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Important Note for Students Attending Training at the NTC Campus
Effective immediately, all visitors to Kirtland Air Force Base must have one of the following credentials: an HSPD-12 badge enrolled in the Defense Biometric Identification Data System (DBIDS), a DBID...Read More
Updated Enrollment and Student Policies
New and revised policies on student conduct and enrollment in NTC courses have been posted in the Student Information section of the NTC web site. The following new policies have been ad...Read More
Instructor and Course Developer Certification
DOE NTC is pleased to announce their Safety and Security Instructor and Course Developer Certification program beginning May 1, 2013. The Instructor and Course Developer Certification program offers t...Read More
HSS Powerpedia
A link to the HSS Powerpedia page can now be found in the "Featured Links" section of the NTC website's front page.Read More
Safety Conscious Work Environment (SCWE)
The Department of Energy is committed to a strong and sustained safety culture, including a Safety Conscious Work Environment (SCWE). A SCWE is a work environment in which employees feel free to raise...Read More

About the NTC

Through the NTC (HS-70), HSS performs the mission-critical support function of developing, maintaining, and delivering standardized health, safety, safeguards, security, and protective force training for DOE and NNSA Federal and contractor employees. The NTC is a direct report organizational element of HSS.

The NTC’s leadership ensures that its training programs promote a technically capable, security- and safety-oriented DOE workforce by developing courses based on current methods, orders, and directives. When policy changes, NTC training focuses on communicating the reasoning behind the changes.

One priority of the NTC is to develop training on issues that challenge students to make difficult decisions and take specific courses of action. For example, Safety Training courses incorporate complex, DOE-specific case studies, encouraging the sharing of ideas and experience among students. This experientially based training, together with instruction by recognized subject matter experts, supports student learning and retention and encourages active contribution both in the classroom and at the workplace. Such training reinforces analysis-based learning objectives to ensure that students are able to achieve DOE’s technical qualification standards and functional area qualification standards.

The NTC recognizes that quality training programs are essential to support the protection of critical Departmental assets, national security, and the environment, as well as the health and safety of the workforce and the public. By providing value-added support through its Site Certification and Training Approval Programs, the NTC enables sites to deliver NTC and site-based training programs necessary to support optimal site performance.

A second goal is to ensure that the greatest number of students are served at the lowest cost. To this end, a variety of training delivery methods are available to both Federal and contractor employees. These include classroom-based training, site-specific applied practice and performance-based field training, eLearning, and blended learning (a combination of training delivery methods). Classroom-based training at the NTC is enhanced by a variety of new technologies, including smart whiteboards that enable touch-screen interaction with network resources, thin client technology that allows hands-on student involvement, and remote videoconferencing that facilitates off-site participation.

The NTC’s Learning Management System (LMS) is the central location for access to all NTC training. Student enrollment for classroom-based courses is managed through the LMS, and Web-based training, such as eLearning and interactive distance learning programs, are available to DOE Federal and contractor employees through the LMS. (Note that Federal employees must first obtain authorization for training using DOE’s CHRIS system.) Web-based training is typically used for DOE-wide instruction such as security awareness, protection of classified material, sexual harassment and diversity awareness, and government ethics training, and can also be used to administer required site-specific training.

Finally, the NTC is collaborating with other Federal entitites to establish a safety training clearinghouse that takes advantage of existing training delivered by DOE sites, vendors, and academia.