TfNSW Track Protection Officer (PO) Level 3 (TPO03)

Course Code

TfNSW Protection Officer (PO) Level 3


Currently, this course can only be conducted at TfNSW Petersham internally. Please contact TfNSW Learning and Development for further details.

Provided for Transport for NSW Network

  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 PO3 course is designed to provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to protect worksites for TfNSW network.

Protection Officer Level 3 includes, but not limited to:

  Undertake duties as prescribed for a PO 2
 Undertake duties prescribed for a Handsignaller Level 2
 Implement a Track Work Authority (TWA) Obtain an X, Y or Z key
 Act as the designated
 Protection Officer to coordinate the passage of rail traffic through multiple worksites



PO3: 3 consecutive days theory

On Job Workbook: Up to 6 months to complete

Final Assessment: 1 Day


7:15am to 4:00pm. (Approximately)


Please contact our office to find out when the next course is available: 02 9708 5980 or email


  Must be a qualified Protection Officer Level 2
  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)


  SCRT 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


All day parking is available around the building complex.


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.

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.


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:

  TLIL3083 Implement a track work authority and manage rail traffic through worksites


This course requires recertification every two years. A one-on-one assessment will take place to assess your retained knowledge.


Please call reception on 9708 5980 or email or click on the online Enrolment buttons below: