Online training is quickly becoming the preferred route for rail professionals to fit their CPD in around their personal and work schedules. There are many reasons online training is growing in popularity such as, the flexibility to learn anywhere at any time, being able to keep track of progress easier, catering to different learning preferences and putting the employee in control of their own educational path.

Delivering online learning experiences for staff in the rail sector is something that we are passionate about, which is why we have created two flagship courses that offer comprehensive and interactive training to engage rail professionals.

Rail Academy is a purpose-built, one-stop online training portal that puts customised, ready-to-access railway operations CPD at your fingertips. So, how exactly does this work? In this blog we would like to introduce our 12-part course, Rail Pro:12 System Elements of Rail.

How can the ‘Rail Pro: The 12 System Elements’ course support your personal development?

The course encompasses 12 sections of learning, complementing the knowledge, competencies and spanning the entire professional context of railway operators. This course reflects the POD (Professional Operators Development) framework and is ideal for mid-level professionals keen to gain a more in-depth insight into the entire railway operations field.

The course is delivered through a series of interactive online learning exercises. Packed with useful information, each module comprises core text with a quiz at the end of each section and subsections. Carefully tailored questions have been devised to aid student learning. Thorough explanations are also offered with the answers where appropriate. To keep track of progress and to showcase achievements for their CV, delegates can print off a completion certificate for their records.

What are the 12 core components of this course?

Rolling Stock and Fleet Management

Reliability, maintenance schedules, defects, depot location, activities, planning.

Railway Engineering, Maintenance & Renewal Management

Consequences of infrastructure problems, monitoring track performance, possessions, on-track machines, infrastructure/train interface, features and advantages of electrification.

People and Change

Recruitment, safety-critical staff, medicals, employee relations, welfare, people issues when planning a major project.

Railway Organisations Business Context

Stakeholders, organisational structure, access and franchising in the UK, hierarchy of ownership and operation, UK station regulatory & contracts regime, station maintenance, revenue allocation.

Financial and Investment Planning

Budgets, sources of funding, fixed and variable costs, infrastructure enhancements, Guide to Investment Projects (GRIPS) risks, controlling costs.

Performance Management

Quantifying the cost of delays, responsibilities, taking action to optimise performance and analysing data.

Incident and Emergency Management

Response to an emergency, incident management structure and investigations. Performance Management: Quantifying the cost of delays, responsibilities, taking action to optimise performance and analysing data.

Delivering Passenger & Freight Services

Operational requirements for passenger and freight trains and operating a passenger station.

Delivering Customer Service

Hazards and risk control, assessing safety in rail operations.

Managing Safety

Operational requirements for passenger and freight trains and operating a passenger station.

Operational Planning and Timetabling

Operational Planning and Timetabling: Timetable processes, timescales, headways, engineering access, exploitation of capacity, pathing constraints.

Train movement and Control Systems

The basics of setting a signal route, train spacing, track circuit operation, failsafe, the introduction and levels of the European Train Control System (ETCS).

All of these key components can support delegates to excell in a number of professional rail careers including project management roles, engineering and construction management, crisis specialists and signalling.

How does Rail Academy work?

Rail Academy courses can be purchased by management for their staff to support their progression. Employees can recommend courses to their company and request a free demo.

Every existing CIRO corporate member benefits from their own private business-branded ‘member room’ which is prepopulated with customised and verified training content. Current CIRO corporate members include: Avanti West CoastWest Midlands RailwayCross CountryNetwork RailArriva Rail London and Department for Transport. Click here to see if your employer is a corporate member. If professionals also work for a corporate member, they may be eligible to become a CIRO member for free, which is advised when beginning the learning journey with Rail Academy.

Rail Academy offers two enrolment routes with a choice of managed or license-based courses, available for single or multiple learners, so signing-up staff is quick and simple.

Rail Academy courses are tailored to learners of all levels which is why rail managers are also invited to work with Rail Academy to create bespoke learning packs, this helps to ensure that the courses are relevant to individual job roles and requirements.

How to purchase our courses

To discuss your business training needs and the options we provide, your company can speak to our team directly on 03333 440523. Alternatively, click here to complete our online enquiry form or to book a full demonstration of Rail Academy at a date and time that’s convenient for you.

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