Certificate II in Shunting


This is a general qualification for a person engaged in basic operations within the rail yard/terminal environment undertaking 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:


Terminal Operator.


Requirements for completion of the qualification

A successful assessment outcome for a total of 16 units of competency comprising:

10 core units listed below


6 elective units from the general elective units listed below. Alternatively, up to 3 units may be 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




Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB2122A

Apply awareness of fundamentals of rail operations in yards or sidings


Vehicle Operation

add topic TLIC3017A

Shunt rolling stock


Communication and Calculation

add topic TLIE1003A

add topic TLIE2007A

Participate in basic workplace communication

Use communication systems


Safety Management

add topic TLIF2006A

add topic TLIF2010A

add topic TLIF2080C

add topic TLIF3087A

Apply accident-emergency procedures

Apply fatigue management strategies

Safely access the rail corridor

Follow occupational health, safety and environmental procedures in the rail industry


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic TLIW2041A

add topic TLIW3026B

Clip points and apply rail safety equipment

Operate stand alone signalling/point control equipment

General Elective Units


Units of Competency


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB2131A

add topic TLIB3019A

add topic TLIB3021A

Prepare train

Test train braking system

Conduct train roll-by inspection


Operate Vehicles

add topic TLIC3045A

Operate road/rail vehicle


Communication and Calculation

add topic TLIE2008A

Process workplace documentation


Safety Management

add topic TLIF3085A

add topic TLIF3091A

Apply local incident response procedures

Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous materials requirements



add topic TLIU2012A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Equipment and Systems Operation

add topic RIIOHS205A

Control traffic with stop-slow bat


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for TLI22013 Certificate II in Shunting

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 shunting

Read and follow relevant, instructions, manuals, notices and signs applicable to their role

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to their role

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 any interpersonal conflicts that may arise during shunting activities

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others in the workplace

Collaborate with others in the course of their work

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 their work

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

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

Initiative and enterprise

Respond appropriately to any changes in equipment, standard operating procedures and the working 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 the their work within limits of responsibility

Manage time in the course of their work.

Self management

Interpret and apply applicable instructions and procedures

Follow work plans and schedules

Check own work performance.


Participate in updating of own knowledge and skills required for shunting activities, in response to any changes in the processes and equipment used in their workplace.


Operate equipment and use tools required as part of their work role

Follow and apply operational and servicing instructions for equipment used in their work

Follow and apply the applicable safeworking requirements and WHS/OHS procedures when using equipment and facilities.