National code: UET30721

Certificate III in ESI - Rail Traction

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Overview About this course

Collect your ticket for an electrifying career working on railway infrastructure. Nurture the technical skills you need to ensure rail traction systems run smoothly so that passengers can travel safely to and from their destinations.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Understand the technical aspects of rail traction systems
    Use hand and power tools to install and maintain rail traction infrastructure
    Install, maintain and inspect overhead poles, structures, conductors, cables and rail traction wiring systems
    Work safely on rail systems

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
    Skills to use hand and power tools including lugalls, slings and drills to install and maintain electrical rail traction powerline infrastructure
    The ability to install traction overhead wiring systems
    The confidence to install and maintain poles, structures and associated hardware
    Experience rigging and working on conductors related to the rail network
    Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.


    To be eligible for this course, you must:

    • Be employed as an apprentice in the rail traction industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
    • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application


    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    It is important to know that there is no government subsidy available for this study option. Enquire now to talk to our team about payment options.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A white card (or general construction induction card)
    An elevated work platform (EWP) licence
    A chainsaw ticket
    A dogging high risk work (HRW) licence

    The elevated work platform licence, chainsaw ticket and dogging high risk work licence are all core units in the course. Your teacher can provide you with details of the different options available to you to obtain the above tickets and licences. On successful completion of this qualification, you can apply for the dogging, rigging and EWP licences.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in the electrical supply industry
    An interest in broadening your experience and your career prospects
    The ability to work in railway infrastructure and at heights
    The capability to work safely near live electrical apparatus
    A willingness and ability to use hand and power tools
    Reading, writing and maths skills to a Year 10 level

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: rail traction linesman.


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card. On successful completion of this qualification, you can apply for the Dogging, Rigging and EWP licence. The below 3 units are core units embedded in the Cert III in ESI- Rail Traction: TLILIC0005: Legislative and regulatory requirements are applicable to this unit of competency. This unit is based on the licensing requirements of Part 4.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and meets Commonwealth, State and Territory HRWL requirements. The National Instrument (NAI) is the mandated assessment for the HRWL to operate relevant licencing class as detailed in this unit. CPCCLDG3001: You are eligible to obtain a licence if you are at least 18 years old, complete a recognised training course and have been assessed as competent by a SafeWork NSW accredited assessor working for the RTO. CPCCLRG3001: You are eligible to obtain a licence if you are at least 18 years old, complete a recognised training course and have been assessed as competent by a SafeWork NSW accredited assessor working for the RTO.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

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The Certificate III in ESI - Rail Traction does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in ESI - Rail Traction qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 28 units of competency, including 26 core and 2 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Install overhead rail traction configurations UETDRRT001

  • Install rail traction bonds UETDRRT003

  • Maintain overhead rail traction configurations UETDRRT008

  • Maintain rail traction bonds UETDRRT010

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TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

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