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Can anyone get a PTS card?

Always dreamt of working for the railway industry?

Working on (or near) the railway line is an exceptionally rewarding career – not to mention one of the most dangerous and fast-paced environments to work too. With that said, you’re going to want to take all the railway training you can get to ensure you’re clued up about what it’s really like to work in this industry. Plus you’ll need a PTS card!

A PTS (Personal Track Safety) card is essential for a person to work on or close to the railway infrastructure. In 2014, Sentinel smartcards replaced the conventional PTS cards – which are no longer valid – and ensure that all workers are competent, medically fit and have completed all of their safety training.

Who is eligible for a PTS card?

Unfortunately, the Sentinel PTS card is not available to the general public.

It is only accessible to individuals that are already employed or sponsored by a rail company, like Network Rail, as they will monitor working hours, distribute PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and accept responsibility for that person whilst working on their rail infrastructure. 

How do you get a PTS Card?

To obtain a PTS card, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have completed relevant training (e.g. Personal Track Safety course)
  • Pass a medical test and a drugs and alcohol screening
  • Have an approved sponsor

Your sponsor will assist you with everything from applying for appropriate railway training to obtaining the PTS card, covering the cost and contacting Sentinel on your behalf.

It normally takes 10 days for the card to arrive but it is valid for 5 years, and any other qualifications you complete will be added to it.

For more detailed information on obtaining a Sentinel card, take a look at our blog ‘How to get a PTS Card?’. And if you’re serious about pursuing a career in the rail industry, be sure to find yourself a sponsor and apply for railway training with a reputable provider, like Real Skills.

Apply for PTS training today

Our Personal Track Safety training is an entry-level requirement – delivered at our training facility using approved training materials – and must be completed if you’re to get a PTS card.

We cover a vast range of topics, including:

  • An introduction to working on the track
  • Accessing and exiting the track safely
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Emergency procedures
  • Safe system of work

But before you take PTS training, you need to undergo a medical test, as well as a drug and alcohol screening to ensure you’re fit to work. As well as this, you will have to complete an e-learning module which will be sent to you once you’ve booked a place on the course. To pass, and apply for your PTS card, you will need to get a positive result on the practical and written assessment.

If you have any questions about PTS training at Real Skills, or you’d like to know more about our course availability, please feel free to get in touch. Either call 0151 257 6969 or email info@real-skills.co.uk, and we’ll get back to you.

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