RISSB Training

As the Standards development organisation for the rail industry, we know rail. Our courses are recognised and trusted by leading organisations around Australia and our approach is based on years of experience helping our members develop best practice.

RISSB currently provides a range of courses for industry, from Rail Safety Investigation to Safety Critical Communications, all of which can be delivered at either your preferred location or a suitable venue nearby.

For organisations that have 10 or more employees ready to be trained, we can customise a course using the policies and procedures relevant to your organisation’s needs. RISSB will be resuming its face-to-face courses as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

We will also be offering online, self-paced e-learning modules later this year.

If you have a suggestion for a RISSB Training Program,  we encourage you to submit your idea using our TPP form below and send it to info@rissb.com.au

Training Program Proposal (TPP)


Current Courses

(normally offered face-to-face but currently suspended due to COVID – 19)


Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop

This course provides attendees with an overview of the investigation process, the track structure, and what evidence to look for at a derailment site.

Course content includes:

  • Investigation site
  • Safety
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Theories of derailment
  • Identifying the characteristics of a derailment
  • Track construction maintenance and measurements
  • Rail wheel interface.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the foundation skills required to investigate derailments, including:

  • Knowing how to plan the investigation
  • Knowing how to collect and analyse information
  • Investigation reporting
  • Understanding and preparing rail safety incident reporting.


Investigate Rail Safety Incidents

This engaging and interactive training course provides participants with an understanding of the principles, methods, processes and legal requirements for investigating rail safety incidents.

Among other things, this course will cover:

  • Legal requirements to investigate
  • Rail safety investigation principles
  • Investigations processes
  • Evidence collection
  • Evidence analysis
  • Presenting an investigation report.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for TLIF 5017 – Investigate Rail Safety Incidents.


Safety Critical Communications

The safe operation of Australia’s railways relies on constant clear communication. Even where trains might be driverless, there will still be operational and maintenance staff that must be able to send and receive important messages to prevent incidents or accidents. RISSB’s Safety Critical Communications course will give you the skills and knowledge required to apply effective, accurate and concise safety critical information using a communication system or in person.

Among other things, this course will cover:

  • Communications planning
  • Safety communication modes – verbal and non-verbal
  • Organisational responsibility to safety
  • Safety critical communications protocols
  • Identifying barriers to effective safety critical communications
  • How to communicate in the event of an abnormal event or emergency.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for TLIF0008 – Apply Safety Critical Communications in the Rail Environment.


Coming Soon Online


Fundamentals of Risk Management

The Fundamentals of Risk Management course provides participants with an understanding of the basics of risk management in normal, degraded and emergency situations and will enable a participant to apply the skills and knowledge in their role in the rail industry.

Introduction to Rail Safety

The Introduction to Rail Safety Course provides participants with an understanding of the basics of rail safety including the key organisations involved, what is rail safety work and your role and obligations as a rail safety worker.

Rail Safety Workers Obligations

The Rail Safety Worker Obligations course provides details of the elements of a Safety Management System (SMS) and the obligations a rail safety worker has for each of these elements.

Safety Critical Communications for Protection Officers / Track Force Protection Co-ordinators / Track Workers

This short, online course builds on TLIF0008 (‘apply safety critical communications in the rail environment’) and contextualises it to the role of the Protection Officer/Track Force Protection Co-ordinator/Track Worker.


For further information about RISSB’s training courses, or to ask about training delivery in your workplace, please email training@rissb.com.au