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PD635 - ASME NQA-1 Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications

PD635 - ASME NQA-1 Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications

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Portland, OR, USA
Apr 8, 2019 - Apr 10, 2019




Length: 3 days    CEUs: 2.30    PDHs: 23.00

This course provides an overall understanding of the basic principles and applications of ASME Nuclear Quality Assurance.  Managers, engineers, and program developers who take this 3-day course gain an enhanced understanding of ASME as an organization, its codes and standards, and the ASME Nuclear Quality Assurance code and standard NQA-1 as it is applied to nuclear facilities.

In addition to covering the NQA-1 Standard, it also provides a brief overview of sections of Section III Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components of the B&PV Code as they apply ASME NQA-1for their quality assurance standard for new construction of nuclear facilities and plant modifications.

This is an intermediate level course for engineers, managers and quality personnel who are, or will be, directly or indirectly involved in manufacturing, fabrication and examination of components or structures for nuclear power facilities. Participants should have at least one year of experience in the design, construction, and operation of, or have a supporting-supplier role for, nuclear power facilities and their components.

Participants will receive a copy of the ASME NQA-1 Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications (QA) codebook and the Participant Workbook.

You Will Learn To
 - Explain the purpose of the NQA-1 Standard and its role in nuclear construction and operation
 - Describe the 18 criteria basis of the NQA-1 Standard contained in Part 1
 - Describe the organization of the NQA-1 Standard and the major topics (or activities) covered in the Standard
 - Explain the differences between Part 1, 2, 3, and 4

Please click HERE to view the course outline.

Who Should Attend
Design, process, and quality engineers; managers, management program developers, and project managers; licensing and procurement personnel; regulators; and students and university personnel

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This course is also available as an online, instructor-supported course, EL520, taught by this  instructor.

  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD635
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


William K. (Ken) Sowder, PhD., is a Senior Consultant to the nuclear industry. He works with manufacturers and suppliers to develop management systems, which meet requirements of codes and standards such as ASME NQA-1-2008, ISO 9001:2008 and IAEA GS-R-3. Dr. Sowder worked for the ITER Project on-site in France from 2004-2007, as Responsible Officer & Division Head for ITER Quality Assurance, and from 2008-2009, as Expert Contractor reporting to the ITER’s Director General and Deputy Director General of Safety and Security. Dr. Sowder helped to develop the ITER interfaces with international organizations such as IAEA, JSME and ISO. In addition, he works with code and standard writing organizations (SO) such as ASME, JSME and IAEA. He is a member of Section III Committees, NQA-1 Committees, the ISO 9001 TC 176 US TAG and is an ASME BNCS member.

Dirk Kölbl, Ph.D., is an Authorized Nuclear Inspector Supervisor, and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from RWTH Aachen. He began his career as an engineer in research of rock mechanics and support technology, and changed his focus to the inspection field in 1994. Dr. Kölbl qualified as an Inspector with the State of Maryland in 1995, followed by AI, ANI, AIS and ANIS in annually.

Dr. Kölbl is now managing the ASME Code activities of the ASME accredited AIA TÜV Thüringen e.V. and has been contributing to the preparation of Nuclear ASME Certification of many companies in Europe. Dr. Kölbl is a member of the German International Working Groups Section III, I and VIII, as well as the European IWG ASME NQA-1. He has been qualified as an NQA-1 Lead Auditor for over 15 years and has over 20 years of experience as an Instructor leading courses on ASME Codes and Standards.
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