Training is A managed process of individual learning which is focused on developing specialized knowledge needed to meet local organizational unit needs Source:
- A systematic approach to training (SAT) is implemented to achieve, maintain, and improve personnel knowledge, skill, and performance to support plant safety and performance goals. For more than 15 years the IAEA has been encouraging NPP operating organizations to implement SAT-based training programmes. In many Member States, SAT-based training is the accepted standard for training of NPP personnel. Appendix IV provides an example of one NPP’s training records and information network and Appendix XVIII describes another NPP’s training programme for newly-hired personnel. Appendix XXV describes China’s national nuclear education initiative. References [11, 12 and 13] are some of the IAEA publications regarding SAT-based training. The bibliography provides a comprehensive listing of IAEA publications related to this topic.
- Continuing training, including just-in-time training (JIT) ensures that plant personnel maintain their job-specific knowledge and skills. Reference  provides examples of how such simulators are used to meet job-specific training needs for control room personnel. Appendices XV–XVII describe knowledge dissemination programmes designed to complement the continuing training of organizational staff. Appendix XXXII provides an innovative example of how one NPP operating organization periodically conducts unannounced assessments of the job-specific knowledge and skills of its personnel.
- Training materials and examinations are current, accurate, and of high quality. Reference  provides examples of methods used by some NPP operating organizations to develop high quality, SAT-based training materials. An IAEA TECDOC on the development and use of competency-based tests for nuclear industry personnel has been approved for publication and should be in print in 2006.
- Contractor personnel involved in plant activities and assigned to work independently perform to the same standards as the plant staff and are verified to have the specialized skills and training appropriate to the tasks they perform. Responsibilities are established for oversight of contractor personnel who work independently. Reference  provides examples of methods that NPP operating organizations in Member States have used to address this need.
 INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, Recruitment, Qualification and Training of Personnel for Nuclear Power Plants Safety Guide, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-2.8, IAEA, Vienna (2002).
 INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, Nuclear Power Plant Personnel Training and its Evaluation A Guidebook, IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 380, IAEA, Vienna (1996).
 INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, Experience in the Use of Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) for Nuclear Power Plant Personnel, IAEA-TECDOC-1057, IAEA, Vienna (1998).
 INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, Use of Control Room Simulators for Training of Nuclear Power Plant Personnel, IAEA-TECDOC-1411, IAEA, Vienna (2004).
 INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, Managing Change in Nuclear Utilities, IAEA-TECDOC-1226, IAEA, Vienna (2001).