Railway jobs are rewarding and challenging, offering you a career that can take you many places. Working close to trains is exhilarating, however as with many jobs there’s ongoing health and safety protocols you will need to follow to keep yourself and others safe. 


Accessing the rail corridor, where the train tracks are located, is a core part of many railway jobs. With railway tracks that are operational this raises many safety issues related to moving trains, electricity and other hazards.


No matter where you are working in Australia you will need to complete training to show you can safely access this area without putting anyone at risk. Whether you complete a specific rail corridor safety certificate, or an equivalent, depends on your role and employer, but the same knowledge is needed. 


WWe get many questions about safely accessing the rail corridor so we have compiled a list of the most common ones with answers. 


What is the Safely Access the Rail Corridor course?


The course was designed for rail workers who are required to enter the rail corridor as part of their role. It is designed to give learners the basic skills and knowledge needed to safely enter into and navigate the rail corridor, with the permission of the access provider. It has replaced the Ril Industry Safety Induction (RISI) as the nationally recognised course for safety around the rail corridor.


Do I need a Safely Access Rail Corridor to get my Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card?


The Safely Access the Rail Corridor course is a mandatory requirement for receiving the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card for many rail network providers. We recommend checking with your proposed employer about their training requirements when you are planning your training. Along with other medical and skills certifications, the Safely Access Rail Corridor course assessment is a requirement for your RIW card if you are employed by, or intend to be employed by, the follow rail network providers:



Other state rail authorities may not require this course completion, but they may have additional safety requirements for employment.


How can I get my Safely Access Rail Corridor certification?


You can complete your Safely Access the Rail Corridor course with registered and certified training providers round Australia. CERT offers this course to residents of Victoria, you can speak to us today about getting started. 


How long will the Safely Access the Rail Corridor qualification last for?


There is no expiry date on the Safely Access the Rail Corridor assessment, however you will need to ensure you have a valid medical assessment at all times. If this has expired you will need to get it renewed, you can check with CERT for options for renewing your medical assessment


What will I learn with this CERT course?


The CERT Safely Access the Rail Corridor assessment covers all the necessary safety topics needed to receive your RIW card. The course will show applicants:



Final Thoughts


For a long and safe career working on the railways it’s important that you are adequately qualified in both the skills and the safety regulations. Keeping yourself and others safe is your primary objective, and will ensure your long career. A railway job is very lucrative and can take you many places. Speak to CERT today about  how to get your railway job journey started with the right certifications.