How to get a PTS Card?

A career in the railway industry is a rewarding career to pursue. For anyone who’s keen to work trackside, PTS Card is highly important. The Personal Track Safety course compromises relevant, up to date detail about how workers can keep safe and work efficiently.

Needless to say, a career in the railway industry is not a walk in the park; from monitoring which platform trains arrive at to ensuring that they operate safely and on time, you are very much so in control!

Pursuing a career.

If you’ve always dreamed of working on the railway, be sure to book yourself a place on the Personal Track Safety Course that we provide, here at Real Skills Training.

In order to apply for the PTS training course, you need to have a good standard of education; including GCSE English and Maths- we won’t be able to offer you a place until you have obtained this. Qualifications in engineering are also desirable but not compulsory.

Sponsorship is another requirement for candidates looking to pursue a career in the railway industry. This can be provided by a railway company. An example of companies that offer sponsorship includes Network Rail and Transport for London.

PTS Cards.

Personal Track Safety cards are required to make sure that your fit to work in a fast-paced environment. Professionals with the PTS card are competent to carry out work effectively and safely and know how to respond to any emergencies that arise on a day-to-day basis.

The main purpose of the PTS card is to eliminate the risk of dangers but is also your access to work card. This card is used every time that you work on the railway and without it, you could be turned away.

Applying for a Personal Track Safety Card.

Once your employer has provided you with the go-ahead for the PTS course, you will need to undergo a series of assessments before you can obtain the Personal Track Safety card. Failure to participate in the training course provided at our in-house facilities or on-site will mean that you cannot work trackside because you won’t have obtained the required certification for your PTS Card.

How long does it take to arrive?

After completing the course, you will need to provide your sponsor with the following details so that they can send off your Personal Track Safety card:

  • Full Name
  • Valid Photograph
  • Personal Track Safety Certification
  • Valid Medical Assessment
  • Valid Drug and Alcohol Assessment
  • Proof of Eligibility to Work in the UK.

Generally, the PTS AC Certification is added to your PTS Card 48 hours after completing the course and your card should arrive within 10 days. If you have any queries, get in touch with us today.

What happens next?

After 2 years, the validity of the Personal Track Safety card will expire meaning that you’ll need to apply for the PTS Recertification course that we offer at Real Skills. The renewal course is suitable for existing PTS card holders and simply refreshes your knowledge and understanding of track safety, ensuring that you are still competent to work.

Once the recertification is completed, this qualification will be added to the PTS card, allowing you to continue working on the railways safely and responsibly.

Should you need to know any more about the Personal Track Safety card or any of the training courses that we have available, don’t hesitate to call us on 0151 257 6969!

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