Health Physics Courses

Objective and target audience

Health Physics courses are meant to train participants for their work as radiation protection expert or officer, corresponding to the demands in Dutch legislation and licences. Others working with ionising radiation may attend these courses to obtain a broader and deeper knowledge of the subject.


Radiation protection education in the Netherlands is divided in several expert levels. The system and naming of these levels is under change at the moment. You can find the minimally required learning objectives in the Uitvoeringsregeling Stralingsbescherming EZ.

At this moment, NCSV offers the following radiation protection courses:

Health Physics expert level 5 A/B

This introductory course to radiation protection is necessary in many situations to work with ionising radiation. The 5A course is meant for those working with X-ray equipment and/or encapsulated sources, the 5B course for those working with open sources of radioactivity. The courses are designed for supervisors of simple radiation applications with a limited risk.  Several varieties of the course are offered for different education levels.

Health Physics expert level 4 A/B

These courses give a broad theoretical and practical base in radiation protection, meant for supervisors in slightly more complex situations (more than 10 sources and applications, higher risk). At this moment, the course is also required for many (medical and technical) job functions. The division in a 4A and 4B course is equal to the level 5 courses. The starting point of a standard level 4 course is a higher vocational education level in a technical, medical or scientific subject.

Health Physics for Coordination Experts (Health Physics expert level 3)

This course brings participants up to the level of allround radiation protection experts, who may function as a coordination expert in a facility. Both the depth of the theoretical basis and the understanding of problems in practical situations is more elaborated than in the level 4 courses. The diploma is required for coordinating radiation experts, but also experts in radionuclide laboratories, medical clinical physicists and doctors of nuclear medicine need the diploma for their work. The expected starting point is either a university or higher vocational education level in a technical, medical or scientific subject

Health Physics for Radiation Protection Experts (Health Physics expert level 2)

The highest level of radiation protection education is meant for general coordinating radiation protection experts in complex licence facilities. Also nuclear inspectors, policy makers and radiation protection coordinators are part of the target audience. It is a post-doctoral course of 1 year in which not only the theoretical and practical aspects of radiation protection are dealt with, but also management issues and communication to the society. The course is organised once every 5 years, together with the Boerhaave Instituut, part of LUMC, in Leiden. Required education level is a university or higher vocational education, Health Physics expert level 3 and several years of experience in the field.

Course setup

All courses comprise theory parts and a practical part. Following the lectures is not obligatory, but participation in all practical work and discussion groups is required for the diploma. It is necessary to study at home and practice with exam problems. The time needed for home study depends strongly on the course, your prior education level and experience in the field. When you pass the exam with good results, you will obtain a diploma. We do not offer certificates of attendance of these courses when you do not pass the exam.

Course locations

The courses are organised in both NCSV locations: the Reactor Institute Delft on the campus of TU Delft and the Ornstein Laboratory on campus De Uithof in Utrecht. You can also request for an in-company course. Look at the page Tailor-made courses for more information.