Inservice Testing Training

This IST training course provides an introduction to the requirements of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and ASME Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Standards for the inservice testing of nuclear power plant systems and components.

Specific emphasis is placed on the ASME Code boundary classification process, Owner’s responsibilities, test and examination plans, and detailed requirements for inservice testing of pumps and valves. Examples are used to illustrate the correct application of the technical requirements.

Course Content & Structure

  • IST requirements up through the 2012 Code Edition
  • Course content & approach structured for IST Program Owners
  • Training Materials provided in hard copy or electronic
  • Current issues and interfaces with emphasis on industry/code initiatives and solutions
  • IST Alternatives—Risk Informed, Performance Based Testing, Future OM Code Activities

*Requirements: You need to bring a copy of the ASME Code


Monday, 8 am-5:00 pm (MST)
Regulatory Framework, ASME Framework/OM Code Cases, ISTA General Requirements

Tuesday, 8 am-5:00 pm (MST)
ISTB Pump Testing, Appendix

Wednesday, 8 am-5:00 pm (MST)
Valve Testing, Appendices I, II and III

Thursday, 8 am-5:00 pm (MST)
ISTD Snubber Testing, Regulatory/Industry Future OM Code Activities/Challenges; Appendix IV, Performance/Risk Programs

Friday, 8 am-5:00 pm (MST)
Course Review, Exam, Exam Review, Closing and Discussion

Instructor Profile: Ronald Lippy

Mr. Lippy’s background encompasses significant expertise with thirty plus years in ISI/IST Coordination and diverse technical experience in nuclear power plants. Ron’s focus on strengthening and standardization of Engineering Program positions has advanced nuclear power throughout the entire industry.  Additionally, Ron is integrally involved in the Inservice Testing Owners Group (ISTOG) and has performed Inservice Testing related assessments and training for the majority of US Nuclear Utilities.

January 24-28, 2022 Virtual or In-person Fee: $2,695/person

Instructed by GSE TrueNorth. Part of the GSE Solutions group, that leverage decades of specialized expertise in thermal performance and engineering programs that refine and update systems, to optimize performance and safety.

“The instructor was well-versed in the Code and dealing with real-life situations associated with the Code and plant operation. His teaching was much more than academic. Classroom OE examples and hypothetical questions were good for learning and understanding.”