Course Code: TLIF0020   |   Duration: 1 day

ARTC/VLINE Safely Access The Rail Corridor (SARC)

Safely access the rail corridor

Cost: $300


Course Overview

This course is specifically tailored for individuals whose roles necessitate access to the rail corridor. It has been meticulously designed to impart the necessary skills and knowledge essential for the secure entry and maneuvering within the rail corridor and its associated danger zones, all while adhering to the guidelines established by the access provider and in strict accordance with legislative and regulatory mandates.

Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC) has been crafted to cater to the needs of those whose responsibilities involve rail corridor access. This comprehensive program equips learners with the competence to safely access and traverse the rail corridor and its potentially hazardous zones, all under the authorised permission of the access provider. Adherence to legislative and regulatory requirements is paramount, and this course covers the full spectrum of skills and knowledge necessary to meet these standards.

Participants will be trained to follow access provider policies, adhere to specified procedures and protocols, ensuring situational awareness and the highest levels of rail safety. This includes operating in full compliance with local track protection rules, safe working practices, regulatory mandates, and established workplace procedures. Course content encompasses accessing and interpreting information pertaining to track protection requirements, executing assigned protection measures and/or work tasks, and promptly responding to safety incidents and unusual situations within their personal responsibility boundaries.

It’s important to note that this course is specifically validated for individuals working in the Victorian rail networks beyond the Metropolitan area of Melbourne, commonly known as V/LINE.


In this course you will learn about:

  • Common terminology used in the rail corridor.
  • Safe Places, Danger Zones, and Restricted Locations in the rail corridor.
  • Hazards and risk and suitable control measures associated with working in the rail corridor.
  • Policies and procedures to follow when working in the MTM rail infrastructure.
  • Safety critical and emergency communication protocol.
  • Personal measures to enable you to turn up for work Fit for Duty.
  • Appropriate PPE to be worn in the rail corridor.


  • Laverton
  • Ballerat
  • Geelong
  • Onsite

Units of Study

TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor

Nationally Recognised training

Course Outcomes

Participants who are deemed competent in knowledge and practical assessments will receive:

  • Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment (SoA) for the unit of competency TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor.
  • V/Line Safely Access the rail corridor Certificate of Completion.

SoA will be issued to participants via email within ten (10) business working days. To prevent delay, participants MUST pay in full, have a current valid email address, valid contact number and USI number.

Important Information


While there are no specific course prerequisites, it’s important to note that there is an age requirement for this course.
Particpants MUST be 18 and above years of age


The practical will be completed in a simulated rail corridor and full PPE will be required. The following PPE is required:

  • Safety work boots – steel capped, lace-up with ankle support.
  • Full-length pants.
  • Long sleeve shirt or rail approved long sleeve high visibility shirt.
  • Rail Approved orange hi-vis vest.
  • Hard hat.
  • Safety glasses eye protection.


Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LL&N)

Before training begins, participants will go through an assessment that helps us determine if any learning support is needed. To successfully complete this course, participants are expected to have the following language, literacy, and numeracy skills:

  • Interpret and comprehend workplace safety signs and symbols.
  • Comprehend workplace policies, procedures, and informational materials.
  • Comprehend basic spoken English.
  • Communicate essential safety-related information.


Require min Cat 3 medical

Other Things to Know


Participants are required to bring one of the following current valid photo identification documents (ID) on the day of training:

  • Australian or International Passport
  • Driver’s Licence


The V/Line Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC) certificate of completion is valid for two (2) years. Applications are required to complete a recertificate within 24 months of issue of the certificate of completion to maintain currency.


Australian Testing Services (ATS) will upload the participant’s certificate to the RIW database.

  • To prevent delay, participants MUST have the correct RIW number or hold a RIW card/number.
  • Delay can occur if you don’t hold a valid or a RIW card/number.

Assessment Methods

To be deemed competent, participants are required to successfully complete a combination of the written and practical tasks which form an assessment instrument.

Delivery Methods

The delivery of this course is face -to-face in a combination of in a classroom and practical activities in a simulated rail environment.

Payment Options

Pay via EFTPOS/ direct payment.

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Experience the power of hands-on learning, where theoretical knowledge seamlessly integrates with practical applications, preparing you for real-world challenges.

Cutting Edge Curriculum Aligned with Industry Demands

Our curriculum is not just up-to-date; it's meticulously crafted to align with the latest industry demands, ensuring you stay ahead in your field.

Guiding Your Journey to Professional Excellence

Our dedicated educators and support staff are committed to guiding every step of your journey, fostering an environment where professional excellence is not just achieved but expected.

Why Choose ATS RTO ?

With over 20 years experience delivering
training and assessment to the construction and rail industries, we pride ourselves on the quality of our training staff and coursework.

At ATS, we are dedicated to enhancing the skills and expanding the knowledge of
every student, with the objective of making your workplace a safer and more efficient environment.

What Others Are Saying

This training course aims to provide everything to do with rail and Terry is a professional instructor and very friendly and the other staff team are great I recommended it to anyone who would want to get into rail and civil.

Nik Mcintyre

If you want some proper job-ready training this is the place to come! Our teacher Jim has been nothing but helpful and willing to teach. I'm glad I've taken my time out of my life to attend my class for my cert 2 rail infrastructure certificate. Thank you Gary and the ATS team. 

Harley Higgins

Thanks ATS for all the help with my journey towards a new career. And a big thank you to Terry the instructor. True gentle and a scholar. THANK YOU ATS!

Michael Bettiol

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