We can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with key employers from the sector like KiwiRail and Transdev, and members of your industry to build skilled employees. We work towards providing continued support to ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs and celebrating your learners’ success.

Qualifications available

These qualifications are for people looking to move into or already employed in the rail transport industry, both passenger and freight. The skills and training needed depend on the area you want to specialise in.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the New Zealand Passenger Rail industry with people who have the skills and knowledge required to work as a train manager and deliver safe and efficient customer services to people travelling on the rail network.

The qualification is intended for people who wish to enter the passenger rail industry or people already working in the industry interested in moving into a train manager role.

Graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision to carry out the duties of a train manager, on board passenger trains operating on the New Zealand rail network.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the rail environment and safety procedures to maintain the safety of passengers and persons working on or near the train
  • Provide passengers with the information and assistance they require to complete their intended journey
  • Operate communication equipment, train and network equipment to ensure service performance expectations are met
  • Respond to emergencies and maintain the security of all people, trains and equipment on the rail network.

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the rail sector with graduates who have the skills and knowledge to coordinate trains and crew from a rail company operations centre.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of rail transport services to the operation of a rail company operation centre
  • Operate rail communication systems in a rail environment
  • Apply knowledge of rail operations centre processes in a rail environment
  • Contribute to the management of incidents, emergencies and special events in a rail environment.

Note: the Rail Yard Operations and Train Driver qualifications can be combined and completed as an apprenticeship.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the rail sector with graduates who have the skills and knowledge to work safely as a rail operator in a rail yard.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of safe work practices to tasks in a rail yard
  • Communicate effectively in a rail yard
  • Perform shunting duties in a rail yard
  • Operate signalling systems in a rail yard
  • Perform train inspections for serviceability.

Note: the Rail Yard Operations and Train Driver qualifications can be combined and completed as an apprenticeship.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the New Zealand Rail Industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to drive trains on the rail network.

The qualification is intended for persons wishing to enter the rail industry or people already working in the industry who want to move to a train driver role.

Graduates will be capable of working independently under broad guidance to drive trains on the rail network.

Graduates of the Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) strand will be able to operate passenger services on the electrified urban networks.

Graduates of the Locomotive strand will be able to operate locomotive-hauled services across the wider network.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Obtain, interpret and communicate information required for the safe and efficient operation of the train
  • Interpret and comply with rail operator rules, signals, train running systems and standard operating procedures
  • Work safely when in or near the rail corridor to protect self and others
  • Apply detailed knowledge of route features, their risks and implications for drivers to ensure the safe operation of the train

Graduates of the Electric Multiple Unit strand will also be able to:

  • Prepare an EMU for service and conduct end of shift procedures
  • Implement emergency procedures and conduct passenger evacuations
  • Operate an EMU in various combinations across a range of routes and different environmental conditions.

Graduates of the Locomotive strand will also be able to:

  • Inspect and prepare a mainline locomotive for service and conduct end of shift procedures
  • Operate a mainline locomotive across a range of routes, environmental conditions and loadings.

NZQA qualification overview