Nuclear Security Programme Management

This module addresses the key issues faced on the strategic, tactical and operational levels when planning and implementing incident response arrangements. The six-unit programme and the examination are offered in English.



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

Senior managers in nuclear organisations

Managing a nuclear security programme effectively is a complex and challenging task—not least because the range of potential threats is becoming more and more complex every year and the cost of security continues to rise. Furthermore, leaders in some nuclear organisations still view security as a non-productive and expensive regulatory overhead expense. 

Licensees are likely to have a large number of external interfaces with government-related organisations that are 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.

Module Code WINS-SPM
Edition Number 1.1
Number of Units 6
Release Date 1st July 2020
Recommended Experience Professional experience and/or Foundation Module
Available Languages English
Certification Validity 5 years



Examine methods and strategies to establish and implement a comprehensive nuclear security programme to address complex threats and interfaces


Comprehend systematic approaches to measure nuclear security programme performance


Learn tools and techniques to manage relationships with internal stakeholders, external stakeholders, and the security team


Identify the characteristics of an effective security director


Understand the key elements of meaningful exercises and training events


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 500 EUR
Online study only 150 EUR
Offline study only 200 EUR
Combined online + offline study 350 EUR
Combine 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)


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 For additional information, please see our Examination Policies and Procedures and Online Exam Booking Guide.

Exam Code WINS-SPM
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 and invitation to become part of the WINS Alumni Network. 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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