear material requires careful planning, communication and coordination. 

This course helps you understand what is required to achieve this goal – whether you are arranging, carrying, receiving or protecting a shipment of nuclear material or if you are responsible for responding to a security incident that occurs during the transport of nuclear material.

The target audience for this module consists of individuals employed by organisations with responsibilities for the safe, secure shipment of nuclear material. Examples include professionals who prepare nuclear material for transport, transport nuclear material, take delivery of shipments, or provide operational support. The audience may also include freight forwarders and customs brokers, field service providers, response force personnel, customs and border crossing personnel, transport competent authorities and nuclear regulators.

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes the Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euro.


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Cybersecurity in the Nuclear Industry

Programme Structure

This module introduces the importance of cybersecurity to the nuclear industry to help learners reflect on how cybersecurity could be improved in their own organisation. 

The overall objective of this module is to provide you with an overview of cybersecurity in the nuclear industry, including its challenges, terminology, relevant best practice and standards. Cybersecurity is a strategic risk to be managed, and by completing this module you can assist your organisation increase its cybersecurity resilience. 

The audience for this module includes managers with responsibility for security as well as regulators, government departments and others who wish to better understand the background and implications of cybersecurity in the nuclear industry. The technical content is introductory, requiring no prior cybersecurity knowledge. 

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euro.

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Nuclear Security Governance

Programme Structure

This module focuses on the duties of a board of directors who are responsible for the governance of a nuclear organisation and on the responsibilities of the executive management team. By working together, these two important functions can create a high level of assurance that nuclear security is well-understood and well-managed within an organisation.

To better demonstrate the complex issues involved in governing and managing nuclear security, the module uses an innovative approach structured around a fictional scenario that weaves throughout the units. The scenario highlights key issues faced by members of the board and the executive management team as they deal with the consequences of a nuclear security incident. In the process, they confront a variety of issues and make several important decisions designed to improve the governance and management of nuclear security.

By the end of the module, participants will understand the role of nuclear security in supporting an organisation’s operational strategy. They will understand the potential consequences should an organisation fail to effectively manage the risks arising from nuclear security threats, how to develop a nuclear security policy and strategy, and how to implement an effective nuclear security programme. Participants will also understand what security culture is, why it plays such an important role in mitigating the threat, and how to create and maintain it effectively throughout the organisation.

The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 900 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 450 Euros.


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Radioactive Source Security Management