Railway Engineering (7597)

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016
For those who would like to start a career in the rail industry and progress either through an apprenticeship or proving competence of the skills and knowledge required for each of the following areas: track, traction and rolling stock, electrification, signalling and telecoms.

The railways are a key part of the UK's transport infrastructure for commuting, leisure and business travel, as well as freight services.

The industry recognises that it needs staff with the right skills to deal with the ever-increasing demands. These qualifications prove competence of industrial performance, knowledge and understanding, and recognise the ability of individuals working in the sector.

These qualifications are part of the apprenticeship framework.

The Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge provides you with sufficient knowledge, understanding and practical skills to introduce you to the railway industry and prepare you for the NVQs in Rail Engineering.

The NVQs in Rail Engineering will enable you to demonstrate your professional skills and knowledge in a wide range of specialist areas.

The Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge is aimed at apprentices within the rail engineering industry.

The NVQs are aimed at anyone working in railways engineering, including those preparing for a specialised role or management responsibility.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You can choose the qualification that demonstrates the specialist knowledge and skills you have developed, such as:

  • Signalling
  • Track maintenance
  • Telecoms
  • Rail testing and inspection
  • Traction and rolling stock
  • Electrification.

You will learn in the work environment and attend classroom sessions with a suitable training provider or college.

Assessment is via practical demonstrations, assignments and/or written examinations.

Which level is right for me?

Level 1
You are new to rail engineering and looking to boost your basic knowledge and skills.

Level 2
You are working in rail engineering and have some relevant knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you've been supervised.

Level 3
You are working in rail engineering and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring work meets the required standards.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of rail engineering roles, including:

  • Skilled track operative
  • Track inspector
  • Protection master
  • Leading track operative
  • Traction and rolling stock technician
  • Signalling technician
  • Signaller
  • Track maintenance supervisor
  • Senior technician in telecoms.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

These qualifications will be taught primarily in the workplace, with appropriate classroom sessions.

Centres devise the assessment of the qualification and present it to a City & Guilds Qualification Consultant for approval. Assessment may be via practical demonstration, assignments and/or written examination.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Level 1

This level is appropriate if you are new to rail engineering and looking to boost your basic knowledge and skills.

Level 1 comprises six mandatory units, including:

  • Carry out corrective manual adjustments to Permanent Way assets
  • Dismantle and remove Permanent Way assets and components
  • Maintain a safe and secure working environment in the rail industry.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Qualifications at this level can help you to progress in a wide range of rail engineering roles, including:

  • Skilled track operative
  • Track inspector
  • Protection master
  • Leading track operative
  • Traction and rolling stock technician
  • Signalling technician
  • Signaller
  • Track maintenance supervisor
  • Senior technician in telecoms.

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Basic Track Maintenance (7597-11)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Basic Track Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/0662/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 15 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 87 - 87 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Track Renewals (7597-19)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Track Renewals

  • Accreditation No: 601/2933/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 22 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 168 - 168 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

This level will suit you if you are working in rail engineering and have some relevant knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you've been supervised.

There are eight options available at Level 2:

  • NVQ Award in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Protection Master
  • NVQ Certificate in Non-Destructive Rail Testing
  • NVQ Certificate in Track Patrolling
  • NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Traction and Rolling Stock
  • NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Signalling Installer.

Level 2 options comprise mandatory and optional units. For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Qualifications at this level can help you to progress in a wide range of rail engineering roles, including:

  • Skilled track operative
  • Track inspector
  • Protection master
  • Leading track operative
  • Traction and rolling stock technician
  • Signalling technician
  • Signaller
  • Track maintenance supervisor
  • Senior technician in telecoms.

Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge (7597-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge

  • Accreditation No: 501/2174/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 28 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 280 - 280 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQs in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (7597-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Award in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/1242/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 12 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 53 - 98 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ in Rail Engineering (Signalling) (7597-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Railway Engineering Signalling Installer

  • Accreditation No: 600/1567/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 17 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 83 - 83 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Traction and Rolling Stock (7597-05)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Traction and Rolling Stock

  • Accreditation No: 600/0956/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 28 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 131 - 155 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Maintenance (7597-06)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/3243/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 122 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (7597-12)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/0963/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 15 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 62 - 80 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Construction (7597-13)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Construction

  • Accreditation No: 600/3242/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 122 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Protection Master (7597-22)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Protection Master

  • Accreditation No: 600/0962/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 21 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 139 - 139 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Non-Destructive Rail Testing (7597-32)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Non-Destructive Rail Testing

  • Accreditation No: 600/0663/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 23 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 132 - 132 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Track Patrolling (7597-42)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Track Patrolling

  • Accreditation No: 600/1019/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 177 - 177 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (7597-52)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/1076/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 37 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 187 - 206 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 is ideal if you are working in rail engineering and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring that work meets the required standard.

There are eight qualifications available at Level 3:

  • NVQ Award in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • NVQ Certificate In Rail Engineering Traction and Rolling Stock
  • NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Signalling Maintainer and Fault Finder
  • NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Signalling Maintainer and Fault Finder
  • NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Telecoms Maintainer and Fault Finder
  • NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Telecoms Maintainer and Fault Finder.

These qualifications comprise mandatory and optional units. For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Qualifications at this level can help you to progress in a wide range of rail engineering roles, including:

  • Skilled track operative
  • Track inspector
  • Protection master
  • Leading track operative
  • Traction and rolling stock technician
  • Signalling technician
  • Signaller
  • Track maintenance supervisor
  • Senior technician in telecoms.

Level 3 NVQ Award in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (7597-07)

Last Registration Date: 29 Feb 2016

Level 3 NVQ Award in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/0784/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 12 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 55 - 95 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 28/02/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ in Rail Engineering (Signalling) (7597-08)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Signalling Maintainer and Fault Finder

  • Accreditation No: 600/1489/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 31 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 180 - 180 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ in Rail Engineering (Telecommunications) (7597-09)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Telecoms maintainer and Fault Finder

  • Accreditation No: 600/1497/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 184 - 184 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Traction and Rolling Stock (7597-10)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Traction and Rolling Stock

  • Accreditation No: 600/0964/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 32 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 150 - 186 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Signalling Maintainer and Fault Finder (7597-14)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Signalling Maintainer and Fault Finder

  • Accreditation No: 600/1491/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 42 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 221 - 221 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Telecoms maintainer and fault finder (7597-15)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Telecoms Maintainer and Fault Finder

  • Accreditation No: 600/1498/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 46 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 249 - 249 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Maintenance (7597-16)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/3244/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 22 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 164 - 236 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (7597-17)

Last Registration Date: 29 Feb 2016

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/1195/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 15 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 79 - 103 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 28/02/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Construction (7597-18)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Rail Engineering Electrification Construction

  • Accreditation No: 600/3236/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 31 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 202 - 274 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (7597-27)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

  • Accreditation No: 600/1100/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 37 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 165 - 254 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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