How to complete your RISI course for NSW Rail Job?

September 15, 2022

If you are looking for a rail job in NSW then you must complete the Rail Industry Safety Induction (RISI) course. A nationally recognised certification, this induction is an entry requirement for any job on the railway network in Australia.

If you’re from NSW you might be wondering why you can’t find the RISI course online. There have been some changes to this course and the updated course 

We compiled a list of all the major questions around the RISI, or equivalents, for NSW candidates.

What is the RISI course called now in NSW?

CERT and other training providers are now running the Transport for NSW Accessing the Rail Corridor (TLIF2080) course through our centres.

This course uses an updated version and the Transport for NSW name, but it still gives the same qualifications and certifications that the previously named RISI training course provided.

This course is one of the most effective ways to complete your Rail Industry Safety Induction (RISI) and it covers the same knowledge and experience as the RISI for those starting a career in railways.

Why do I need the TFNSW Sx52 (RISI) course?

This training provides the skills and knowledge required to Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC, TFNSW SX52) on the Transport for NSW Rail Network. The SX52 training will introduce staff and contractors to the key hazards of working in the rail environment. 

If you are looking to start your career or return after a period away from the rail industry, the TfNSW SX52 Accessing the rail corridor course is an induction training package and mandatory requirement specifically designed for persons working in the Transport for NSW rail corridor (including between Sydney, Nowra, Lithgow and Broadmeadow) and is recognised by all Network Owners in NSW, including Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and UGL Regional Links (UGLRL).

What will I learn in my RISI ticket or licence course?

During your course you will cover topics that include:

  • The rail corridor
  • Complying with occupational health and safety
  • How to move to safe spaces in sufficient time
  • Common track signage
  • Warning lights and hazards
  • Electrical safety

You will cover many more topics as well. At the end of the course you will receive a workbook with all the information outlined for you along with your nationally recognised Statement of Attainment.

Where can I get my RISI Course?

The Rail Industry Safety Induction (RISI) must be provided solely by a registered training oportor (RTO) who is nationally recognised for Australia. CERT is an RTO and you can complete the RISI ticket, or an equivalent course, through our training centres. 

You can complete this course at CERT Training Centres in New South Wales:

  • Chullora
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Thornton

For more information on this course and to view dates and prices, click on your location above. 

If your company has several staff that require this qualification, please contact your local CERT office for more details about training at your premises.

Although, taking the course does not require any prerequisites or medical, a minimum of a Category 3 Rail Medical is needed to obtain a Rail Industry Workers (RIW) Card or a Rail Industry Standard Induction (RISI) Card and start working within the rail corridor. CERT Training is in partnership with Company Medical Services, an Authorised ARA Health Professional, to offer this service to participants at our office locations.

Who needs the RISI Card?

There’s many reasons for getting your RISI or TfNSW equivalent. Many roles, even at the entry level, require this accreditation as a mandatory part. Those who can benefit from the RISI ticket include:

  • Workers carrying our basic labour within the rail corridor
  • Temporary workers entering into the rail industry
  • Rail track workers who are new to the rail environment
  • People changing careers into the rail industry 

By completing the RISI course through CERT you can be recognised across all Australian states and territories. This assessment will mean you can work within the rail corridor nationally.

Why should I choose CERT?

CERT Training is a Network Operator Approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) on the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) website, formed in 2003 and operating nationally. CERT employs more than thirty-five trainers and assessors nationally with either a safety, infrastructure and/or rail background. All CERT trainers have a current Certificate IV Training and Assessment and have a minimum of ten year’s rail experience (most have over twenty years) and two years of training experience.  

What course can I do next?

Participants are eligible to enrol in the following courses upon successful completion of the RISI course:

  • Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure – Core Units
  • ARTC Protection Officer, Level 1

Final Thoughts

If you’re ready to complete your Rail Industry Safety Induction then go ahead and register for the Transport for NSW Accessing the Rail Corridor (RISI) course now.

A rail industry job can take you many surprising places, and provide a long and challenging career. To be successful in this industry you must be aware of all the safety requirements to keep yourself, and others, out of harm’s way.

Speak with CERT today about getting started in the rail industry and completing your RISI today.