Course Details

NSW ARTC Protection Officer Level 3


This course is designed to cover the rules and procedures for managing a Track Work Authority method of worksite protection.



Upon successful completion of all assessments, students will receive:

Statement of Attainment (Nationally Recognised)

  • TLIL3083 Implement a track work authority and mange rail traffic through worksites
Certificate of Achievement 

  • ARTC NSW Protection Officer Level 3
Note: The above are issued after ALL assessments have been completed (Refer to Assessment Methods to view all assessments within this course)



The following topics are covered within this course:

  • Review of Protection Officer level 1 and 2
  • Correctly identify and place temporary speed restriction signs
  • Follow the correct procedure to have the 1500V overhead supply removed for urgent work
  • Follow the correct procedure to advise the Network Control Officer when High Temperature Speed Restrictions are applied/lifted
  • Respond to CAN warning and follow the correct procedure to complete a CAN form
  • Describe the Protection Officer’s responsibilities during a TWA
  • Describe the function and general requirements of a TWA
  • Protect a worksite using Handsignallers and detonators
  • Protect a worksite with fixed signals
  • Protect a worksite in token territory
  • Follow the correct procedure to authorise rail traffic past affected signals
  • Follow the correct procedure to withdraw a TWA and return the track to normal service

Entry Requirements

Including Language Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N):

Participants will undergo an LL&N assessment at the commencement of the course. This course requires participants to have LL&N levels to be able to:

  • Read and understand work safety signs and symbols
  • Read and understand workplace policies and procedures
  • Communicate identified hazards and necessary instructions
Participants must also:

  • be a qualified Handsignaller Level 2
  • be a qualified Protection Officer Level 2
  • hold current Category 1 rail medical
  • CPCCWHS1001 Work safely in the construction industry
  • provide 100 points of identification on the day of the course
  • must hold :
    • TfNSW SX52 Accessing the Rail Corridor or
    • ARTC National Track Safety Awareness (NTSA)
    • a Rail Industry Worker (RIW) ID card with the above items listed on it

Assessment Methods

The following assessment methods are used within this course:

  • Theory assessment (in class)
  • On job workbook - this needs to be signed off by an already qualified Protection Officer level 1-4. You must be able to provide evidence from the person (must hold at least the minimum qualification of those being signed off) who has signed
  • Practical assessment - conducted one on one with a CERT assessor (at completion of on job workbook)

Delivery Method

  • Face to face workshop (two days) and then on the job training at participants workplace


The ARTC Certificate of Achievement is valid for two (2) years from date of issue. Once the two (2) years are up, students must return to CERT and complete a recertification. 

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