Certificate IV in Rail Network Control


This is a qualification for a person engaged in the control of rail networks. The job entails the performance of a broad range of skilled applications, including high-level decision making processes, evaluating and analysing current practices, developing new criteria and procedures for performing current practices, and providing leadership and guidance to others in the application of the skills and knowledge.

Job roles:

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

Train controller

Network controller

Area controller.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of 15 units of competency comprising:

10 core units listed below


5 elective units from the elective units listed below, which may include up to 3 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:



E Communication and Calculation

add topic TLIE3022A Complete workplace documents

add topic TLIE3023A Use electronic communication systems

F Safety Management

add topic TLIF2010A Apply fatigue management strategies

add topic TLIF4086A Control and coordinate incident response

add topic TLIF3087A Follow occupational health, safety and environmental procedures in the rail industry

add topic TLIF4090A Implement safeworking rules and regulations for network control activities


add topic TLIG1001A Work effectively with others

ICustomer Service

add topic TLII4022A Identify and meet customer requirements

LResource Management

add topic TLIL4074A Control and coordinate rail traffic movement

add topic TLIL4075A Implement and amend daily train plan

Elective units:



BEquipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TLIB3118A Apply awareness of railway fundamentals

E Communication and Calculation

add topic BSBWRT301A Write simple documents

FSafety Management

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


add topic TLIG2007A Work in a socially diverse environment


add topic TLIJ2001A Apply quality procedures

LResource Management

add topic BSBWOR201A Manage personal stress in the workplace

add topic BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic TLIL2041A Monitor and record rolling stock locations

add topic TLIL3035A Allocate motive power

add topic TLIL3052A Plan urban passenger train consists

add topic TLIL4034A Arrange alternative passenger transport

add topic TLIL4037A Apply and amend rosters

add topic TLIL4038A Organise marshalling and shunting operations

add topic TLIL4050A Allocate rolling stock

add topic TLIL4077A Develop out-of-course rail traffic plans and schedules


add topic TLIU2012A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TLI42211 Certificate IV in Rail Network Control

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:


Establish and implement communication systems and procedures required for rail operations

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to controlling rail networks

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

Speak clearly and directly on diverse and complex matters related to controlling rail networks

Write documents as part of duties, including completing relevant forms, maintenance schedules, and accident and incident reports

Negotiate complex issues with others in the course of controlling rail networks

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment


Provide leadership to rail operations personnel

Motivate others in the workplace

Collaborate with others in the course of controlling rail networks

Manage the resolution of interpersonal conflicts that may arise when controlling rail networks

Manage the avoidance and prevention of harassment of others in the workplace

Manage persons of different ages, gender, race, religion, political persuasion, etc.

Problem solving

Identify and solve or report complex problems arising in the course of controlling rail networks

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of controlling rail networks, including hazards and risks, and take appropriate action to report or resolve them within limits of responsibility

Manage the control of hazards and risks in a range of complex and diverse situations that may arise when controlling rail networks

Use mathematics to solve problems, such as various calculations related to a wide range of rail operations

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing situations and contingencies when controlling rail networks

Take appropriate initiative in a diverse range of operational situations

Manage the response to changes in equipment, standard operating procedures and the work environment

Planning and organising

Implement and monitor operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures

Implement and monitor systems and procedures for maintaining compliance with regulations and codes of practice

Monitor the implementation of the rail security and safety management systems, where applicable

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect and interpret information needed when controlling rail networks

Organise and plan own activities

Manage time and priorities in the course of controlling rail networks

Self management

Interpret and apply relevant regulations and instructions

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate and monitor own work performance


Assist in the organisation of learning and assessment activities for others in the workplace

Manage adaptation of others in the workplace to changes in rail systems, equipment and procedures and the workplace operating environment

Instruct, coach or mentor others in the workplace as required

Contribute to the assessment of competence of others in the workplace

Assist in creating a learning environment in the workplace

Adapt own competence in response to changes in rail operations

Update own knowledge and skills required for network control activities


Use complex equipment and systems required when controlling rail networks

Implement and monitor operational and maintenance procedures and systems for equipment used when controlling rail networks

Implement and monitor the application of OH&S procedures when using rail equipment and facilities