Jeffrey J. Dovyak
Hamid Reza Khosravi
The CRPA(R) designation is the highest level of competency recognized by the CRPA at the Canadian level. The attainment of the designation by a Registered Radiation Safety Professional (RRSP) is determined by: academic achievement, experience in the radiation field and successful completion of an exam based on identified core competencies, which is administered by the CRPA. Retaining the designation requires continuing education and professional development monitored through a maintenance of registration program. The purpose of the designation is to ensure that a regulator, employer or member of the public can have confidence in the qualifications of a RRSP with the CRPA (R) credential.
Key examples of the benefit of the CRPA (R) designation:
- Members of the media looking for experts in a field to comment on current happenings, that are affecting society locally or over the world, would consider the designation as a way to confirm that an individual may be qualified to speak on a radiation subject.
- An RSP might use the designation as a way to convince an employer of their ability to be the competent person for the job, for example, the radiation safety officer, RSO.
- Educational institutions looking for someone to be part of curriculum delivery might recognize the designation as a suitable credential for teaching radiation content.
Download a copy of the CRPA(R) Recruitment Flyer.
In 2003, CRPA approved the establishment of a professional certification system for Radiation Safety Professionals. Initially CRPA planned to create many levels of competency with only the last level being called Certification. In 2009 during a general meeting of CRPA(R)s held in Montreal it was decided to abandon the project of a second level of registration and to give formal recognition to our registered professionals who since then have been designated as Registered Radiation Safety Professionals (RRSP).
The Radiation Safety Competency Profile was approved in principle at the Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2003 held in Kananaskis, Alberta. This profile reflects the Core Level Competencies that will define the process for developing the content of a registration examination as well as criteria to be used in the process of evaluating professional training programs in the area of radiation safety. It is not meant to be a specific description of what you do at your specific job, but rather is intended to represent the basic competencies common to Radiation Safety Officers in any job.
The Registration Process is explained in detail in the CRPA Professional Registration Process document.
Those wishing to write the CRPA registration exam must complete the recognition application. A non-refundable application fee of $50 CDN is payable to the Canadian Radiation Protection Association. This fee is for the review process and is separate from any registration exam fees.
The examination fee is $250 CDN payable to the Canadian Radiation Protection Association.
The Curriculum Guide can be used when developing course material to meet the competency requirements
Maintenance of Registration:
Once you have received registration with the Canadian Radiation Protection Association, it is mandatory to meet the established criteria for maintenance of that registration.
Submit documented evidence upon renewal of CRPA membership that a total of 25 points have been obtained from the listed categories.
The category areas are suggested guidelines and members are encouraged to submit any professional or service contributions that relate to radiation safety. This will allow the maintenance of registration to expand to meet the changing radiation safety profession.
Determination of the credit point value and acceptance of credit points rests with the Examination Committee and all decisions are final.
It is the responsibility of the CRPA(R) or professional to record their points and have verification proof of completion for audit purposes.
The CRPA examination committee will audit the submitted credit summary reviews on a random basis. When the candidate is contacted for an audit they are required to submit the documents that verify their point credits.
Maintenance of Registration Review Fee: A fee of $100.00 CDN is due every three years at the time of review submission. This amount is payable to the Canadian Radiation Protection Association.