Our Courses

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Rail Critical Courses

Industry Common Induction (ICI)

Industry Common Induction is a requirement for all individuals prior to them working on or near the line. This is an e-learning package that can be independent study however the final assessment needs to be completed under invigilation at an approved training centre.

Successful learners will have the competency uploaded onto their Sentinel card.

Access Overhead Lines Construction Sites (OLEC1)

OLEC1 defines the requirements for persons required to access overhead line construction sites safely and effectively.

This is an industry mandatory requirement wherever there is the presence of AC lines.

Personal Track Safety (PTS) AC Initial

The key aim of this course is to ensure individuals understand their responsibilities and duties when working on or near the line.

  • Must be a minimum age of 16
  • Must pass a Network Rail Approved Medical, drug and alcohol examination.
  • Must have successfully completed the e-learning training and assessment prior to attendance.
  • Have sufficient command of the English language and practically demonstrate an emergency call.

DCCR Initial & Recertification

This course is intended to be an extra module to the current PTS course and is aimed at all staff working in DC electrified areas. It is designed to develop knowledge, understanding and skills. The course will provide you with the competence required to work on or adjacent a DC conductor rail.

Before attending this training you would have successfully passed the PTS course and have a valid Sentinel card endorsed with PTS.

Personal Track Safety (PTS) AC & DCCR Initial

Personal Track Safety training aims to instruct learners on correctly determining their responsibilities and duties when working on or near the line.

Working Near or Adjacent to DC Conductor Rails (DCCR) provides learners with the knowledge required to safely carry out their duties in DC electrified areas in line with current Network Rail standards.

This course is split into two days. The layout of the course is as follows:

• Day 1: PTS AC Initial*
• Day 2: DCCR Initial

*All learners must successfully pass the PTS AC Initial before they are able to move onto DCCR Initial.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  • Must be a minimum age of 16
  • Must pass a Network Rail Approved Medical, drug and alcohol examination.
  • Must have successfully completed the e-learning training and assessment prior to attendance.
  • Have sufficient command of the English language and practically demonstrate an emergency call.

Personal Track Safety (PTS) AC & DCCR Initial, Access Overhead Lines Construction Sites (OLEC1) & Industry Common Induction (ICI)

This course compliments the PTS AC & DCCR Initial by the provision of mandatory elements (ICI & OLEC1). Required by all persons before they can go on or near the line.

Personal Track Safety (PTS) AC & DCCR Initial & Access Overhead Lines Construction Sites (OLEC1)

This course is split into two days. The layout of the course is as follows:

• Day 1: PTS AC Initial*
• Day 2: DCCR Initial

*All learners must successfully pass the PTS AC Initial before they are able to move onto DCCR Initial.

Pre-requisites & Requirements:

  • Must be a minimum age of 16
  • Must pass a Network Rail Approved Medical, drug and alcohol examination.
  • Must have successfully completed the e-learning training and assessment prior to attendance.
  • Have sufficient command of the English language and practically demonstrate an emergency call.

Lookout (LKT) / Site Warden (SW)

The Lookout/Site Warden course is designed to train persons who are responsible for undertaking Lookout/Site Warden training as part of their duties on Network Rail Infrastructure.

It is designed to develop a person’s knowledge, understanding and skills and is therefore particularly suited to persons required to prove their competence in these areas.

The aim of this course is to provide learners with both the technical and non-technical skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake their duties in line with its unit of competence.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card.
  • Must meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard Competence Specific Fitness including Drug and Alcohol Medical Requirements.
  • It is the responsibility of delegates’ Local Manager to decide upon their suitability to attend this course, in accordance with the current issue of Competence and Training in Track Safety.

Individual Working Alone (IWA)

This course is designed to train persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Individual Working Alone (IWA) competence.

The IWA competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to work on or near the line on their own.

The aim of the course is to provide learners with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake IWA duties in line with the IWA unit of competence.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card.
  • Must meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard Competence Specific Fitness including Drug & Alcohol Medical Requirements.
  • It is the responsibility of delegates’ Local Manager to decide upon their suitability to attend this course, in accordance with the current issue of Competence and Training in Track Safety.

Controller of Site Safety (COSS) Initial OLP, CRP/LLT

This course is designed to train persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Controller of Site Safety (COSS) competence.

The COSS competence will be held by anyone who is required to set up a safe system of work on or near the line for a group (two or more people).

A COSS can also carry out the duties of an IWA, provided there are no medical restrictions that would prevent this.

The course includes the importance of using the correct communication protocols and adopting the appropriate behaviours to be able to carry out this role safely and effectively.

The course will include Overhead Line Permit (OLP) & Conductor Rail Permit (CRP) required for individuals who will be working within areas that require isolation permits.

Pre-requisites & Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Meets the entry requirements of PTS competence
  • Good level of literacy required
  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card
  • Meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard Competence Specific Fitness Medical including Drug and Alcohol Requirements
  • The Pre-COSS workbook needs to be completed and the Sponsor must register the completion of the Pre-COSS workbook with Sentinel

Controller of Site Safety (COSS) Re-certification

This course is designed as a refresher to train staff to correctly determine their responsibilities and duties when acting as a Controller of Site Safety.

Pre-requisites & Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Meets the entry requirements of PTS competence
  • Good level of literacy required
  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card
  • Meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard Competence Specific Fitness Medical including Drug and Alcohol Requirements
  • The Pre-COSS workbook needs to be completed and the Sponsor must register the completion of the Pre-COSS workbook with Sentinel
  • A minimum of 4 logbook entries is required

Protection Controller (PC)

This course is designed to train persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Protection Controller (PC) competence.

A PC must be appointed when a line blockage is required to be taken and shared by two or more COSSs or IWAs.

The PC course will take learners through the procedures as set out in the Rule Book, as well as highlighting the importance of using the correct communication protocols and adopting the appropriate behaviours to be able to carry out this role safely and effectively.

Pre-requisites & Requirements:

  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card.
  • Must meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard Competence Specific Fitness including Drug and Alcohol Medical Requirements.
  • It is the responsibility of delegates’ Local Manager to decide upon their suitability to attend this course, in accordance with the current issue of Competence and Training in Track Safety.

Level Crossing Attendant (LXA)

This course is designed to train persons who are responsible for undertaking this course as part of their duties on Network Rail Infrastructure. It is designed to develop a persons knowledge, understanding and skills and is therefore particularly suited to persons required to prove their capability in these areas.

The aim of this course is to provide learners with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake their duties as a Level Crossing Attendant.

Pre-requisites & Requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 18.
  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card endorsed with PTS and IWA or COSS.
  • Must meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard Medical including Drug and Alcohol Fitness.
  • Must have a good level of literacy to meet Entry Qualifications.

Points Operator (PO)

This course is designed to train persons who are responsible for undertaking this course as part of their duties on Network Rail Infrastructure. It is designed to develop a persons knowledge, understanding and skills and is therefore particularly suited to persons required to prove their capability in these areas.

The aim of this course is to provide learners with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake Points Operator duties.

Pre-requisites & Requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 18.
  • Must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card endorsed with PTS and IWA or COSS.
  • Must meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard Medical including Drug and Alcohol Fitness.
  • Must have a good level of literacy to meet Entry Qualifications.

Track Induction Course

To instruct candidates on correctly determining their responsibilities and duties when working on or near the line and to give delegates a basic understanding of the principles of track engineering including permanent way construction, components and work methods.

Course Aims
To provide the basic underpinning knowledge of permanent way construction, components and working methods associated with maintenance, renewal, repair, adjustment and dismantling of permanent way assets.

Who Is The Course Suitable For?
The course is designed for candidates new to track engineering who will be undertaking duties that require them to work on a ballast shoulder, sleepers and running rails. (This is known as the ballast box)

Course Objectives
On successful completion of the course the candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to use tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of Permanent Way terms and procedures.
  • Plain line and switches and crossings including rails, sleepers, bearers, ballast, fastenings, pads, insulators, clips, fishplates, bolts, tie bars, stretcher bars, switch heaters and lubricators.
  • Joints, including insulated joints.
  • Adjustment switches.
  • Drains.
  • Vegetation.
  • Civil Engineering Structures, including cuttings, embankment and culverts.
  • Signalling equipment including signals; point machines, AWS inductors; TPWS track equipment; axle counters; on track and line-side cables.

Pre-requisites & Requirements
Candidates will need to have successfully completed their PTS Initial training prior to attending the course.

Small Tools/Plant

Candidates will be shown how to operate and proper use of various power tools that are used within the Rail Industry.

Pre-requisites & Requirements:

  • Must be over the age of 16.
  • Have appropriate PP (task specific).
  • Must be able to fully demonstrate practical application as well as take part in all activities.

Personal Track Safety (PTS) AC & DCCR Re-certification

PTS and DCCR Re-Certification course for individuals who already hold a Personal Track Safety (PTS) endorsement on their Sentinel card.

Rail Safety Critical On-Site Assessments

Below you will find a list of the On-Site assessments that can be carried out by an NSAR approved and assured assessor.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for an On-Site assessment please contact us.

Individual Working Alone Assessment

Controller of Site Safety (Probationary & Interim) Assessment

Engineering Supervisor (Probationary & Interim) Assessment

Machine Controller/Crane Controller Assessment

Health And Safety In The Workplace

Basic Life Support

This course is suitable for anyone, of any age, who is interested in dealing with an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally, or not. It includes managing an incident, maintaining an open airway for a breathing casualty and resuscitation (CPR) for a casualty who is not breathing normally. 

This is a 3 hour course consisting of theory and practical work.
 
Although there is no formal assessment, the trainer will assess each individual ongoing throughout the course and issue a certificate of attendance. 
 
There is no age limit for those who wish to attend.

Emergency First Aid At Work

This one day course is for any individual that requires Emergency First Aid at Work training. 

Upon completing the course all learners will have the skills and knowledge to provide Emergency First Aid that can provide treatment to casualties in a prompt, safe and effective manner.
 
This course is a minimum of six contact hours in the classroom, consisting of practical and theoretical activities, plus some pre-course activity could be required.
Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

First Aid at Work

This comprehensive three-day course covers a wide range of first aid emergencies, enabling all candidates to deal with emergency situations with confidence in a prompt, safe and effective way.

In addition, this course will include any protocol changes that may have arisen since the candidates last training course.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

Appointed Person

This is a 2 hour course and is entirely theory based. There will be no practicial training involved in this course.

A certificate of attendance is issued to all those who attend.

Learners must be a minimum of 16 years to qualify.

First Aid At Work Requalification

Pre-requisites & Requirements

This two-day First Aid at Work course is designed for those who currently hold a First Aid at Work qualification and are due to expire.

  • A First Aider can renew their FAW qualification by attending a 2-day re-qualification course without question, if it’s within 1 month past the expiry date.
  • If the First Aider has lapsed by more than 1 month, but no longer than 3 months, then the First Aider can re-qualify by attending a 2-day course providing ‘Special considerations’ have been applied.

Special considerations are:

  • A signed letter from the employer to the provider of the training stating the reasons why in their opinion, the First Aider is suitably experienced to attend a 2-day course and does not require a full 3-day FAW course.
  • A decision is made by the provider of the training after discussions with the employer, or the First Aider, and deciding that their previous experience is sufficient to attend a full 2-day FAW course.
  • If the First Aider has lapsed beyond 3 months then they must attend a full 3-day FAW course.

Duration
A minimum of 12 hours spread over at least two days. Bespoke courses over longer durations can be arranged upon request.

Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health Half Day

This half day course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and the skills to start a conversation and be able to signpost the person towards professional help.

This course is a minimum of 4 hours spread over at least one day. Bespoke courses over longer durations can be arranged upon request.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health Full Day

This 1-day course covers the content of the Level 1 (Awareness of First Aid for Mental health) course but also expands on the effects of drugs and alcohol, incorporates the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and covers ways in which a positive mental health culture can be supported within a workplace.

This course runs for a minimum of 6 hours spread over at least one day. Bespoke courses over longer durations can be arranged upon request.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

Health And Safety In The Workplace Level 1

This is an excellent introduction to health and safety in the workplace and will benefit any worker, in any industry or sector and accommodates induction training for the new employee very well.

All aspects of Health and Safety are important to a business whether you are an employee, contractor or supplier and this half-day course will benefit both the learner and the business, ensuring that the working environment is a safe and healthy one.

No previous experience is necessary.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

Health And Safety In The Workplace Level 2

This is an excellent introduction to Health and Safety in the workplace and will benefit all employees, particularly those who mat be accepting a health and safety role, such as safety representative within their organisation. Successful candidates will be awarded a national Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland) qualification which will provide an ideal platform to higher level training or career development.

This is a one-day classroom based course. Dependant on the learner’s experience, there may well be some pre-course reading.

Learners must be a minimum of 16 years of age to qualify.

In-House Manual Handling

This course provides an ideal approach to safer and more effective manual handling – not only meeting HSE (Health & Safety Executive) recommendations, but also promoting good and safe practices in any situation.

This course is non-regulated. Upon completion, candidates will receive a durable card demonstrating competance in this area.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

OFQUAL Manual Handling Level 2

This course provides an ideal approach to safer and more effective manual handling – not only meeting HSE (Health & Safety Executive) recommendations, but also promoting good and safe practices in any situation.

This is a 6-hour classroom based course. Dependant on the learner’s experience, there may well be some pre-course or post-course reading.

Upon completing the course learners will receive a Level 2 Award in Manual Handling.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

In-House Fire Safety Awareness

This course is designed for all employees as an introduction to fire awareness and is an excellent ingredient in the induction programme of new employees. It deals with how fire can occur and what to do in the event of a fire. The qualification also provides a foundation for those employees who want to develop their basic fire safety awareness in order to assist their employer by undertaking more specific fire safety roles in the workplace to manage fire risk (e.g. as fire wardens/marshals/stewards etc.)

Upon completing the course, candidates will receive a durable card demonstrating competence in this area.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

In-House Fire Safety Awareness

This course is designed for all employees as an introduction to fire awareness and is an excellent ingredient in the induction programme of new employees. It deals with how fire can occur and what to do in the event of a fire. The qualification also provides a foundation for those employees who want to develop their basic fire safety awareness in order to assist their employer by undertaking more specific fire safety roles in the workplace to manage fire risk (e.g. as fire wardens/marshals/stewards etc.)

Upon completing the course, candidates will receive a durable card demonstrating competence in this area.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

In-House Fire Safety Awareness

This course is designed for all employees as an introduction to fire awareness and is an excellent ingredient in the induction programme of new employees. It deals with how fire can occur and what to do in the event of a fire. The qualification also provides a foundation for those employees who want to develop their basic fire safety awareness in order to assist their employer by undertaking more specific fire safety roles in the workplace to manage fire risk (e.g. as fire wardens/marshals/stewards etc.)

Upon completing the course, candidates will receive a durable card demonstrating competence in this area.

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

OFQUAL Fire Safety Awareness Level 1

This course is designed for all employees as an introduction to fire awareness and is an excellent ingredient in the induction programme of new employees. It deals with how fire can occur and what to do in the event of a fire. The qualification also provides a foundation for those employees who want to develop their basic fire safety awareness in order to assist their employer by undertaking more specific fire safety roles in the workplace to manage fire risk (e.g. as fire wardens/marshals/stewards etc).

Successful candidates will be awarded a national Level 1 qualification (Level 4 in Scotland).

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

OFQUAL Fire Safety Awareness Level 2

This course is designed for employees who want to develop their basic fire safety awareness in order to assist their employer by undertaking more specific fire safety roles in the workplace to manage fire risk (e.g. as fire wardens/marshals/stewards etc).

Successful candidates will be awarded a national Level 2 qualification (Level 5 in Scotland).

Learners must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

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