RPA 2000 was set up in 2000 as a non profit making company, limited by guarantee, for certifying competence in radiation protection practice. It was established by four Professional Societies, namely the Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO), the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) and the Institute of Radiation Protection (IRP), which has since been incorporated into the Society for Radiological Protection.
RPA 2000 currently operates four Competence Certification Schemes to assess the competence of:
- Persons wishing to act as a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) under IRR17.
- Persons wishing to act as a Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) under the Care Standards Act 2000.
- Persons wishing to act as an Ionising Radiations Instrumentation Specialist (IRIS).
- Persons wishing to act as a Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) under an Environmental Permitting Scheme.
Successful applicants are awarded the appropriate Certificate of Competence, which is valid for a period of five years and which can be renewed.