Nuclear Decommissioning





These occupational competence qualifications will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to work as a decommissioning operative or team leader in the Nuclear Industry. The Nuclear Industry supplies electricity to the UK through nuclear power plants, producing energy for business and domestic use.


Work as a nuclear decommissioning operative would be likely to include the safe dismantling, removal and disposal of contaminated plant and equipment, including pumps, valves, tanks and vessels.


Qualification Content


The Level 2 qualification contains a number of Mandatory Units covering undertaking decontamination operations, dismantling contaminated plant and equipment, and dealing with radioactive waste. It also covers implementing safe access systems and preparing engineering equipment.


Optional units focus on dealing with either Alpha or Beta/Gamma radiation, and assembling, operating and dismantling the equipment used in a Nuclear Decommissioning environment.


The Level 3 qualification contains a number of Mandatory Units covering undertaking risk assessment for radiation-related work activities, implementing safe access systems and contributing to leadership and personal development.


The Level 3 qualification contains two pathways:

  • Supervisory

  • Technical - Mechanical, Electrical or Instrumentation


Learners must complete a number of pathway-specific Mandatory Units and/or Optional Units covering a range of activities undertaken within a Nuclear Decommissioning environment.


Who Can Take these Qualifications?


The Level 2 qualification is intended for learners who are new entrants to the Nuclear Decommissioning sector and wish to develop their knowledge and skills to enable safe progression into the workplace/employment.


The Level 2 and 3 qualifications will benefit learners who are already in employment within a Nuclear Decommissioning environment but require additional knowledge and skills as part of an existing job role or to enable career progression.


There are no prerequisites to achieve these qualifications but they must be achieved in the workplace.


Available Qualifications


  • PAA\VQ-SET Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Nuclear Decommissioning - 500/6185/9

  • PAA\VQ-SET Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nuclear Decommissioning - 500/8102/0


Potential Job Roles


Learners may be employed, or seeking employment, within job roles, such as:


  • Decommissioning Operative / Team Leader

  • Nuclear Engineer

  • Operator Technician


Apprenticeship Frameworks


The Level 2 qualification sits in the following Apprenticeship Frameworks:


  • Nuclear Working, Level 2 - England (framework withdrawn) and Wales

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