City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge

Duration: The training programme duration will take approximately 6-7 weeks and learners will attend for 35 hours a week. Session times will be 09.00 am – 16.00pm (times may vary) with 30 minutes for lunch.

Pre-Requisite Requirements

To be eligible, the individuals must be:

  • Aged 19 years or older (31st August of the academic year)
  • Been a UK resident for the past 3 years or at least living in the EU for the past 3 years
  • Unemployed and claiming JSA, ESA or Universal Credit  


  • Currently employed but earning less than £16,009.50 a year (will need to provide evidence)
  • You will also be required on enrolment to present / email through forms of Photo I.D.


The Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge. Provides you with sufficient knowledge and understanding to introduce you to the railway industry and prepare you for employment, apprenticeships or NVQs in Rail Engineering.

Through our distance learning platform, you will be taught by rail industry experienced trainer/assessors who were or are still operational in their area of rail expertise. This ensures that they hold and teach the most up-to-date safe working methods and technical skills.

What qualifications will the learner receive?

City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge;

  • Engineering Industry: You will develop the skills and knowledge that are required to effectively work within a rail engineering environment, heath and safety, methods of communication, drawing and specifications and the general person skills needed to be effective in the rail engineering workplace.
  • Maintaining Mechanical Devices and Equipment – you will develop the knowledge required to effectively maintain devices and equipment in a logical methodical manner
  • Maintenance Technology – you will develop the knowledge necessary to effectively work in a maintenance environment
  • Engineering Technology – you will develop an effective knowledge of engineering materials, mathematics and science applied to engineering applications

(The below will be completed once the restriction that are in place by the government has been lifted)

Personal Track Safety (PTS); this qualification is mandatory in the rail sector and allows the holder to gain access as well as work on the railway. This qualification is made up of e-learning, classroom participation and practical elements.

DC Conductor Rails (DCCR); Any person going to walk or work “On or Near the Line” near to or adjacent DC Conductor Rails must be competent to look after their own safety in relation to 3rd and 4th rail areas. Upon successful completion of the course, the candidates will have the skills and knowledge and understand the behaviours required to work safely near or adjacent to DC conductor rails.

They will be able to describe the principles of the DC electrified system, identify the main components of the DC system and the hazards and risks associated with working DC conductor rail areas.

Track Induction (TIC); To provide the basic underpinning knowledge of permanent way construction, components and working methods associated with maintenance, renewal, repair, adjustment and dismantling of permanent way assets. This course teaches the candidates how to use the tools and carry out the jobs for repair, renewals or maintenance of the railway.

Completion of the Qualification: Upon completion of the Level 2 certificate we will arrange for you to come to one of our dedicated training centres to complete your licence to practice training. We will also make sure we have a leading employer ready to interview you to potentially open the doors to your future career in the rail industry.

Where will the learning take place?

This training package has been created considering the current situation and is designed so learners can complete their Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge from home

You will be taught and guided through your qualification by one of our highly experienced rail trainers who have a vast knowledge and experience of the rail sector.

Are there any pre-requisite requirements?

Must be in receipt of state benefits or currently be on a low income below £16,0009.50 per annum

PTS/TIC (upon completion of the L2 Rail Certificate qualification) requires learners to participate and pass a Network Rail Drugs, Alcohol and medical test – due to the high-risk nature of working on the railway.

Any questions or wish to apply?

Intertrain Re-open for Business on 18th May 2020 X

Initially, we are reopening our training centres in Doncaster, Warrington, Birmingham, Crayford and Bristol from Monday 18th May 2020.

Glasgow, Gateshead, Derby, Cardiff, Enfield, Carlisle and Portsmouth will be reopening over the coming months when we expect demand to increase.

In May and June we will be operating with a streamlined workforce of both Trainer/Assessors and Training Coordinators. Depending on the demand from our customers, we are hoping to significantly ramp up the scale of our services in July, August and beyond.

Our booking system and course schedules for May and June have been updated to reflect these changes. Unfortunately, there’s a number of course dates that have changed, if your bookings have been affected you will be contacted by a member of our booking department to ask you to reschedule for an alternative date. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.

We at Intertrain are taking the situation very seriously and the safety of everyone is our primary concern. We have therefore, undertaken a rigorous risk assessment and implemented a COVID-19 policy, please click the link below:

Intertrain COVID-19 Policy

For further information on our re-opening, please click here.