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Individual Working Alone (IWA) - Re-Certification

A re-certification for those looking to refresh their knowledge and renew their certificate for Working Alone on or near the railway track.


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Course Details

Product number: RAIL_IWS_R|2910

This course is designed to re-certify persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Individual Working Alone (IWA) competence. The IWA competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to work on or near the line on their own.

Please Note 

It is the Sponsors responsibility to ensure candidates booked onto the course are eligible for the training they are to receive and in line with any relevant medical level or restriction that may apply, in accordance with NR/L2/OHS/00124 Competence Specific Fitness Medical Requirements.

Please be aware that candidates will be treated on a training event as if they are at work and they must comply with the relevant medical policy and bring their Sentinel Smartcard which will be swiped at the start of the course.

Please note this is a modular course and elements MUST be successfully completed BEFORE continuation with the course, these elements can be failed which will result in the termination of the course event at that time. No monies will be refunded or credited for the course or part thereof due to failing to achieve the required pre requisite competence(s) to allow overall competence to be awarded.

Must be a minimum age of 18.

Meet the medical requirements of Network Rail Standard NR/L2/OHS/00124 Competence Specific Fitness Medical Requirements to minimum medical level 3 and Network Rail Standard NR/L1/OHS/051 (Drugs & Alcohol).

Must have sufficient command of English language, and of the English language as detailed in Network Rail Company Specification NR/S/CTM/021 (Competence & Training in Track Safety).

Must bring Sentinel smart card with valid PTS and DCCR competency and hold valid IWA certification.

IWA Logbook with a minimum of 4 entries endorsed by Line Manager or Supervisor.

Network Rail Handbook module 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 (we recommend that you revise these modules before attending the course).

Please advise of any special needs i.e. Dyslexia.

Further Information

Following successful completion of the IWA recertification training, candidates must undertake an onsite assessment between 9-15 months.

Note to Sponsor: Please be advised that if candidate holds DCCR, this must be recertified in conjunction with the PTS recertification.
Only an authorised Sentinel co-ordinator may make bookings on this course.

• PTS Recertification
• Introduction to IWA
• Appointment and Responsibilities of IWA
• Safe Systems of Work when working alone
• Communicating clearly
• Planning and arrangements for line blockages
• Additional protection
• Working in a possession
• Person in Charge of Sidings (PICOS)
• Assessments
• Completion of post course objectives

Anybody with a valid sponsor who needs to re-certify the IWA competence.

Upon successful completion of this course, competencies will be uploaded to Sentinel.

Sentinel smart cards are ordered directly from Sentinel at


2 years – however, a workplace assessment is required between 9 and 15 months.

Training provided by Intertrain (RTAS 0460)
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