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Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the understanding to carry out the duties of an Individual Working Alone when deemed suitable by their Local Manager.  This course also includes Personal Track Safety Re-certification.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -

  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and responsibility of an IWA
  • Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of working on:
  • - Open Lines
    - Blocked Lines

  • Have a complete understanding of and be able to use:
  • - Hazard Directories
    - Sectional Appendices
    - Handbooks 6, 8 and 9
    - Method Statements

  • Be able to demonstrate setting up a Safe System of Work
  • Be able to demonstrate the implementation of an Emergency Procedure resulting from an incident affecting the safety of the line and trains
  • Course Duration

    Three days


    Delegates MUST be in possession of:

  • Valid P.T.S. Certificate
  • Current P.T.S. Handbook and relevant Handbooks
  • Personal Protective Equipment

    This course is classroom based and therefore no P.P.E. is required.


    This competency is valid for two years.  A Network Rail Sentinel card, will be awarded to each successful candidate.


    Post course objectives and IWA Log Book will be issued to the delegate on completion of the course. Note: Any delegate who is required to work safely near or adjacent to DC conductor rails will have to attend the DC Conductor Rail course which is a separate standalone module.