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Small Tools - Track

The pass rate at our centres for the Small Tools Course is 98% and if you don't pass the first time you can attend another course free of charge!
How to book your Small Tools - Track course
You can book online for your Small Tools - Track course...

Benefits:

Gaining your Small Tools Certification will open up a variety of employment opportunities to progress in your career, it’s generally a requirement to be certificated on all Railway and Construction sites.
The Railway has an excellent safety record with a focus on training, so you can progress and take higher-level courses. Many people take a temporary job on the Railway but end up staying within the rail industry for the rest of their careers. For the next 10 years, the government has released a huge amount of money to maintain and enhance the rail network. The first phase of the High Speed 2 project has created an additional 16,000 PTS jobs.

Personal Track Safety Card

 
The Personal Track Safety Card is required to legally work on or near Network Rail train tracks in the United Kingdom.
LICENCE NAME: Personal Track Safety Card
AUTHORITY: Sentinel (Network Rail)
TIME TO GET LICENCED: 4 weeks
VALID FOR 5 years
ELIGIBILITY: 16 years, Sponsorship, Pass Drugs and Medical Screening
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED: Initial Personal Track Safety Course

STEPS TO GET LICENSED

1 Find a Sponsor
2 Pass Medical Test and Drugs and Alcohol Screening
3 Attend and pass the Initial Personal Track Safety Course
2 days
Practical and written exam
4 Sponsor to contact Sentinel for you
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What is the PTS Card?

The PTS Card, or Personal Track Safety Card, enables individuals to legally work on or nearby Network Rail train tracks.
DISCLAIMER: The PTS Card is not available to the public. The PTS Card is a qualification that you get through Network Rail as an employee of a rail engineering company with an allocated sponsor.
The card is issued by Network Rail’s chosen identity card scheme called Sentinel and is valid for 5 years.
Having the PTS Card ensures that you and those working alongside you have completed the necessary safety training, are medically fit and have passed a drugs and alcohol test.

What can I do with a PTS Card?

With the PTS Card, you can work as a Rail Track Maintenance Worker, where you inspect and maintain Network Rail infrastructure.

Do I need a PTS Card?

Network If you are working as an employee of a rail engineering company, you will need a PTS Card in order to be able to work on or near Network Rail train tracks.
Sentinel Smartcard
The PTS Card is a Sentinel Smartcard, which means your qualification records are stored on the card’s electronic chip. There is also a unique QR code which allows information about the card holder to be accessed on the Sentinel database.

Eligibility

The Sentinel PTS Card is only available to individuals who are employed or sponsored by rail engineering companies, and not to anyone in the general public.
To obtain a Personal Track Safety Card, you will need to be at least 16 years old and have completed relevant training, such as the Initial Personal Track Safety Course. It is also helpful to have engineering related qualifications.
Medical test, drugs and alcohol screening
To be eligible for the Initial PTS Course, as well as your PTS card, you will need to pass a medical test and a drug and alcohol screening.
Sponsor
You will also need to have an approved sponsor before taking the Initial PTS Training Course – and obtaining your PTS Card from Sentinel.

How do I apply for the PTS Card?

Your Sponsor should assist you with applying and obtaining your Personal Track Safety Sentinel card. You will need to ensure that you complete the following steps and provide the necessary information:
DISCLAIMER: The PTS Card is not available to the public. The PTS Card is a qualification that you get through Network Rail as an employee of a rail engineering company with an allocated sponsor
Find a Sponsor
You will not be able to obtain a PTS Card without a Sponsor. One way to find a sponsor is Network Rail’s Careers Page.
Pass Medical Test, Drugs and Alcohol Screening
You will be required to pass tests to meet the medical requirements specified by Network Rail. These are straightforward. Click for advice by Sentinel on finding an approved provider.
Attend and pass the Initial Personal Track Safety Course
The PTS Training Course takes 2 days to complete and is assessed by both a practical exam and a written exam. Upon completing the course, you should receive the following certificate: Valid Personal Track Safety (PTS) competence to work track-side.
Provide proof of identity and 2 passport photos
Proof of ID can come in the form of your passport.
Sponsor will contact Sentinel and provide all information.
Your 5-year PTS Card will take 10 days to arrive. There is a fee of £33 per year, per user. Sponsors are expected to cover this cost for you.

Training Course for the PTS Card

As part of obtaining your Sentinel PTS card, you need to complete the Initial Personal Track Safety Course. The training course takes 2 days to complete.
By the end of the training, you should understand the Sentinel Scheme and how the Track Safety Handbook is relevant to you. The contents of the Initial PTS Course will help you stay safe and maintain a safe working environment around tracks.
The units include:
Introduction to working on the track
✅ Accessing and Exiting the Track
✅ Working Safely
✅ Communication and Teamwork skills
✅ Emergency Procedures
✅ Safe system of work
✅ AC Electric Equipment
✅ DCCR Electrification Equipment

e-Learning module

Before taking the Initial PTS Course, you are required to complete an e-learning module. This will be sent by your training provider once you have booked your course.
The Initial Personal Track Safety Course is assessed by both a practical assessment and a written assessment. You will need to pass both to pass the course.

Course eligibility

To be eligible for the Initial PTS Course, you will need to be above the age of 16, have passed a medical test, a drug and alcohol screening, as well as have a sponsor from an approved company.
Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Personal Track Safety (PTS) certificate which shows your competence to work track-side. You will need this to apply for your PTS Card from Sentinel.
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AOD Points Operator

Course Aims

This course is intended for candidates who wish to act as Points Operators on Network Rail’s infrastructure

Who Is the Course Suitable For?

Anyone over the age of 18 who is required to manually operate power operated points which have failed or have been disconnected. A points Operator works to the instructions of a signaller or Route Setting Agent, according to the complexity of the failure. As a Points Operator is classed as working alone, they must either hold COSS or IWA competency as a pre-requisite. Any COSS with a Red Triangle on their card is prohibited from working alone on the Infrastructure and therefore is not eligible to attend.

Personal Track Safety (PTS) – Recertification

 
This course is intended for candidates who wish to continue working on or near the line on Network Rail’s infrastructure and wish to be re-certificated.

Who Is the Course Suitable For?

Existing PTS holders
Learners must be 16+ and bring along valid ID (Passport, driving license or ID card) and must bring 2 Passport size pictures. Also, candidates must bring National Insurance and Proof of Address.
Learners will also need a valid Sponsor at the time of booking. Also, candidates should have a valid PTS Medical and Drugs and Alcohol assessment, which should be uploaded to their Sentinel profile.
Candidates must also provide their PTS Work Experience book with a minimum of 4 completed and endorsed entries. If this has not been one, candidates must attend the Initial course. Candidates must also NOT be in learning support and must be competent.
Candidates must also have the correct PPE (Steel Toe Boots, Helmet and Hi-visibility trousers and vest/jacket).

Duration

2 Day

Additional Information

The refresher course is aimed at existing PTS and DCCR holders and will consist of a reassessment of knowledge in relation to Personal Safety on or near the line, including the DC Conductor Rail.

 

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Small Tools Training

On successful completion of the course, you are competent to use the tools on the Network Rail Managed Infrastructure, including Infrastructure Projects and London Underground (LUL). Additional Specialist Tools Courses are available and bespoke courses can be arranged.

Duration: 1 Day

Learn the correct use of railway tools and equipment to enhance your skills and experience
  • Kango
  • Impact wrench
  • Hammer Drill
  • Track Trolley
  • Rail Saw
  • Rail Drills
  • Iron Man
  • Generators
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Bance

 

Look Out / Site warden (Initial)

 
Rail course with theory and practical training session and assessment covering the duties of a Site Warden.
This course will provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills required to act as Lookout / Site Warden when required by a COSS as part of a safe system of work.
Only an authorised Sentinel co-ordinator may make bookings on this course.
People aged 18 and over who have been designated as suitable by their Sponsor and will be required to give warning to others working in the railway environment when a train approaches (Red Zone) or when people stray outside of the specified worksite limits (Site Warden duties in a Green Zone).

Agendas/ Duties

  • Duties of the COSS
  • Introduction to the role of the Look Out/Site Warden
  • look Out/Site Warden equipment
  • Duties of a LookOut
  • Duties of a Site Warden
  • On track plant
  • LookOut operated warning systems
  • Theory assessment
  • Practical assessments
  • Post course objective briefing

Track Induction

Requirements
Learners must be 16+ and bring along valid ID (Passport, driving license or ID card) and must bring 2 Passport size pictures. Candidates must bring National Insurance and Proof of Address.
Candidates must already have a Valid PTS Sentinel Card with the relevant Medical and D&A assessments.

Duration: 5 Days

Course Objectives                     

On successful completion of the course the candidates will be able to:
Demonstrate their ability to use tools and equipment.
Demonstrate their understanding of Permanent Way terms and procedures.
Additional Information
Candidates will need to have successfully completed their PTS Initial training prior to attending the course. Candidates will also need to have completed a medical and drug & alcohol screening prior to attending the course.
Only those with a sufficient grasp of the English language to be able to give an emergency call will be eligible to attend.
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Level Crossing Attendant Course

Who should attend?

Any person who requires the need for Level Crossing Attendant training in Barking Essex area through the course of their normal working duties or as part of their lifelong learning needs. This course is suitable for anyone working in the Railways or Industrial sector, pre-requisites may be required. Training is available at our Barking Office. Specific course information is available within and our team of dedicated course specialist are on hand to answer any questions. All our courses at FreIvan come fully accredited.
Duties involve safe operation of level crossings. Delegates will understand and be able to perform LXA duties in a safe manner

Course Details:

Duration: 1 Day
Days: Weekdays/Weekends
Time: 09.00am Start

Course Requirement:

Passport ID or Driving License
COSS/IWA
Sentinel Card
Full PPE

Controller of Site Safety (CROSS)

 
The Controller of Site Safety (recert) course acts as a refresher to train staff to correctly determine their responsibilities and duties when acting as a Controller of Site Safety (COSS) when setting up a safe system of work on or near the line.
Only an authorised Sentinel co-ordinator may make bookings on this course.

Requirements

Learners must be 16+ and bring along valid ID (Passport, driving license or ID card) and must bring 2 Passport size pictures. Candidates must bring National Insurance and Proof of Address.
Candidates must already have a Valid PTS Sentinel Card with the relevant Medical and D&A assessments.
Duration: 6 Days

About COSS Initial

This course is designed to give candidates the knowledge and training to provide protection to groups of people who work on or near the track.
Candidates should at the end of the course be able to carry out the duties of the COSS to a competent level. They must also be able to accept OLP and CRP Documentation and accept Line clear Verification documents.
Candidates will also be able to test the conductor rail using a Live Line tester
Please note that you should have previously worked as a PTS Operative for a reasonable period of time to be able to take the COSS Course.
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COSS-RECERT

Coss Recert (PTS AC + DCCR, IWA, OLP, CRP & LLT)

Requirements

Learners must be 16+ and bring along valid ID (Passport, driving license or ID card) Also candidates must bring National Insurance and Proof of Address.
Candidates must already have a Valid PTS Sentinel Card with Work experience book endorsed with minimum of 4 signatures.
Duration: 4 Days

Course Objectives

On successful completion of the course the delegate will be able to:
Demonstrate their ability to interpret correctly relevant parts of the Rule Book and relevant Railway Group Standards when acting as a COSS.
Demonstrate their understanding and ability to set up a Safe System of Work before any group of staff is allowed to go on or near the line.
Additional Information
Re-certification is required every two years.

OLEC 1 – Access OLE Construction Site

 

Scheduled Dates

Description
This course is a half day course which is classroom based. The aim of this course is to provide the basic knowledge required under OLEC 1 to access OLE construction sites safely and effectively for those who are directly or indirectly involved with OLE construction activities.

Course Aims

Upon successful completion of the course candidates will be able to:
Understand the rules and regulations that are in force for required personnel to access overhead line construction sites safely and effectively.

Course Content

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • A basic introduction to OLE construction sites
  • The technical terminology used when working on an OLE construction site
  • The types of documentation associated with OLE construction sites and the recording and reporting procedures that need to be followed
  • The general safety requirements for accessing OLE construction sites

Duration  1/2 Day

Prerequisites

  • Must be literate in English
  • Candidates must be of or over the age of 18 and sponsored by an approved railway company before undertaking the OLEC 1 course.
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Crane/Machine Controller

Competencies covered in Training

  • OTP core
  • MC MH material hander
  • MC MM demountable machine (rmmm)
  • MC HPV highway permissible Vehicle
  • Slinger
  • CC Excavator crane
  • CC Group 3 powered lifting
  • MC Group 4 transportation
  • MC/CC groups can be changed upon request if possible.

COURSE AIMS

To instruct staff on their general responsibilities and duties when controlling OTP.

SAFE WORK LEADER 1

 

Category

COSS PTS

This course is to convert a candidate with the current COSS competence to SWL1. The Safe Work Leader competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to plan and set up a safe system of work on or near the line for a group of persons.
The course includes the importance of using the correct planning protocols, applying the SSOW and adopting the appropriate behaviours to be able to carry out this safety and effectively.

Requirement

  • Valid Photographic I.D
  • Minimum age 18
  • Valid Network Rail Drug & Alcohol
  • Valid Network Rail Medical
  • Sponsoring company
  • Sentinel Card
  • PTS Competency
  • COSS Competency
Pre- Qualifier on-line Assessment must be completed prior to the course. E-Learning assessment can be accessed on the Network Rail E-Learning system https://elearning.networkrail.co.uk/login/index.php 
On successful completion of the E-Learning, the certificate should be printed out and brought with the delegate on the day of the training course.
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