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AOD Handsignaller - Initial

Duration: 1 Day

Max Delegates: 8


Upon successful completion of this course, competencies will be uploaded to Sentinel. Sentinel smart cards are ordered directly from Sentinel at www.railsentinel.co.uk

Pre-Requisite Requirements

Due to COVID restrictions, it is recommended that candidates wear face masks in all communal areas.


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.

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 1 and Network Rail Standard NR/L2/OHS/00120 (Drugs & Alcohol).

Must have sufficient command of English languageas detailed in Network Rail Company Specification NR/L2/CTM/021 (Competence & Training in Track Safety).

Must bring valid Sentinel smart card with PTS, IWA or COSS (no red triangle or blue circle).  If no IWA held, COSS must not be in Probationary status

Network Rail Handbook module 5 & 6 (we recommend that you revise these modules before attending the course).

PPE Visibility clothing to RIS-3279-TOM standard, hard hat, Safety boots with full ankle and mid-sole protection and gloves.


Must Bring Photo ID - For British Nationals, one of the following (original hard copy - not electronically): a current and valid branded form of identity token, used for accessing the RMI (Railway Maintained Infrastructure) such as a Sentinel Card; in-date and valid full driving licence; in-date and valid UK Provisional Photo Card Driving Licence; in-date and valid passport, a UK biometric ID Card/Residence Permit (BRP), an Armed Forces Identity Card, a proof of age card recognised under PASS with a unique reference number (this includes the Citizen ID Card), N.I. Electoral Identity Card or a resident permit as per Home Office guidance.

For Non-British Nationals - an in-date and valid passport, Identity Card or Driving Licence from an EU or European Economic Area (EEA) country or a US Passport Card is required (original hard copy - not electronically).


Please advise of any special needs i.e. Dyslexia

It is the responsibility of the individual trainees Manager to decide upon their suitability to attend the course in accordance with the current issue of NR/L2/CTM/021 Competence & Training in Track Safety.




The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake their duties as Handsignaller.

At the end of the training, the delegate will be able to:

  • List the situations in which staff are required to carry out Handsignalling duties and name the person responsible for instructing the Handsignaller in each case;
  • Identify with whom the Handsignaller needs to communicate and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with relevant personnel;
  • Identify the principal features of items of Handsignalling equipment and check they are in working order or suitable for use;
  • Demonstrate the correct method of exhibiting the appropriate signal;
  • Correctly complete a temporary block working ticket



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