Train Driver’s Assistant

The rail industries most recognised training to employment driver program!

What is the Train Driver’s Assistant Career Path Program?

CERT Training has partnered with Momentum Rail and Pacific National to offer aspiring Train Drivers an opportunity to gain entry into the Australian Rail Industry as a Train Driver’s Assistant by participating in our pre-vocational program.

Like all of our Career Path Programs, Street-to-Seat is a training initiative designed by CERT Training primarily to support individuals with no prior rail industry experience to gain either a qualification or a specific skill set to boost employment opportunities in rail operations.

However, the program is also able to support existing rail industry workers who wish to follow a new career path.

Career Path Programs provide trainees with an opportunity to gain industry-leading training and exposure to some of the rail industry’s largest and most well-known network employers.

The Street-to-Seat Career Path Program is designed to help bridge the gap between gaining a qualification and finding employment as a Train Driver’s Assistant.

The program requires applicants to successfully complete a nationally recognised training program with CERT Training to obtain the required qualifications to safely access network employer worksites. Following successful completion of the training, trainees will have the opportunity to progress to employment with Momentum Rail and/or other rail industry employers.

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

Are You Ready to Start Your Journey to Become A Qualified Train Driver’s Assistant?

Want to Know More?


Our next scheduled opportunity begins on:

Mid-March, 2023 in Sarina, Queensland

To register your interest for this opportunity, or future locomotive Driver Training programs hosted nationally, register your interest now.

What Does a Train Driver’s Assistant Do?

A Train Driver’s Assistant, works with staff across the entire rail network including network control and performing general rail duties as needed for the safety and operation of locomotives.

Prioritising rail safety is an important part of the role. Train Driver’s Assistants undertake rail communications and learn how to operate trains. They also perform general rail duties as needed for the safety and operation of locomotives.

The freight train rail environment operates 24/7 and therefore offers flexibility with working hours post completion of the training. Hours of work available for train driving, shunting and terminal operations include early morning, afternoon, or night shifts, as well as weekends and public holidays.

With the potential to expand your skills through additional training, becoming a Train Driver’s Assistant will open you up to a whole new world of opportunities.

What’s in it For You?

  • Flexible working hours
  • Flexible for regular shift selection
  • Great earning potential
  • Reliable and stable Industry
  • Lifetime career potential!

What Participants Say!

“Since completing the program, I have been working and gained secure employment. I would definitely recommend the Rail Career Path Program. I have a few friends who have come through the program too.”


Career Path Program Participant


What are the Program Requirements:

The role of a Train Driver Assistant 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 Many Weeks is the Program?

The Train Driver’s Assistant Career Path Program will run full-time for approximately 8-weeks commencing in March, 2023. The training component includes classroom theory and on-job training with our partner organisation’s.

What is Street-to-Seat?

Street-to-Seat is the program name for all training which provides the education pathway for learners to gain the skills or qualification to operate a locomotive or vehicle. The program is supported by industry employers who are seeking a specific skill sets and have a recruitment need in a particular area. Street-to-Seat enables students who receive their qualification to have the opportunity to gain employment with a partnership organisation. The Street-to-Seat programs include education opportunities to become a Train Driver, Train Driver’s Assistant (also known as a Second Person) and Bus Driver.

How Many Places Are Available?

The current opportunity is for 10 – 12 Driver Assistants located in the Sarina district, Queensland. However, we regularly support similar opportunities located around Australia and we encourage applications for alternate program locations at any time. We keep your details on file and will contact you when we open applications for future programs near you.

What Qualification Will I Receive?

Upon successful completion of all assessments, students will receive a Nationally Recognised Qualification comprised of the following units:

  • TLI23221 – Certificate II in Shunting
    TLIF0020 Safely Access The Rail Corridor
    TLIB3118 Apply Awareness of railway fundamentals
    TLIF0025 Follow Work Health & Safety Procedures
    TLID0020 Shift Materials Safely Using Manual Handling Methods
    TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies
    TLIE2007 Use communication systems
    TLIF0004 Apply Safety Critical communications in the Rail Environment
    TLIB0014 Carry out a train roll-by inspection
    TLIC0016 Identify & respond to signals & trackside signs
    TLIF3058 Apply Safe working rules & regulations to rail functions
    TLIB3026 Prepare for train operation
    TLIB3019 Test train braking system
    TLIB0017 Conduct a general train examination
    TLIC4074 Shunt, couple and uncouple rail vehicles
    TLIB0018 Identify & Rectify Minor Faults on Rail Traffic
    TLIF0004 Work effectively in a train driving environment
    TLIF2006 Apply accident emergency procedures