Communicating with Civil Society

This module provides an overview of the important aspects of communicating with civil society on nuclear security issues. The six-unit programme and the examination are offered in English.



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 marketing or public relations, but they understand the importance of communicating effectively with their local community, civil society organisations, politicians and the media. 

Professionals in the nuclear sector whose responsibilities include communicating with the public on nuclear security issues
Professionals who wish to communicate more effectively with their local community, civil society organisations, politicians and the media about nuclear issues

The support of civil society is necessary for the successful development and use of nuclear and radioactive materials. 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, financial performance, and ability to conduct business.

There is a growing realisation that civil society has legitimate interests in nuclear security issues. Furthermore, organisations are discovering that when civil society plays a more active role in the decision-making process, all sides benefit. Learning how to share information honestly and transparently—while maintaining the security of sensitive information—has become an important part of the work carried out by government officials, regulators and operators alike.

Module Code WINS-CCS
Edition Number 1
Number of Units 6
Release Date 1st November 2019
Recommended Experience Professional experience and/or Foundation Module
Available Languages English
Certification Validity 5 years



Appreciate ongoing changes to the relationship between nuclear security and civil society


Review the current framework for nuclear security-related reporting and potential actions to improve its quality, consistency, reliability and relevance


Examine the fundamental elements of the communication process


Understand approaches and principles to support effective stakeholder dialogue and active engagement with civil society


Recognise the communication needs of traditional and social media


Comprehend the key principles of communicating about nuclear security in a crisis


You can decide what learning and certification pathway works best for you. The comprehensive package provides you everything you need to study online and offline in order to achieve certification within a six-month period.

Comprehensive package 550 EUR
Online study only 170 EUR
Offline study only 210 EUR
Combined online + offline study 380 EUR
Combined online study + exam 340 EUR
Combined offline study + exam 380 EUR
Exam only** 170 EUR
Exam retake only*** 170 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)


Our funded scholarships provide everything you need to undertake and complete one of our WINS Academy professional development programmes. The scholarships are available to a global audience of learners who have specific responsibilities for nuclear and radioactive source security or looking to gain further knowledge. We are fully supportive of gender diversity and parity and have scholarships available to support our commitment to increase the participation of women in nuclear security at all levels by promoting knowledge exchange, training, and professional certification. Applications for scholarships are open to all WINS Members and the selection of eligible learners is at WINS’ discretion. A scholarship learning package provides access to the online learning module, a hardcopy textbook and an exam voucher – providing all the tools to enable a learner to achieve certification within the six-month duration of the scholarship programme.



WINS Academy Programme examinations are administered through computer-based testing. All exam questions are developed according to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and ordered randomly in the exam. The exam questions are produced and reviewed together with learning technologists and test developers to ensure they are fair, reliable and valid and that they reflect no biases.

WINS Academy exams may be taken in countries that have PearsonVUE test centres and where Pearson OnVUE online proctored exams are available. PearsonVUE provides 6,000 test centres in 180 countries. Learners who successfully achieve the pass grade will receive a WINS Academy Certificate and Digital Credential. For additional information, please see our Examination Policies and Procedures and Online Exam Booking Guide.

Exam Code WINS-CCS
Number of Questions 45
Type of Questions Multiple choice
Length of Exam 45 minutes (plus 15 minutes for non-native English speakers)
Pass Score 65%
Test Provider Pearson VUE
Exam Option At a test centre or online via remote proctoring


After successfully passing the exam, you will receive a WINS Academy Nuclear Security Certificate, a Digital Credential and invitation to become part of the WINS Alumni Network. For your Digital Credential you will receive a ‘digital badge’ that shows the criteria for earning the credential, and achievements for your learning programme.  As a Badge holder you will be able to share your credentials with others, so they too can recognise your accomplishments. Your certified professional designation remains valid for five years and you can recertify to renew and extend your nuclear security professional certification before the expiry date. Recertification demonstrates your commitment to the nuclear security field and dedication to nuclear security requirements and practices. By renewing your certification, you further develop your knowledge of underlying concepts and strengthen your nuclear security leadership and management skills. Recertification also enhances your professional development through continued learning, experience and support for practical skills. We have three recertification options, so you can decide the best way for you to renew your certified nuclear security professional status with WINS. For additional information please go to our Certification page.


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