This Standard provides the requirements for the development, training and assessment of route competence for Rail Traffic Crew (RTC). The document also provides additional guidance for Rolling Stock Operators (RSO) during the development and management of route competence.

Route competence is developed through a process of route learning, whereby an individual develops sufficient knowledge of route factors and route risks, and gains appropriate practical operating experience to enable them to work safely over each route and to give them the necessary skills and confidence to predict and react to environmental changes and conditions.