Reed Research Reactor

A Forty-Hour Course at The Reed Research Reactor

Radiation Safety Officer Training
Next Class: June 6th to 10th, 2022

We are planning on holding this year's class in-person at Reed College. The in-person class costs $1500. Digital copies of all the materials will be provided for free. The course may go online if the COVID-19 pandemic situation gets worse in Oregon. 

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 links to free, online versions of the chart of the nuclides and a scientific calculator. It is strongly encouraged that students buy their own phsyical copy of the chart of the nuclides.

Google Drive will be used to access all course materials in the online course. Zoom will be used for the virtual lectures. A gmail account will be required to access the Google Drive, and a Zoom account will be required due to Reed's security settings.

Course Content

Tentative RSO Course Schedule:

RSO Schedule 2021

The course lasts 1 week, Monday to Friday.
Each day runs from 9:00 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)


You are invited to register using the RSO Course Registration Form

Registration Fee (includes electronic course materials): cost TBD (see top)

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.