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Why Attend the Facility Decommissioning Training Course

Why spend travel dollars to attend and be away from the office to attend one of these sessions? Can’t I just self study or do a webcast?

Because this is simply the best continuing education move you will ever make at a reasonable price…

  • Cross-cutting knowledge in one place
    Because there is no centralized font of cross-cutting knowledge on nuclear facility and site decommissioning – in fact this information is scattered about among various locations and references in the industry. The training course serves to pull those resources together in one place, presented by seasoned presenters and staff to get the attendee up to speed quickly’ on what each step in the process entails.
  • Training as the key to success
    It is interesting to note that when employees and management of the FORTUNE Top 100 Best Companies to Work For” were asked the main reasons that they were an employer of choice, they replied - the opportunity to access training and other individual development opportunities - was one of the key factors that kept them (and their firms) competitive and prosperous.
  • Effective approach to decommissioning for both the licensee and the D&D service provider
    The person in charge of a Decommissioning project within a Company or Organization has the responsibility of keeping her/his knowledge of the process current and effective. So does the service provider which needs to know what decommissioning actually entails and being competent in offering all aspects of D&D services to licensees as well.
    Attending the Argonne Decommissiong Training Course will help you - the responsible licensee and/or the D&D service provider – in:
    • Understanding what the credentials should be to overview a decommissioning project;
    • Quickly picking out and tackling the fundamental aspects of the decommissioning process, reducing to zero the time lost chasing irrelevant details for the job; and
    • Building a set of long-lasting job skills translating in harvesting returns from your initial investment for the Training Course across many future decommissioning projects.
  • A unique opportunity to learn, share and network
    The education provided - plus the networking opportunities - are unlikely to be found at any other training course.
  • Learn from the best in the field
    Our TC staff are recognized as some of the best in the industry with a deep understanding of the do’s and do not’s in the process.
  • Excellent value for buck
    Top-notch training from industry leaders at a reasonable and affordable price - what’s not to like? Why settle for a second rate experience?
  • Get information you can put to work right away
    Throughout each day subject after subject give attendees ideas of things to do or to investigate further after they get back to their offices.
  • Advance Your Career
    This is your chance to further enhance your knowledge, open opportunities for new career moves, be taught by the cream of the crop, challenge yourself, and become part of an elite group of trained staff. Come prepared to learn; we will come prepared to teach.
  • Broaden your views
    Being away from the office gives you the time to sharpen your saw’ for future career endeavors.
  • Connect with your peers
    The interaction opportunities with colleagues working for other companies/organizations; hearing other experiences, face-to-face networking with other professionals are all a valuable part of a live training session. See examples of the feedback we receive.
  • Discover
    In addition, where possible, site visits to project sites will augment and further enhance the training process.
  • Valuable Knowledge Transfer
    Of course, you could surf the Web to look for the same type of information. However - you could easily consume several weeks or more and certainly you won’t collect as many key insights as you’ll gain in a focussed, intense four-day training course lead by subject matter experts who have been there and done that”. Reading random articles from industry publications and attending technical meetings or from various random and blind search queries doesn’t offer you anywhere near the same learning effect as a planned progression of lessons (and eventually site visits) granting the right importance and weight to different aspects of decommissioning.
    That’s why it’s best to soak up this opportunity for all its worth!

Keywords to Knowledge

Below is a collection of remarks from various authoritative sources that best outline why Keywords to Knowledge are important and why they should matter.

Best Practices

The best practices should be left to share. I’m going to talk about today some things that I’m concerned with. I think it’s very important for me to bring out these best practices because the things that we find at a site in Michigan may be very useful for a site in Connecticut and otherwise.”

– Remarks of NRC Commissioner Jeffrey Merrifield at the NRC Decommissioning Workshop held in Rockville, MD, April, 2005

Best Available Information | Best Professional and Industrial Practices | Lessons Learned

The Office of Environmental Management (EM) expects all individuals performing EM work to make decisions and execute their work based on the best available information. Managers at all levels of EM and throughout the contractor community are expected to ensure that decision making is founded on the best professional and industrial practices currently available. All professional, technical and craft personnel are expected to plan and execute their work based on best available practices. Through their work experiences all personnel are expected to identify opportunities for improvement and best practices and share these with their local and professional colleagues, the broader DOE community, and other federal agencies and contractors.

The purpose of lessons learned is to share and use knowledge derived from experience to: 1) promote the recurrence of desirable outcomes, or 2) preclude the recurrence of undesirable outcomes. ”

– From the USDOE-EM website page, Website accessed 2-21-07


The parties must take the time to educate each other on the technical and policy issues underlying the cleanup…”

– From Politics of Cleanup” a report by the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA)

Highly qualified | Technically proficient management team | High performing organization | Career oriented workforce | Knowledge of technical issues

Our desire is that at Headquarters and each site, our key acquisition and technical personnel have knowledge of technical issues, project management, and business management at an equivalent level of expertise as their contractor counterparts to promote meaningful, cogent dialogue on substantive issues. Our job as a federal agency is management and oversight, to be responsible stewards of the public’s trust and resources. Therefore, we must have a highly qualified and technically proficient management team and staff. My aim is to have a high performing organization, sustained by a career oriented workforce, driven to produce results that are important now and into the future…”

– Statement of James A. Rispoli, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, March 1, 2006


Safety is our top EM priority. EM ensures its workers have the experience, expertise, and training needed to perform each of their tasks safely.…”

– From the video The EM Story”, US DOE, May 2008 - Office of Environmental Management (EM) Website