Nuclear Professional Development Seminar

2018 Dates

NPDS 2018-1 
April 8 to 27, 2018

NPDS 2018-2
June 10 to 29, 2018

NPDS 2018-3
October 21 to November 9, 2018

​NPDS is currently hosted at Briar's Inn, Jackson Point, Ontario​.

Registration

Information about nominations for NPDS can be found on the registration form below.

Click here to register for NPDS. 

For more information, please contact:

Jilliane De La Cruz
Training Coordinator
416-595-1888 x5162
Jilliane.DeLaCruz@CANDU.org

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​Nuclear Professionals Development Seminar (NPDS)

Overview

The Nuclear Professional Development Seminar (NPDS) is a three-week course for senior plant staff (second or third-level managers from all disciplines) to benchmark and learn best practices in leadership and management. Through case studies and industry experience, attendees review management issues and solve real problems encountered in nuclear plants. Limited class size allows participants to maximize discussions and participate on an individual level. They are offered ongoing support and mentorship from industry leaders along with their in-class learning and visits to high-performing nuclear stations.

The four principle objectives of NPDS are:

  1. To establish clear and well-understood standards for senior plant staff conduct
  2. To enhance the ability of senior plant personnel to identify, analyze and solve management problems encountered in nuclear plants
  3. To strengthen lesson transfer between nuclear sites
  4. To provide ongoing support for key plant staff through mentoring practices
NPDS instructors

NPDS is delivered by subject-matter experts with specialized skills in program organization and facilitation. The facilitators ensure team dynamics, exercises and case study scenarios are relevant, timely for the nuclear industry and provide maximum learning opportunity. Each class is supported by senior industry mentors who provide guidance and coaching to participants while helping them solve real industry challenges. Classroom interaction is continuously encouraged to allow peers to learn from one another.

Course content

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Week 1: Classroom training

  • Leadership concepts
  • Standards of performance in the nuclear industry
  • Human performance
  • Cross-functional working relationships
  • Leadership styles
  • Safety culture
  • Human behaviour
  • Problem solving

​Week 2: Site visits 

Participants are invited to tour a leading nuclear power utility to observe leadership in action. The visit to the site includes the opportunity to​: 

  • ​Observe leadership and management practices
  • ​Observe other ways of doing business
  • ​​Establish contacts and exchange information
  • ​​Benchmark against best practices in the nuclear industry
  • ​​Take insights back to home stations

​Week 3: Action planning

  • Review of site visits
  • Work/life balance
  • Managing priorities/relationships
  • Success sharing
  • Communications
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Action planning​​