Course Details

NSW ARTC Protection Officer Level 1


This course is designed to correctly protect a worksite using Controlled Signal Blocking or Lookout Working on the ARTC Network.



Upon successful completion of all assessments, students will receive:

Statement of Attainment (Nationally Recognised)
  • TLIF2081 Perform lookout duties
  • TLIF3083 Conduct track protection assessment
  • TLIL3082 Implement absolute signal blocking (CSB)
  • TLIW2001 Operate under track protection rules
  • TLIW2037 Clip and secure points
  • TLIF2097 Use audible warning devices
Certificate of Achievement 
  • ARTC NSW Protection Officer Level 1
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:

  • Assess all risks associated with work within and/or entry to the rail corridor
  • Identify level of protection required
  • Use the Lookout Working and CSB/ASB methods of worksite protection
  • Act as a lookout

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:
  • 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‚ the student will need to return to CERT and complete a recertification to keep their competency current.

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