HV Signals Recipient

HRD HV trainiing

Quick Course Info


You need to have:

  • communication skills to convey complex information and be able to read and write to Level 3 standard
  • at least one year of employment in the rail industry
  • a valid first aid certificate
  • a current Category 3 medical certificate
  • other HV requirements as specified.


Training and assessment is typically completed in 40 hours, though additional time may be required for workplace practical assessment.


Recognition of Prior Learning is available, but under strict conditions/evidence requirements, including demonstration of competence.


Assessment is by:

  • written assignment
  • written theory test (with a 90% pass mark)
  • practical demonstration of skills (minimum of 2 occasions).


Upon successful demonstration of competence candidates are awarded a HRD Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for UETDRRF004. The course is recognised by the V/Line HV Coordinator.


Because learners must already be employed in a rail signalling role, it’s expected that your employer will meet all course costs.

Subsidised training is not available.

High Voltage Signals Recipient

The High Voltage Signals Recipient (HVSR) assists with HV switching and receives an Electrical Access Permit (EAP). The HVSR also monitors the work party to ensure that personnel don’t breach the conditions of access as stated on the EAP.

Role requirements

A HV Signals Recipient must be able to:

  • recognise the potential dangers to health and property
  • prevent the accidental operation of high voltage apparatus and equipment
  • recognise the basic operating conditions and procedures for a person working in the vicinity of railway signalling high voltage apparatus
  • safely rescue and provide first aid to a victim who has made contact with live apparatus.

Refresher training is required every 3 years.

Course outcomes

The HVSR training course provides participants with knowledge of the railway signalling high voltage systems and procedures to:

  • state the operation of high voltage apparatus and protection devices listed on an Electrical Access Permit
  • interpret high voltage plans and the protection provided by an Electrical Access Permit
  • identify the protection provided by an Authorised Operator
  • receive and relinquish an Electrical Access Permit.

Knowledge of electrical safe working practices and WHS principles form an integral part of this course.


To participate in HVSR training a person must be at least 18 years of age and must have:

  • Level 3 reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • at least one year of employment in the rail industry
  • a valid first aid certificate (currently HLTAID011 Provide First Aid) plus UETDRRF004 Perform Rescue from a Live LV Panel and a current Category 3 medical certificate.


Participants will be deemed competent only after:

  • confirming knowledge and understanding of the subject matter (written knowledge test with a 90% pass requirement), and
  • demonstrating competency in receiving and relinquishing an EAP for the rail signal supply network equipment, and
  • demonstrating the ability to rescue a victim from a dangerous situation.


It is expected that participants will successfully complete this course in 40 hours of training plus up to 24 hours of workplace practical assessment.