Terminal Operator Career Path Program

Your Rail Career Starts Here!

What is the Terminal Operator Rail Career Path Program?

Are you a positive, dedicated individual who is genuinely interested in starting your rail industry career? Then this pathway might be right for you!

Supported by rail industry employers Momentum Rail and Pacific National, the Terminal Operator Career Path Program can support your entry into rail and give you an opportunity to start a lifelong rail career in a stable and rewarding industry. You will be offered training to become a competent Terminal Operator able to contribute to the safe and successful running of freight and/or passenger rail terminals.

As part of the process, applicants will need to successfully complete a training program with CERT Training to obtain the required qualifications to safely access Rail Industry Partner Organisation sites and the opportunity to progress through to employment as a Terminal Operator with Momentum Rail.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for entry into the Rail Career Path Program and value diversity. We strongly encourage applications from females and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


The Terminal Operator Career Path Program is Waiting For You!

Register Your  Interest Today!


We are currently accepting Expressions of Interest for the Terminal Operator Rail Career Path Program.

Our next opportunity begins in:

Sydney in 2023

CERT Training has partnered with Momentum Rail Workforce Solutions to offer aspiring rail entrants, as well as current industry workers, an opportunity to gain entry into the Australian Rail Industry by participating in our pre-vocational program.

What Does a Terminal Operator Do?

A Terminal Operator’s key responsibilities include the coordination, planning, efficient assembly and dismantling of trains within the terminal yard environment. They undertake forward planning of terminal services, schedule trains and perform basic marshalling activities. Terminal Operators also take ownership of the loading and unloading of trains within terminals and sidings in accordance with safe-working and operational procedures.

Terminal Operators make it possible for the terminal to run on time and to schedule every day by performing critical equipment inspections, and operating equipment such as: forklifts, reach stackers, and scissor lifts.

Starting your rail career as a Terminal Operator would set you up for a lifetime of career opportunities in the rail industry.

What’s in it For You?

  • Regular working hours (shift work)
  • Localised work in Brisbane
  • Competitive casual pay rates
  • Reliable and stable Industry

No Experience? No Problem!

If you are interested in joining the rail industry, our Terminal Operator Career Path Program could be for you – no prior rail experience or education level is required! You will be offered training, support, guidance and information to support your journey from education to employment.

“The job is rewarding. It’s rewarding to be a female in a man’s job, and I would definitely recommend joining through the Career Path Program.”


Career Path Program Participant


What are the Program Requirements:

The role of the Terminal Operator is considered a safety critical position and requires that students are able to pass a Category 1 Rail Medical a National Police Check, hold a valid driver’s licence and undertake shift work. You must also have the right to live and work in Australia.

The program requires a financial contribution from students towards their training. Additional information regarding financial contributions will be provided to interested students.

How Long is the Program?

The Terminal Operator Career Path Program will run for approximately 5-weeks. The training component includes both classroom theory and on-job training with our partner organisation’s.

How Many Places Are Available?

Each Rail Career Path Program is tailored to suit the opportunities available with our partner organisation’s. Placement opportunities can increase or decrease depending on the needs of the terminal.

What Qualification Will I Receive?

Upon successful completion of all assessments, students will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units:

• TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor
• TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies
• TLIF0025 Follow work health and safety procedures
• TLIF2006 Apply accident emergency procedures
• TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
• TLIF3091 Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous materials
• TLIE2007 Use communication systems
• TLIB3018 Conduct full train examination
• TLIB3118 Apply awareness of railway fundamental