This course is for anyone aged 18 or over who is required to work alone on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure. The IWA course is a three or four-day* classroom-based course designed with the focus upon the role of the delegate within the scope of implementing safe systems of work for themselves, whilst attaining an understanding of how to utilise the available resources required whilst ‘on or near the line’. This course is mandatory for personnel who are required to work alone whilst ‘on or near the line’

  • * 3 days if PTS AC/DCCR Recertification isn't required
  • * 4 days if PTS AC/DCCR Recertification is required

Course Objectives

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Personal Track Safety Recertification
  • Introduction to IWA and the appointment and responsibilities
  • Safe Systems of Work when Working Alone
  • Safety Critical Communications
  • Planning and arrangements for line blockages
  • Additional protection
  • Working in a possession
  • Person in Charge of Sidings (PICOS)
  • Assessments (Theory and Practical)
  • Completion of post course objectives

Course Prerequisites

  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Currently hold a valid PTS competence (candidate must be out of learning support)
  • Candidates must hold a valid Level 1 or 3 Medical and Drugs and Alcohol certificate issued by Network Rail
  • Candidates must have a good command of the English language
  • Candidates must be primary sponsored

Course Outcome

On successful completion of the IWA course delegates will be able to carry out the duties of the IWA. Sentinel will be notified of successful completion and the candidates’ sentinel card will be updated. The IWA competence is valid for two years. A workplace assessment is required within 4 months of initial training to confirm candidates’ competence and underpinning knowledge. To recertify, candidates must have undertaken a minimum of four shifts, after the initial 4-month assessment and have engaged in a minimum of two line manager reviews – they will need to be recorded in the work experience book issued by Seaton Rail.


3 or 4 days

  • 3 days if PTS AC/DCCR Recertification isn't required
  • 4 days if PTS AC/DCCR Recertification is required

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