Technical Training Programme for Radionuclide Station Operators Using RASA Equipment (Participants to be nominated by invited States.)

Technical Training Programme for Radionuclide Station Operators Using RASA Equipment
(Participants to be nominated by invited States.)


Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America

            19-23 April 2010


  • To provide both classroom lectures and hands-on technical training.
  • Lecures will be held in the mornings and hands-on training will follow in the afternoon.
  • The training programme is intended to give a comprehensive exposure to the Radionuclide Aerosol Sampler/Analyzer's (RASA) utility as an automated system that collects environmental aerosols on a filter, which is automatically counted by a high-purity germanium (HPGe) radiation detector.
  • The training programme will be conducted at the General Dynamics training facility, using the RASA system.


Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

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The working language of the training programme will be English.

Point of Contact:

Head, Services and Trainin Unit
Capacity Building and Training Section
International Data Centre Division
Provisional Technical Secretariat
Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive
Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 1200, 1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 26030 6312
Fax: +43 1 26030 5973


Participants Profile:

Station operators of the IMS radionuclide stations equipped with RASA detectors who are directly concerned with the operation, maintenance and repair of such equipment.

Candidates should be proficient in English as the language of the training programme will be English.


Application Procedures:

Nominations together with the registration forms should be submitted only through established official channels (their permanent missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS focal point (please see contact details above) no later than 12 March 2010.

However, pending the official nomination, the participant may fax the registration form upon its approval by a director of the institution or firm, to allow timely travel and accommodation arrangements by the PTS.



A letter of acceptance will be sent to the accepted candidate after his/her official nomination.

No official letter of acceptance will be sent out until the participant's registration form is received by the PTS through the official channels (permanent mission to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministry for Foreign Affairs) .


Registration Form:   MS Word, PDF


Deadline for Application:

The completed registration form must be received by the PTS no later than 12 March 2010.


Financial Information:

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover travel costs.

  • The DSA will be sufficient to cover accommodation and related expenses during the training programme.
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route.
  • Participants may, under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to purchase their tickets locally, but only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS and has been authorized by the PTS in advance.


  • Day 1 will give an overview of the RASA system and the Technical Training Programme;
  • Day 2 will cover RASA operating procedures, software operating interface and associated files, and data communication procedures. Emphasis will be placed on the SSO manual;
  • Day 3 will cover software servers and various menu opetions, control commands and site infrastructure;
  • Day 4 will primarily cover station maintenance;
  • Day 5 will cover station operators' responsibilities and station preparation, with attention on troubleshooting.
  • An open-book, take-home examination will be given to the students, which must be completed and returned to GDAIS in order for students to receive the RASA Operator's certificate.

 Other pertinent information:

(1) The training programme is open only for station operators from invited countries.

(2) Accommodation

The PTS will organize the accommodation for the participants.

Participants will be expected to pay for the hotel out of their DSA that they receive from a representative of the PTS upon their arrival at the training programme venue.

(3) Insurance

All participant shall be covered under the Global Medical Insurance scheme for the PTS trainees and under thirty party liability insurance.

(4) Information on City of Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America.