Foundation Module

This module covers the fundamental basics of nuclear security. The five-unit programme and the examination are offered in both English and Spanish.



This module provides the overall context for nuclear security. It sets out the development of nuclear security as a discipline from a historical viewpoint and in relation to its main concepts and ideas. This module is a great place to start to appreciate the relevance of nuclear security in relation to your professional responsibilities. The material is general and relevant to learners working in all aspects of the nuclear field. Nuclear security requires the same level of attention as safety to protect ourselves, our colleagues, our society and our environment from the harmful effects of ionising radiation.

New professionals
New graduates
Professionals moving into the nuclear security field
Professionals refreshing their understanding about nuclear security

The objective of this WINS Academy programme module is to set out the foundations of nuclear security: at the international level through the framework of international instruments, international organisations and international initiatives; at the national level through the legal and regulatory framework for nuclear security and the best practices that have been identified by competent authorities involved in nuclear security; and at the operational level through organisations (licensees/licence holders/duty holders/operators) and their implementation of nuclear security systems and measures to address the threats and reduce the risk arising from malicious acts involving nuclear and other radioactive materials, associated facilities and associated activities. This module discusses the objective, essential elements, concepts, and principles of nuclear security as these have been defined over time. The content of this course will enable you to understand the basis for sustainable nuclear security and how to apply this in your own context. It will allow you to improve the overall effectiveness of your nuclear security regime, at the national and operational levels, over time and having regard to a changing threat and risk environment.

Module Code WINS-FM3_EN
Edition Number 3.0
Number of Units 5
Release Date 27th June 2022
Recommended Experience None
Available Languages English, Spanish
Certification Validity 5 years



Appreciate the international historical developments that have shaped nuclear security


Comprehend the international context for the development of nuclear security including international instruments, organisations and initiatives


Examine the objectives of nuclear security


Understand what comprises a national nuclear security regime


Be introduced to key principles that guide the design, implementation and evaluation of nuclear security systems and measures


Understand the main principles involved in information security, cybersecurity, and transportation security


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-FM3_EN
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
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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