National Credential
Credential: Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

ASNT Certification of Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel (IRRSP) - Radioactive Materials (RAM) is applicable to those individuals who perform or supervise industrial radiography utilizing radiation-producing equipment. Candidates must have a minimum of 40 hours of formal classroom instruction in radiation safety topics or 28 hours of web-based training combined with 12 hours of classroom or laboratory training and a minimum of 320 hours of active participation in performing gamma radiography. The examination consists of a written portion administered by ASNT and a practical portion administered by an institution recognized by ASNT.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted N4 Health Physics Specialist ASI other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 320 hours
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
PO Box 28518
1711 Arlingate Ln
Columbus, OH  43228-0518
Phone: (614) 274-6003
Fax: (614) 274-6899
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Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM)

Candidates must have a minimum of 320 hours of active participation in performing gamma radiography.  Experience must be acquired under the control of a license or registration granted by the USNRC or Agreement State for radioisotopes.

Option 1: Candidates must complete 40 hours of formal classroom instruction in the radiation safety topics described in 10 CFR 34.43(g).

Option 2: Candidates must complete 28 hours of web-based training combined with 12 hours of classroom or laboratory training covering the hands-on portion of the training. The hands-on training shall include, but not be limited to, the use, operation, calibration, and limitations of radiation survey instruments; survey techniques; and use of personnel monitoring equipment.

Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM)

  • Fundamentals of Radiation Safety
    • Types of Radiation
    • Origin of Radiation and Interaction with Matter
  • Exposure and Effects
    • Radiation Exposure
    • Biological Effects of Exposure
  • Controlling Exposure
    • Distance
    • Shielding
    • Time
  • Radiation Detection
    • Radiation Survey Instruments
    • Survey Requirements/Techniques
    • Personnel Monitoring Devices
  • Radiographic Equipment
    • Exposure Devices (RAM/X-ray) and Collimators
    • Source Changers and Storage Containers
    • Daily/Quarterly Inspections
    • RAM Inventory, Leak Tests, Repairs and Tagging
  • Regulations
    • Definitions
    • Licensing/Registration Requirements
    • Notices, Reports and Records
    • Labeling, Boundaries and Posting
    • Maximum Allowable Doses
    • Personnel Training Requirements
    • Transportation Requirements
    • Surveys and Monitoring
    • Exposure Equipment and Storage Requirements
  • Operating/Emergency Procedures
    • Site/Installation Requirements
    • Operating Procedures
    • Handling/Securing of Sources
    • Personnel Responsibilities
  • A practical examination administered by either a current RSO or their appointed representative of an institution recognized by ASNT and licensed or registered by a regulatory authority to conduct industrial radiography, which requires the candidate to adequately demonstrate ability to safely operate the radiation producing equipment in at least one technique for which ASNT IRRSP certification is sought.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) testing process, visit the agency website.

Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certificants must meet training and experience requirements and take the examination to renew ASNT IRSSP Certifications.  In lieu of training requirements, candidates may have 40 hours of training within 5 years prior to recertification.  Training shall consist of classroom training, annual refresher training by an institution recognized by ASNT covering basic radiation safety principles and equipment operating and emergency procedures for radiation producing equipment for which renewal is sought.

Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM)

Additional considerations for the Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Personnel - Radioactive Materials (IRSSP - RAM) include:

  • Acceptance of the IRRSP radiation safety certification within a state is solely at the discretion of the state in question. However, states that do recognize “approved certifying entities” will accept the IRRSP certifications because ASNT is an approved Certifying Entity. Questions regarding acceptability should be directed to the department governing the state’s radiation control program. A listing of State Regulatory Agencies can be found here.