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The 10 Day PTS package provides everything you need to become a trained and fully certified Track Maintenance Operative / Trackman.

Course Aims:

To instruct learners who are new to track and whose work may involve the maintenance, inspection or renewal of the track or other duties that may affect the stability, position or integrity of the track infrastructure

At the end of the course the candidate will:
Understand the rules and regulations that are in force for personal safety which need to be observed
when working ‘On or Near the Line’ on the Railway Infrastructure.

The course is designed for:
All personnel who require ‘Personal Track Safety’ Certification to enable them to correctly determine
their responsibilities and duties when working ‘On or Near the Line’ on the Railway Infrastructure.

Duration: 10 Days

Course content:
Getting to know the infrastructure
Are you fit for work
The Sentinel scheme
Going onto the Railway
Walking in a group and working
During the work
Communication clearly
Track visit and assessment

Course Timetable/Agenda

  • Session 1:            Welcome and Introduction
  • Session 2:            Company Induction
  • Session 3:            Personal Track Safety Course
  • Session 4:            Emergency First Aid
  • Session 5:            Basic Fire Awareness
  • Session 6:            Manual Handling
  • Session 7:            Introduction to the Infrastructure
  • Session 8:            Ballast, Formation & Drainage
  • Session 9:            Track Construction & Components
  • Session 10:          Track Geometry
  • Session 11:          Tools and Equipment
  • Session 12:          Track Maintenance
  • Session 13:          Mechanised Maintenance
  • Session 14:          Off – Track & Vegetation
  • Session 15:          Extremes of Weather
  • Session 16:          Practical Assessment

Learning approach:
Classroom-based instruction, site visit at a suitable location followed by on-site practical and
theory assessments.

Course prerequisites:
Candidates must meet current medical and Drugs & Alcohol requirements.
Sponsorship from a Network Rail Authorised and Link-up approved supplier is also a requirement.
The minimum age for holding PTS Certification is 16 Years.

Equipment requirements:
Approved safety footwear is required for the Track Visit.
Approved orange high visibility clothing and a blue safety helmet can be provided (at cost) if required.

Documentation requirements:
Evidence of meeting the Medical and Alcohol & Drug requirements, valid certificates must be produced before the commencement of the first day of training.
A passport-sized photograph will be taken on the 1st day of training by the trainer.
Secondary photographic proof of identity e.g. new style driving license, passport, company I.D. card etc.

Competence shall be re-assessed at least every 24 month