Nuclear Security Regulation

This module covers the international legal instruments as well as the national governmental, legal and regulatory frameworks that inform and support effective nuclear security regulation. The five-unit programme and the examination are offered in English.



The audience for this module consists of regulatory staff who are responsible for the licensing, regulation and oversight of security for nuclear and other radioactive materials. The module is also relevant to those with responsibilities for regulatory compliance at the licensee/operator of facilities with nuclear or other radioactive material. It also provides useful guidance and knowledge for stakeholders who wish to gain a better understanding of regulations and have an interest in helping to ensure that the regulatory regime is both effective and efficient.

Regulatory staff who are responsible for the licensing, regulation and oversight of security for nuclear and other radioactive materials
Professionals with responsibilities for regulatory compliance at the licensee/operator of facilities with nuclear or other radioactive material
Stakeholders who wish to gain a better understanding of regulations

The fundamental objective of nuclear regulation is to ensure the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy in any given State. This can only be achieved with the promulgation and implementation of effective national legal infrastructure, where nuclear security regulatory bodies have appropriate responsibilities to set requirements, monitor licensee performance, and take appropriate action when licensees are not in compliance with the requirements. The approach to regulation within a State is an important factor in the relationship between regulatory bodies, their licensees and the public, giving confidence that adequate measures are in place for the prevention and detection of, as well as response to, criminal or other intentional unauthorised acts involving or directed to nuclear and other radioactive material, associated facilities, and associated activities.

Module Code WINS-REG2_EN
Edition Number 2
Number of Units 5
Release Date 25th April 2022
Recommended Experience Professional experience and/or Foundation Module
Available Languages English, Spanish
Certification Validity 5 years



Understand the features of nuclear law that inform the legal and regulatory framework for nuclear security


Appreciate the role of international instruments in supporting a national nuclear security regulatory framework


Examine the role of the State in the creation of a legal and regulatory framework for nuclear security


Appreciate the considerations for establishing a regulatory body, its activities and the legal powers it requires


Understand the different regulatory approaches for nuclear security regulation and challenges that a State may face in considering new issues


Comprehend the functions and activities of a regulatory body for materials out of regulatory control


Appreciate the requirements to demonstrate competency in nuclear security for both the regulator and licensee


Recognise how a regulatory framework covers the interface between safety, security and safeguards; nuclear security culture; and security by design


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-REG2_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 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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