ASME NQA-1 Nuclear Lead Auditor Training Course

Course Curriculum

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This curriculum of this training was developed to meet the requirements of ASME NQA-1 Requirement 2, Para 303.2.


Purpose of this Training Course

  • Provides basis of knowledge for those that will be certified as Lead Quality Assurance Auditors as identified in ASME NQA-1 Requirement 2.
  • Instruction on conducting Nuclear Quality Assurance Audits including preparation, performance, reporting, and follow up activities.
  • Administer the exam that covers the body of knowledge and application is provided to participants after the completion of the training.

The following standards and information is referenced during the training.

  • ASME NQA-1-1994, NQA-1-2008 (09a), and NQA-1-2015 Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications
  • 10 CFR 50 Appendix B and ANSI N45.2  Nuclear Quality Assurance Program Requirements
  • 10 CFR Part 21 Reporting of Noncompliance
  • EPRI NP-5652 Guidelines for Performing Commercial Grade Dedication
  • NEI 14-05A Rev. 1 (SEPT 2020)  Guidelines for the Use of Accreditation in Lieu of CG Surveys for Accredited Laboratories

Course Content

  • Background of the Nuclear Industry
    • Fundamental Technology of Nuclear Power Generation
    • Application of the nuclear codes and standards, the regulatory structure, and current projections in the industry
    • Overview of general quality assurance programs implemented in industry
  • Detailed Analysis of the ASME NQA-1 Standard
    • Line-by-line analysis of the requirement
    • Examples of implementation, required documentation, records
    • Discussion on interpretations
    • Comparison with ISO 9001
  • Nuclear Lead Auditor Qualification and Certification Requirements
    • NQA-1 Requirement 2, Para 300
    • ANSI N45.2.23 Nuclear Lead Auditor Qualification and Certification
    • Qualification and Certification Process
    • Continuing Certification Requirements
  • The Audit Process and Auditor Responsibilities
    • Organizing the Audit Process
    • Pre-audit Planning
    • Checklist Development
    • Conducting the Audit
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Documenting Nonconformances
    • Follow-up and Close Out
  • Nuclear Industry Approvals
    • Nuclear Utilities Procurement Issues Corporation (NUPIC)
    • Nuclear Industry Assessment Corporation (NIAC)


  • 10 CFR Part 21 Reporting of Noncompliance 


  • Use of NEI 14-05A Rev. 1 (SEPT 2020) Guidelines for the Use Accreditation in Lieu of Commercial Grade Surveys for Procurement of Laboratory Calibration and Test Services
    • Use of ILAC MRA recognized laboratories


  • Nuclear Audit Case Studies
    • Series of audit scenarios for attendees to analyze


  • Examination  (Optional)
    • Multiple choice examination on the application/interpretation of the NQA-1 standard and to evaluate skills for performing as a nuclear lead auditor.


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