­What is the Rail Welding Full Course?

The Rail Welding course meets the National Track and Civil Matrix (2018) requirements. This course has been designed for employees and people looking to enter the industry to become rail welders.

At the end of the course you will be able

  • Prepare the rail for aluminothermic welding
  • Carry out aluminothermic welding process in accordance with workplace and Australian Standards requirements
  • Check the aluminothermic weld conformance
  • Complete all required documentation in relation to welding activities.
  • Plan and prepare to carry out oxy/LPG cutting and welding
  • Set up and test oxy/LPG cutting and welding equipment
  • Heat and cut materials using oxy/LPG equipment
  • Shut down oxy/LPG equipment
  • Complete clean-up activities after oxy/LPG cutting and welding
  • Prepare and plan the aluminothermic welding method

As per the National Track and Civil Matrix, the following units create the Rail Welder (Aluminothermic)

Rail Welding Units Completed during this course:

  • TLIW0006 Heat and Cut Materials using Oxy-LPG Equipment for the Rail Industry (Release 1)
  • TLIW3015 Weld Rail Using Aluminothermic Welding Process (Release 2)
  • TLIW0004 Grind Rails (Release 1)

Additional Units required (we can assist with these units as well)

  • TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor (or equivalent)
  • TLIB0012 Maintain and use hand tools (or equivalent)
  • TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods (or equivalent)
  • TLIE1003 Participate in basic workplace communications
  • TLIF0025 Follow work health and safety procedures (or equivalent)
  • TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies
  • TLIU2008 Apply environmental procedures to rail infrastructure
  • TLIS2044 Carry out rail installation
  • TLIS2034 Install and repair rail fastening systems

Other Rail Welding Courses

We have the following other rail welding courses also available:

  • Rail Welding Recertification
  • Oxy Cutting Welding
  • Stress Testing Welding
  • Welding Trainer consultation

Thermit and Railtech approved

This course only provides the national units of competency. You will not receive any certificate or accreditation from Thermit or Railtech. For further enquiries for this, please contact the office.


Here’s another course you might also be interested in:

Click this link to view the ARA Rail Training Matrix.

Duration: 6 days + logbook
Cost (pp): $2,000
Location: Queensland
Delivery Method: Face to Face (Classroom based)
Assessment Type: Theory Assessment, Practical Assessment and Logbook
Units of Competency:
  • TLIW0006 – Heat and Cut Materials using Oxy-LPG Equipment for the Rail Industry (Release 1)
  • TLIW3015 – Weld Rail Using Aluminothermic Welding Process (Release 2)
  • TLIW0004 – Grind Rails (Release 1)
Entry Requirements:

TAA Admission Requirements

Training.gov as has no pre-requisites listed however as this is a very technical course, Training Ahead Australia has the following pre-training requirements:

  • Offsider experience – a minimum 2 months experience working in an Offsiders role or;
  • Completion of Training Ahead Offsiders course
  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor (or equivalent)
  • TLIB0012 Maintain and use hand tools (or equivalent)
  • TLID0020 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods (or equivalent)
  • TLIE1003 Participate in basic workplace communications
  • TLIF0025 Follow work health and safety procedures (or equivalent)
  • TLIU2008 Apply environmental procedures to rail infrastructure
  • TLIS2044 Carry out rail installation
  • TLIS2034 Install and repair rail fastening systems
When does the course expire: National Units do not expire but the reccomended recertification is every 2 years
What to bring and wear:

What to Wear

There will be practical components each day of the training so full PPE will be required including:

  • Classroom based training
    • Students must wear closed in shoes, preferably work boots
    • Long pants and rail approved Hi Vis Shirt
  • Practical training
    • Rail approved ankle high lace up work boots
    • Hard hat
    • Shade 5 Glasses
    • Standard safety glasses – both tinted and clear
    • Welding Gloves – (Recommended brands: Big Red Gloves or Kevlar Blue Gloves)
    • Standard work gloves
    • Trousers or jeans (cotton drill) – no nylon
    • Long Cotton shirt (this includes standard rail hi vis shirt) – No Nylon
    • Spats
    • Hearing protection (your personal preference on style)
    • Clear Face Shield

What Equipment to Bring

  • Photo ID – Preferably Australian Drivers Licence or passport
  • Copy of your Rail Industry Worker Card
  • For the Oxy Cut course
    • Hoses (10mm inside diameter and no longer then 15m to meet AS/NZ Standards)
      • Blue for Oxy
      • Orange for LPG
    • Either Railtech Harris 3NX or 4NX hand piece and cutting torch attachment or Thermit Comet hand piece and cutting torch attachment + Type 20 cutting tip
    • Thermit Comet or Railtech Harris gas gauges LPG and Oxy
  • Flashback arrestors for Bottle and Hand piece ends (Hi Flow is accepted)
  • Hose crimping equipment and replacement sleeves
  • Rail templates for line drawing on rail – Not a must but would be nice if you have it
  • Dish washing liquid and squirting bottles for leak testing all gas equipment before use
  • Hand tools
    • Square mouth shovel
    • Hot waste basket
    • 8 inch shifting spanners
    • 2 x 4lb hammers
  • Flint lighter (cannot use normal lighters)



Additional Information

RTO

This is nationally acreditted training, delivered by Training Ahead Australia (RTO 45462)

Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Students are required to have the ability to read and write English
  • The ASQF level of this training program has been assessed to be level 2.
    Students are required to have at least Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills. Please advise if you have any language, literacy, or numeracy needs; or difficulties reading, writing, or speaking English.
  • All individuals entering this training course are subject to a Language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to enrolment. If there is still any ambiguity of the candidates LLN level after the completion of the LLN assessment, the trainer will conduct a verbal interview to determine the candidates LLN level and take appropriate action, in accordance with TAA’s LLN procedures.
  • Where a candidate is determined to not meet the required LLN skills required they will not be enrolled in the training program.
Employment Pathways

This course provides a pathway to work in the following rail industry job roles:

  • Rail Infrastructure – Track Work
  • Track Worker, Track Installer, Track Maintainer
  • Rail Infrastructure – Structures
  • Structures Maintainer
  • Rail Infrastructure – Track Surfacing
  • Plant Operator, Mobile Plant Operator, Way Gang Driver
When does this course expire

The original Statement of Attainment never expires however industry standard is every 2 years for recertification

ID to Bring

You are required to bring photo ID, ideally, one of the following two types:

  • Australian Drivers Licence
  • Passport
Unique Student Identifier (USI) Number
  • Unique Student Identifier From 1 January 2015, all students who undertake Nationally Recognised Training must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
  • Your USI means all your training records and results will be in one place. See more at: http://usi.gov.au. To get a USI, go to: http://www.usi.gov.au/create-your-USI/Pages/default.aspx
  • Students will not be issued a Qualification Testamur or Statement of Attainment without a valid USI
Government Funded Training

This course is not eligible for Government Subsidies through Training Ahead Australia.

No Guarantee

Training Ahead does not provide any guarantee that:

  • A student will successfully complete a training product on its scope of registration; or
  • A student will obtain a particular employment outcome where this is outside the control of the RTO

Upcoming courses

Rail Welding (Full Course) – QLD
Start End Date Cost    
22/04/2024 26/04/2024 $2,000.00
22/07/2024 26/07/2024 $2,000.00
07/10/2024 11/10/2024 $2,000.00