National Credential
Credential: Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)
Credentialing Agency: National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists

National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists, Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) validates competency in fundamental and operational topics related to radiation protection. A Radiation Protection Technologist is a person engaged in providing radiation protection to the radiation worker, the general public, and the environment from the effects of ionizing radiation. They have basic understanding of the natural laws of ionizing radiation, the mechanism of radiation damage, methods of detection, and hazards assessment. They provide supervisory, administrative, and/or physical control, utilizing sound health physics principles in compliance with local and statutory requirements and accepted industry practices. This is a mid-level certification and requires applicants to hold a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, the applicant must submit to the Board evidence of operational abilities as a Radiation Protection Technologists and have a minimum of five years of experience. Experience credit allowed for formal education, company training programs and applicable military training is cumulative up to a maximum of two years. Applicants must also pass a national examination.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

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 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. III Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted L5 Nuclear/Chemical (N/C) Reconnaissance ASI some          
Enlisted L6 Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) Reconnaissance ASI some          
Enlisted N4 Health Physics Specialist ASI most     Star credentialStar    

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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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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

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: 5 years
  • 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

National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists
P.O. Box 3084
Westerly, RI  02891
Phone: (401) 637-4811
Fax: (401) 637-4822
Email: nrrpt@nrrpt.org

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

The applicant shall have a high school diploma or equivalent.

An applicant must have a minimum of five years experience. Training may be substituted for experience if the applicant will submit to the Board information about the program and proof of completion. This information should include curriculum, typical examinations, and passing requirements for radiation related subjects.

Experience credit allowed for formal education, company training programs and applicable military training is cummulative up to a maximum of two years. Note that an applicant may not claim work experience while in formal classroom study.

The Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old at the time of application.
  • Applicants must submit two references, one from their immediate supervisor, with the application.
  • The applicant must submit to the Board evidence of operational abilities as a Radiation Protection Technologists.

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

  • Applied Radiation Protection
    • Survey and Inspections
    • Emergency Prepardness
    • Evaluating Internal and External Exposures and Controls
    • Prescribed Dosimetry and Radiation Equipment
    • Contamination Control
    • Radioactive Material Control and Transportation
    • Guides and Regulations
    • Procedures and Programs (ALARA)
  • Detection and Measurement
    • Analytical Methods
    • Instrument Calibration and Maintenance
    • Personnel Dosimetry
    • Equipment Operation
  • Fundamentals
    • Source of Radiation
    • Biological Effects
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Units and Terminology

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) 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.

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • RRPTs are required to obtain 20 points of professional development activities in each five-year certification cycle. In lieu of professional development activities, a RRPT may elect to recertify by examination. A full list of acceptable professional development activities can be found in the Registration Maintenance Program handbook.

Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

Additional considerations for the Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT) include:

  • Experience credit allowed for formal education, company training programs and applicable military training is cumulative up to a maximum of two years.
  • Short Courses, Military, Corporate, and other Training of minimum 40 clock hour duration for each course is accepted.