This course aims to instruct delegates on correctly determining their roles and responsibilities of undertaking Point Operator Duties. By the end of the course, delegates will be able to demonstrate their understanding and ability to manually operate power points motors in line with relevant rules and Network Rail Standards. All applicants must hold a valid Sentinel Track Safety Card endorsed with either Individual Working Alone or COSS Competence. The course is a 1- day classroom-based course on how to correctly identify and operate railway points and crossovers on the Network Rail managed Infrastructure. This course is for people whose job role will at some point require them to take local control of points for several different reasons.

Course Objectives

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Point Motors
  • Normal Operation
  • Point Operation Terms
  • Duties and Equipment
  • Procedure Review
  • Practical Assessment
  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Post course objectives

Course Prerequisites

  • Delegates must hold a valid Sentinel Card endorsed with a valid COSS/IWA 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 AOD - (PO). This competence will be valid for two years. To recertify candidates must ensure they complete a minimum of four shifts and record them in their work experience book – issued by Seaton Rail.


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