Introduction to Rail

Would you like to find a job in Australia’s booming rail industry?

Railtrain can help your resume get on track with our Introduction to Rail course.

Our Introduction to Rail course is developed by rail industry experts and can be completed through a combination of self-paced online learning, and in-class real-time video conferencing sessions facilitated by our experienced trainers.

Enrol today or email or contact (08) 9470 4999 to find out more information.

What learners are saying about our Introduction to Rail course:

This was a great learning experience and very easy to manage through the Railtrain interface…. I think the amount I learned in a short space of time exceeded my expectations. I also felt the value was beyond my expectations as well… Rhet was a wonderful assessor during the livestream. Juggled the needs and questions of different people while never making things feel overwhelming. 

– James L

I believe Railtrain is an excellent Registered Training Organisation and the Introduction to Rail program it conducts is both extremely informative and very interesting… It was an absolute pleasure working with Bec and Rhet. It can sometimes make you a little nervous when you are commencing something new, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it. 
– James G


This course provides a flexible, online delivery pathway for learners looking to develop entry-level, regulatory knowledge and skills needed to work in the Rail Industry.

Learning Content includes:

The training course covers vital competencies for the railway industry, including:

  • Develop an awareness of railway fundamentals.
  • Taking appropriate safety precautions to access the danger zone, access the rail corridor and respond appropriately in an emergency.
  • Following workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control, contributing to WHS/OHS management arrangements and completing WHS/OHS records.
  • Apply effective safety critical communications.
  • Identifying legislation relating to hazardous substances and dangerous goods, segregating dangerous goods and hazardous substances, and dealing with incidents involving hazardous substances and dangerous goods; and
  • Identifying and acting on signs of fatigue and implementing appropriate strategies to minimise fatigue during work activities.


The course is completed online, through a blend of self-paced progression, and facilitation via Microsoft Teams by Railtrain’s trainers who are qualified rail operations training experts, with many years’ experience in different organisations and networks across the industry.

A total of seven units of competency are offered as part of this training course, broken into three stages:

Stage 1. Online training & assessment (self-paced)

  • TLIF3091 Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous materials requirements
  • TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies

The typical training and assessment duration for Stage 1 is 12 hours

Stage 2. Online training and formative assessment (self-paced)

  • TLIF0020 Safely Access the Rail corridor
  • TLIB3118 Apply awareness of railway fundamentals
  • TLIF0025 Follow work health and safety procedures
  • TLIF0008 Apply safety critical communications in the rail environment
  • TLIF2006 Apply accident-emergency procedures

The typical training and assessment duration for Stage 2 is 14 hours

Stage 3. Online facilitated revision & assessment (one day, Microsoft Teams)

The typical training and assessment duration for Stage 3 is 8 hours


The cost for the course is $990 (GST Free) per learner, to be paid as part of enrolment.


Please ​​​email or contact us on (08) 9470 4999 to register your interest. Enrolments will be open starting January 2024.


Contact our team to find out more
or enrol today!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What IT equipment do I need to complete this online course?

  • Access to a Laptop / Desktop Computer.
  • Web Camera with Microphone.
  • Headphones & Speakers.
  • Microsoft Teams.
  • Sufficient data.

What is the typical time required to complete this online course?

34 hours in total; 12 hours = Stage 1, 14 hours = Stage 2, & 8 hours = Stage 3.

When can I start my training?

Immediately after enrolment is confirmed. Our training team will be in touch to provide you with log in details to access the online course.

Do I need to complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy Assessment?

As part of the enrolment process, you will be assessed to confirm you have the LLN skills required to complete this course

When are the trainer facilitated Stage 3 dates scheduled?

Stage 3 assessment dates will be scheduled as soon as possible once Stage 1 & 2 have been completed at a time mutually suitable for all stakeholders.

What are the course minimum and maximum Learner numbers during Stage 3 (facilitated revision & assessment)?

Min (1) & max numbers (4).

Does Railtrain conduct assurance audits on the completed self-paced training?

The beginning of the facilitated Stage 3 will include revision of the earlier Stages.

Do I receive any price discount if I meet eligibility requirements regarding Credit Transfer?

Learners who can provide a current Statement of Attainment or USI transcript will receive a discount of $25 per unit of competency.

How long do I have to complete this course once I have enrolled?

All active enrolments will be open for 3 months from time of enrolment.

Does completion of this course guarantee employment in the Rail Industry?

Different job roles within the Rail Industry require different pre-requisites, which may include however not limited to:

  • Safety psychometric assessment,
  • LLN assessment,
  • Fitness to work,
  • Medical assessment,
  • Drug & alcohol screening,
  • Police checks, and
  • Personal reference checks.

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TLIF0045 Investigate rail safety incidents

What your organisation gets from this course

  • Employees skilled in rail safety investigations
  • Less reliance on outside expertise
  • An organisation better prepared to meet compliance requirements
  • Important professional development for existing and new staff

Course information

This 4-day program will cover the skills and knowledge required to investigate an incident associated with railway operations in accordance with rail safety regulatory and workplace requirements.


The sessions will comprehensively cover the following topics:

Determining a Terms of Reference

  • Receiving or developing a TOR to guide the investigation
  • Determining the investigation scope

Factual details and sequence of events

  • Incident timelines
  • Determining facts

Investigating methodology / Evidence gathering

  • Recognising different types of rail specific evidence
  • Gathering evidence in order of priority

Interview techniques

  • Planning the interviews
  • Developing questions
  • Practical interviews as part of the simulated investigation

Analysis of evidence guided by a variety of rail specific tools

  • Five Why’s
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Factor mapping

Findings / conclusions

  • Identifying root cause
  • Contributory factors
  • Human factors and behaviours
  • Recommendations and safety actions to prevent recurrence

A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in the unit TLIF0045 Investigate rail safety incidents is given to all participants who successfully complete the theory and practical assessments.

Course suitability

This program is intended for:

  • Operational employees who may be involved in rail safety investigations
  • Operations and rail infrastructure Supervisors and Managers
  • Rail safety professionals
  • Other corporate staff who may be involved in rail safety investigations


Course delivery is over 4 consecutive days of face-to-face classroom contact and site-based investigations of a simulated incident, either on client company premises or Railtrain’s training facilities. The course can be delivered in-house where a client company has:

  • 3 or more participants and no more than 9 participants
  • Suitable training venue, infrastructure, and equipment including:
  • A short section of track
  • 1 piece of rolling stock: a wagon, locomotive, or track trolley. (The rolling stock only needs to be stationary.)

Alternatively, delivery can be at our training facilities. Workshops will be scheduled to meet participant demand. Course may be deferred if minimum numbers are not met.


The cost for this course is $2,700 per person (GST Free). An amount of $1,500 is to be paid at enrolment. The balance is due once attendance is confirmed, to be paid on Day 1 of the course.

Want more information?

Contact us on (08) 9470 4999 or to discuss your needs, potential delivery options. Railtrain is a national Registered Training Organisation that delivers training services exclusively for the rail industry.

Our services include:

  • Training programs in rail operations, rail infrastructure and rail safety investigations
  • Traineeship delivery and advice on possible funding opportunities to offset training costs
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) services for those with relevant knowledge and skills
  • Verification of Competence (VOC) assessments, Safeworking and other enterprise training
  • Development of training and assessment materials customised to client requirements and mapped to national qualifications

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