NQA-1 Nuclear Quality Assurance Lead Auditor Training

NQA-1 (Nuclear Quality Assurance-1) is a regulatory standard created and maintained by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). The current version was released in 2008 (NQA-1-2008), with an addendum in 2009 (NQA-1-2009a). Currently ASME does not provide NQA-1 certification services (as ISO provides for 9001). This means that a company can only be “NQA-1 Compliant” and not “NQA-1 Certified”.

The NQA standard provides requirements that prescribe the extent of controls needed in specific areas of a nuclear quality program (an ASME NQA program).


Early Bird Pricing

4-Day NQA-1 Lead Auditor Training


Who Should Attend

Those who desire to become Certified Lead Auditors per NQA-1 requirements. Quality Assurance professionals who need to implement and maintain a Quality Program that meets NQA-1 requirements. Suppliers of products to the nuclear industry that need to have an NQA-1 compliant program. Management of companies who need to understand the requirements and structure of an NQA-1 Quality Program.


What you will learn

  • Summary and applicability of nuclear related codes and standards
  • Structure requirements of an NQA-1 Quality Program
  • Procedures for performing the audit process from the role of the Lead Auditor
  • Auditing techniques for examining, evaluating, and reporting
  • Working with corrective actions and closing out of audit reports
  • Participation in exercises and case studies to put techniques into practice
  • Written examination to evaluate comprehension of and ability to apply the body of knowledge


This course will satisfy the NQA-1 requirements for training and examination of prospective Lead Auditors. Participation in required number of audits, evaluation of training and experience, and certification is the responsibility of the Certifying Agency. AXEON Inc. will provide the training and testing requirements of NQA-1. The employer will assure participation in the required number of audits and will be the certifying agency that certifies their employees as Lead Auditors.




Day 1

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Codes and Standards
  • Structure of QA Programs


Day 2

  • Auditing Techniques
  • Auditing Process


Day 3

  • Auditing Process (cont.)
  • Group Exercises & Case Studies


Day 4

  • Review
  • Examination
  • Closeout & Class Evaluation


This is a one-and-a-half-day course that addresses the requirements of ASME NQA-1, Subpart 2.14 for Commercial Grade Dedication.  This course also addresses the EPRI guidance on Commercial Grade Dedication and is suitable for companies in the commercial nuclear industry and those companies doing business with the Department of Energy.  This class is suitable for Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Procurement personnel.

Class is subject to minimum participation requirements.