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.


Rail Safety Investigation

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 Rail Safety

Fundamentals of Rail Safety has been specially designed for rail safety workers.  Course participants will be provided with information about the importance of rail safety and what it is.  It will discuss the role of key organisations, and will provide guidance to rail safety workers about their obligations under the law and how those obligations relate to Safety Management Systems.

This course will cover:

  • PPE Requirements
  • Introduction to National Rules
  • Understanding Track Worker Safety
  • Safety Critical Communications
  • What is a Safety Management Systems (SMS)?
  • An overview of the Office of National Rail Safety Regulation (ONRSR)
  • An overview of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Fitness for Work
  • Understanding risk
  • Australian Standards, regulation, legislation, policies and procedures.

National Track Safety Induction Course (NTSI)

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for: TLIF0020 Safely Access the Rail Corridor.


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