Advanced Radiation Safety Certification (ARS) to Radiation Protection Supervisor Level

Formerly known as Radiation Protection to Supervisor Standard (RPS), the Advanced Radiation Safety (ARS) Level 2 for RPS course has been introduced to allow an employer to make a judgement when appointing persons to the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS).

The course will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills for appointment as an RPS under Regulation 18 of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 Approved Code of Practice guidance document for work with ionising radiation. Candidates will be able to assess dose, carry out hazard assessments, implement contingency plans and emergency procedures, arrange for the provision of dosemeters and keeping dose records.

What is the role of a Radiation Protection Supervisor?

A Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) is a person appointed by an employer to ensure that any work carried out with ionising radiation is compliant with regulations. The RPS should take all reasonable steps to ensure that relevant local rules are observed.

At the working level the RPS has direct responsibility to the employer for ensuring that:

  • The work with ionising radiations is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the IRR2017, and the local rules are observed.
  • To achieve the above the RPS will be required to:
  • Liaise with both management and the RPA
  • Supervise the radiological protection aspects of the work, and
  • Recognise the need to seek further advice in certain situations.

ARS training at Lavender International covers the following:

• Biological effects of radiation
• Dose limits
• Control/supervised areas
• Risk assessment/role of RPA
• Safe working distances
• Half value layers
• Stay times (Time, distance, shielding activity, transportation)
• IIR 2017 assessment
• Calculation questions
• Record keeping
• RPS requirements
• Local rules
• Site situations
• Passbook
• Changing the isotope
• Site situation

    • We provide examinations for Advanced Radiation Safety (ARS), including PCN personal certification examinations, plus examinations for employer based schemes such as SNT-TC-1A.
    • Candidates must have held a PCN BRS qualification for at least 9 months prior to sitting their ARS exam
    • The ARS examination includes just one specific paper. The PCN requirements for ARS are: 24 hours training

Please Note: PCN require that an exam levy is paid at an appropriate rate. To be eligible for the PCN examination, an eye test must be passed (near vision and colour).

The Advanced Radiation Safety work experience requirement is: 9 months supervised work experience additional to Level 1 (12 months direct), to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

For employer based schemes the expected amount of work experience should be determined in the written practice.

Advanced Radiation Safety (ARS) courses are taking place around the world with Lavender international.


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Safety Boots
Overalls/Lab Coat
Tape Measure
TLD/Film Badge (if available) Pass Book (if available)

Candidates MUST bring their PCN Wallet Card.
If you do not have a wallet card bring some other form of identification showing a photograph, i.e. Passport or Photo Driving Licence.

All other equipment and training materials (with the exception of Level 3 Text Books) are provided by Lavender International.
Protective gloves, protective eye glasses and plastic aprons are also available for the use of students.

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