Markowski, Raymond S. (1989, ASQC) GPU Nuclear Corp., Parsippany, NJ
A Profession is sustained by those who practice the profession. Societies of such practitioners nurture and maintain the profession. Minimum levels of competence are defined; certification processes are implemented to demonstrate that a level of competence has been achieved; continuing education is required to foster further professional development.
The Education and Training Committee of the Energy Division of ASQC perceived that a need existed for ASQC to assume a leadership role in nurturing and maintaining the quality professional in the energy industry. To define and focus such a role, the committee initiated action to formulate a national perspective on the support needs of the quality professional in the energy industry. Such support would be energy industry specific educational, training, examination and certification services which could and should be provided by or through ASQC.
The membership of the committee principally represented the nuclear utility sector. Within the nuclear utility sector, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) had been formed to formulate and foster methods and criteria to achieve excellence in the operation of nuclear plants. This pursuit of excellence relied on focusing on improving human performance. This improvement posture was fostered by a training program accreditation process for various jobs associated with the safe operation of nuclear power plants. Guidelines for training inspectors and nondestructive examination technicians have been published. However, the accreditation process has not been initiated or scheduled to date. This apparent delay provides an opportunity for ASQC to assume a role in an industry specific accreditation process on a generic basis.
This paper will describe the organization, methods and current results of the process under way by the Education and Training Committee of the Energy Division of ASQC to formulate a national perspective on and provide for the training, qualification and certification support needs by ASQC of the quality profession in the nuclear power industry. This effort is patterned after the INPO accreditation process.