Explore Our NNSA NAP 401.1 Training

Designed for NNSA Personnel and Contractors, J-E-T-S Quality Consultants has a newly-developed NNSA NAP 401.1 training program that takes the mystery out of this NNSA standard. Get your weapons quality program up to speed with the latest DOE and NNSA requirements. J-E-T-S offers two NAP 401.1 programs. Our first is designed to take an introductory look at the NAP-401.1 standard and the other is for auditors/lead auditors:


What is the NAP 401.1 Standard?

Business team analyzing income chartsNAP-401.1 Indoctrination Training will be a fast-paced two days, providing knowledge to understand the requirements and implementation of NAP 401.1, 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, NAP-24/A, 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 401.1 standard. Realistic application exercises reinforce use and understanding of applicable standards and requirements, and how NQA-1 differs from NAP 401.1 and DOE O414.1D. This 2-day program helps management, technical, and quality personnel understand how NAP 401.1 fits into their program. The fee for on-site or online presentation for up to 12 attending is $8850.00, plus instructor traveling expenses for onsite presentations.

NAP 401.1 & 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 401.1, and other DOE requirements. The fee for this program, including instruction, materials, examination, and certificates, is $16,750.  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 401.1 standards. Realistic application exercises reinforce use and understanding of applicable standards and requirements, and how NQA-1 differs from NAP 401.1 and DOE O414.1D.  The DOE concept of graded approach and its implementation is also presented and discussed.

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 POUR™ Processes 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.

Assessment Planning

During the planning, or “P” phase of the POUR™ processes, the following are covered through discussion and exercises:

2.A. Defining Assessment Purpose and Scope
2.B. Assessment Planning Process/Schedule
2.C. Assessment Planning Inputs and References
2.D. Selecting Activities to Evaluate
2.E. Prioritizing Assessment Activities
2.F. Sampling and Sample Sizes
2.G. Selecting Personnel for Assessment
2.H. Attributes of Good Assessors
2.I. Preparing Checklists

Observation and Data Gathering

During the observation or “O” phase of the POUR™ processes, the following are presented:

3.A. Methods of data collection (observation, interviewing, document review)
3.B. Advantages/limitations of data collection methods
3.C. Performing Observations
3.D. Performing Interviews
3.E. Suspect/Counterfeit Parts
3.F. Performing Document Reviews
3.G. Objective Evidence and Notetaking
3.H. Completing Checklists

Understanding and Analyzing Assessment Data

During the understanding or “U” phase of the POUR™ processes, the following are presented:

4.A. Problems versus Indicators
4.B. Determining Impact and Significance
4.C. Handling Out-of-Scope Problems

Reporting Assessment Results

During the reporting phase or “R” phase of the POUR™ processes, the following are presented:

5.A. Problem Statements
5.B. Recommendations
5.C. Strengths
5.D. Summaries
5.E. Assessment Report Writing
5.F. Verbal Reports

Personnel Qualification and Certification

6.A. Assessor and Lead Assessor Certification
6.B. Training of Assessment Team

Choose Your Testing Option

J-E-T-S can prepare and administer a training examination that meets requirements from NQA-1. Using our protected exam database, we’ll develop a multiple-choice exam for each attendee. We then grade the exams and review results with attendees. Original NNSA NAP-24A training exams are left with the client for record keeping and use in providing objective evidence to support lead auditor or 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.


Ask About Our Class Reservations

Female Student Working On LaptopJ-E-T-S provides all necessary materials, handouts, and instruction needed for presenting the four-day NQA-1/NNSA NAP-24A training. All personnel 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.  This program also meets the requirements in NQA-1 for Lead Auditor training.

The fee for this four-day program is an all-inclusive fee of $17,800.00, including travel/expense for presentation at any NNSA site in the US.  Add $500 for the custom-developed exam from our protected question bank.

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