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Course Description

PER-345 - Radiation Instruments - Operations

Course Description

This course trains emergency responders and non-uniformed support

personnel in the individual skills needed to use radiation detection equipment and dosimetry during operating in the prevent or response radiological/nuclear mission fields. Responders will be trained to select the appropriate instrument for a specific mission and use the instrument in performance of that mission.

Responders learn the basic operation of radiation detectors, dosimeters, and

portal monitors. Attendees are taught radiation detection activities using a

variety of detection instruments. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own department’s instruments if possible. This course uses radioactive material to provide realism.


Upon completion of this course, participants will distinguish between

various radiation detection and measuring devices. The participant


• Identify basic radiation concepts

• Describe the characteristics of a Dosimeter

• Describe the characteristic of a Personal Radiation Detector (PRD)

• Describe the characteristics of a survey meter

• Describe the characteristics of a Radio-Isotope Identification Device


• Describe the general characteristic and operation of a Portal Monitor

Target Audience/Discipline

Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service,

Governmental Administrative, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Citizen/Community Volunteer, and other personnel who may be assigned radiological detection operations.


Eligible course Participants will fall within the target audience and are

assigned to perform radiological detection operations.


Participant site


Certificates are issued to attendees upon successful completion of the

course. Additionally, CTOS-Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training is

authorized by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to offer 0.4 continuing education units (CEUs) for this course. A letter verifying

course completion and CEUs earned will be provided upon request by contacting CTOS at

Prerequisites & Other Information:

AWR-140 or AWR-140-W Weapons of Mass Destruction
Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Course. This course is available online
at (Waived for the Pilot)

To receive credit for this FEMA course, attendees must list a Student
Identification (SID) Number on the registration form that will be issued on the first day of class. A SID number can be obtained at the following

Radioactive Sources
This course uses sealed radioactive sources during drills and practical
exercises. Participants receive only minor radiation doses (lower than
a chest X-ray or typical round-trip airline flight across the U.S.).

All training and course materials are provided at no cost to eligible

Enrollment Information
To attend a training class delivered by CTOS-Center for Radiological/
Nuclear Training, contact a training coordinator at 877.963.2867 or email .

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 4.00
Provider: Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS)
Disciplines: Government Administration
Health Care
Law Enforcement
Volunteer Organization
Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Public Health
Fire Service

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