Individual Working Alone Training: Why You Need It And How It Works

Having a career on the railways is rewarding and extremely practical, as well as being useful for supporting an ecological choice. But it requires the willingness to continue pursuing further certifications in order to be given higher responsibilities and more complex tasks.

One of the most useful qualifications to achieve to continue progressing in your career in railways is the Individual Working Alone Training (or IWA). Why do you need it? How does it work?

We have gathered all the answers you need before enrolling in your Individual Working Alone Training…

What Is It?

The IWA is a professional certification aimed at people who are already working on the rail infrastructure, wish to develop, and whose line manager thinks they are ready to take this further step. Through this qualification, you will be given the necessary skills to be able to work alone on tracks in accordance with the industry standards and the handbook’s rules.

This course is designed to give you the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake Individual Working Alone.

Why Do I Need A New Certification?

If you are thinking about attending this course you are a worker of proven capabilities, you hold a valid PTS, meet all of the medical requirements, and your manager thinks you are ready to take on more responsibilities. 

Working on or near tracks might seem like a team job only, but for some parts, you have to be able to perform certain tasks safely on your own. Without receiving the necessary IWA training, that won’t be possible.

Through the Individual Working Alone Training, you will learn the skills you need to set up and maintain a safe line of work while working alone on the track, thus progressing in your career.

How Does Individual Working Alone Training Work?

The Individual Working Alone training involves knowledge, practical and verbal assessments at the end of the training.  The course will be presented by licensed trainers in the classroom using the accompanying visual aids, and will be supplemented by trackside sessions. As the practical part of the assessment requires a safe environment we use our test track/simulated facility. This certification usually takes 3 days to complete and the course results will be updated on the Sentinel site within 48 hours from the completion of the assessments.

How Much Does It Cost?

The overall cost of the course, including materials, is £300. All of our courses can be fully funded through various options, depending on your age and working situation.

In this case, you can fund your Individual Working Alone Training through finance with Duologi.

Get Started Today…

Take the next step for your career today and sign up for the next IWA course. If there are no sessions available give us a call or get in touch through our website to discuss all of your choices. We are available Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

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