Rail Infrastructure Core Units/National Rail Labourer Course


National Rail Labourer Course (Rail Infrastructure Core Units)

The below table shows the upcoming dates for the National Rail Labourer Course. Note, this course use to be reffered to as ‘Cert II Core Units’

Course Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost
Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure - Core Units 6 - 8 October 2020 08:00 am 8 Sloane St, Maribyrnong, Victoria 3032 6 $750.00

TAA offers the first 7 units of the Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure Core Units

This course is for workers engaged in basic operations within the rail infrastructure environment undertaking a range of tasks involving known routines and procedures, and taking some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes. It is a common course to be completed after doing the Train Track Safety Awareness Course.

PreRequisites – Pre Course Reading

It is recommended that students complete self paced pre-reading prior the commencement of class. This is provided on enrolment.


These unit of competencies are required to become a national rail labourer, to check if your job position requires the core units, click this link to view the ARA Rail Training Matrix.


Other courses you might also be interested in:

Are you looking to get you Rail Industry Workers Card?

To work in the rail industry you must hold your Rail Industry Workers Card – RIWC

To receive your RIWC, we must submit the following requirements:

  • White Card – (Construction Induction Card) – CPCCWHS1001
  • Safely Access the Rail Corridor Course – TLIF2080
  • Category 3 Medical Certificate


Further information on what you will need:

  • Safely Access the Rail Corridor Course (TLIF2080)
    Anyone working within the  rail corridor is required to have the unit of competency TLIF2080 (Safely Access the Rail Corridor).
    This course is conducted at Metro Training Academy
  • Category 3 Medical
    In order to receive your Rail Industry Workers Card, you must obtain Category 1, 2 or 3 Medical examination to prove that you meet the health requirements set out in the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers, (2012). For labourers, a simple Category 3 is all that is required.
    The Category 3 Health Assessment includes:
    – Basic vision test
    – Basic hearing test
    – Basic mobility test
    – Drug and Alcohol screen
  • Rail Industry Workers Card
    Rail Industry Worker is a national competency management system for rail workers.
    By law, everyone working on the Australian rail network must be able to provide proof of competency. This is the best way to reduce the risk of untrained people working on the rail network.The Rail Industry Worker (RIW) program provides a single online competency management system for Australian rail workers. It’s owned and endorsed by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) on behalf of members, meets regulatory requirements and complies with national rail safety law.
  • Construction White Card (CPCCWHS1001)
    A minimum to work on any construction site in Australia
    Your Face to Face Construction White Card – 6hr course
Duration:Minimum 3 days training with a maximum 6 months to complete the practical training
Cost (pp):$750
Rail Networks:Recognised on all networks
Location:Maribyrnong, Newport or onsite on request
Entry Requirements:
  • Please advise if you have any language, literacy, or numeracy needs; or difficulties reading, writing, or speaking English
  • There are no pre requisites as per Training.gov
  • It is recommended to have completed the TLIF2080 Safely Access the Rail Corridor unit and CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card).
Units of Competency:
  • TLIB1028 Maintain and use hand tools
  • TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
  • TLIE1003 Participate in basic workplace communications
  • TLIF1001 Follow OHS procedures
  • TLIU2008 Apply environmental procedures to rail infrastructure
  • TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies
Assessment Type:Theory and Practical
Course Expires After:Does not expire
Delivery Method:Face to face
What to Bring and Wear:

For the practical, full PPE is required, including:

  • Work Boots,
  • Long pants,
  • Long Sleeve High Visibility Shirt or High Visibility Vest
  • Eye Protection – safety glasses
  • A Hard Hat
  • Safety Gloves

If you are unable to bring the above, please contact the TAA office to arrange to purchase a PPE pack for $35

Examples of the PPE required are below



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