Course Details

Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure



TLI21315 - Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure (Track Worker)

This is a general qualification for personnel engaged in basic operations within the rail infrastructure environment and undertaking a range of tasks, involving known routines and procedures, and taking some responsibility for work outcomes

Job roles and titles vary across different sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Track Worker
  • Track Installer
  • Track Maintainer
  • Structures Maintainer 
  • Plant Operator 
  • Mobile Plant Operator
  • ​Way Gang Driver
This course has been designed to cover the following skills and knowledge in the below:
  • Maintaining and using hand tools in accordance with workplace procedures and safeworking codes across a variety of operational workplace contexts within the transport and logistics industry
  • Shifting loads safely using manual handling methods
  • Participating effectively in basic workplace communication as an integral part of routine work in the context of the workplace concerned
  • Communicating information about routine tasks, processes, events or skills, participating in group discussions to achieve appropriate work outcomes and representing group views to others
  • Following and applying 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
  • Caring for the environment during rail infrastructure maintenance and construction activities in accordance with rail industry standards, safeworking and regulatory requirements, and workplace procedures
  • Applying fatigue management strategies within the transport and logistics industry. Work is undertaken in compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, codes and guidelines
  • Operating and maintaining minor mechanical equipment in accordance with safeworking and regulatory requirements, and workplace procedures.
  • Carrying out pre-operation checks on equipment, operating mechanical equipment, conducting routine maintenance, and securing and storing equipment.
  • measure,record and report results of track geometry in accordance with safeworking and regulatory requirements, and workplace procedures.
  • ​preparing and installing rail, joining rail ends, restoring track and completing documentation 
  • installing and repairing the fastening system 
  • restoring track gauge, installing or replacing sleepers 
  • carrying out the ballast activity in accordance with work orders 
  • arranging the clear up and disposal/reclamation of material, operating cleaning equipment and mobile plant, finalising the work and restoring the site 
  • Completing documentation as required for activities undertaken



Upon successful completion of all assessments, students will receive:

Qualification (Nationally Recognised)
  • TLI21315 - Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure (Track Work)
A total of 16 units of competency comprising:

  • 7 core units listed below
  • plus  all units from Group A - Track Work
  • plus 3 general elective units 

  • TLIB1028 - Maintain and use hand tools
  • TLID1001 - Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
  • TLIE1003 - Participate in basic workplace communication
  • TLIF1001 - Follow work health and safety procedures
  • TLIU2008 - Apply environmental procedures to rail infrastructure
  • TLIF2010 - Apply fatigue management strategies
  • TLIF2080 - Safely access the rail corridor

Group A - Track Work
  • TLIB2085 - Apply track fundamentals 
  • TLIB2092 - Operate minor mechanical equipment 
  • TLIS2030 - Carry out track ballasting 
  • TLIS2031 - Install railway sleepers 
  • TLIS2034 - Install and repair rail fastening systems 
  • TLIS2044 - Carry out rail installation

General Electives
  • TLIB1093 - Clean equipment and restore worksite
  • TLIB2091 - Measure and record track geometry
  • TLIW2001 - Operate under track protection rules 

CERT WA also offer alternative pathways relating to Track Surfacing and Structures, as well as individual general electives. For more information please contact the CERT WA team



The following topics are covered within this course:

  • Follow workplace procedures
  • Select, use and maintain hand tools
  • Identify hazards and take action to control or eliminate the risk
  • Understand and implement effective communication strategies
  • Minimise the effects of pollution during work and maintenance
  • Identify and act on signs of fatigue
  • Complete work following track protection rules
  • Understand basic track fundamentals
  • Install ballast, sleepers, rail and fastenings
  • Undertake general housekeeping tasks
  • Use on-track equipment
  • Understand track geometry fundamentals

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
  • Calculations of time spent in different activities

Assessment Methods

The following assessment methods are used within this course:

  • Theory assessments ( open book - completed during course)
  • Practical demonstrations ( completed during course)

Delivery Method

  • This course is facilitated face to face and is a combination of theory and practical
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  • Program Duration - CERT offers three (3) different programs for this qualification
  • - 6 week program for participants already in rail based roles
  • - 11 week program for participants who are new to the rail industry. This program is also suitable for participants under registered traineeships
  • - 8 day assessment only program. This is suitable for participants with advanced knowledge, skills and significant rail experience
  • RPL - participants are required to collect and submit evidence of relevance for each unit.
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  • This course is also offered at our Port Hedland and Bunbury training facilities or delivered on-site after determining the essential equipment/infrastructure is available to use. To discuss these options, please contact CERT WA for more information



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