Navigating Your Entry Into The Rail Industry

Embarking on a career in the rail industry can be both thrilling and daunting, especially when faced with diverse training requirements. In this guide, we simplify the process, providing clear steps for aspiring individuals looking to make their mark in the Australian rail sector.

For 'Around The Track' Jobs

Around the Track Jobs are integral to the seamless operation and maintenance of railway infrastructure. In proximity to the rail corridor, these roles encompass various responsibilities crucial for safety, aesthetics, and efficiency. From painting crews preserving visual appeal to traffic management ensuring safe passage, each role contributes uniquely. Cleaning staff maintains hygiene, surveyors provide critical data, and supervisors oversee operations. Together, this workforce forms the backbone of railway maintenance, ensuring functionality and safety.


  1. Rail Painting Crew
  2. Traffic Management Personnel
  3. Rail Cleaning Staff
  4. Rail Surveyors
  5. OH&S Officers (Occupational Health and Safety)
  6. Rail Supervisors

Required Steps to Get Started

  1. Complete the Safely Access the Rail Corridor course (TLIF0020), also achievable through the Metro Train Track Safety Awareness course.
  2. Obtain a Category 3 Rail Medical.
  3. Secure your Rail Industry Worker Card (RIWC) and upload all relevant documents.
  4. Complete the Safely Working in the Rail Corridor (SWIRC) course through Metro Academy if you will be working on Metro Projects.
  5. For ARTC or V/Line Networks, additional online inductions are required.

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For Rail Infrastructure (Labouring) Jobs

Rail Infrastructure Jobs are the backbone of the railway network, focusing on the construction and maintenance of essential elements. These roles cover a broad spectrum, including track construction, signaling installation, and maintenance of rail infrastructure. Whether as track laborers, signal technicians, or infrastructure inspectors, these professionals play a vital role in ensuring the integrity and efficiency of the rail system. Rail infrastructure jobs are at the forefront of innovation and maintenance, contributing significantly to the safety and functionality of the entire rail network.


  1. Track Laborer
  2. Signal Technician
  3. Infrastructure Inspector
  4. Rail Project Manager
  5. Railway Surveyor
  6. Track Maintenance Supervisor

Required Steps to Get Started

  1. Follow the same steps as 'Around the Track' jobs.
  2. Complete the National Rail Labourers course, encompassing the 6 Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure core units.

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For Rail Safeworking Roles

Rail Safeworking Roles form the bedrock of ensuring safety and efficiency in railway operations. Professionals in these roles are dedicated to maintaining a secure work environment for all personnel involved in rail activities. From conducting critical access assessments to implementing and monitoring safety protocols, individuals in Safeworking Roles play a crucial part in preventing accidents and ensuring the smooth flow of rail traffic. These roles often involve coordinating communication between train crews, implementing track protection measures, and adhering to strict operational procedures. Whether as a Lookout, Handsignaller, or a certified TFPC (Track Force Protection Coordinator), each Safeworking role contributes uniquely to the overarching goal of a safe and reliable rail network.


  1. Lookout
  2. Handsignaller
  3. Track Force Protection Coordinator (TFPC)
  4. Level Crossing Attendant
  5. Network Controller
  6. Rail Safety Officer

Required Steps to Get Started

Begin with the initial four steps:

  1. Safely Access the Rail Corridor course,
  2. Category 1 Rail Medical,
  3. RIWC acquisition, and
  4. Logbook hours organisation.

Additional network-specific training will then be needed depending on the role you are seeking such as Lookout, Handsignaller, Track Force Protection Coordinator course for Vline and ARTC, or your White Card.

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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.

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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 Jim and the ATS team. 

Harley Higgins

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