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NNSA NAP-24A Training

Designed for NNSA Personnel and Contractors, this newly-developed program takes the mystery out of the NAP-24A standard!  Get your weapons quality program up to speed with the latest DOE and NNSA requirements! 

J-E-T-S offers two NAP-24A programs - one to learn the NAP-24A standard, and the other for auditors/lead auditors: 

NAP-24A Indoctrination Training will be a fast-paced two days, providing knowledge to understand the requirements and implementation of NAP-24A, and how it fits together with DOE O414.1 and NQA-1.  Through workshops, discussion, realistic exercises, and examples, J-E-T-S leads attendees through an interesting review of the background behind nuclear quality standards including QC-1, 10CFR50 Appendix B, 10CFR830.120-122, and DOE O414.1D.  Also covered is a review of the development of NNSA weapons quality standards, from QC-1 to the current NAP-24A.  Realistic application exercises reinforce use and understanding of applicable standards and requirements, and how NQA-1 differs from NAP-24A and DOE O414.1D.  This 2-day program really helps management, technical, and quality personnel understand how NAP-24A fits into their program!  The fee for on-site presentation for up to 16 attending is $8850, plus instructor travel/expense.

 

NAP-024A & NQA-1 Lead Auditor/Assessor Training is a four-day program, providing knowledge and skills needed to successfully fulfill the Assessor’s duties and objectives, consistent with NQA-1, NAP-24, and other DOE requirements.  Through workshops, discussion, realistic exercises, video playback, and examples, the following topics are covered:

1.A.  QA Fundamentals:  An interesting review of the background behind nuclear quality standards including 10CFR50 Appendix B, 10CFR830.120-122, and DOE O414.1D.  Also covered is a review of the development of NNSA weapons quality standards, from QC-1 to the current NAP-24A.  Realistic application exercises reinforce use and understanding of applicable standards and requirements, and how NQA-1 differs from NAP-24A and DOE O414.1D.

1.B   Assessor Responsibilities:  Following the fundamentals, the purpose, objectives, roles, responsibilities, and challenges related to assessments are discussed.  Attendees review role and responsibility examples to ensure understanding.  DOE requirements for Management Assessment and Independent Assessment are included.  Limits of assessments are presented, along with examples and challenges to situations that Assessors and Lead Assessors may face during assessments. 

1.C.  Performance-Based Assessment:  Concepts and methods of performance-based assessment are discussed, with NRC and DOE expectations for identifying risk significant issues, and understanding ties between compliance, performance, and management system effectiveness.

1.D.  The POURä Process for Assessments:  J-E-T-S proven and effective four-step POUR™ process for assessments (Plan-Observe-Understand-Report) is introduced.  Training builds on and follows this model, emphasizing the Assessor/management (Assessment customer) relationship.

2.       Assessment Planning:  The following are covered through discussion and exercises:

2.A.  Defining Assessment Purpose and Scope, including coordinating with assessed organizations and making assessments more value-added

2.B.  Assessment Planning Process/Schedule; ensuring planning results in useful feedback

2.C.  Assessment Planning Inputs and References; using best resources, including the Internet

2.D.  Selecting Activities to Evaluate; optimizing Assessment performance during planning

2.E.   Prioritizing Assessment Activities; using the best verification method to suit the activity

2.F.   Sampling and Sample Sizes; selecting when and how statistical sampling is used

2.G.  Selecting Personnel for Assessment; understanding human factors and their effects

2.H.  Attributes of Good Assessors; selecting and leading assessors to fit assessment activities

2.I.    Preparing Checklists; developing plans ensuring adequate and consistent assessment  

3.  Observation, Data Gathering:  Through discussion, video examples, and exercises, the following aspects of collecting data during assessments are presented:

3.A.  Methods of data collection (observation, interviewing, document review)

3.B.  Advantages/limitations of data collection methods; knowing what to use and when

3.C.  Performing Observations; gathering adequate data without process interruption

3.D.  Performing Interviews; getting the needed information from typical personnel

3.E.   Suspect/Counterfeit Parts; recognizing S/C parts and how to prevent their use

3.F.   Performing Document Reviews; knowing what to look for in reviews

3.G.  Objective Evidence and Notetaking; developing written objective evidence

3.H.  Completing Checklists; knowing what is needed; avoiding common errors

 

4.  Understanding & Analyzing Assessment Data: 

4.A.  Problems versus indicators; understanding the difference and importance of follow-up 

4.B.  Determining impact and significance; knowing “so what” and “how big”

4.C.  Handling out-of-scope problems; dealing effectively with unexpected issues

 

5.      Reporting Assessment Results: 

5.A.  Problem statements; preparing statements that clearly define problems and significance

5.B.  Recommendations; presenting improvement opportunities that get implemented

5.C.  Strengths; understanding, recognizing, and presenting noteworthy practices

5.D.  Summaries; preparing effectiveness statements that are useful to management

5.E.   Assessment Report Writing; lessons learned to avoid common report writing errors

5.F.   Verbal Reports; making presentations to ensure understanding; preventing surprises

6.  Personnel Qualification & Certification: 

6.A.  Assessor and Lead Assessor Certification: understanding applicable standard requirements and determining individual needs for qualification   

6.B.  Training of Assessment Team; including Assessment team members, Lead Assessors, technical specialists, and management representatives.

Testing Option

J-E-T-S can prepare and administer an examination meeting the requirements from NQA-1.  Using our protected exam database, a documented, multiple-choice exam is developed, proctored, and graded for each attendee.  J-E-T-S grades the exams and reviews results with attendees.  Original graded exams are left with the client for record keeping and use in providing objective evidence to support Lead Auditor/Assessor certification.  Required passing score for the exam is 80%, and only those who successfully pass the exam receive a certificate stating they fulfilled the Lead Auditor training requirements from NQA-1.  The exam option adds $500 to the basic program fee. 

Class Size, Quality, Fees, Reservations

J-E-T-S provides all necessary materials, handouts, and instruction needed for presenting the four-day NQA-1/NAP-24 Lead Assessor Training.  All personnel successfully completing this training will also receive a customized completion certificate with 3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit.  Class size should be limited to 12 or less for each presentation. 

Fees and Scheduling 

The fee for this four-day program is $17800, plus approved instructor travel expenses for up to 16 attending.  Add $500 for the custom-developed exam from our protected question bank.

Call now for details or to schedule!  (704) 987-9858   

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