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REP Field Operations Course

RFOC PER-918 32 Contact Hours
Short Description

In this course, students will learn the concepts, equipment, and procedures related to a commercial NPP radiological incident response. Major aspects of responding to a radiological incident are maintaining EW and citizen safety and identifying the type and scope of the radiological hazard. In this course, students are organized into teams to perform radiological field response operations in a realistic exercise environment. The course culminates in an exercise that reflects the key responsibilities of an EW, working as part of a field team, responding to an NPP incident.

Target Audience/Disciplines

The target audience for this course is any member (or potential member) of an organized Federal, State, Tribal, or local radiological field monitoring team that may respond to an incident involving a commercial NPP.


The REP Field Operations course is a 4-day, 32-hour training course offering lectures, hands-on training, and team exercises. Students review, discuss information, and practice skills necessary to effectively respond to a commercial NPP radiological incident. The REP Field Operations course culminates with a final team exercise integrating the field operations knowledge and skills learned during the course. Topics for this course include:

a.    Radiological Concepts and Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation

b.    Commercial Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Incident Responses

c.    Introduction to Field Operations

d.    Radiological Exposure Control – Dose Limits and Dosimeters

e.    Instruments and Technologies

f.     Early Phase Air Sampling

g.    Surveying and Monitoring

h.    Intermediate Phase Sampling

i.      Demobilization – Emergency Worker Decontamination and Checking in Dosimetry

j.      Plume Drill and Intermediate Drill Exercises

Course Offerings

No in-person offerings are currently scheduled.

Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible to attend the REP Field Operations course, a student must have successfully completed:

a.    IS-3, Radiological Emergency Management.

b.    IS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System.

c.     IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents.

d.    IS-301, Radiological Emergency Response.

e.    AWR-317, REP Core Concepts Course (RCCC) (highly recommended).


Exceptions to any of the above prerequisites may be granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Center for Domestic Preparedness Registrar.

Continuing Education Credits

As an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Authorized Provider, the Center for Domestic Preparedness awards 3.2 continuing education units (CEUs) for this program under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/IACET Standard.