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Ensuring the integrity of DOE’s safety and security performance management systems through training programs that support technical qualifications, standardization, collaboration, and innovation.

The U.S. Department of Energy [DOE] is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest level of excellence in all aspects of health, safety, security, and environmental practices and performance. DOE-wide core safety, security, and environmental training standards directly support Secretarial objectives to ensure the proficiency of a qualified workforce, and to build management excellence of safety and security personnel within DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Training is a key element of DOE’s integrated safety management system geared to support the translation of corporate health, safety, security, and environmental policy into practice.

The FEDERAL TECHNICAL CAPABILITY PROGRAM (FTCP) provides for the recruitment, deployment, development, and retention of Federal personnel with the demonstrated technical capability to safely accomplish the Department's mission and responsibilities. Some activities addressing technical capability functions apply complex-wide; for example, the Department's Policies, Orders, and Standards, which promulgate requirements and guidelines for the administration of technical training.

The TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION PROGRAM featuring Approved Training/Competency-Related Technical Standards, is the driver for training that supports competencies necessary for the safe operation of DOE defense nuclear facilities.

The DOE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER [NTC] develops, maintains, and delivers standardized health, safety, safeguards, security, and protective force training for DOE and NNSA Federal and contractor employees. The NTC's training courses support the Department’s mission-critical efforts to ensure a technically capable, security- and safety-oriented DOE workforce by developing courses based on current methods, orders, and directives.

COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION – DOE strives for continual improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of DOE’s safety and security related programs and performance through integrated, collaborative, and innovation solutions.

  • DOE-Wide Voluntary Training Reciprocity and Collaboration Initiative –  A collaborative effort between DOE line management offices, labor organizations representing DOE workers, DOE contractor organizations, and the NTC, the Reciprocity program provides an opportunity for health and safety training programs to be evaluated and validated for conformance with DOE training requirement elements, and then be recommended for reciprocity throughout DOE. The Reciprocity program has tremendous potential to bring consistency and standardization to health and safety training across DOE, and to improve portability of training for workers who move between contractors and sites.
  • DOE Virtual University - College of Health, Safety and Security – The NTC is a collaborative partner in this DOE-established venue for Departmental elements to share corporate learning, programs, training, and activities across the DOE complex.
  • The NTC's e-Learning Management System supports high-quality eLearning courses available at no cost to students facing reduced training and travel budgets. New highly interactive courses debuted in 2013, including the NTC’s award winning Accident Investigation course.