American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray)


Credential: Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray)  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel – X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray) certification is for individuals who perform or supervise industrial radiography utilizing radiation-producing equipment. Candidates must meet the ASNT IRRSP training and experience requirements. Candidates must pass the written and practical exams.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 160 hours
  • Education
  • Training: 40 hours
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

PO Box 28518
1711 Arlingate Lane
Columbus, OH  43228-0518

Phone: (614) 274-6003

Fax: (614) 274-6899
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Candidate must have a minimum of 160 hours of active participation in performing X-ray radiography.  Experience must be acquired under the control of a license or registration granted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) or Agreement State for radioisotopes, or by a jurisdictional authority for X-ray.

Option 1:

Candidate must complete 40 hours of formal classroom instruction in the radiation safety topics described in the Suggested State Regulations for Control of Radiation (SSRCR) Part E, ¶ E.17(g).

Option 2:

Candidate must complete 28 hours of web-based training combined with 12 hours of classroom or laboratory training covering the hands-on portion of the training. The hands-on training shall include, but not be limited to, the use, operation, calibration, and limitations of radiation survey instruments; survey techniques; and use of personnel monitoring equipment.

Written Exam

  • Fundamentals of Radiation Safety
    • Types of Radiation
    • Origin of Radiation and Interaction with Matter
  • Exposure and Effects
    • Radiation Exposure
    • Biological Effects of Exposure
  • Controlling Exposure
    • Distance
    • Shielding
    • Time
  • Radiation Detection
    • Radiation Survey Instruments
    • Survey Requirements/Techniques
    • Personnel Monitoring Devices
  • Radiographic Equipment
    • Exposure Devices (RAM/X-ray) and Collimators
    • Source Changers and Storage Containers
    • Daily/Quarterly Inspections
    • RAM Inventory, Leak Tests, Repairs and Tagging
  • Regulations
    • Definitions
    • Licensing/Registration Requirements
    • Notices, Reports and Records
    • Labeling, Boundaries and Posting
    • Maximum Allowable Doses
    • Personnel Training Requirements
    • Transportation Requirements
    • Surveys and Monitoring
    • Exposure Equipment and Storage Requirements
  • Operating/Emergency Procedures
    • Site/Installation Requirements
    • Operating Procedures
    • Handling/Securing of Sources
    • Personnel Responsibilities

Practical Exam

  • The practical examination requires the candidate to adequately demonstrate the ability to safely operate the radiation producing equipment in at least one technique for which ASNT IRRSP certification is sought. The practical examination is administered by either a current Radio Safety Officer (RSO) or their appointed representative of an institution recognized by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and is licensed or registered by a regulatory authority to conduct industrial radiography.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray) credential has the following recertification information:

The Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel – X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray) certification is renewed every five years. RAM certification holders must meet the following American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) requirements:

  • Obtain a minimum of 160 hours of experience in Radioactive Materials
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of formal classroom instruction/training in Radioactive Materials
  • Provide a copy of the certification holder’s signature
  • Submit a practical examination for X-Ray administered by an ASNT recognized institution
  • Provide the certification holder’s current address
  • Abide by the ASNT IRRSP Rules of Conduct

Additional information can be found on the ASNT website.

Additional considerations for the Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - X-Ray (IRSSP-X-Ray) include:

  • Acceptance of the IRRSP radiation safety certification within a state is solely at the discretion of the state in question. However, states that do recognize “approved certifying entities” will accept the IRRSP certifications because ASNT is an approved Certifying Entity. Questions regarding acceptability should be directed to the department governing the state’s radiation control program. A listing of State Regulatory Agencies can be found here.

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