This course is for anyone aged 18 or over that is required to undertake the role of the Possession Support. The Possession Support course is a 1 day course and is designed to train candidates to correctly and safely carry out the duties of Possession Support as part of their duties. The course is designed to develop the candidates’ knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to Possession Support duties.

Course Objectives

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Introduction to the course
  • Overview of the Possession Support Role
  • Situational Awareness and Safety Critical Communications
  • Case Studies
  • Preparing for a Possession
  • Principles of Working in a Possession Including:
  • - Placing Protection
  • - Placing Worksite Marker Boards
  • - Securing points
  • - Operation of a SPRS
  • - Dealing with train movements
  • - Withdrawing protection
  • Theory assessment
  • Practical/verbal assessment
  • Completion of post course training objectives

Course Prerequisites

  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Currently hold a valid IWA or COSS competence
  • Candidates must hold a valid Level 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) PS. 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 PS. Once the probationary assessment is completed the PS competence will be valid for 3 years. Recertification is undertaken in the form of a workplace assessment by an approved assessor.


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