TfNSW Track Protection Officer (PO) Level 1 (TPO01)

Course Code

TfNSW Track Protection Officer (PO) Level 1 (TPO01)

Course Description

Nationally accredited training with a Statement of Attainment issued from TLI32715 Certificate ll 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.

The TfNSW PO1 course is designed to provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to protect worksites within the TfNSW Network.

Protection Officer Level 1 course includes, but not limited to:

  • Role of Protection Officer
  • Core Process
  • Track Protection Fundamentals
  • Risk Assessment
  • Foundation skills, risk assessments, situational awareness
  • Protection Officer Planning
  • Implementing Lookout Working/Lookout Duties
  • Implementing Absolute Signal Blocking (ASB)
  • Compiling of all required documentation

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 Network.

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 safeworking/protection assessments
  • Confirm Rail Industry Worker (RIW) competency/currency
  • Compile worksite protection plans and other work on track documentation
  • Deliver worksite protection pre-work briefs to workers

PO Level 1 only: $1000

PO Level 1 & 2 combined: $1500

TfNSW Final Competency Assessment: TfNSW conduct their own Final Assessment (Price on Application).


PO1 theory course: 5 consecutive business days

PO1&2 theory course combined: 8 consecutive business days

Electronic On-Job Workbook: Up to 6 months to complete

Final Competency Assessment: 1 day, per level


7:15am start to approx. 4:00pm


Please contact our office for next course dates and availability on 02 9708 5980 or email;

  • Must have completed the RIW course (TLIF2080 Safely access the rail corridor)
  • Category 1 Medical
  • Confirmation from approved safeworking company to undertake Electronic On Job (e-OJWB) Training component
  • Must be able to read, write and communicate well in English
  • Own IOS compatible device (I-phone/I-pad required)

NB: Beneficial to have a basic understanding of electronic devices

Age Requirements

Individual must be over the age of 18 years old

Dress Requirements
  • Plain and casual dress code
  • Enclosed shoes only
  • No singlets or thongs


SCCRT Training Centre

Unit 2/4 Brunker Road, Chullora NSW 2190


Free, all day parking is available around the building complex


Payment can be made on the first day of training by Eftpos, cash (exact amount) or direct deposit

Assessment/Competency Pathway

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, core fundamentals, role of Protection Officer, 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:

Electronic On Job Workbook (e-OJWB). After passing the theory assessments, you will be issued with a digital, app-based e-OJWB on your IOS device, which covers the practical requirements of each PO level. This digital logbook allows the Trainer/Assessor to have real time contact with learners as you are required to submit video, audio files and photographs of experience gained from exposure to 'live' operational situations. This component must be completed on your own IOS compatible device and 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 e-OJWB and 'sign off', attesting you have met the required criteria to attempt a Final Assessment at TfNSW. This information must be validated by a qualified Trainer and Assessor at SCCRT. If successful, you will be deemed satisfactory for this stage to proceed to the Final Assessment.

Please ensure your device is IOS compatible. (Apple I-phone/I-pad)

Note: To work on TfNSW Network, your e-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:

Safety Critical Communication Course (SCC01/TLIF008): This one-day course has been mandated to be successfully completed before you can attempt your Final Assessment with TfNSW. Please contact the office for further information regarding this course.

Stage 4:

Final Competency Assessment: This needs to be undertaken at the successful completion of the e-OJWB, and Safety Critical Communication (SCC01/TLIF0008) course. This Assessment is conducted by a qualified Trainer/Assessor at TfNSW. Enrolment to sit the Final Assessment can only be made by a company approved to supply safeworking (PO) resources.

On Job Training and pre-approved safeworking panel members

To assist you with completing the electronic on-job workbook component, there are 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. The time, length and duration of this component is governed by the safeworking company, not SCCRT. Please ensure you are completely aware of the requirements and processes of your On-Job Provider prior to enrolling into the course.

Note: Pre-approval from one of these companies must be obtained prior to course commencement. SCCRT will confirm this with the nominated company.

Please contact our office for further information on these companies.


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

Upon successful completion of all three (3) components (Theory, electronic On-Job Workbook and Final Assessment), and successful validation of your supporting evidence, you will receive a Statement of Attainment recognising completion of the following units:

  • TLIF2081 Perform lookout duties
  • TLIF3083 Conduct track protection assessment
  • TLIL3082 Implement absolute signal blocking
  • TLIW2001 Operate under track protection rules
  • TLIW2037 Clip and secure points
  • TLIF2097 Use audible track warning devices

Due to the safety critical nature of a Protection Officer role, you will need to undertake a recertification every two (2) years, which confirms and retains knowledge and currency.

Enrolment Please call reception on 9708 5980 or email
or click on the online Enrolment links below:
Individual Enrolment
Company Enrolment.