Course Description
3 Day Course with Certification  

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About This Course

The objective of this course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of MARLAP, MARSSIM, DQO & Radiometric Data Validation. For all radiological and hazardous sites investigations, it is essential to know the quality of the data used for decision-making purposes. The process of generating radiochemistry data of known quality begins in the planning stages when data quality objectives (DQO) are established; continues during sample collection activities and laboratory analysis; is re-evaluated when validating the analytical data; and is finalizes as part of the data quality assessment process. This course provides students with an essential explanation of radiometric data validation as prescribed in MARLAP & MARSSIM. Radiometric Data Validation is performance based rather than prescriptive. The student will gain valuable insight to this significant difference.

Who Should Attend

State & Regulatory Agencies, data validation specialists, chemists, program managers, data users and all personnel who are involved with the data usability activities.

Key Topics You'll Learn About

  • Review & Application of MARLAP
  • Review & Application of MARSSIM
  • Concepts that Make Radiometric Data Unique for Data Validation
  • Review of Quality Planning Concepts for Radiochemistry
  • Radiochemistry Society Guidance on Radiometric Data Validation
  • Review of Radiometric Methods
  • The Distinction between Performance Based & Prescriptive Base V&V

Program Agenda  *All courses are taught from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm each day

Day 1:
  • Radiochemistry Concepts
  • Performance Based Criteria
  • The DQO Process
  • Overview of MARLAP
  • Overview of MARSSIM
  • International Standard for Detection & Quantification Limits

Day 2:
  • Figure of Merit and Selection of Radiometric Methods
  • Evaluating Radiochemistry Laboratories
  • Measurement Uncertainties & TPUs
  • Sampling & Sub-sampling
  • Matrix Concerns & Total Dissolution
  • Laboratory Contamination Control

Day 3:
  • Separation Chemistry
  • Nuclear Instrumentation Overview
  • Nuclear Counting Do's & Don't's
  • Instrument Performance Indicators
  • Quality Performance Indicators
  • Data Calculation, Reporting & Review


Cost for this course & Certification is $1,795.00 [U.S.] less a 34% Group Discount for state agency (net $1,195.00), with All Proceeds going to the Radiochemistry Society. In order to assure placement we encourage a prompt response.


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