Certificate III in Rail Signalling


This is a general qualification for a person engaged in the controlling of rail traffic movements and operations within a defined or local area.

It involves a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgment in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures. It may also include responsibility for coordinating the work of others.

Job roles:

This includes but is not limited to the following job roles:


Area controller

Yard controller


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of 12 units of competency comprising:

8 core units listed below


4 elective units from the elective units listed below; of which up to 2 units may be 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:



E Communication and Calculation

add topic TLIE3022A Complete workplace documents

add topic TLIE3023A Use electronic communication systems

F Safety Management

add topic TLIF1001A Follow occupational health and safety procedures

add topic TLIF2010A Apply fatigue management strategies

add topic TLIF3058A Apply safeworking rules and regulations to rail functions

add topic TLIF3085A Apply local incident response procedures

LResource Management

add topic TLIL3071A Control and coordinate local rail traffic movement

add topic TLIL3072A Operate signal panel or equipment

Elective units:



BEquipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB3118A Apply awareness of railway fundamentals

ECommunication and Calculation

add topic BSBWRT301A Write simple documents

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF3091A Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous materials requirements


add topic TLIG1001A Work effectively with others

add topic TLIG2007A Work in a socially diverse environment


add topic TLIJ2001A Apply quality procedures


add topic BSBITU101A Operate a personal computer

LResource Management

add topic BSBWOR201A Manage personal stress in the workplace


add topic TLIU2012A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

WEquipment and Systems Operations

add topic TLIW3026B Operate stand alone signalling/point control equipment


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TLI32611 Certificate III in Rail Signalling

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:


Implement and monitor communication systems and procedures required for rail signalling

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

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to rail operations and rail signalling

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to rail signalling

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 signalling operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment


Collaborate with others in the course of rail signalling

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 rail 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 signalling operations

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of signalling operations and take appropriate action to report or resolve them within limits of responsibility

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

Use mathematics to solve various calculations related to rail signalling

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 working 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 the workplace security and safety management systems

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect and interpret information needed in the course of rail signalling operations

Manage time and priorities in the course of rail signalling operations

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 rail signalling

Update own knowledge and skills required for rail signalling operations


Use equipment and materials required during rail signalling operations

Follow and apply operational and servicing instructions for equipment used during rail signalling operations

Follow and apply OH&S procedures when using rail equipment and facilities