Certificate III in Track Protection


This is a general qualification for a person engaged in the rail infrastructure environment who performs tasks involving track protection in a variety of contexts. It 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:

Track protection officer


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, of which up to 3 units may be drawn with appropriate contextualisation from any currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course, provided 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:



ECommunication and Calculation

add topic TLIE2029A Conduct workplace information briefings

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF3083B Conduct track protection assessment

add topic TLIF3003A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety procedures


add topic TLIJ3002A Apply quality systems

LResource Management

add topic TLIL3065B Implement track occupancy protection

add topic TLIL3084A Implement a local possession authority

add topic TLIL3082A Implement absolute signal blocking

Elective units:



C Vehicle Operation

add topic TLIC2081A Pilot rail traffic within work on track authority limits

add topic TLIC3045A Operate road/rail vehicle

FSafety Management

add topic TLIF2006A Apply accident-emergency procedures

add topic TLIF2062A Apply awareness of safeworking rules and regulations

add topic TLIF2097A Use audible track warning devices

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 TLIG3002A Lead a work team or group

ICustomer Service

add topic TLII1002A Apply customer service skills


add topic TLIK2010A Use infotechnology devices in the workplace

LResource Management

add topic TLIL3083A Implement a track work authority and manage rail traffic through worksites

add topic TLIL4069A Plan and coordinate protection for multiple worksites within the limits of a work on track authority

add topic TLIL4076A Coordinate resources

WEquipment and Systems Operations

add topic RIIRIS401A Apply site risk management system

add topic TLIW2037B Clip and secure points

add topic TLIW2039A Place permanent way stop boards

add topic TLIW3026B Operate stand alone signalling/point control equipment


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this qualification is TLI21911 Certificate II in Track Protection (Track Protection) or (Handsignaller), or relevant industry experience gained by working in the rail infrastructure environment providing track protection services.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TLI32711 Certificate III in Track Protection

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 for track protection

Read and interpret relevant procedures, instructions, signs and labels applicable to track protection activities

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to track protection activities

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to track protection activities

Write and complete basic documents as part of duties

Negotiate issues with others in the course of track protection activities

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment


Work effectively with others in the course of track protection activities

Provide leadership to team or work group

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 track protection activities

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 track protection activities

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

Identify and control hazards and risks in a range of track protection situations and take appropriate precautions

Use mathematics to solve various calculations related to track protection activities

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing track protection situations and contingencies

Take appropriate initiatives 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

Implement the workplace security and safety management systems

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

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

Organise and plan work activities

Manage time and priorities in the course of track protection activities

Self management

Interpret and apply procedures and instructions

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate own work performance


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

Participate in updating own knowledge and skills required for track protection activities


Use equipment and materials required during track protection activities

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

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