Available as a one-year program
One-year Ontario College Certificate
- Start Date
September and May entry
Find your career
More than 50 percent of Radiation Safety students are offered jobs in a related field before completing their final exam. In 2021, 18 of 22 graduates had secured employment by Convocation.
Radiation safety personnel may be responsible for:
- Tracking and recording radioactivity levels in various environments.
- Implementing preventative measures that are critical to ensuring the safety of employees and the public.
- Overseeing on-site safety and performing safety audits and tests.
- Conducting inspections of workplace equipment, structures and materials.
- Training personnel on proper radiation safety measures and procedures.
- Communicating possible occupational safety hazards.
- Ensuring compliance with safety regulations.
- Monitoring and investigating any exposure-related incidents or accidents.
- Ensuring proper documentation of safety procedures.
- Fulfilling licensing capabilities, radiation protection planning and transportation of radioactive materials, as required by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
How You'll Learn
The Radiation Safety program will include instruction in the following:
- Radiation physics
- Environmental radioactivity
- Radiological instrumentation
- Electronics of radiation detection equipment
- Radioactive waste management and control
- Safety and handling procedures
- Decontamination procedures
- Radioactivity testing and analysis
- Communication skills
- First Year - Semester One
- RADS1000 Communications
- Students will learn effective and efficient communication within the workplace, conflict management strategies, effective decision making, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
- RADS1014 Computer Applications Development
- Students will learn the necessary computing skills for success in industry. Topics include word processing, spreadsheet creation and development, database utilization, and presentation software.
- RADS1004 General Sciences 1
- Students will be introduced to general sciences including basic chemistry and biology with a focus on living organisms.
- RADS1015 Industrial Safety Culture and Human Performance
- Students will be introduced to industrial safety-focused culture including communications, psychology and behaviour, and error reduction techniques.
- RADS1003 Introduction to Radiation and Nuclear Fundamentals
- Students will be introduced to atomic and nuclear structures, radioactivity and radiation detection, nuclear reactions, and nuclear interactions with matter.
- RADS1001 Mathematics 1
- Basic mathematical skills necessary for a radiation safety professional will be introduced as well as mathematical applications which support the use of exponents, equations, functions and logarithms.
- RADS1016 Radiation Detection Instruments 1
- This course provides an introduction to radiation detection and instrumentation. Students will learn about basic detector types and their appropriate use as well as instrumentation selection.
- First Year - Semester Two
- RADS1021 Contamination Control
- Students will learn practical and theoretical personal protection strategies for working in a radioactive environment. Learners will be introduced to the use of personal protective equipment, contamination control techniques and decontamination practices.
- RADS1018 General Sciences 2
- Students will build on previous knowledge of general sciences with a focus on the fundamentals of physics and the effects of radiation on biological and non-biological materials.
- RADS1017 Introduction to Mechanics & Electricity
- Students will be introduced to mechanical and electrical systems and components including pumps, valves, compressors, heat exchangers and their respective schematics.
- RADS1020 Mathematics 2
- Students will build on previous knowledge of foundational math skills and learn graphing, statistics and trigonometry.
- RADS1008 Radiation Detection Instruments 2
- Students will build on previous knowledge to deepen their understanding of detector capabilities, limitation, and job-specific dosimetry selection.
- RADS1012 Radiation Protection Work Practices and Planning
- Students will build on previous knowledge of radiation safety with a focus on planning and implementing radiation safety best practices to support ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable).
- RADS1011 Radiation and Occupational Law
- This course introduces workplace safety legislation and requirements specific to nuclear facilities and their application within the workplace. Procedural documentation is also introduced.
*Courses subject to change.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2023 – 24)
- Costs for 2023-24 will be updated soon.
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist College has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level*
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
*OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the basic level; or with Workplace or Open courses, applicants will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; or Mature Student status eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing.
Recommended academic preparation
- * Grade 12 Mathematics (including algebra)
- * Grade 12 Chemistry, Biology, and Physics
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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