I moved to Canada from another country in 2011 on a work permit tied to a specific employment type. I have a Master’s degree in Chemistry, experience as a CBRN (chem-bio-rad-nuclear) first responder and investigator, experience working at a commercial nuclear facility and was formerly a health physicist for the military. Recently my wife and I were fortunate enough to be granted permanent residency. I am now free to work for anyone in Canada. I’m interested in getting to know people and organizations in this line of work, but have so far struggled. Is this something that I would be able to do if a member of your organization? Am I even eligible? The reason I ask is that I’ve been told many times by prospective employers that they won’t recognize my qualifications as they are not from Canada.

You have come to the right place.  While there are other organizations in Canada whose membership is drawn from specific nuclear industries, such as industrial radiography or the nuclear power industry, the CRPA is a multidisciplinary organization with members from those and many other fields.  Our diverse membership ranges from health physicists and radiation safety officers to diagnostic x-ray technologists, non-ionizing radiation specialists, government regulators and equipment manufacturers and distributors.  Many of us have education and experience similar to your own, including some members from outside Canada.  Given your background and interest in the field of radiation protection, you are certainly eligible to be a member of our organization.  Should you be interested in joining, you can find all of the relevant information under the “Membership – Prospective Members” tab on the CRPA website. Based on your email, we’d suggest you apply for Associate Membership initially.  This will give you full access to the many benefits that the CRPA has to offer.

One of the greatest benefits of the CRPA is the opportunity to network with other radiation safety professionals in Canada.   Members have access to information on upcoming events, job postings, a resume posting service, and training opportunities. You can also reach out to individual members for advice or get in touch with other people with similar backgrounds and interests through our LinkedIn and Facebook pages.   Our annual conference, which is normally held in late May or early June, provides a unique opportunity to meet and share operational experience and research related to radiation safety and to see the latest in radiation safety technology.  Finally, the CRPA also offers a Canadian radiation protection competency certification.

We hope you consider joining our association and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.


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