PTS (Personal Track Safety)

Course Summary

The PTS course is comprised of two components.  

There is an e-learning training package followed by a practical training day. Successful completion of the e-learning assessment is required prior to attendance on the practical training day. 

This practical training module is designed to train persons who are responsible for undertaking Personal Track Safety training as part of their duties on Network Rail Infrastructure. 

It is designed to develop a person’s knowledge, understanding and skills and is therefore particularly suited to persons required to prove their competence in these areas. 

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to instruct delegates on correctly determining their responsibilities and duties when working on or near the line.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Delegates must:

  • Must be a minimum age of 16. 
  • Must meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard NR/L2/OHS/00124 Competence Specific Fitness Medical Requirements. 
  • Must meet the Drug and Alcohol requirements of Network Rail Standard NR/L2/OHS/00120 which includes a valid D&A test uploaded to Sentinel no later than 12-weeks from the course date. 
  • Must have successfully completed the e-learning training and assessment prior to attendance. 
  • Must have sufficient command of English language, and of the English language as detailed in Network Rail Company Specification NR/L2/CTM/021 (Competence & Training in Track Safety). 

Course Award

Delegates will be awarded with a Sentinel recognised certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the issue of a Network Rail Sentinel Track Safety Card, valid for two years. The card will be validated with PTS and also a green square (which signifies that the person must be accompanied at all times, as well as being required to wear a blue safety helmet).

Delegates who will be required to work in AC Overhead Lines areas will need to successfully complete the AC element of the course and have this added to their card.

Delegates who will be required to work in DC (“third rail”) electrified areas will need to successfully complete the additional one-day DCCR course and have this added to their card.

Course Duration

PTS Initial (practical): One day

PTS Re-Cert: One day

Additional Information

A PTS Keypoint booklet (RT9922) will be given to each candidate at the start of the course and a PTS Logbook (NR9968) will be issued to the candidate by the Trainer upon successful completion of the course. Provision of, and access to, the relevant Network Rail rulebooks and handbooks are the responsibility of the candidate’s Sponsor. NOTE: The AC Electrification module is built into this course, but it is possible the candidate to pass the PTS module of the course but not pass the AC module. Should this occur and the delegate specifically requires a PTS (AC) then it is not possible to re-sit the AC as a stand-alone exam and the entire PTS Initial process has to be started again, including the e-learning module.

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