Protection Officer (PO) Level 2

Course Code

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Protection Officer (PO2) Level  2

Course Description

Provided for Transport for NSW and ARTC Networks

  • Nationally accredited training with a Statement of Attainment issued from TLI32715 Certificate III in Track Protection from the Transport and Logistics training package.

The Protection Officer courses are competency based beginning with  Protection Officer Level  1, progressing to Protection Officer Level  4, should you choose to do so.

The PO2 course is designed to provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to protect worksites for ARTC and TfNSW networks.

Protection Officer Level 2 includes, but not limited to:

  • Undertaking duties as prescribed for a PO 1
  • Implement a TOA
  • Obtain the half pilot staff for a TOA
  • Protecting worksites within an LPA

Duties and role responsibilities of a Protection Officer

A Protection Officer (PO) is a person who is qualified to implement varying levels of safeworking worksite protection for activities being undertaken in the rail corridor by rail industry workers on TfNSW, ARTC and John Holland (CRN) Networks.

A PO’s role entails levels of responsibility and accountability. Safeworking categorises the roles and responsibilities of rail safety workers that are competent to undertake the safe management of rail traffic on worksites, ensuring the safe separation is maintained between workers and machinery, preventing workers from being struck by rail traffic whilst undertaking their duties. To achieve this, a PO must be able to;

  • Reference the Network Rules and Procedures to ensure correct worksite protection is implemented
  • Conduct safety assessments
  • Compile worksite protection plans and other work on track documentation
  • Confirm the identity and competence of workers
  • Deliver worksite protection pre-work briefing to workers

PO2 - $400 per person stand alone or

PO1 and 2 combined - $700 per person (package deal)

Final Assessment - $400 (PO 1 & 2) for ARTC.

Note: TfNSW conduct their own assessment with price on application.

Prices may vary due to the location and participants industry experience.

Duration PO 2 : 2 consecutive days theory
On Job Workbook: Up to 6 months to complete
Final Assessment: 1 Day
Time 7:15am to 4:00pm. (Approximately)
When Please contact our office for next course dates and availability 02 9708 5980 or email:
  • Must be a qualified Protection Officer Level 1
  • Cat 1 Medical
  • Provide 100 points of identification on the day
  • Current RIW card
Age Requirements Persons over the age of 18 years old.
Dress Requirements Plain and casual dress, enclosed shoes. (no singlets or thongs)
Location Sydney
  • SCCRT Training Centre, Unit 2/4 Brunker Road, Chullora 2190
Client's Premises
  • On request we can train on client's premises.

NB: Courses delivered at client's premises require minimum numbers or a group booking of 6-10 persons. Please contact us for further details: 9708 5980 or email

Parking All day parking is available around the building complex.
Payment Payment can be made on the day by Eftpos, cash (exact amount) or direct deposit.

Participants will be required to pass theory and practical assessments to achieve competency.
The journey to becoming a qualified PO is undertaken in stages, often referred to as ‘blended delivery’ via the following methods:

Stage 1:

Classroom theory training (off-job assessment): Consists of in-class face to face training with a qualified Trainer/Assessor which gives insight and provides instruction on how to assess risk, source and interpret information, identify, prioritise and implement worksite protection, in accordance with the Network Rules and Procedures. You will be required to successfully complete written assessments prior to commencing Stage 2.

Stage 2:

On Job Workbook (OJWB). After passing the theory assessments, you will be issued with a OJWB which covers the practical requirements of each PO level and provides evidence of your knowledge and experience gained from exposure to ‘live’ operational situations. This component must be supervised by a qualified PO2 or higher. Often referred to as safeworking coaches/mentors or subject matter experts (SMEs), they provide instruction and demonstration relating to the activities/tasks outlined in the OJWB and ‘sign off’, attesting you have met the required criteria to attempt a Final Assessment, with a qualified Trainer/Assessor. If successful, you will be deemed competent.

Note: To work on TfNSW Network, your OJWB provider must be a company approved to supply safeworking (PO) resources to TfNSW and authorised to enrol you into the Final Assessment.

Stage 3:

Final Competency Assessment: This needs to be undertaken at the completion of the OJWB and is conducted by a qualified Trainer/Assessor.

For TfNSW: Enrolment to sit the Final Assessment can only be made by a company approved to supply safeworking (PO) resources.

For ARTC/CRN: If you only require ARTC/CRN certification, you can undertake your Final Assessment with a Southern Cross Civil & Rail Training (SCCRT) Trainer/Assessor.

On Job Workbook Training Placement

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) Network

To assist you with completing the on-job workbook component, there is several specialised companies who are members of a safeworking panel, pre-approved by Transport for NSW to supply safeworking resources for projects undertaken on their Network.
Pre-approval from one of these companies must be obtained prior to course commencement.
Please contact our office for further information on these companies.

ARTC/CRN Network

To carry out PO duties on these Networks only, your on-job workbook training provider must be a company with qualified PO’s who can assist and mentor your practical training.
Pre-approval from one of these companies must be obtained prior to course commencement.
Please contact our office for further information on these companies.


On successful completion of the off job (theory) training and assessment, a Certificate of Completion will be issued confirming partial completion of the course.

Upon successful completion of the theory component, On Job Workbook and Final Assessment, you will receive a Statement of Attainment recognising completion of the following units:

  • TLIL3065 Implement track occupancy authority (TOA)
  • TLIC2081 Pilot rail traffic within work on track authority limits
  • TLIL4069 Plan and coordinate protection for multiple worksites within the limits of a work on track authority
Recertification Due to the safety critical nature of the Protection Officer Roles you will need to undertake a recertification assessment every 2 years which confirms retained knowledge and currancy.
Enrolment Please call reception on 9708 5980 or email
or click on the online Enrolment links below:
Individual Enrolment
Company Enrolment.