Certificate II in Rail Track Vehicle Driving


This is a general qualification for a person driving a medium/heavy rail track vehicle from one location to another over main line track. It involves a broad range of skilled applications in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures. It may also include responsibility for coordinating the work of others.

Job roles:

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

Track Vehicle Operator/Driver

Track Machine Driver.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of 17 units of competency comprising:

11 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




Vehicle Operation

add topic TLIC2075A

add topic TLIC2076A

add topic TLIC2078A

add topic TLIC2080A

Drive and monitor medium/heavy self-propelled on-track equipment

Establish and operate braking system on medium/heavy self-propelled on-track equipment

Identify and respond to signals and trackside signs

Start up, shut down and stable medium/heavy self-propelled on-track equipment


Communication and Calculation

add topic TLIE1003A

Participate in basic workplace communication


Safety Management

add topic TLIF1001A

add topic TLIF2010A

add topic TLIF2080C

add topic TLIF2106A

Follow occupational health and safety procedures

Apply fatigue management strategies

Safely access the rail corridor

Respond to emergencies and abnormal situations when driving medium/heavy on-track vehicles



add topic TLIU2008A

Apply environmental procedures to rail infrastructure


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic TLIW2001A

Operate under track protection rules

General Elective Units




Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB1028A

add topic TLIB1093A

add topic TLIB2001A

add topic TLIB2085A

add topic TLIB2091A

add topic TLIB2130A

add topic TLIB2133A

Maintain and use hand tools

Clean equipment and restore worksite

Check and assess operational capabilities of equipment

Apply track fundamentals

Measure and record track geometry

Diagnose and rectify minor faults on on-track vehicles

Test medium/heavy track vehicle braking system


Vehicle Operation

add topic TLIC2054B

add topic TLIC0083A

add topic TLIC0084A

add topic TLIC2074A

Access rail track to run track vehicle within defined worksite

Access rail track to travel track vehicle under occupancy authority

Access rail track to travel track vehicle/s under block working conditions

Couple and uncouple track maintenance vehicles


Load Handling

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


Communication and Calculation

add topic TLIE2008A

add topic TLIE2031A

Process workplace documentation

Use communication systems for on-track vehicle operations


Safety Management

add topic TLIF2006A

add topic TLIF2018A

add topic TLIF3058A

add topic TLIF3091A

Apply accident-emergency procedures

Operate firefighting equipment

Apply safeworking rules and regulations to rail functions

Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous materials requirements


Customer Service

add topic TLII4022A

Identify and meet customer requirements



add topic TLIK2010A

Use infotechnology devices in the workplace


Construction and Installation

add topic TLIS2030A

Carry out track ballasting


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic TLIW2028A

add topic TLIW2029A

add topic TLIW2030A

add topic TLIW2031A

add topic TLIW2032A

add topic TLIW2033A

add topic TLIW2037B

add topic TLIW3026B

Identify the principles of ballast cleaning operations

Identify the principles of ballast regulator operations

Identify the principles of dynamic track stabiliser operations

Identify the principles of self-propelled rail grinder operations

Identify the principles of tamping machine operations

Identify the principles of mechanised track laying operations

Clip and secure points

Operate stand alone signalling point control equipment


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for TLI32113 Certificate II in Rail Track Vehicle Driving

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 rail track vehicle driving

Read and follow relevant, instructions, manuals, notices and signs applicable to their role as a rail track vehicle driver

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to their role as a rail track vehicle driver

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 rail track vehicle driving

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others in the workplace

Collaborate with others in the course of rail track vehicle driving

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 rail track vehicle driving

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

Recognise hazards and risks in a range of rail track vehicle driving 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 rail track vehicle driving within limits of responsibility

Manage time when driving rail track vehicles.

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 rail track vehicle driving, in response to any changes in the processes and equipment used in rail track vehicle driving.


Operate equipment and use tools required during rail track vehicle driving

Follow and apply operational and servicing instructions for equipment used during rail track vehicle driving

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