Handsignaller Level 1 & 2 Training (course code TLIF2082B)

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All participants attending nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). A USI is an account (or reference number) made up of numbers and letters. The USI is a unique number issued to individuals and must be provided to Training Organisations at the time of enrolment. Participants can obtain their USI number prior to arriving at “Southern Cross Rail Training”,  by applying online at http://www.usi.gov.au/create-your-USI/Pages/default.aspx . Further information on the USI can be obtained at www.usi.gov.au

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Next Available Course Dates: 4th May to 6th May 2015 ( 3 days) Monday to Wednesday


Southern Cross Rail Training conducts the off the job modules of the handsignalling courses in our air-conditioned premises at Chullora.

Applicants must complete further practical training on the job under the supervision of an experienced Protection Officer, until they are competent to undertake handsignallers duties in all required situations. When your work experience on the job is completed and your employer considers that you have reached a satisfactory level of competence in all respects you will be required to undertake an on-track practical assessment conducted by a TfNSW assessor who will recommend the awarding of a TfNSW Certificate of Competence.

This course presents the skills and knowledge required for both Handsignaller Level 1 and 2, however a Handsignaller Level 1 course will be conducted on request. The table below shows the duties of handsignallers at both levels one and two.


Discussion during off the job modules includes network rules and procedures specified in the RailSafe Training Standards covering handsignallers duties when protecting worksites using the nominated worksite protection methods; managing level crossings (from rail traffic); working as a lookout; piloting work trains or track machines and Signal Recognition (for Handsignaller Level 2). Written and spoken network Communication Protocols, worksite documentation requirements and the safe use of detonators are included.

Course durations

The Handsignaller Level 1 course is conducted over 1 day and Handsignaller Level 2 course is an additional 2 days. Making a total of 3 days training.



SCRT Training room located at Level 1, Unit 7/ 4 Brunker Road Chullora 2190.
We will travel to your site by request if required provided suitable training facilities are available.

The table below shows the activities covered in each Handsignaller Course and the duties of each.


Classification Duties/responsibilities
Handsignaller Level 1
  • Act as a lookout
  • Act as an inner or outer handsignaller
  • Pilot work trains at a worksite or within a possession

Conditions: Cannot perform handsignalling activities at fixed signals or level crossings.

Handsignaller Level 2

Perform all duties of Handsignaller class 1

  • Act as an inner or outer handsignaller at fixed signals
  • Carry out handsignaller duties at level crossings
  • Pilot work trains or track vehicles into and out of, or within a possession area

Conditions: Perform handsignalling activities at fixed signals or level crossings.



Note: If a handsignaller class 1 wishes to increase to class 2 Handsignaller, recognition for current level certification is taken into account and the length of duration adjusted accordingly.

Qualifications: Following the successful completion of this off-the-job course, applicants receive a Statement of Attainment TLIF2082B -Perform handsignaller duties. Cost for admin issuing Statements of Attainment will be $50.00.


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