Certificate II in Track Protection

Please note RTO to insert unit group selected from the group choice below on the testamur


This is a general qualification for a person engaged in basic operations in the rail infrastructure environment undertaking track protection activities. This includes a range of tasks involving known routines and procedures, and taking some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.

Job roles:

Job roles and titles vary across different sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

Track Protection – Track Blocking

Track protection officer

Track Protection – Handsignaller



Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of 15 units of competency comprising:

10 core units listed below


all specialist elective units from Group A or Group B listed below


2 general elective units from the elective units listed below, or drawn with appropriate contextualisation from any currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course, provided that the unit contributes to the vocational outcome of the qualification

Where imported units are selected, care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified in the unit are complied with.

Core units:



DLoad Handling

add topic TLID1001A Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

ECommunication and Calculation

add topic TLIE1003A Participate in basic workplace communication

add topic TLIE2007A Use communication systems

add topic TLIE2008A Process workplace documentation

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF1001A Follow occupational health and safety procedures

add topic TLIF2010A Apply fatigue management strategies

add topic TLIF2080C Safely access the rail corridor


add topic TLIG1001A Work effectively with others


add topic TLIU2008A Apply environmental procedures to rail infrastructure

WEquipment and Systems Operations

add topic TLIW2001A Operate under track protection rules

Specialist elective units:

Select all units from one of the following specialist elective groups:

Group A: Track Blocking

Group B: Handsignaller

Group ATrack Blocking



ECommunication and Calculation

add topic TLIE1005A Carry out basic workplace calculations

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF3083B Conduct track protection assessment

LResource Management

add topic TLIL3082A Implement absolute signal blocking

Group BHandsignaller



BEquipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB2085A Apply track fundamentals

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF2081B Perform lookout duties

add topic TLIF2082B Perform handsignaller duties

General elective units:



ECommunication and Calculation

add topic TLIE2029A Conduct workplace information briefings

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF2006A Apply accident-emergency procedures

add topic TLIF2097A Use audible track warning devices

add topic RIIOHS205A Control traffic with a stop-slow bat

add topic RIIOHS302A Implement traffic management plan


add topic TLIK2010A Use infotechnology devices in the workplace

WEquipment and Systems Operations

add topic TLIW3026B Operate stand alone signalling/point control equipment

add topic TLIW2037B Clip and secure points

add topic TLIW2038A Place and remove temporary speed restriction equipment

add topic TLIW2039A Place and remove permanent way stop boards


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TLI21911 Certificate II in Track Protection

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the Transport and Logistics Industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Use communication systems and procedures used in track protection activities

Read and follow relevant instructions, manuals, notices and signs applicable to role within track protection activities

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to track protection activities

Complete documents as part of duties, including completion of relevant forms

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment


Participate in the resolution of interpersonal conflicts that may arise during track protection activities

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others in the workplace

Collaborate with others in the course of track protection activities

Work with persons of different ages, gender, race, religion, political persuasion, etc.

Problem solving

Identify and solve or report problems arising in the course of track protection activities

Recognise problems that may occur in the course of track protection activities and take appropriate action to report or resolve the problems within limits of responsibility

Recognise hazards and risks in a range of rail situations and take appropriate precautions

Initiative and enterprise

Respond appropriately to changes in equipment, standard operating procedures and the work environment

Planning and organising

Follow and apply operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures

Comply with applicable rail and safety regulations and codes of practice

Follow and apply workplace security and safety management systems and safeworking requirements

Collect and interpret information needed in the course of track protection activities within limits of responsibility

Manage time in the course of track protection activities

Self management

Interpret and apply applicable instructions and procedures

Follow work plans and schedules

Check own work performance


Participate in updating own knowledge and skills required for rail activities, in response to any changes in the processes and equipment used in track protection activities


Operate equipment and tools required during track protection activities

Follow and apply operational and servicing instructions for equipment used during track protection activities

Follow and apply the applicable safeworking requirements and OH&S procedures when using rail equipment and facilities