The following information is relevant for people interested in becoming Industrial Radiography Assistants using radioactive substances or x-rays, or for those people who use industrial radiography gamma and x-ray equipment in the course of their business.


Industrial Radiography Assistants

Although a licence is not required for an Industrial Radiography Assistant, approval is required from the Radiological Council before they may commence practical work as an Assistant. Assistants must receive training from their employer, and must work under the direction and continuous, immediate personal supervision of a licensed industrial radiographer. All radiographic exposures must cease should the licensee be absent even if only temporarily for reasons such as film processing, image quality review, etc.

Applicants for approval as an Industrial Radiography Assistant must pass Council's radiation safety examinations. A letter and certificate are provided as evidence of their approval.

The examinations are based on the examination syllabus [PDF < 100 kb] and Industrial Radiography Assistant training notes [PDF < 100 kb]. Please note the core exam is closed book and the Industrial Radiography Assistant exam is open book. Please contact a Council officer in order to book a time for the examinations and to enquire on the examination fee.


Industrial Radiographer Licensing

Industrial radiography may only be performed by licensed persons or by approved industrial radiography assistants under the direction and immediate personal supervision of a licensed industrial radiographer. To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form for irradiating apparatus [PDF < 100 kb] and/or a licence application form for radioactive substances [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to attend a recognised radiation safety course and pass Council's examination for the use of industrial radiography equipment. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised radiation safety courses. You must also have a minimum 3 months practical experience as an assistant under the direction and immediate personal supervision of a licensee for industrial radiography. An exemption from attending a recognised course may be granted if a licence for industrial radiography is held in another jurisdiction.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.



The premises and industrial radiography equipment in use or storage must be registered. Should you need to make an application for registration, you will need to complete and submit a registration application form for irradiating apparatus [PDF < 100 kb] and/or radioactive substances [PDF < 100 kb]. Registrations are not transferrable between owners. The new owner of the premises and any industrial radiography equipment must apply for a new registration.

A nomination for the Radiation Safety Officer will need to be made on the registration application. An industrial radiography licence holder, who has achieved at least 75% in the Radiological Councilís core and written examinations and has a minimum one year experience as a licensed industrial radiographer, would normally be considered to be suitable to act as RSO once approved by Council. To make a change of Radiation Safety Officer, you will need to submit a nomination to the Radiological Council in writing.

You must give prior written notification to the Radiological Council of any planned changes that affect the information previously supplied for your registration. The registration amendment forms for irradiating apparatus and radioactive substances may be used to advise of new equipment, sale or transfer of equipment, or disposal of equipment. For changes not covered by these forms, you will need to submit written notification to Council requesting your registration be amended.

For both new registration applications and amendment to an existing registration, the following must be considered –


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Page last revised: 9 March 2020