ACC00095 - Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation

Course Details

Course Summary

The 'ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation' is a one week residential course at the CQUniversity Bundaberg Crash Lab and forms the first part of the qualification 'TLI401215 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation'. Unique access to Australia’s smallest registered operating railway provides students with the opportunity to carry out tests on rolling stock, signalling and track. Students will also have the opportunity to: • map scenes • interview witnesses • photograph the scene • collect evidence, and • provide an interim investigation report This face to face course is delivered by experienced rail safety investigators and include state of the art techniques in rail investigation. Students must enrol in ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the residential course and complete some pre-course work in preparation for the residential course.

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Accredited)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • Work and Study Preparation
Skill Area
  • Rural Industries

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this short course. It is strongly recommended students have had involvement in operational safety within the rail sector or an appropriate Undergraduate or Post-graduate course. Students require a sound level of literacy and numeracy in order to read standards, codes, legislation, make calculations and complete reports. 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.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date.
2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed.
3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

Students completing this short course should be able to assist with a rail investigation as a team member. The course ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation is available either as a stand-alone short course, or as the first part of the TLI40115 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation. Upon successful completion of this accredited short course students will receive a Statement of Attainment for the units: • TLIB3118 Apply awareness of railway fundamentals • TLIF3083 Conduct track protection assessment • TLIF4100 Identify and meet rail safety regulatory compliance requirements • TLIB4042 Conduct inspection of Safe working procedures and infrastructure • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes Completion of TLI40115 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation will require enrolment in the remaining 13 units of competency after the completion of the ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation short course. On completion of the qualification, opportunities may be sought to work in Rail Safety Investigation teams.

Course Structures
Standard Course Structure

6 months part time, including 4 weeks pre-course work (to be completed prior to the residential school), assessment and a five day face-to-face training event (residential school) in Bundaberg.
  • Mixed Mode
Core Units
Study Sequence Students can enrol in the first part of the qualification, TLI40115 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation, as a stand-alone short course. This is titled ‘ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation’ and is the first part of the TLI40115 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation. Students enrolling in ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation are required to complete a body of pre-work by distance, prior to attending the one week residential school. Students wishing to complete the remainder of the Cert IV qualification must enrol in the remaining 13 units listed below, which are to be completed after the stand-alone short course ACC00095. The remaining 13 units required to be completed for the Cert IV qualification are: PSPREG411A Gather information through interviews TLIF2080 Safely access the rail corridor TLIF2062 Apply awareness of Safe working rules and regulations PSPREG418A Advise on progress of investigations TLIE3022 Complete workplace documents TLIF4088 Implement and coordinate rail safety and WHS risk-control strategies TLIF4107 Respond to notifiable rail safety occurrences TLIG4006 Facilitate work teams TLIB4079 Conduct a general train examination TLIF5017 Investigate rail safety incidents TLIE4030 Prepare rail safety reports TLIF4101 Implement and maintain a rail safety culture TLIL4009 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes More Information
TLIB3118 Apply awareness of railway fundamentals More Information
TLIB4042 Conduct inspection of safeworking procedures and infrastructure More Information
TLIF3083 Conduct track protection assessment More Information
TLIF4100 Identify and meet rail safety regulatory compliance requirements More Information

Unit Sequence

For the following units, you may choose your own order of study, while taking into account pre-requisite requirements and the unit availability.
Unit Code Unit Name
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
TLIB3118 Apply awareness of railway fundamentals
TLIB4042 Conduct inspection of safeworking procedures and infrastructure
TLIF3083 Conduct track protection assessment
TLIF4100 Identify and meet rail safety regulatory compliance requirements

Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
The availabilities listed here are for 2019 and beyond.
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to the intakes

Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Standard Course Structure

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode for this course may refer to on-campus workshops or residential schools located at Bundaberg.
Or it may refer to work placements which can be located anywhere. Please see the More Details section for more information.
March: Part Time
June: Part Time
September: Part Time
October: Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
2018 Intakes
The availabilities listed here are for 2018.

Mixed Mode

There are two course intakes for 2018, available June and September.
6 months part time, including 4 weeks pre-course work (to be completed prior to the residential school), assessment and a five day face-to-face training event (residential school) in Bundaberg.
The short course 'ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation' is available to study on-campus (residential school) at the following locations:

CQUniversity  - BUNDABERG (CRASH LAB)

Intake 1 (June) - 25-29 June – 8.00am – 5.00pm

Intake 2 (September) - 17-21 September 2018 – 8.00am – 5.00pm

Students commence study online and attend the one week residential school at the Bundaberg Crash Lab (CQ University Campus – 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. 

Students may choose to enrol in the remaining 13 units of TLI40115 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation ($650) to complete this qualification. A period of up to 6 months is allocated to complete the final assessments for TLI40115 post attendance at the workshop (supported by telephone, email, videoconferencing or personal feedback).
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
More Details

More Details

Residential School Information

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 be required to wear suitable attire when attending the residential school (high visibility shirt, long trousers, steel capped safety boots, safety glasses and hard hat).


Additional Resources and Textbooks

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


Students will be required to wear suitable attire when attending the residential school (high visibility shirt, long trousers, steel capped safety boots, safety glasses and hard hat).


Important Enrolment Information
Students must enrol in ACC00095 - Fundamentals of rail safety investigation at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the residential course (see the Course Intake tab for dates) and complete some pre-course work in preparation for the residential course.  

Study Sequence

The course ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation is available as a stand-alone short course, or as the first part of TLI40115 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation.  Completion of TLI40115 Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation will require enrolment in the remaining 13 units of competency after the completion of short course ACC00095.


To successfully complete ACC00095, students must complete a total of five (5) core units:   


  • BSBRSK401 - Identify risk and apply risk management processes 
  • TLIB3118 - Apply awareness of railway fundamentals
  • TLIB4042 - Conduct inspection of safe working procedures and infrastructure
  • TLIF3083 - Conduct track protection assessment
  • TLIF4100 - Identify and meet rail safety regulatory compliance requirements


Students enrolling in ACC00095 Fundamentals of Rail Safety Investigation are required to complete a body of pre-work by distance, prior to attending the one week residential school.


Students wishing to complete the remainder of the Cert IV qualification must enrol in the remaining 13 units listed below, which are to be completed after the stand-alone short course ACC00095.  The remaining 13 units required to be completed for the Cert IV qualification are:


  • PSPREG411A - Gather information through interviews
  • TLIF2080 - Safely access the rail corridor
  • TLIF2062 - Apply awareness of Safe working rules and regulations
  • PSPREG418A - Advise on progress of investigations
  • TLIE3022 - Complete workplace documents
  • TLIF4088 - Implement and coordinate rail safety and WHS risk-control strategies
  • TLIF4107 - Respond to notifiable rail safety occurrences
  • TLIG4006 - Facilitate work teams
  • TLIB4079 - Conduct a general train examination
  • TLIF5017 - Investigate rail safety incidents
  • TLIE4030 - Prepare rail safety reports
  • TLIF4101 - Implement and maintain a rail safety culture
  • TLIL4009 - Manage personal work priorities and professional development