Before working within any rail corridor in Australia, individuals must undergo Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC) training and earn the relevant certifications. Training providers that meet the specified requirements are authorised by the government to facilitate the SARC training.
So what does it entail?
This article discusses what to expect for Safely Access the Rail Corridor training and how Cloud Assess can improve delivery for training organisations.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
Safely Access the Rail Corridor is a nationally accredited safety course offered by specific Registered Training Organisations in Australia for employees and contractors in the country’s rail corridors.
Throughout the course duration, participants learn relevant protection rules, precautions, and procedures to perform their duties safely and effectively. These include:
After the training, participants earn a Statement of Attainment, and they can apply for a Rail Industry Worker card (RIW card).
During SARC assessment, participants undergo a written exam to test their theoretical knowledge of the subject and a practical assessment to evaluate their hands-on skills.
Additionally, the training and assessments replicate or simulate actual workplace operational situations and activities. Students can tackle real-life challenges and demonstrate their theoretical and practical knowledge in these contexts.
To earn a Statement of Attainment, SARC training participants must satisfy two competence criteria: Performance and knowledge evidence. Let’s delve further into how these two play out.
The performance criterion entails demonstrating your knowledge of safety rules and procedures in the rail corridor. To sail through this level, participants should be able to:
Participants are also expected to understand the ins and outs of the rail corridor, including:
Participants also develop above-average language literacy and numeracy skills.
As with other vocational education assessments in Australia, training providers that conduct SARC training and evaluation must meet ASQA’s Standards for Registered Training Organizations requirements.
Since training providers can deliver training for multiple rail corridors, they must also comply with the regulatory requirements of the specific rail corridor(s) they want to be authorised for.
For example, Melbourne V Line requires Train Track Safety Awareness (TTSA) while Sydney Metro requires SARC.
The training session must also comply with relevant Australian regulations, including the Rail Safety Act, Work Health Safety Act and Transport-Rail Safety. In addition, training providers must provide all the training materials including eye protection wears, hard hats and visibility vests.
Training providers develop specific SARC course outlines based on applicable rail safety requirements. Here’s a sample SARC outline from Short Courses Australia:
Most training providers charge between $200–$250 for SARC training.
Safely Access the Rail Corridor is a short training that takes approximately 8 hours.
It depends. Typically, your Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC) doesn’t expire. However, some state rail corridors have specific refresher requirements. For example, VLine requires refresher SARC training every two years.
A RISI card is the same as a rail industry worker card (RIWC). It is issued to rail safety workers who have undergone the necessary training and are now equipped with the required safety skills for working in specific rail corridors.
Yes, you can. Many training providers are shifting to blended learning to deliver SARC training.
As Australia’s rail system expands, there would be room for a larger workforce for its rail corridors. This presents many opportunities for training providers who want to deliver Safely Access the Rail Corridor training (SARC).
Rail safety employees and contractors will be looking for training providers that can deliver effective SARC course content conveniently. And this is where Cloud Assess can help you. Our software gives learners hands-on experience, allowing you to create smooth workflows and deliver training content seamlessly.
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