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In order to access Arc Infrastructure’s rail network, all relevant employees, contractors and third party users must obtain all appropriate permits and permissions from Arc Infrastructure.

Completion of accreditation training and the applicable rail medical are NOT an authority to enter the rail corridor. 

Arc's Learning and Development team provides accreditation training for all levels of Track Access Permits. Our training has been designed to cover the Arc Infrastructure Network Safeworking Rules and Procedures. 

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DISCLAIMER: By enrolling into one of our safeworking accreditation courses, you are agreeing that your role or the role of the person you are enrolling on behalf of, requires the information presented within the course, and that you/they have completed any pre-requisites associated with the accreditation you/they are enrolling into. 

See Safeworking Accreditation Levels section for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Track Access Permit (TAP)?

A Track Access Permit is an authority to work on or about the rail corridor within the limitations of the accreditation of the permit held.

How do I know what training I require?

For all access outside of five (5) metres from the Arc Infrastructure rail line please visit the Access the Corridor page for information on our Rail Corridor Induction.

For work that requires access within the five (5) metre danger zone of an Arc Infrastructure rail you will be required to complete one of the levels of Safeworking training courses.
 

My medical is due to expire - what do I need to do to update it?

See Track Access Permit (TAP) Renewals section.

Attach the required documentation as one PDF to your enrolment then click 'Enrol'.

Enter credit card details in the payment screen to make payment.

Where is your training held?

Arc Infrastructure provides majority of their courses at their training centre located in Kewdale. Practical components of training may be held at an alternate location which your trainer will advise you of on the first day of your course, should this apply.

See 'Where can you find us?' (below) for further information.

Can I get my TAP card sooner?

Due to the number of applications the Training Support Officers process on a daily basis we cannot assist with fast tracking applications. All applicants are processed in order received within 10 business days, pending all required documentation has been submitted, completed and signed.
 

I’ve lost my TAP card - how do I get another one?

As per conditions of Track Access Permit accreditation 7. The loss of a Track Access Permit shall be reported immediately to asktraining@arcinfra.com.

You can apply and pay for a new card via Medical & Track Access Permit Renewal from the Safeworking Accreditation Calendar. In the notes section of the enrolment page, please state 'REPLACEMENT CARD ONLY', so we know there is no outstanding paperwork to be submitted. We will process this within 10 business days.

Safeworking Accreditation Levels

Supervised Worker (SW)

This level of TAP shows the worker has an understanding of the hazards in the rail corridor and provides them with knowledge of the mitigation of those hazards. Workers with this level of TAP must always be under direct supervision of Protection Officer (PO) and are not permitted to enter within five metres of the nearest rail without a PO being present. 

Train staff with this level of TAP may work under the direct supervision of the Rail Traffic Crew of passenger services to enter the rail corridor for attending to passenger emergencies / evacuations.

E-Learning:

  • Total cost: $232.50 per person
  • Includes:
    • $150.00 course fee
    • $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST)
  • Duration: 3 hours approx (includes theory assessment).

Pre-requisites:

  • Current Category 3 Rail Medical or higher

Valid for:

  • 3 years

 Permit processing requirements:

Course completion email from Learnupon with 100% pass mark forwarded to asktraining@arcinfra.com with the below:
SW accreditation eLearning must be completed every 3 years to maintain your TAP.

Track Vehicle Operator (TVO)

This level of TAP shows the Supervised Worker (SW) has the understanding of the hazards in the rail corridor and provides them with knowledge of the mitigation of those hazards. Workers with this level of TAP must always be under the direct supervision of a Protection Officer Track Vehicle (POTV) and are not permitted to enter the rail corridor without a POTV supervising or a Protection Officer (PO) in a worksite. Track travel outside a work zone is not permitted.

E-Learning:

  • Total cost: $157.50 per person
  • Includes:
    • $75.00 course fee
    • $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST)
  • Duration: 2 hours approx. (includes theory assessment)

Pre-requisites: 

  • Current Category 1 Rail Medical
  • Supervised Worker Track Access Permit

Valid for:

  • 2 years

Permit processing requirements:

Course completion email from Learnupon with 100% pass mark forwarded to asktraining@arcinfra.com with the below:
NOTE: Both SW and TVO can be completed at the same time. See combined course dates under SafeWorking Accreditation Calendar.

PLEASE NOTE PRE-REQUISITE: Supervised Worker.
TVO accreditation eLearning must be completed every 2 years to maintain your TAP.

Protection Officer (PO)

This level of TAP shows the worker has the competence to provide protection to a work group that occupies the running line or siding when an obstruction is placed on the track.

Classroom based:

  • Total cost: $1,762.50 per person
  • Includes:
    • $1,680.00 course fee
    • $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST)
  • Duration: 5 days (includes TLIF0008 Apply safety critical communications in the rail environment, Theory and Practical Assessments)

Medicals: 

  • PO: CAT 3 Rail Medical
  • POLO: CAT1 Rail Medical - can perform Lookout Duties

Re-assessment:

  • Every 2 years (see Re-assessments)
PRE-REQUISITES: Supervised Worker & minimum 3 months rail experience

 

Protection Officer, Track Vehicle (POTV) Upgrade

This level of TAP shows the Protection Officer (PO) has the competence to supervise and operate track vehicles on the network.

Classroom based:

  • Total cost: $1,332.50 per person
  • Includes:
    • $1,250.00 course fee
    • $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST)
  • Duration: 2 days (includes both theory and practical assessments)

Pre-requisites: 

  • Current Category 1 Rail Medical
  • Minimum 3 months PO experience
  • To avoid your application being declined, please upload one of the following statements of attainment as an attachment when enrolling in this course:
    • TLIC3045 Operate road/rail vehicle OR
    • TLIC2059 Propel and operate light on-track equipment OR
    • TLIC2058 Travel medium or heavy self-propelled on-track equipment

Re-assessment:

  • Every 2 years (see Re-assessments)
Alternatively, contact asktraining@arcinfra.com to discuss further.


 

Rail Traffic Crew (RTC)

This level of TAP shows the worker has the competence to apply network safeworking rules and procedures for driving rail traffic on the network and request blocking facilities for the protection of tasks associated with their rail traffic. 

Classroom based (upon request, minimum 4 pax):

  • Total cost: $1,932.50 per person
  • Includes: 
    • $1,850.00 course fee
    • $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST)
  • Duration: 5 days (includes both theory and practical assessments)

Pre-requisites: 

  • Current Category 1 Rail Medical
PLEASE NOTE: Available to Authorised Rail Operators ONLY, please enrol via your company.

Re-assessment: 

  • Every 2 years (see Re-assessments)
Courses can be scheduled upon request with a minimum of 4 participants, pending trainer availability. Please contact asktraining@arcinfra.com for further information.

Track Access Permit (TAP) Renewals

There are two components to ensuring your TAP is current at all times; accreditation training and medical updates.

A reminder will be issued three (3) months prior, notifying the permit holder of when and what component will be expiring. 

It is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure their details (email address, employer, address etc.) are current on their TAP profile in order to receive reminder notifications.

To update your details please complete the Track Access Permit Change of Details Form and email to asktraining@arcinfra.com.

TIP: Enter the dates on your Permit Letter into your calendar reminders to avoid expiration of your Track Access Permit.

All TAP applications take up to 10 business days to process, and are actioned in order of complete and correct documentation received. Incorrect documentation may cause delays in processing.
 

Rail Medical renewals

If your rail medical is about to expire, you will need to undertake a new rail medical examination as per the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers. 

A list of Approved Health Professionals for the rail industry is available at www.riw.net.au.

Arc Infrastructure does not book medicals on behalf of permit holders. Please familiarise yourself with the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers website.

To ensure your rail medical renewal is processed within 10 business days from submission, the following must be attached when registering via the Medical & Track Access Permit Renewal course listed below.

Required Documentation:

Permit Fee:

  • Cost: $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST) per person
Medical expiries are based on the opinion of an Authorised Health Professional. Variations to the National Standards may apply due to medical reasons.

Accreditation re-assessment

For all renewals of Protection Officer (PO) Accreditation levels and above, a re-assessment of the Arc Infrastructure Network Safeworking Rules and Procedures is required prior to expiration of the applicant’s Track Access Permit (TAP).
 
NOTE: For Supervised Worker (SW), Track Vehicle Operator (TVO) & WTO08 Albany Bulk Handling, please enrol into one of the eLearning courses.

To avoid delays in accessing the Arc network, please ensure that you allow up to 10 business days for our Training Support Officers to process any applications from the date of the course (pending the assessment is successfully completed and all required documentation has been submitted). 

Classroom based

  • $362.50 per person
    • includes $280 course fee, $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST)

Duration

  • 1 day (Theory assessment ONLY)

Rail Traffic Crew & Operational Ground Support TAP Applications

All Above Rail Operators that coordinate TAP Applications for their employees have a standard process to follow. For further information, please contact your employer.

Required Documentation:

Permit Fee:

  • Cost: $82.50 TAP fee (incl. GST) per person

Other courses we offer

TLIF0008 Apply safety critical communications in the rail environment

The Arc Infrastructure Safety Critical Communications provides the skills and knowledge required to apply effective safety critical communications and is also considered best practice for general communications in the rail environment. This course includes communications within the Arc Infrastructure Network and is aligned to the Arc Infrastructure Safeworking Rules and Procedures.

It includes communicating, providing timely and accurate rail operational information and responding to unplanned situations or events appropriately.

This course is intended for rail safety workers who are required to identify and respond to operational information as part of their job role. They may be working within a rail operational or infrastructure environment.

Classroom based:

  • Currently free

Duration:

  • 1 Day (includes both theory and practical assessments)

​Arc Rail Requirements

Learn about the fundamentals of rail with the Arc Rail Requirements course.  

This course provides an introduction to the technical aspects of rail infrastructure, including track components, signalling and network control systems. Participants will explore the history of rail in Western Australia and gain an understanding of the most common rail terminology and acronyms.

This course is designed for newcomers to the rail industry and people with limited knowledge of rail infrastructure. 

Course participants will learn about:
  • Rail terminology and acronyms
  • Arc Infrastructure network
  • Track components and geometry
  • Working on and around the network and the hazards 
  • The various jobs roles that are required to run a safe and efficient network.

Classroom based:

  • Currently free

Duration:

  • 1 Day

Where can you find us?

Arc Infrastructure Training Centres

Cnr of Lloyd Street & Elgee Road, Midland WA 6056 (click to view map)

18 Miles Road, Kewdale WA 6105 (click to view map)

Onsite training available upon request, pending trainer availability. Minimum numbers are required and travel expenses may apply.

For further enquiries please contact Arc Infrastructure's Training Support Officers:

Email: asktraining@arcinfra.com

Phone: (08) 9212 2916

Dress standards

PPE is required to be worn for all Arc Infrastructure safeworking training courses. The minimum PPE requirement is a hi-visibility long sleeved orange shirt, long pants and safety boots. You may also be required to have additional PPE such as safety glasses, hat, gloves etc. Any additional PPE will be outlined on your first day of training. Please ensure that you have appropriate PPE for the weather, e.g. hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear.

For learners attending a reassessment, Railway Requirements or Safety Critical Communications training, smart casual is acceptable (no singlets or thongs). Closed toe shoes must be worn for the duration of safeworking training courses.

Attendees who do not meet the dress standards will not be admitted. 

Safeworking Accreditation calendar

Please contact asktraining@arcinfra.com for further information on courses not displayed in the safeworking course list below.

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