National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)


Credential: Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists, Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) validates competency in fundamental and operational topics related to radiation protection. RRPTs provide radiation protection, mitigating radiation hazards as much as reasonably achievable, to the radiation worker, the general public, and the environment from the effects of ionizing radiation. RRPTs demonstrate an understanding of the natural laws of ionizing radiation, the mechanism of radiation damage, methods of detection, and hazards assessment. Further, RRPTs provide supervisory, administrative, and/or physical control, utilizing sound health physics principles in compliance with local and statutory requirements and accepted industry practices.  Applicants must pass a written exam.

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

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • 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

National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists

P.O. Box 3084
Westerly, RI  02891

Phone: (401) 637-4811

Fax: (401) 637-4822
Email: nrrpt@nrrpt.org

Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Applicant must have a minimum of five years experience. Training may be substituted for experience if applicant submits to the Board information about the program and proof of completion. This information should include curriculum, typical examinations, and passing requirements for radiation-related subjects.

Experience credit allowed for formal education, company training programs and applicable military training is cumulative up to a maximum of two years. Note that applicant may not claim work experience while in formal classroom study.

The Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of application.
  • Applicant must submit to the Board evidence of operational abilities as a Radiation Protection Technologist.

Written Exam

  • Mathematics
  • Unit Analysis and Conversion
  • Physics
  • Basic Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • Sources of Radiation
  • Radioactivity and Radioactive Decay
  • Interaction of Radiation with Matter
  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Radiological Protection Standards
  • ALARA
  • External Exposure Control
  • Internal Exposure Control
  • Radiation Detector Theory
  • Counting Errors and Statistics
  • Dosimetry
  • Contamination Control
  • Airborne Radioactivity Control
  • Radioactive Source Control
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Work Control/Job Coverage
  • Radioactive Material Control
  • Radiological Incidents and Emergencies
  • Radiological Instrumentation and Sampling Equipment
  • Decontamination

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) 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 Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification holders required to obtain 20 points of professional development activities in each five-year certification cycle. In lieu of professional development activities, a certification holder may elect to recertify by examination. A full list of acceptable professional development activities can be found in the Registration Maintenance Program handbook.

Additional considerations for the Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) include:

  • Experience credit allowed for formal education, company training programs and applicable military training is cumulative up to a maximum of two years.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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