10 CFR Appendix J Program Training


The course is comprehensive with respect to programmatic aspects of 10 CFR 50 Appendix J, provides specific focus on current industry developments such NEI 94-01 Rev 3A, and now incorporates a “hands-on” Local Leak Rate Testing (LLRT) demonstration where students perform valve lineups, simulate troubleshooting and collect leak rate results using an LLRT mock-up complete with associated test equipment.


Managing a power plant’s Appendix J Program requires talents from and interfaces with various disciplines, combined with practical ability and a good understanding of the regulatory requirements.

The course is designed to provide an initial conceptual overview of Appendix J and the regulatory documents that provide implementation guidance and requirements, followed by comprehensive and in-depth practical application of those requirements. In addition, discussions related to specific plant activities, that when implemented facilitate program incorporation of industry best practices, are ongoing throughout the course. The course curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of the student regardless of experience level.

  • Basic Appendix J concepts and applications,
  • Historical perspective on 10 CFR 50 Appendix J,
  • Regulatory Requirements with added emphasis on NEI 94-01 Revision 3-A Implementation
  • Program Plan Content, Bases & Revision,
  • Program Notebook Content & Revision,
  • Outage / Cycle Reports,
  • Outage Test Scope Development and Review,
  • Monitoring of LLRT Activities, Review of Work Packages (pre-& post completion)
  • Pre-and Post-Maintenance Testing requirements/guidance,
  • Long Range Planning, i.e., next ILRT, budgetary forecast, regulatory changes, etc.,
  • Review of Plant Modifications and impact upon Appendix J Program,
  • Review available options for reducing component LLRT scope,
  • Containment airlock LLRT requirements and impact of Maintenance activities,
  • Review of contemporary Industry Appendix J Operating Experience,
  • Interface of the Appendix J Program with other Programs such as: AOV, MOV, SOV, IST, Check Valve, PRA, ISI,
  • Discussion of industry Appendix J related “Hot Topics”,
  • Classroom exercises designed to demonstrate implementation of program principles and requirements utilizing actual nuclear industry OE as their basis,
  • Review of recent APOG member-benefit focused area self-assessment results,
  • Participation benefits realized by joining the Appendix J Program Owners Group (APOG)
  • Hands-on experience with LLRT simulator mock-up and leak rate monitor

GSE TrueNorth is integrally involved in the Appendix J Owners Group (APOG) and the Inservice Testing Owners Group (ISTOG) and has performed Appendix J and Inservice Testing Program related assessments.  TrueNorth has also presented IST, Thermal Performance, Heat Exchanger, and GL-89-13 training throughout the Nuclear Industry.

Schedule At A Glance

  • Tuesday, 8 am – 5 pm (MST)
  • Wednesday, 8 am – 5 pm (MST)
  • Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm (MST)


Dean Hecht 

Dean brings years of experience in nuclear engineering programs and project management. He was Site Engineering Program Manager at First Energy Nuclear Operating Company, Beaver Valley Power Station. and also worked for Siemens Building Technologies as a Building Automation Engineer. Dean has extensive experience in nuclear governing codes and standards including ASME Section XI, ANSI and NEI, EPRI Materials Reliability Program, Generic Aging Lessons Learned, and the Code of Federal Regulations.

Robert McGowen

Robert has a very diverse background which encompasses significant expertise in Appendix J and IST program management/coordination and diverse technical experience in nuclear power plant program management. Robert’s background includes expertise in the areas of Plant Operation, Appendix J Option A and B, ILRT Interval Extensions, LLRT Testing, Inservice Testing, Section XI System Pressure Testing, IWE/IWL, Non-intrusive Check Valve Testing, Check Valve Condition Monitoring, AOV/MOV.

August 2-4, 2022
Virtual or In-person
Fee: $1,750/person


Each attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion for 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits to qualify for 24 Professional Development Hours (PDH) needed to fulfill Professional Engineers’ continuing education requirements. The credits will be awarded without authorization. It is the attendee’s responsibility to keep and present the certificate to any organization that requires the certificate.