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8) PERSONNEL QUALIFICATION AND TRAINING

The overall training system and the development projects of training the staff of all categories from NPP V-1, NPP V-2 Bohunice, SE-VYZ and NPP Mochovce were the subject of UJD´s attention. During 2001 following inspections were carried out on nuclear personnel training:

NPP´s Bohunice:
an inspection focused on compliance with requirements for staff qualifications and compliance with the prescribed training of Bohunice plant staff
NPP Mochovce:
an inspection focused on compliance with the requirements for staff qualifications and compliance with the prescribed training of NPP Mochovce staff
SE-VYZ:
an inspection focused on compliance with the requirements for staff qualifications and compliance with the prescribed training of SE-VYZ staff
Training the staff of the NPP´s Bohunice:
The fundamental and periodical theoretical training as sure as the fundamental and periodical simulator training is carried out by the VUJE Training centre in Trnava,
The fundamental practical training in the workplace and training for the change work- rank is carried at Bohunice plant.
Training of the staff of the NPP Mochovce:
The fundamental and periodical theoretical training is carried out by the VUJE Training centre in Trnava,
The fundamental practical training in the workplace and training for the change work- rank as well as the fundamental and periodical simulator training is carried at Mochovce plant.

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UJD site inspector M. Tkac during the inspection at the Mochovce NPP

According to the “Atomic Act” and the related UJD decree, personnel whose working activity has a direct impact on nuclear safety are subject to the examination of their special professional skills, i.e. the examination of the summary of their professional knowledge and skills. Verification of special skills is done in the form of examination by the Examining Committee constituted by the Chairman of UJD and composed of representatives of UJD, NPP V-1 and NPP V-2 Bohunice, NPP Mochovce, VUJE Trnava and experts from the Slovak Technical University. Objectivity of the examination is assured by the participation of examiners from other NPPs, by unifying of types of questions, presence of site inspectors from individual sites and by appointment of members of the examining Committee from other organisations. Based on a successful passing of examination before the examining committee, UJD issues a certificate on special professional skills of selected staff members of nuclear installations for specific activity for the given type of nuclear installation and for the following positions:

  1. Scientific shift manager for start up with the right of manipulation
  2. Shift supervisor
  3. Unit supervisor
  4. Primary circuit operator
  5. Secondary circuit operator
  6. Reactor physicist
  7. Scientific shift manager for start up without the right of manipulation

Examinations of selected personnel were scheduled according to the plan of examining committee meetings. For each examined person written tests are generated by the computer from the database of test questions at the Training Centre of VUJE Trnava for individual positions - categories of selected staff of NPP V-1 and NPP V-2 Bohunice and NPP Mochovce so that the examination questions both in written and oral part equally cover individual facilities and regimes of operation of NPP. The database is continuously updated, thereby containing new questions resulting from the recent changes carried out at NPP's. A part of the examination in case of promotion to a higher position is the practical part, which is conducted under the direct supervision of the trainer within 4 to 10 weeks after the successful completion of both written and oral of examinations. Last year the committee held ten sessions for the oral theoretical examination. The number of licenses issued in 2001 and the total number of valid licenses is given in Table 8.1. 

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Table 8.1.

The current system of personnel training has been improved by:

complexity of training from the point of view of content of training
implementing of all types of training in compliance with the needs for the quality programme assurance
retraining of personnel on design changes and improvements
by introducing new operational instructions.

The standard of professional skills of the staff at nuclear installations is a very important factor for assuring and maintaining a high level of nuclear safety of nuclear installations. Conclusions from inspections and tests as well as results from operation and start up of nuclear units confirm that in this area a high standard of operational safety is being achieved on a permanent basis.

Increasing the qualification of UJD staff

Increasing the qualification of UJD staff was done in a form of training and courses scheduled in the plan of training for UJD staff for 2001. This training composed of specialised qualification study, functional study, as well as study aimed at maintaining qualification (continual and periodical exercise). Training courses organised by the Government Office of Slovakia and the IAEA were also of a significant benefit and UJD staff participated on foreign training courses, seminars and conferences, focusing on maintaining and improvement of professional skills.


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