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Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)

Course Description
40-Hour Course US$ 1995

with Liquid Scintillation Counting Option Additional Cost: US$ 200
with DOT HAZMAT Certification Option Additional Cost: US$ 200
*** Note: not all locations offer options ***

WHAT is the Course about

Newly updated course content and electives. If you work at a hospital or medical facility, you might want to consider attending our Medical Radiation Safety Officer course.

We have offered this training for over 20 years to qualify you as a Radiation Safety Officer.  We provide the technical information and practical experience to ensure that you are well prepared to serve as an RSO. Instructors specialize in training for research, medical, biomedical, and educational programs, as well as for programs using sealed sources in irradiators, measurement devices, and gauges. 

Through lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, and extensive reference materials, this course will give you the technical information and practical experience necessary to ensure that you are well prepared to serve as an RSO and will meet the requirements of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agreement States, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

During the week, students must complete 32 hours of instruction in the following required subjects: radiation fundamentals, health risks, regulations, licensing, enforcement, dosimetry, instruments, statistics, quality assurance, DOT shipment and receipt of radioactive materials, program management, record keeping, emergency response, and preparing for inspections. Students must also complete 8 hours or more of instruction from the 23½ hours of elective subjects as shown on the Agenda.

Did You Know? This is our 23rd year offering RSO training! Join the more than 2500 RSOs who have graduated from our Academy with rave reviews!

WHO is the Target Audience

Those seeking qualification as a Radiation Safety Officer.


AAHP - 32.00 CE Credits
WSO Certification Credential:
WSO-CSS Radiation -
1.20 CEU(s) Credits per 40 course contact hours
ABIH Diplomates can claim this course for 40 hours in the IH CM Area.
See ABIH website for CM credit criteria.

INCLUDES what Special Features
  • Breakfast and Lunch Included
  • Free Online Course Preview
  • Prior to attending our course, we will email you user information to complete our online Fundamentals of Radiation Safety course. This free course provides an excellent preview of radiation fundamentals as well as introduces some radiation mathematic concepts.

  • Free one-time refresher training
  • After completing this course, you may return at any time to re-take the full course, or a portion thereof, as a refresher training for free. You will receive all new handout materials.

  • Comprehensive training manual and/or text book
  • Data CD supplemental reference material

Upon completion of course, participants will receive a course certificate.

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Liquid Scintillation Counting Option   Additional Cost: $200

Students selecting this option (additional fee required) will complete an additional four hours of course work on the fundamentals of liquid scintillation counting (LSC). The objective of this class is to provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of liquid scintillation counting for analysis of surface swipes, biomedical, environmental, waste, and other types of samples. This module is conducted at the end of the regular RSO or MRSO course on Friday afternoon.

DOT HAZMAT Certification Option   Additional Cost: $200

Students selecting this option (additional fee required) will complete an additional four hours of course work on shipping and receiving of radioactive materials. This class is designed to train workers in the requirements of the DOT as specified by 49 CFR 172 Subpart H and the NRC as specified by 10 CFR 71.5 and 10 CFR 20.1906. This module is conducted at the end of the regular RSO or MRSO course on Friday afternoon and will conclude with an examination. Students who successfully complete the exam will receive an additional certificate documenting this training.