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Refresher Course in "Radiation Protection" (held in German)

Updating specialist radiation protection knowledge every 5 years

Germany's Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV) came into force on 1 August 2001, followed by significant changes to the German X-ray Ordinance (RöV) on 1 July 2002. These changes also concern "specialist radiation protection knowledge" (cf. § 30 para. 2 of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV) and § 18a para. 2 of Germany's X-ray Ordinance (RöV)):

"Specialist radiation protection knowledge needs to be refreshed at least every five years in the form of successful participation in a course recognized by the respective authorities as a suitable further training option. [....]"

Target group

Anyone who requires "specialist radiation protection knowledge" as per Germany's Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV) or X-ray Ordinance (RöV) due to their official work with ionising radiation (for example radiation protection officer) must update their specialist knowledge at regular intervals of five years. This ruling applies in the technical, medical and scientific arenas. The Refresher Course in Radiation Protection offered by the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern is aimed at scientists, engineers, technicians, physicians, medical physics experts and medical-technical assistance staff (although not doctors' assistants) that fall within the scope of the legislation stipulating that they must update their specialist knowledge.

The course is held entirely in German.


The state-recognized "Refresher course in Radiation Protection" at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern offers those required by law to update their specialist knowledge the opportunity to take a distance learning course, which in turn allows them to largely be independent of specific appointments and event venues.

Schedule and organization

The course can be started at any time, and participants can then attend any one of the examination dates offered within one year of this date (there are generally four different dates offered within any given year). The course is made up of a distance learning text (which can be made available at any time) and a 45-minute written multiple-choice examination. A one-hour personal tutorial is offered directly prior to the examination. Alternatively, an online tutorial (internet-based) can also be attended. This is always set up 2 weeks prior to the next examination date and remains accessible to all course participants right up to the actual examination.

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On campus events

Course dates 2019

Course 1

Personal tutorial (TUK) 22 February (5 pm - 6 pm)
Online tutorial 11 February  - 21 February
Examination at TUK 22 February (6 pm - 6.45 pm)

 Course 2

Personal tutorial (TUK) 14 June  (5 pm - 6 pm)
Online tutorial 03 June - 13 June
Examination at TUK 14 June (6 pm - 6.45 pm)

 Course 3

Personal tutorial (TUK) 27 September (5 pm - 6 pm)
Online tutorial 16 September - 26 September
Examination at TUK 27 September (6 pm - 6.45 pm)

 Course 4

Personal tutorial (TUK) 06 December (5 pm - 6 pm)
Online tutorial 25 November - 05 December
Examination at TUK 06 December (6 pm - 6.45 pm)

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Program content

  • Basic physical principles
  • Radiation protection legislation
  • Radiation protection measurement technology
  • Natural and civilisation-based human radiation exposure
  • Radiobiology
  • Medical examinations
  • Practical effects of Germany's Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV)
    and X-ray Ordinance (RöV)
  • Practical radiation protection
  • Waste disposal and monitoring the radioactivity of both air and water
  • Radionuclide laboratories, contamination and decontamination
  • Risk assessment
  • Radiation protection in the field of medicine

Please be aware that the course is aimed explicitly at those with professional experience in this field. The contents listed above will therefore be processed quickly with key focuses. Please also note that the above list of learning content represents a general overview. As such, not all professional groups attending the course will need to cover all of these topics.

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  • Dipl.-Ing. Harry Fluhr
    State Authority for Environmental Protection and Trade Control (Landesamt für Umweltschutz und Gewerbeaufsicht), Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Dipl.-Chem. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Franz
    Radiation Protection Office, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
  • Dr. rer. nat. Horst Keller
    Institute of Nuclear Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
  • Dipl.-Phys. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Krischel
    Structural and Approval Directorate South, Neustadt a. d. W.
  • Dipl.-Phys. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Meier 
    Structural and Approval Directorate South, Neustadt a. d. W.
  • Dipl.-Biol. Dr. rer. nat. Torsten Möhlmann
    Biology Department, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Gerhard Schmitt
    Structural and Approval Directorate South, Neustadt a. d. W.
  • Dr. med. Bettina Schoefer
    Hospital of Radiation Oncology, Klinikum Ludwigshafen gGmbH
  • Dipl.-Phys. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Schröder
    Physics Department, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (lead author)
  • Dipl.-Phys. Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Jochen Foth
    Physics Department, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Dr. med. Antonia Viertel
    Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

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The refresher course concludes with a 45-minute, written multiple-choice examination. To help them prepare for the examination, course participants are sent a comprehensive range of practice questions.

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The Refresher Course in Radiation Protection offered by the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern currently costs 98 Euro (concessions 69 Euro).

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You can register for the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern's Refresher Course in Radiation Protection at any time. Please use the registration form, which can be downloaded as a PDF file, for all applications. Following written confirmation of your registration by the DISC, you have one year in which to attend one of the examination dates offered in this time period. You are free to choose which examination you wish to attend within this time period (generally four dates per year).

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