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Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation (TLI40115)

Course summary

This is a qualification for a person who undertakes a rail safety investigation within the rail industry in accordance with regulator, rail industry standards, rules and operational procedures. This vocational qualification is recognised by regulatory, investigation and rail organisations nationally.

This course will cover topics such as Rail Safety Law, Legislation, Acts & Regulations, Site Investigation, Gathering, recording & managing evidence, reporting progress of investigations, an understanding of Safety Management Systems and Rail Safety Investigation Principles and types of Rail Safety Occurrences, Notification and Categorisation.

Students will have the opportunity to map scenes, interview witnesses, photograph the scene, collect evidence and carry out tests on rolling stock, signalling and track in an operating railway environment located at the CQUniversity Bundaberg Crash lab. 

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Engineering and Built Environment
Skill Area
AQF Level Level 4: Certificate IV

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, however it is strongly recommended that students have an involvement in operational safety within the rail sector or be participating in an Undergraduate or Postgraduate course which belongs to the Safety Sciences discipline (eg. Bachelor of Accident Forensics or Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety). 

Students will be required to access rail track environments for the completion of some assessment tasks and activities that require adequate mobility in these environments. Students will also require a sound level of literacy and numeracy skills in order to read standards, codes, legislation, make calculations and complete reports.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

On completion of the qualification, opportunities may be sought to work in Rail Safety Investigation teams. On completion of the qualification, opportunities may be sought to work in Rail Safety Investigation teams. 

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Core Units
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
PSPREG411A Gather information through interviews
PSPREG418A Advise on progress of investigations
TLIB3118 Apply awareness of railway fundamentals
TLIE3022 Complete workplace documents
TLIE4030 Prepare rail safety reports
TLIF2062 Apply awareness of safeworking rules and regulations
TLIF2080 Safely access the rail corridor
TLIF3083 Conduct track protection assessment
TLIF4088 Implement and coordinate rail safety and WHS risk-control strategies
TLIF4100 Identify and meet rail safety regulatory compliance requirements
TLIF4107 Respond to notifiable rail safety occurrences
TLIF5017 Investigate rail safety incidents
TLIG4006 Facilitate work teams
Elective Units
TLIB4042 Conduct inspection of safeworking procedures and infrastructure
TLIB4079 Conduct a general train examination
TLIF4101 Implement and maintain a rail safety culture
TLIL4009 Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes

2018 Mixed Mode

There are two course intakes for 2018, available in February and June.

Duration and dates
6 months part-time


This course is available to study by Mixed Mode study, where study is primarily completed online, but students are also required to attend one, compulsory on-campus residential school. Residential Schools will be held at the following locations:

CQUniversity Bundaberg

Teaching support is available through telephone, email and through the online learning management system (Moodle) where all resources, discussion forums and videoconference sessions are conducted. 

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

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Residential School Information

Students undertaking this course by Mixed Mode study are expected to attend a compulsory Residential School. Residential Schools are available at the following times 

February 2018 intake
For students commencing their course at the February Intake, the residential school will be held from Monday, 12 March - Friday, 16 March 2018

June 2018 intake
For students commencing their course at the June Intake, the residential school will be held from Monday, 17 September - Friday, 21 September 2018

All Residential Schools will be held at the CQUniversity Bundaberg Crash lab from 8 am - 5 pm each day.

Students will be required to wear suitable attire when attending the residential school, such as:
  • a high visibility shirt
  • long trousers
  • steel capped safety boots
  • safety glasses and;
  • a hard hat.

Resource Requirements

All training and assessment materials are made available online through Moodle. Students will be contacted and provided access to the online environment after enrolment.