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ORAU/ANL Decommissioning Certificate Program

Decommissioning Certificate Program

Offered jointly by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)​

Category: Certification

Purpose of the Decommissioning Certificate Program  

To provide a formal means to document that an individual has achieved a baseline level of training in the subject of facility/site decommissioning.

General Requirements

To complete the certificate program, participants must attend two requisite core courses and one additional elective course. They do not need to be taken in any specific order. After the training requirements have been met, it is the responsibility of the participant to contact the ORAU Registrar and request the Decommissioning Certificate. When it has been confirmed by the ORAU Registrar that the requirements have been completed, the individual will be awarded the Decommissioning Certificate. 

At this time, no administrative fees are being imposed for the Certificate. The sole expense to the participant is that associated with attending the courses.

Requisite Courses

Participants must attend the following two core courses:

1. MARSSIM (offered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities).  Information about this course can be obtained at


2. Facility Decommissioning (offered by Argonne National Laboratory).  Information about this course can be obtained at


Elective Courses

Participants must attend one elective course from the following:

  •          Any of the RESRAD Workshops (offered by ANL)


  •         Site Characterization Course (offered by ORAU)


  •         Gamma Spectroscopy Course (offered by ORAU)


Issuance of Decommissioning Certificate

For the Decommissioning Certificate to be issued, the participant must provide the ORAU Registrar (Kristy Pond) with documentation that the training requirements have been met. This documentation could consist of copies of the certificates of completion from the core and elective courses.  If a certificate of completion for one of the ANL courses is unavailable, it would be acceptable to provide the ORAU Registrar with a letter or email from Argonne National Laboratory confirming that the individual attended the course(s). Lacking a certificate of completion for one of the ORAU courses, the participant must be able to provide the Registrar with the specific dates that the course(s) was attended and the attendance must be confirmed by the Registrar.

    Kristy Pond
    ORAU Registrar
    Oak Ridge Associated Universities
    PO Box 117
    Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
    Phone: 865 576 3576
    Fax:      865 241 2652                        

Continuing Education Credits

All of the requisite and elective courses have been assigned at least 16 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the American Academy of Health Physics.


For further information about the program, contact either:

Sarah Roberts                                                   Lawrence E. (Larry) Boing
Associate Director, IEAV                                   Manager, Special Projects  
Oak Ridge Associated Universities                   Argonne National Laboratory
PO Box 117                                                       9700 South Cass Ave/ NE Division
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117                              Argonne, IL 60439
Phone: 865 241 8893                                        Phone: 630 252 6729
Fax:      865 241 3494                                       Fax:      630 252 7577                    Sarah.Roberts@orau.org                                  lboing@anl.gov​


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