Certification FAQs

What are the objectives of developing a certification credential for the nuclear field?

The three primary objectives of the new credential are:

1.) To provide nuclear professionals a means for learning and/or demonstrating their knowledge of the fundamentals of nuclear science and technology to assist in their professional and career development.

2.) To offer employers in the nuclear industry a means for helping to qualify candidates by establishing a benchmark level of expertise and experience in the nuclear science and technology field.

3.) To enhance ANS’s stature within the nuclear science and technology field, especially among the commercial nuclear utility industry.

Who is the intended audience?

There are several target audiences for the CNP. First, working professionals lacking in-depth nuclear industry knowledge. Examples include professionals with a degree in something other than nuclear engineering; workers new to the nuclear industry; or executives that might not have a nuclear background, but want to become familiar with concepts and terminology. Second, professionals that have degrees in nuclear engineering. The certification may be viewed as an intermediate step between a four-year engineering degree and a Professional Engineer (PE) license.

How will the certification be earned?

Individuals seeking the CNP credential will need to meet a specific set of eligibility requirements and will then be required to pass a comprehensive exam. Upon achieving the credential, individuals will need to maintain the certification by obtaining the specified number of continuing education hours over a particular period of time.

What topics will the certification cover?

A job task analysis determined the following key knowledge areas that individuals must demonstrate competency (i.e., pass an exam) to obtain the credential:

  • Applied Health Physics
  • Fuel Cycle and Waste Management
  • General Nuclear Safety Culture
  • Industry Codes and Standards
  • Licensing and Regulatory Concepts
  • Non-Power Applications of Radiation & Nuclear Technology
  • Nuclear Fundamentals
  • Nuclear Power

When will individuals begin to sit for the exam?

Applications to sit for the CNP exam will be available in the summer of 2025.

What types of preparatory/study materials will be available?

Examinees will have access to the exam specification, which provides the content distribution of the exam. ANS will also offer a Nuclear Energy Essentials certificate course that provides a condensed introduction/review of fundamental concepts for interested candidates that come from a non-nuclear engineering educational background.


Certificate Course FAQs

What topics will the certificate courses cover?

The ultimate goal is an extensive catalog of courses on a variety of topics. However, it will take several years to develop a large catalog. The first two topics that will be covered are nuclear energy essentials and licensing and regulatory concepts. The Nuclear Energy Essentials certificate will cover topics that range from the history and legacy of nuclear power to advanced reactor technologies, encompassing areas such as radiation safety, nonpower applications of nuclear, and ethics in nuclear. The Understanding Nuclear Regulations certificate will cover various regulatory frameworks, licensing processes, and international considerations.

The on demand courses are anticipated to launch in the late summer of 2024. ANS plans to launch 1-3 additional courses per year.

Are there any eligibility or maintenance requirements associated with the courses?

There will be no eligibility requirements or continuing education maintenance requirements. Upon completion of the course and exam, individuals will receive a certificate.

What will be the duration of the courses?

Course duration will vary by topic, ranging from 8-40 hours.

How will courses be delivered?

The courses will primarily be available as on demand, self-paced content. Some courses may include live or livestream content or experience opportunities. Certain course may be offered in-person in the future, potentially at ANS conferences.


Additional Information

ANS Special Committee on Certification Members

Rebecca Steinman (Chair), Steven Arndt, Robert Besce, Sunil Chirayath, Donald Eggett, Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, Christina Leggett, John Mahoney, Walid Metwally, Catherine Prat, Alexandra Siwy, Tracy Stover, Josh Vajda, and Matt Wargon.

Contact information

For questions or if you would like to volunteer to assist in these efforts, please email askanything@ans.org.

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