Gain AQF qualifications as a signal electrician/signal technician

LX MaintenanceThe course UEE41220 - Certificate IV in Electrical - Rail Signalling will provide you with the knowledge and skills to gain national recognition as a signal electrician or signal technician.

The course includes all aspects of signalling installation and maintenance.  Signalling principles, track circuits, points, track side equipment, computer based interlocking, non-vital communications, fault finding and problem solving techniques will all be covered. 

Our Newcastle training centre has been custom built for the delivery of this course and provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a safe, controlled environment.  This course has been designed for electricians who have completed UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician and provides specialist knowledge in the area of rail signalling.

Our rail signalling trainers are senior signal engineers and experts in their field.  They remain active in industry and have extensive experience applying current skills and knowledge in the live railway environment. 

We also provide recognition of prior learning (RPL) for individuals with current industry experience. 

Who Should Enrol?

Kenny and M3AUEE41220 Certificate IV in Electrical - Rail Signalling is suitable for tradespeople with rail signalling experience, such as electricians, signalling installers/certifiers, signal technicians, signal electricians and apprentices.  If you have experience in rail signalling but no formal education, the Certificate IV in Rail Signalling can provide you with the skills and knowledge to further your career and job opportunities. 

With the wider adoption of national Rail Safety Law, many operators now require this nationally recognised qualification for those undertaking rail signalling installation and maintenance roles.  

The course is suitable for those currently working in the railway signalling environment. This course is appropriate for technicians or electricians who hold a current unrestricted electrical licence and/or have completed UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician (or equivalent). 

About the Course

The qualification is delivered over a 24 month training period.  There are eleven 5-day blocks of face-to-face training and assessment. 

Topics covered include :

  • Assembly and wiring of railway signalling equipment
  • Installation, maintenance and testing of signalling cables
  • Rail Signalling power supply installation and maintenance
  • Train Detection equipment, including axle counters, audio frequency track circuits (Jointless), DC track circuits etc.
  • Installation, maintenance and testing of point machines
  • Relay and computer based interlockings installation and maintenance. 
  • Telemetry systems maintenance and installation. 
  • Level Crossing installation and maintenance
  • Installation, maintenance and testing of track side equipment, signals and train protection equipment

We provide students with an understanding of and practice in fault finding techniques.  Our training centre facilities include the simulation of many common rail signalling faults in a safe and controlled environment.  At the end of railway signalling training with Competency Australia, signal electricians and technicians will understand the signalling system, not just individual components or equipment.  Fault finding techniques employed will demonstrate this signal system understanding.


Assessment of UEE41220 Certificate IV in Electrical - Rail Signalling consists of:

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  • Hands on activities in a simulated rail environment - we have facilities on site to wire up, install, maintain, fault find on real signalling equipment and systems.  
  • Workplace activities and assignments. 
  • Formal written tests.

Do you already have significant railway signalling experience?  Contact us to discuss alternatives for Recognition of Current Competence (RCC), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and other assessment options. 


Our nationally recognised railway signalling training is delivered from our Newcaslte (NSW) training centre.   The course is also available in Newport (Victoria) for private groups. 

Our training and assessment services are also available Australia wide.  If you would like railway signal training delivered from your location in NSW, Victoria (VIC), South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD), Western Australia (WA), Tasmania (TAS), Northern Territory (NT) or Australian Capital Territory (ACT) please contact us to discuss options and opportunities.  Please note that access to rail signalling equipment such as signals, point machines, track circuits, level crossings etc will still be required for hands on assessment of practical skills. 


Our public courses commencing in 2022 are now open for enrolments. This course is open to individuals or groups, however spaces are strictly limited, so please register your interest now to avoid disappointment. 

If you are interested, please contact us - or phone +612 4040 9110.

Contact us for more information.