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RISSB face-to-face courses return in 2022 

Rail transport operators, infrastructure managers and contractors now have access to safety critical communications, derailment and investigation training from the one provider – the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB).

Following the recent lifting of travel restrictions, RISSB has kick started its popular
face-to-face courses and will be delivering them throughout Australia from May onwards.  

First off the rank are: 

RISSB Strategy and Stakeholder Relations General Manager Graham Jackson said the organisation was more than just a Standards development body. 

“We have plenty to offer industry that is outside the scope of standards development. It’s been two and a bit years since we’ve been able to offer face-to-face training, and in that time, we had to pivot towards offering online eLearning and it’s great to be able to continue to provide this service,” he said. 

“And now we’re back to doing what we do best. Offering a personal touch and showing that we are here to help improve safety outcomes for industry in whatever form is required.” 

Jackson said the courses were timely given recent occurrences of collisions and derailments in the industry, with industry bodies releasing reports and advisories collectively indicating that there were systemic issues. 

“We are trying to partner with the wider industry to help learn the lessons from these events so that we can prevent re-occurrences,” he said  

And given the number of potentially preventable incidents that are occurring, a firm commitment to safety and ongoing training is the first step. 

“Now that we are back out and talking to people face-to-face and engaging with them, we are keen to receive feedback on how we might be able to help with training and learning in various areas.  

“Is there something we can do better or differently? Help us help industry more.” 

Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop 

 This is an engaging foundation course that provides participants with an understanding of the principles, methods and requirements for investigating derailments. Over three days, participants will learn more about the investigation processes, theories of derailment, regulatory requirements, derailment report submissions, and how human factors contribute to derailments. 

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

This RISSB-endorsed course is delivered by the organisation’s preferred supplier, CERT Training RTO ID 51333.  

Investigate Rail Safety Incidents 

The aim of this four-day course is to teach participants how to conduct and document an investigation into a rail safety incident.  

It builds on industry best practice and promotes a just culture approach for investigations. Participants will learn about subjects such as regulatory requirements for rail safety investigations, causes of rail safety incidents, rail safety investigation types, collecting, recording and preserving evidence, as well as analysis of evidence. 

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive the unit of competency TLIF5017 – Investigate Rail Safety Incidents.  

The course will be held from 20-23 June in Perth. There are also opportunities for the course to be held in other cities, including in New Zealand, depending on demand. 

This RISSB-endorsed course is delivered by the organisation’s preferred supplier, CERT Training RTO ID 51333. 

 Apply Safety Critical Communications in the Rail Environment 

 The course is designed to develop and further increase participant’s communication and negotiation skills across the rail industry and improve safety critical communications behaviours. 

Safety critical communications are communications that, if not delivered, received, and understood correctly, could result in death, serious injury or incur significant damage to property, infrastructure, or the environment. 

The one-day course focuses on the skills and knowledge to be able to succinctly communicate, provide timely and accurate rail operational information, and respond to unplanned situations or events appropriately.  

This RISSB-endorsed course is once again delivered by the organisation’s preferred supplier, CERT Training.  

Upon successful completion of all assessments for this course, participants will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment: TLIF0008 – Apply safety critical communications in the rail environment. 

To find out more about RISSB’s face-to-face courses, go to or send an enquiry to   

More courses will be offered during the year, so keep visiting the face-to-face courses page on RISSB’s website to find out when RISSB is offering a course near you. 

If e-Learning is for you, RISSB currently offers four online courses – Introduction to Rail Safety, Fundamentals of Risk Management, Rail Safety Workers Obligations and Safety Critical Communications for Protection Officers. 

Visit for more information.