Certificate III in Rail Track Surfacing


This is a general qualification for a person engaged in the installation and maintenance of mechanical rail track and the operation of track surfacing and other track equipment. 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. A possible job title relevant to this qualification includes:

Rail track surfacer.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of 11 units of competency comprising:

7 core units listed below


4 elective units from the elective units listed below, with up to 2 of those units drawn with appropriate contextualisation from any currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course, provided that the units contribute 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:



BEquipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB3094B Check and repair track geometry

ECommunication and Calculation

add topic TLIE2007A Use communication systems

add topic TLIE2029A Conduct workplace information briefings

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF3003A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety procedures


add topic TLIJ3002A Apply quality systems

SConstruction and Installation

add topic TLIS3026B Implement track maintenance and construction

add topic TLIS3039A Measure and mark track for resurfacing

Elective units:



BEquipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB2092A Operate minor mechanical equipment

CVehicle Operation

add topic TLIC3045A Operate road/rail vehicle

ECommunication and Calculation

add topic TLIE2008A Process workplace documentation

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF2006A Apply accident-emergency procedures

add topic TLIF3058A Apply safeworking rules and regulations to rail functions

add topic TLIF3089A Implement fatigue management policies and procedures for rail infrastructure


add topic TLIG1001A Work effectively with others

add topic TLIG3002A Lead a work team or group


add topic TLIK2010A Use infotechnology devices in the workplace

SConstruction and Installation

add topic TLIS2034A Install and repair rail fastening systems

add topic TLIS3025A Implement ballast unloading


add topic TLIU4001A Implement and monitor environmental protection policies and procedures

WEquipment and Systems Operations

add topic TLIW2028A Identify the principles of ballast cleaning operations

add topic TLIW2029A Identify the principles of ballast regulator operations

add topic TLIW2030A Identify the principles of dynamic track stabiliser operations

add topic TLIW2031A Identify the principles of self-propelled rail grinder operations

add topic TLIW2032A Identify the principles of tamping machine operations

add topic TLIW2033A Identify the principles of track laying operations


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this qualification are successful completion of TLI21311 Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure (Track Surfacing) or relevant industry experience gained by working within the rail infrastructure environment.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TLI31811 Certificate III in Rail Track Surfacing

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the Transport and Logistics Industry for this qualification. The 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:


Implement and monitor communication systems and procedures required when surfacing rail track

Read and interpret relevant regulations, instructions, signs and labels applicable to rail track surfacing

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to rail operations and, in particular, rail track surfacing

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to rail track surfacing

Write documents as part of duties, including where applicable completion of relevant forms, timesheets, service logs and incident reports

Negotiate issues with others in the course of rail track surfacing

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment


Collaborate with others in the course of rail track surfacing

Provide leadership to other personnel in the workplace

Motivate others in the workplace

Assist others in the workplace to achieve and maintain competence

Assist in the resolution of interpersonal conflicts that may arise during work operations

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others in the workplace

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 surfacing

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of rail track surfacing and take appropriate action to report or resolve the problems within limits of responsibility

Identify and control hazards and risks in a range of situations related to rail track surfacing and take appropriate precautions

Use mathematics to solve various calculations related to rail track surfacing

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing situations and contingencies

Take appropriate initiative in a range of operational situations

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

Monitor systems and procedures for compliance with regulations and codes of practice

Implement workplace security and safety management systems

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect and interpret information needed in the course of track surfacing

Manage time and priorities in the course of track surfacing

Self management

Interpret and apply regulations and instructions

Evaluate own work performance


Contribute to learning and assessment activities in the workplace

Assist others to adapt to changes in workplace systems, equipment, procedures and the workplace operating environment

Assist in the instruction, coaching or mentoring of others in the workplace

Contribute to the assessment of competence of others in the workplace

Assist in the creation of a learning environment in the rail industry workplace

Adapt own competence in response to changes in the processes and equipment used in track surfacing

Update own knowledge and skills required for rail track surfacing


Use equipment and materials required when rail track surfacing

Follow and apply operational and servicing instructions for equipment used when rail track surfacing

Follow and apply OH&S procedures when carrying out rail track surfacing