Rail track maintenance is largely learned on the job, yet it is a crucial and specialised skill needed to ensure that Australia’s rail networks, both existing and planned, are efficient and competitive, for both freight and passenger systems.
This micro-credential gives experienced engineers the opportunity to have their existing ability to adequately plan for and implement a full rail track maintenance cycle recognized and verified to the level of the Engineers Australia Rail Track Specialisation, an industry endorsed standard of practice.
It demonstrates that you can:
- develop maintenance plans for rail track
- prepare tender or contract documents, evaluating and providing feedback to applicants
- monitor work and maintain quality standards
- inspect, evaluate and document the track condition and formation
Rail Track micro-credentials are awarded for proven capability and experience through our assessment pathway.
If you are an experienced practitioner and are seeking recognition of your skills, knowledge and capabilities, the assessment pathway is for you. Completed 100% online, it includes:
- access to our EngLearn platform to lodge your assessment submission
- assessment of your submission by our qualified assessors
- a digital badge upon successful completion
We estimate this pathway will take six - nine hours of preparation and submission time.
Candidates have up to three months from registration to complete their submissions.
1 July - 31 December
Once you register, you will be provided with a confirmation email containing instructions on how to complete your micro-credential, including how to access the EngLearn platform and submit your assessment.
To gain this micro-credential, you will need to demonstrate that you do the following in the workplace:
- Develop rail track maintenance plans for a section of track in a serviceable condition that includes.
- the scope of the maintenance works
- clear work packages
- appropriate documentation of rail track condition, tolerances and other relevant quality information to the scope of works
- timeframes, quality, safety and environmental requirements
- requirements for reconditioning track in a serviceable condition e.g., rail profiling or re-railing (in the same or different projects)
- Prepare contract and/or tender documents for maintainers to conduct the works include specification of required scope, specification of works and relevant safety and quality requirements.
- Evaluate maintenance contract submissions and provide feedback to applicants
- Monitor the engagement and conduct of maintenance works and ensure works are performed to required standards
- Inspect and evaluate a section of track and document the condition of the track and formation including ballast and drainage conditions
For full details of the criteria, view the participant guide.
This micro-credential is assessed as part of the Engineers Australia Rail Track Specialisation.
To earn a micro-credential, you will need to show that you meet the criteria in practice. To do this, you will prepare an assessment submission consisting of:
- at least two workplace examples from the last two years
- evidence to support demonstration of the workplace examples, addressing each criterion
- a written explanation of how the workplace evidence relates to each criterion
- a video interview where you answer questions about your workplace examples
A workplace example is an occasion where you’ve applied the skills and knowledge of the micro-credential. For this micro-credential, suitable examples of scoping and commissioning maintenance for a rail track alignment include:
- reconditioning of an existing section of track
- refurbishment of an existing turnout
- participating in condition monitoring of rail track assets
- maintenance of track in a serviceable condition
- any other maintenance activity you have scoped
There are many different examples that could be used to show your ability in practice. The same example could be used on two separate occasions or two different examples could be used on two separate occasions.
If you’re not sure, refer to the participant guide.
Evidence is the documentation that supports your workplace examples. Evidence can be submitted in a range of forms. It may include, but is not limited to:
- maintenance scope documents
- maintenance works plan
- condition reports
- inspection reports
- risk management documentation
- works evaluation documentation
- project reports
- tender or contract documentation for maintenance
- condition report
Is this micro-credential for you?
This micro-credential is suitable for experienced rail sector practitioners who are seeking recognition of capabilities against the Engineers Australia Rail Track Engineering specialisation. You may have been working for an internal team or as an external contractor.
If you want this micro-credential but don’t yet have the right skills, knowledge and experience, we recommend enrolling in the Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Rail).
We recommend allowing the following time to complete each element:
- Assessment submission – allow six - eight hours to collate, prepare and submit your assessment submission.
- Video interview – allow 25 minutes.
You have three months from registration to complete all elements of the assessment pathway and finish your assessment submission.
You will be provided with the opportunity to resubmit if your original submission isn’t deemed satisfactory. Your assessor will provide you with detailed feedback on areas and evidence to improve.
To appeal, apply in writing to [email protected]. When we receive your request, a second assessor will review and assess your portfolio of work and the feedback provided by your original assessor.
Where the outcome of the second assessment agrees with the original assessment, the result stands. Where the assessment outcome is inconsistent, we will engage a moderator to assess the submission, and the outcome of the moderator’s assessment will be final.