Reed Research Reactor

A Forty-Hour Course at The Reed Research Reactor

Radiation Safety Officer Training
Next Class: May 26th to 29th, 2020

COVID-19 update: due to current quarantine measures in Oregon, this course will now be held online. Physical materials are not available for this year's course, but electronic copies of all course materials will be made available to participants. Because this class is being offered online, we have reduced the price of the course from $1500 to $1000. 

Course Goal Course Content
Who Should Attend?
Course Materials
Registration Directions & Hotels
Reed College Reactor has been offering this class every year since 1996.

Course Goal

This course is designed to provide the technical and practical knowledge to prepare someone to be a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). While documentation and regulation are covered, the emphasis is on the practical skills necessary to properly perform the duties of RSO. The course concludes with a final exam.
This course is designed to meet the 40 hour requirements of 10CFR33.15(b)(2).

Some classes are math based, and a scientific calculator is strongly recommended.

All students receive an electronic copy of the lecture notes, and may purchase printed copies of all lecture notes, a scientific calendar and a chart of the nuclides during registration.

Course Content

Tentative RSO Course Schedule:

If you cannot view the 2016 RSO class schedule, please email for a copy.

The course lasts 1 week, Monday to Friday.
Each day runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Who Should Attend?

Radiation Safety Officers, Assistant Radiation Safety Officers, and others who work with radioactive materials

Course Materials


  • Electronic course manual
  • Lecture slides and recorded lectures
  • Videos of hands-on labs
  • Course Certificate (upon passing the final exam)

Available for Purchase:

  • Printed Course Manual
  • Scientific Calculator:
  • A copy of The Chart of the Nuclides


You are invited to register using the RSO Course Registration Form

Registration Fee (includes electronic course materials): $1500 $1000
Printed Course Materials: $50
Chart of Nuclides book: $35
Scientific Calculator: $15

Directions and Hotel Information

Directions to Reed College can be found at Getting to Reed.

Information about hotels near Reed College is available at the Admissions Page.