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INMA Competencies

INMA-NTM Programme

The International Nuclear Management Academy Nuclear Technology Management (NTM) programme is a framework of 47 Competency Areas categorized into four Aspect Groups. It is expected that at least 80% of these Competency Areas are covered by an INMA endorsed NTM programme.

Aspect Group 1: External Environment

This Aspect Group has 11 competencies related to understanding or managing aspects of a nuclear organization’s external environment such as the political, legal, regulatory, business and societal environments in which nuclear managers operate. Directly or indirectly, the external environment constrains, orients, influences or governs many decisions and actions of a nuclear manager.

  1. Energy production, distribution and markets; 
  2. International nuclear organizations; 
  3. National nuclear technology policy, planning and politics; 
  4. Nuclear standards; 
  5. Nuclear law; 
  6. Business law and contract management;
  7. Intellectual property management; 
  8. Nuclear licensing, licensing basis and regulatory processes; 
  9. Nuclear security; 
  10. Nuclear safeguards; 
  11. Transport of nuclear goods and materials. 

Aspect Group 2: Technology

This Aspect Group has 14 competencies related to the basics of nuclear technology, engineering, and their applications that are involved directly or indirectly in the management of nuclear facilities for power and non-power applications.

  1. NPP and other facility design principles; 
  2. NPP/facility operational systems; 
  3. NPP/facility life management; 
  4. Nuclear facility maintenance processes and programmes; 
  5. Systems engineering for nuclear facilities; 
  6. Nuclear safety principles and analysis; 
  7. Radiological safety and protection; 
  8. Nuclear reactor physics and reactivity management; 
  9. Nuclear fuel cycle technologies; 
  10. Radioactive waste management and disposal; 
  11. Nuclear plant/facility decommissioning; 
  12. Nuclear environmental protection, monitoring and remediation; 
  13. Nuclear R&D and innovation management; 
  14. Applications of nuclear science.

Aspect Group 3: Management

This Aspect Group has 18 competencies related to the challenges and practices of management in the nuclear sector with due consideration of safety, security and economics. 

  1. Nuclear engineering project management; 
  2. Management systems in nuclear organizations; 
  3. Management of employee relations in nuclear organizations; 
  4. Organizational human resource management and development; 
  5. Organizational behaviour; 
  6. Financial management and cost control in nuclear organizations;
  7. Information and records management in nuclear organizations;
  8. Training and human performance management in nuclear organizations; 
  9. Performance monitoring and organization improvement; 
  10. Nuclear quality assurance programmes; 
  11. Procurement and supplier management in nuclear organizations; 
  12. Nuclear safety management, and risk informed decision making; 
  13. Nuclear incident management, emergency planning and response; 
  14. Operating experience feedback and corrective action processes; 
  15. Nuclear security programme management 
  16. Nuclear safety culture; 
  17. Nuclear events and lessons learned; 
  18. Nuclear knowledge management.

Aspect Group 4: Leadership

This Aspect Group has 14 competencies demonstrating that leadership requires vision, strong ethical behaviours, clear foresight and goal setting, commitment to safety and security, good communication skills with all stakeholders, and a professional disposition in all situations. Leaders in nuclear organizations are more effective when they have an understanding of high-level technological competencies, coupled with strong managerial skills. 

  1. Strategic leadership; 
  2. Ethics and values of a high standard; 
  3. Communication strategies for leaders in nuclear organizations;
  4. Leading change in nuclear organizations.