What will I learn in a certificate II in rail infrastructure course?

Rail workers are some of the most highly assessed workers in Australia. The skilled nature of their work, the unique equipment and machines they work with and the often dangerous environment they are in means they need to show they can perform their role safely, which can be proven with Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure.

Rail workers are not only responsible for their own safety, but also for the safety of their team members and the general public as well who use Australia’s train tracks. As such, the safety regulations around the industry can often be very high and workers are required to prove they have the adequate certifications to work in the industry.

If you have an interest in working on the railway in Australia in a labouring role where you would need to enter the rail corridor and access the track, then the Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure is a must for you.

You may have heard of this course, but what exactly does it cover?

We will cover everything you need to know about the Cert II in Rail Infrastructure, what is covered in the course and other frequently asked questions. CERT is a nationally recognised training provider with full accreditations to provide training and assessment for the Cert II in Rail Infrastructure.


What is Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure??

The National Rail Labourer Course, also known as Cert II in Rail Infrastructure, provides a foundation of knowledge and key competencies needed for rail labouring and plant jobs.

To be considered a Rail Operator in Australia (ARO) this course is seen as a minimum requirement for working within the rail corridor. Track workers need to complete this course, along with the following two courses, to be eligible for the Rail Industry Workers (RIW) Card role as a ‘Rail Labourer – Worker’:

  • Safely Access the Rail Corridor
  • Construction Induction Card (White Card)

You can find more about all the requirements you would need to receive your RIW Card here as it’s a major recognition in the rail industry.

If you’re planning on being engaged in labour and other basic operations within the railway environment then you would need your Cert II.


What will I learn in the Cert II in Rail Infrastructure?

What Will I Learn in a Rail Infrastructure Course-1Your Cert II in rail Infrastructure course will cover a range of core and elective subjects to complete. All candidates are required to finish a minimum of 16 units, including 8 core units of study.

The 8 core units of study you will complete cover:

– Maintaining and using hand tools
– Shifting materials safely
– How to participate in basic workplace communication
– Following work health and safety requirements
– Applying environmental procedures to rail infrastructure
– Operating under track protection rules
– Applying fatigue management strategies
– Safely accessing the rail corridor

Safely accessing the rail corridor is a standard requirement for having a Rail Industry Worker (RIW) Card. If you already have a RIW card, or other existing assessments listed above, you may qualify for course credits for some units.

depending on your current role and learning stream there are additional subjects specific to those seeking Track Work roles, and those working in Track Surfacing.

Additionally, there are many general electives you can choose to complete to add specific knowledge to your railway awareness. Some of these include:

  • Install and maintain guard rails
  • Maintain rail joints
  • Install and maintain surface track drainage

You can find the full lists of core and elective units in the course overview.

How long will it take to get my Cert II in Rail Infrastructure?

The course is run over 2 days, in that time you will be

Can I do my Cert II in Rail Infrastructure online?

Due to Covid and the inability to hold face to face workshops in many states it is now possible to complete your full Cert II in Rail Infrastructure online. Mixed options may also be available that split the course between online and face to face.

CERT is currently offering online courses for your Cert II, find out which delivery formats are available through our Course Finder.

What roles can I get with my Cert II in Rail Infrastructure?

Your Cert II in rail Infrastructure will mean you are eligible for many roles in the rail industry. Common entry-level positions you could get with this qualification include:

  • Rail Protection Officer
  • Rail Worker
  • Track Installer
  • Track Worker

Rail industry position employment roles could help you progress to this role with significantly higher salaries and responsibilities:

  • Rail Safety Manager
  • Railway Shunter
  • Plant Operator
  • Senior Track Worker
  • Signaller



Final Thoughts

Get a kick start on your railway track worker career by undertaking the Cert II in Rail Infrastructure. Get the right qualifications, if you want to work on the railways and see where it can take you.

Workers who need to enter the rail corridor and access the track must have their Cert II in order to perform their job and find work.

Speak to CERT today and we can help you take the next steps in your rail career and help you stay certified.

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