The Pôle Nucléaire® of the ISTP and IRUP has been working for nearly 20 years alongside companies in the nuclear sector in maintenance, dismantling, construction or service activities, in nuclear power plants as well as in fuel cycle facilities. This extensive experience has enabled us to develop a wide range of training courses, both on a sandwich course and in support.

Our offer is aimed at skilled workers, senior technicians and engineers. Our technicians receive training in work management, mechanics, control, non-destructive testing and valves, and can move up to middle management positions such as site manager, integrated service supervisor or radiation protection manager.

Our commitments in terms of quality and sustainable development, such as our ISO 9001, CEFRI-F and EDF CIN certifications, are proof of our development based on listening to our customers and on innovation. Indeed, companies, both large groups and SMEs, are involved in both the design of training courses under employee status and in the definition of certification criteria leading to the diplomas issued by IRUP and the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne.

This is the “trademark” of the Pôle Nucléaire®’s employee-based training programs. Our collaborations and commitments with companies also take the form of support actions that lead our consulting engineers to work on obtaining results in areas such as quality, safety or economic optimization of activities.



Our work-study programmes

Technician in nuclear maintenance and logistics: this program is for young graduates who wish to become technical workers (maintenance, civil engineering, logistics, dismantling) in one year. Qualifying training.
Certifications: SCN1, RP1, CSQ, bridge operator/welding operator, electrical certifications.

Specialized maintenance technician on a nuclear site: 3 specialties: valves, electromechanics, piping. Train young people with a baccalaureate in 2 years to become a works manager. At the end of the training, the student holds a certificate of professional competence issued by the IRUP.
Certifications: SCN1 and 2, RP1 and 2, bridge operator/welding operator, electrical certifications, SST, Gestures and Postures.

Maintenance manager in nuclear environment: 2 orientations: generalist or civil engineering. This one-year program trains young people with two years of higher education to become works supervisors, team leaders, and technical assistants (maintenance, new works, dismantling). At the end of the training, the student holds a certificate of professional competence.
Clearances: SCN1 and 2, RP1 and 2, CSQ.

Manager of activities in the nuclear environment: 2 orientations: generalist or civil engineering. This one-year program trains students with a baccalaureate to become chemical technicians, business managers, and project managers. At the end of the program, students hold a certificate of professional competence. 
Habilitations: HN3.


The IRUP-ISTP Center for Nuclear Education and Training trains students at two nuclear training facilities designed to provide today’s nuclear industry professionals with the required skills: radiation, protection, quality, safety, pressurized water reactor, work within controlled area. With the Campus Industriel where they are located in Saint-Etienne (France), IRUP and ISTP have access to 75,350 sq ft dedicated to training including 13,000 sq ft of workshops (welding, valves, robotics, operational excellence, etc.).



In 2013, the IRUP-ISTP Center for Nuclear Education and Training was awarded the Yves Chellet Prize for its commitment to nuclear education and training. The Master’s of Engineering in Nuclear Facilities Engineering was awarded the Nuclear Training Award for on-the-job training and many other of our programs were nominated in the apprenticeship category.
In the past 5 years, students from IRUP and ISTP were awarded the Fem’Energia prize, from EDF, WIN France, and WIN Europe for their training paths in the nuclear field and recently, students from ISTP won the French INNOVATOME and I4N (Innovation for Nuclear) International contest with their SyMon project.

Key figures


students trained since 1997



graduates since 1997



partner companies



of our students are employed in the company where they did their apprenticeships after graduating



training programs from high school diplomas to Master’s of Engineering and certificates



professional integration