Transport Security Management

This module covers the principles supporting the secure transport of nuclear materials, for arranging, carrying, receiving or protecting a shipment of nuclear material and for responding to a security incident during the transport of nuclear material. The eight-unit programme and the examination are offered in both English and Spanish.



The target audience for this module consists of individuals employed by organisations with responsibilities for the safe, secure shipment of nuclear material. Examples include those who prepare nuclear material for transport (e.g. producers, suppliers, distributors and consignors), those who transport nuclear material (e.g. shippers and carriers), those who take delivery of a shipment (e.g. receivers, consignees), and those who provide operational support (e.g. escort and guard force personnel). 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.

Professionals who participate in the preparation, conduct, reception or operational support of nuclear material transports
Freight forwarders and customs brokers
Field service providers
Response force personnel
Customs and border crossing personnel
Transport competent authorities and nuclear regulators

The transport of nuclear material may be undertaken across multiple modes of transport (e.g. road, rail, air, inland waterway, sea), across national boundaries, require adherence to national legal and regulatory frameworks, and involve numerous stakeholders, many of whom may change as the transport proceeds. Consequently, ensuring effective and secure transport of nuclear material requires careful planning, communication and coordination. 

This elective module addresses some of the key issues that organisations could face when planning and implementing the transport of nuclear material. In doing so, it recognises that the context in which each transport takes place will vary from State to State. Therefore, the purpose of the module is not to establish standards but to provide insight into the principles that support the secure transport of nuclear materials and 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.

Module Code WINS-TSM3_EN
Edition Number 3
Number of Units 8
Release Date 1st October 2020
Recommended Experience Professional experience and/or Foundation Module
Available Languages English, Spanish
Certification Validity 5 years



Understand the role of transport in the nuclear fuel cycle, types of nuclear materials that may be transported, and the key modes of transport


Appreciate the international and national framework for secure transportation of nuclear material and the roles that international and national stakeholders play


Examine how to create and what elements to include in a transport security plan


Recognise threats to and vulnerabilities of nuclear material during transport and specific actions that can be taken to prevent theft or sabotage


Learn how to prepare for and respond to a security incident


Learn how to plan, develop and implement an effective transport security system according to a graded approach


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-TSM3_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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