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Basic training in radiation protection

24/04/2023 - 28/04/2023
Boeretang 201


Occupational, public and environmental radiation protection is a major challenge in the industrial applications of ionizing radiation. The use of devices emitting ionizing radiation and the handling of radioactive substances are not without risk, and radiation protection measures need to be applied to avoid, minimize and manage the potential detrimental effects following an exposure to ionizing radiation.

This 5-day training course offers an insight into various subjects involved in radiation protection, such as nuclear and radiation physics, radiobiology, detection and dosimetry. Next to the legal and scientific international radiation protection frameworks, the management of natural and artificial radiation sources in industry and healthcare are discussed, including aspects related to waste and disposal, and emergency preparedness.

Theoretical classes are complemented by practical exercises on the use of radiation measurement devices and the correct application of personal protective equipment. A technical visit to several SCK CEN's laboratories enrich and illustrate the acquired knowledge with the practice of real-life situations and demonstrate the translation to a practical ALARA approach.

As working with nuclear technology requires not only technical knowledge but also an insight into societal issues, a module is provided in which critical reflection and discussion about the philosophical and ethical dimensions of justifying and using nuclear technology are addressed.


  • Introduction ionizing radiation and radioactive decay;
  • Interaction of radiation with matter;
  • Dosimetric concepts;
  • Applications of ionizing radiation;
  • Health effects of ionizing radiation;
  • Environmental effects of ionizing radiation;
  • Natural radioactive sources and Radon;
  • NORM;
  • System of radiation protection | international framework, national implementation and practical implementation of ALARA;
  • PPE and contamination;
  • Radiation protection in medical exposure;
  • Radiation and dose measurements;
  • Practical use of measurement equipment;
  • Management of radioactive waste;
  • Incidents and accidents | emergency management;
  • Nuclear emergency planning and demo intervention vehicle;
  • Ethical aspects of radiological risks.


The training is intended for persons (Master students, PhD students, professionals) working with radioactive materials or managing nuclear activities in their professional environment and requiring insight in fundamental and practical aspects of radiological protection.

This training session is eligible for 30 hours of continuous professional development in radiation protection for the prolongation of the certification of Medical Doctors for medical supervision (Art. 75 Royal Decree 20 July 2001).

Depending on the relevance for the personal function, this training session is also eligible as continuous professional development for experts in Health Physics (Art. 73 Royal Decree 20 July 2001).

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the training course.


The full programme can be downloaded here:

Programme_Basic training in radiation protection_20230424.pdf

Required Knowledge

There is no pre-knowledge required.


All participants will be asked to follow a short e-learning module prior to the start of the training.

This e-learning offers an introduction to some concepts of radioactivity and ionizing radiation and takes about 30 minutes.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to

In terms of knowledge

  • Describe the origin and properties of ionizing radiation;
  • Give examples of applications of ionizing radiation;
  • Name the interaction mechanisms between radiation and matter;
  • Classify the main risks related to exposure to ionizing radiation on healthcare and environmental level;
  • Define the fundamental principles of the radiation protection system and her applications, as laid down in national and international legislation;
  • Have insight in the organization of radiation protection in regular and emergency situations;
  • Describe the different dosimetric quantities;
  • Name different measurement methods and equipment for environmental and personal dosimetry;
  • Describe the characteristics of Radon and naturally occurring radioactive materials, including the use of NORM.

In terms of skills

  • Use different measurement devices to characterize sources an measure doses;
  • Apply proper dose reduction measures: reduce exposure time, increase distance, and select and calculate shielding;
  • Develop contextual and ethical reasoning as a relevant skill when considering radiation protection issues.

In terms of competences

  • Apply the main principles of operational radiation protection on the work floor on a daily basis;
  • Be aware of the complexity of nuclear applications.


Registration fee: 2550,00 EUR (3085,50 EUR - 21% VAT included)

This price includes the course, digital course material, lunch, coffee breaks and transport between Corbie hotel and SCK CEN.

Accommodation is pre-booked at Corbie hotel in Mol (see 'Accommodation').

Registration info

You can register using the button above until March 23, 2023.

Cancellation with total refund is only possible until March 24, 2023. Cancellation requests must be sent by email to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be (academy[at]sckcen[dot]be) and mol [at] corbiehotel [dot] com (mol[at]corbiehotel[dot]com) (if applicable) no later than March 24, 2023. No shows and cancellations after this date will incur the full cost of registration and the hotel (if applicable).

The training will focus on interaction and dialogue. For this reason, the number of participants will be limited to 25.

SCK CEN reserves the right to cancel a training course or event (e.g. in case of low number of registrations) without reimbursement of already made travel and accommodation arrangements.

We attach great importance to the safety of our trainees. SCK CEN has the right to modify the programme, cancel or postpone the training course at any time based on further instructions imposed by the Belgian government or internal instructions by the SCK CEN General Management related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Accommodation is pre-booked at Corbie hotel in Mol from Sunday April 23 until Friday April 28, 2023 (breakfast included – 5 nights).Hotel booking must be confirmed before April 1st, 2023 by email to mol [at] corbiehotel [dot] com and academy [at] sckcen [dot] be.

Please mention your contact data, the check-in and check-out date and the name of the course ‘Basic training in radiation protection’.

Indicate whether you wish to stay in a twin or single room. In a twin room (2 single beds) you will share the room with a person of the same gender. You pay your stay directly to the hotel. 

To support travel, participants might consider applying for the ENEN2plus mobility grant via (bottom - right).

Please also note that the PIANOFORTE project provides travel grants for early career radiation protection professionals (who are max 7 years after starting their career) coming from outside Belgium to attend training courses related to radiation protection. Applications guidelines are available on  

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