The PICOP Initial course is a 3-day classroom-based course designed to train persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Person in Charge of Possession (PICOP) competence. The PICOP competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to set up and manage an engineering possession on the rail infrastructure. This includes the management of on and off-tracking On Track Plant (OTP) and train movements within the possession.

Course Objectives

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Possession Process and Planning Meetings
  • Possession Details
  • Communicating Clearly
  • Taking Possession and the setting up of worksites
  • Train Movements - including propelling movements
  • Radio communications for the control of trains
  • Changeover Procedure
  • Suspension/Handing back of worksites
  • Giving up possession
  • PICOS duties and Line Clear Verification
  • Theory Assessment
  • Practical Assessment
  • Post course objectives

Course Prerequisites

  • Candidates must be a minimum age of 18
  • Candidates must hold a Sentinel Card endorsed with a valid IWA or COSS competence.
  • Candidates must hold a valid 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

Successful candidates will be notified to sentinel as being trained and assessed as competent and their sentinel card will be endorsed (P) PICOP. The competence will be valid for four months initially under a probationary mentoring period whereby the primary sponsor is responsible for ensuring the candidate is mentored. Candidates need to undertake a workplace assessment within four months to ensure they can safely and effectively undertake the role of the PICOP. Once the probationary assessment is completed the PICOP competence will be valid for 2 years – with a workplace assessment required within 9-15 months. To recertify, candidates must ensure they complete a minimum of four shifts from their interim assessment and have them recorded within their work experience book.


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