Train Driver

The rail industries most recognised training to employment driver program!

What is the Train Driver 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 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.

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, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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

Ready to Get Started?


Our next Train Driver’s Program begins:

January, 2024

In both Bowen and Gladstone

Start your application by registering your interest today.

What Does a Train Driver Do?

A Train Driver, 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 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 will open you up to a whole new world of opportunities.

What’s in it For You?

  • Flexible working hours
  • 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  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 applicants to attend an information session, undergo pre-qualification checks and make a financial contribution towards their training. Additional information regarding financial contributions will be provided to interested students.

How Many Weeks is the Program?

The Train Driver’s Career Path Program will run full-time for approximately 7-weeks commencing January, 2024. 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 8 Train Drivers located at Bowen and Gladstone. 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 Certification will I Receive?

Upon successful completion of all assessments, students will receive the Nationally Recognised Qualification TLI42622 – Cert IV in Train Driving and a Statement of Attainment for the following units:

TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies
TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor
TLIF0025 Follow work health and safety procedures
TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
TLIF0008 Apply safety critical communications in the rail environment
TLIB3118 Apply awareness of railway fundamentals
TLIF2006 Apply accident emergency procedures
TLIF3091 Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous materials requirements
TLIF3058 Apply safeworking rules and regulations to rail functions
TLIC0016 Identify and respond to signals and trackside signs
TLIF0004 Work Effectively in a Train Driving Enviroment
TLIB0017 Conduct a general train examination
TLIB0014 Carry out train roll-by inspection
TLIB3019 Test train braking system
TLIC4074 Shunt, couple and uncouple rail vehicles
TLIB3026 Prepare for train operation
TLIB3075 Inspect and prepare a motive power unit
TLIC3027 Stable a motive power unit
TLIC0020 Operate and monitor a motive power unit
TLIB0018 Identify and rectify minor faults on rail traffic
TLIF0028 Respond to abnormal situations and emergencies when operating rail traffic
TLIC0024 Operate train with due consideration of route conditions
TLIC4019 Drive train to operational requirements