Quick course info
Entry into the HRD Rail Signalling Control and Wiring System Concepts accredited course is open to applicants able to meet unit of competency prerequisites. Typically you will be, for example:
- qualified/licenced electricians intending to work or working in an installer role in rail construction; or
- a person who holds a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (or equivalent); or
- an apprentice enrolled in the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician; ideally this person will have completed the prerequisite unit UEEEL0003 Arrange circuits, control and protection for general electrical installations.
Enrolment in the non-accredited stream is more widely available to personnel unable to meet prerequisite requirements.
Access to rail signalling infrastructure is essential so that you can apply knowledge and skills learned through the course.
A typical technical training module is assessed by a research assignment, written theory test and at least two workplace practical assessments.
Recognition of Prior Learning is available.
Evidence portfolio must be supported by a practical demonstration of knowledge and skills.
Training is typically delivered in 5 day blocks with time required at the end of training for workplace-based practical assessments.
Rail Signalling Control and Wiring System Concepts accredited training requires that prerequisite requirements must be met for a Statement of Attainment to be issued on successful demonstration of competence for the units listed.
A Statement of Completion is issued for the non-accredited course.
Because learners must already be employed in a rail signalling construction role, it’s expected that your employer will meet all course costs.
Subsidised training is not available.
To enrol in Rail Signalling Control and Wiring System Concepts course it’s an advantage to be employed by (or be supported by) a rail infrastructure construction or installation contractor.
However, non-rail participants are not disadvantaged. HRD provides training in a non-operational rail environment to:
- apply and consolidate knowledge and skills learned
- undertake workplace practical assessment.
HRD does not provide information about employment opportunities or job vacancies.
Contact rail operators or construction contractors directly about employment in rail signalling.
Install and Wire Rail Signal Equipment: An introduction to rail signalling systems and concepts
The Rail Signalling Control and Wiring System Concepts course is a technical introduction to rail signal systems.
There are two streams to the program:
- the accredited stream is aligned to and assessed against rail signalling units of competency covering wiring and cabling.
- a non-accredited stream is available for personnel who require a broad understanding of control and wiring systems, typically for Rail Industry Worker competency matrix purposes, but without assessment against nationally recognised units of competency.
The Rail Signalling Control and Wiring System Concepts accredited short course is ideal for employees who intend working in an installation role with a rail construction contractor. Typically these are personnel who don’t require the full range of maintenance skills provided by the Certificate IV in Electrical–Rail Signalling but who still need to demonstrate competency in skills limited to a construction role.
Training and assessment over approximately 3 weeks covers four rail signalling core wiring units of competency. Completing the accredited course also provides a useful entry point into the Certificate IV in Electrical–Rail Signalling program for those wishing to complete the full qualification.
The Rail Signalling Control and Wiring System Concepts accredited stream includes the following HRD rail signal training modules:
- RS-3.1 Introduction to Rail Signal Systems (7 days)
- RS-3.2 Introduction to Rail Signal Control Systems (5 days)
- RS-3.3 Rail Signal Wiring Systems (3 days)
To achieve the accredited outcome, enrolment in and satisfactory completion of theory work requirements and workplace practical assessment tasks is required for the following units of competency*:
- UEERS0001 Assemble and wire internal electrical signalling equipment
- UEERS0011 Install and maintain rail track circuit leads and bonds
- UEERS0019 Test copper rail signalling cables
- UEERS0017 Repair rail signal power and control cables
A Statement of Attainment is issued upon successful demonstration of competence.
*Units are drawn from the Certificate IV in Electrical–Rail Signalling core units of competency covering wiring and cabling; these same units are the rail signalling specialisation elective units of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
The non-accredited course stream is a 5 day course that provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to meet certain RIW competency matrix requirements without competency-based assessment.
It’s also a useful starting point for employees working in a construction or project role who need an understanding of the fundamentals of rail signals and the rail industry more generally.
Participants complete the following HRD rail signal training modules:
- RS-3.1 Introduction to Rail Signal Systems (1 day)
- RS-3.2 Introduction to Rail Signal Control Systems (4 days)
A Certificate of Completion is issued to successful participants.
The HRD Rail Signalling Control and Wiring System Concepts course is held on a needs basis, so start dates vary according to industry demand.
Training is provided at the Rail Academy–Newport or at a suitable interstate venue, or on site.
RPL is available to learners whose background knowledge and experience demonstrates that they are able to meet unit of competency requirements.