Rail

With public transport high on the political agenda around the country, this is a great time to build your skills in rail transport

Employers

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

What do we offer?

We partner with industry associations like Rail and Maritime Transport Union and members of your industry to build skilled employees. This support includes ensuring your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, supporting industry events like conferences 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 wishing to enter the passenger rail industry or people already working in the industry who wish to move 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 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 wish 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 a 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