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Everything You Need To Know About A Track Induction Course

Working on the railways is a dream for many. A challenging environment, a diverse range of tasks, and the opportunity to advance and grow a well-paid career. Who wouldn’t want that? There are a lot of great ways to enhance your credentials when it comes to career prospects on the tracts. One of the best is to complete a Track Induction Course. 

A comprehensive course, the TIC provides candidates with all the working methods and theories needed to conduct maintenance, repair, and renewal work on the track, and the skills needed to adjust and dismantle tracks. It’s designed to enhance your skills, knowledge, and understanding. It is designed to develop a person’s knowledge, understanding, and skills.  

Here’s everything you need to know about our Track Induction Course

Why Take A Track Induction Course?

The Track Induction Course (or TIC, as it’s affectionately referred to) is the perfect way to gain all the skills and knowledge you need to work on the tracks in an engaging way. By combining written course elements like exams or theory-based lectures, with real-world teaching of practical activities you get the best of both worlds.

A thorough grounding in the theory is essential. Practical knowledge is vital. Why endure a dull course that involves nothing but someone lecturing at you when you can get hands-on experience? There are some lectures, and there are still theoretical lessons done in the classroom. But the balance between these and actually getting on the ‘tracks’ is the perfect way to learn.

Learning becomes easier and more enjoyable, and you retain more of what you’re taught.

What Do You Need To Apply?

Applying for a TIC course is very easy and there are few requirements needed. You’ll need to be at least sixteen years old, and have secured the sponsorship of an approved railway company.

You will need your booking formed signed by the Sentinel coordinator, who will also be required to provide their linkup site ID number and confirm your sponsorship.

Before you apply you will also need to have completed a PTS e-learning training package successfully. A good grasp of English is also required to be eligible for the TIC. This is because you may need to place emergency calls while you’re on the railway line working, and in an emergency situation, it’s vital you’re able to make yourself understood, and understand what’s being said to you. 

Finally, you’re slo need to be medically fit to complete the course. This is a requirement of the PTS course, so you shouldn’t have any issues. The screenings for alcohol and drugs will need to be repeated, however, to make certain you’re complying with Competence and Training in Track Safety.

What To Expect…

Once you’ve got your pre-requisite medical, drugs, and alcohol tests out of the way, there are two days of mandatory training that must be completed. These need to be done first, prior to you getting to learn technical elements. Those two days are essential for your First Aid, Fire Awareness, and Manual Handling.

You should expect the course to last for seven to ten days, and to have up to twelve attendees, including yourself. At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate that shows you have the TIC qualification. Your new qualification will also be added to your Sentinel card (this generally happens within 48hrs of course completion).

Ready For Your Track Induction Course?

If you would like to enquire about PTS track induction, please see our course availability below. For information about future dates, call us on 0151 257 6969. Providing there are enough candidates, we can also arrange courses on special request.

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