Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD)

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Are you searching for training in commercial grade dedication? Or do you work with commercial grade dedication companies and want to learn more about the process? Join us August 16-18, 2017 or October 23-25, 2017, for Nuclear Training Institute’s Commercial Grade Dedication Course in Norcross, Georgia. Classes are held 8:00am-5pm each day, and lunch is provided. You will also receive a certificate of completion upon passing the course exam.

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Over the course of 3 days, you will learn:

  • What is the purpose of Commercial Grade Dedication
  • How is Commercial Grade Dedication performed
  • What is needed to start the process
  • Technical Evaluation
  • Identifying the Safety Function
  • Identifying Critical Characteristics
  • Acceptance Planning
  • Engaging restrictive “reasonable assurance
  • Sample Selection Methodology
  • Supplier Dedication Oversight
  • What makes up a Lot/Batch
  • Production Tractability
  • How to determine a sampling plan
  • Hands on Development of CGDS
  • Overview of Commercial Grade Dedication Process of Computer Program and Digital Equipment
  • Challenging dedications and samples of part 21 reports will be discussed, as well as additional evaluations of seismic sensitive components originally qualified.

This class is ideal for:

  • Design & Procurement Engineers
  • Buyers and Supply Chain Personnel
  • Manufacturers wanting to implement an NQA-1 program
  • Manufacturers wanting to work with someone with an NQA-1 program
  • Anyone involved in the commercial grade dedication process

NTI’s Commercial Grade Dedication Course is taught by United Controls International’s COO, Luis Sanchez, who has over thirty years of management experience in the electronic and nuclear industry. He has held various roles in management, including Chief Operating Officer, Plant Management, Production Management, Process Management, and Manager of Quality and Organizational Improvements. Luis is accredited and certified as an ISO Lead Auditor and as an NQA-1 Certified Lead Auditor, performing ISO audits and nuclear industry audits. Luis has also received recognition by NIST as a Malcolm Baldrige Examiner: 2006.

The class is co-led by United Controls International’s Business Development Engineering Manager, Jim Garrison, who serves as an NQA-1 Certified Lead Auditor and subject matter expert in environmental qualification, 10CFR50 Appendix B, and 10CFR50 Part 21. Prior to his current role, Jim led UCI’s Seismic and Equipment Qualification Department, overseeing the review and creation of Nuclear Qualification Test Plans and Reports. He also dealt directly with site procurement, design, seismic and environmental engineers to develop plans to determine the Seismic acceptability, installed design life and susceptibility to Harsh Environment conditions of mechanical and electrical parts located in safety-critical areas of Nuclear Power Generation Stations.

NTI is located inside the United Controls International office building in Norcross, Georgia, and includes a Harvard stadium-style classroom with capacity for more than forty participants. An adjoining traditional style conference room is used for break-out sessions and hands-on team exercises. Parking is complimentary.


The Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree, which is within walking distance to our facilities, offers a limited number of special corporate rates to our guests asking for the United Controls International rate.