Industrial Radiography RSO Course

The RSO course at IR, with instruction by David Paynter, is for everyone who is or would like to become a radiation safety officer (RSO) for industrial radiography licenses issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Participants will receive in-depth and comprehensive instruction on the practical and technical elements required to run an effective radiation protection program.

This course meets the RS­­O training and continuing education requirements of the CNSC document entitled REGDOC-1.6.2, Developing and Implementing an Effective Radiation Protection Program for Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Licences.

Main topics for the RSO course include legislative requirements, radiation protection review, radiation safety management systems, operations, and administration.

Detailed Curriculum


  • NSCA Act & Regulations
  • CNSC Regulatory Documents
  • Licence Conditions
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Standard Setting Organizations (CSA, ISO, and IAEA)


  • Structure of Matter
  • Radiation and Radioactivity
  • Quantities and Units
  • Interaction with Matter
  • Biological Effects
  • Detection and Measurement
  • Radiation Protection Principles


  • Defining Needs and Scope
  • Integration with Existing Management Systems
  • Leadership Commitment
  • Training and Qualifications
  • Performance Management
  • Classification of Workers
  • Security
  • Planning & Hazard Assessment
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Internal Communications
  • Record Management
  • Internal Inspections, Audits, and Investigations


  • Licence Applications and Amendments
  • Annual Compliance Reports
  • Dose Measurement and Control
  • Leak Testing and Maintenance Requirements
  • Security for Locations and Trucks
  • Transfers, Imports, Exports.
  • Inventory Management
  • Signs, Barriers, Placards.
  • Permanent and Temporary Storage Locations
  • Bunkers
  • CNSC Inspections and Audits
  • CNSC Enforcement (orders, fines)
  • Backend Administration and Recommended Tools

About the Instructor

The instructor for the Industrial Radiography RSO course at IR is David Paynter, BSc, CRSP, from Paynter Solutions.   Dave has over ten years of experience with radiation safety and regulations, and is a holder of Canadian Registered Safety Professional certification.  Before moving into the private sector in 2013, Dave worked for several years as a CNSC inspector and a Class 7 TDG inspector. He has first-hand experience in a safety role having worked as the RSO for one of the largest industrial radiography licences in Canada from 2013 to 2019.  We are very pleased to be able to bring Dave and the expertise he has to share to IR.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Applicants for the Industrial Radiography RSO course at IR are encouraged to seek funding for the course through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.  If eligible, an employer may receive 70% coverage of training costs for existing employees and 100% of training cost for qualifying new employees.  More information can be found in the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide.  Several other provinces have a similar grant available including British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Grant application services are available through Paynter Solutions, by contacting Lindsay at

Registration for RSO Course