rail workers

HRD's Rail Labourer Core Skills program provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the minimum safety and operational requirements for working in the rail corridor.

This entry level training is for new rail construction and maintenance employees and consists of 7 core units and one elective unit from the Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure.  

The unit selection is aligned to the common core requirements of the National Track and Civil Matrix for rail safety workers.

The delivery of this training is blended, with the learner expected to complete approximately 20 hours of online learning followed by one day of face-to-face practical assessment.

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This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to apply fatigue management strategies within the transport and logistics industry. Work is undertaken in compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, codes and guidelines.

It includes identifying and acting on signs of fatigue and implementing appropriate strategies to minimise fatigue during work activities, in particular when operating equipment, trains, vehicles, load shifting equipment.

The following pages will explain in detail the learning and assessment requirements of this course.

This is a blended course delivery.  You will be required to complete all of the learning material online.  This includes lessons, knowledge questions, independent research and unit completion quizzes.  Following your completion of the online content, you will be required to attend a full day of assessment with a HRD trainer.  

On this day, you will receive practical group instruction to support your online learning.  You will also be assessed on your knowledge in a simulated workplace environment.

On successful completion of both the online learning modules and the full day workplace assessment you will be deemed competent in the relevant units of competency.

Labourer Cores Skills training provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the minimum safety and operational requirements for working in the rail corridor.

Learning modules align with Nationally recognised Units of Competency taken from TLI21315 - Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure.

The Maintain and use hand tools training introduces the trainee to use and maintain hand tools in accordance with workplace requirements, including

  • selecting and using hand tools to complete workplace tasks,
  • maintaining basic hand tools in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions,
  • securing and storing hand tools in accordance with workplace procedures as used in the rail industry.

It is expected that participants will successfully complete the Maintain and use hand tools course in 16-24 hours, supported by self-directed study.

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This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to apply fatigue management strategies within the transport and logistics industry. Work is undertaken in compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, codes and guidelines.

It includes identifying and acting on signs of fatigue and implementing appropriate strategies to minimise fatigue during work activities, in particular when operating equipment, trains, vehicles, load shifting equipment.

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to follow and apply work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures when carrying out work activities in compliance with the relevant WHS/OHS regulations and procedures.

It includes following workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control, contributing to WHS/OHS management arrangements and completing WHS/OHS records. 

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to participate effectively in basic workplace communication as an integral part of routine work in the context of the workplace concerned.

It includes communicating information about routine tasks, processes, events or skills; participating in group discussions to achieve appropriate work outcomes; and representing group views to others.

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to care for the environment during rail infrastructure maintenance and construction activities in accordance with rail industry standards, safeworking and regulatory requirements, and workplace procedures.

It includes minimising the effects of pollution during work, and transporting and handling hazardous materials safely in accordance with environmental protection regulations and guidelines.

Work must be carried out in accordance with relevant state/territory environmental protection regulations and workplace procedures. Work is performed under some supervision generally within a team environment. It involves the application of basic environmental protection principles and regulations when undertaking rail infrastructure maintenance and construction activities

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to shift loads safely using manual handling methods. Work must be carried out in compliance with the relevant work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations concerning the manual handling and movement of loads. It includes assessing the risks associated with relocating the load, planning the relocation process and carrying out the relocation in accordance with the plan.