5 Rail Qualifications to Boost Your Career in Rail

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Need to boost your career? Consider upskilling with one of these rail qualifications.

With construction of the highly anticipated HS2 rail link expected to begin as early a this year, linking London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, now is one of the best times to consider renewing your credentials and building on your rail expertise. The rail landscape is noticeably changing, which means that there’s ample opportunity to progress within this field for those who want to. One way to advance your career in this industry is by securing specialist qualifications, which further prove your capabilities in the sector and make you stand out amongst other candidates.

Here are five professional qualifications that can enhance your CV and showcase your expertise in this industry. Looking for a rail job now? Check out our latest listings 

1. Rail Qualifications: APM Project Management 

Recognised internationally, APMP is one of the rail qualifications for project management professionals. Proving that you can demonstrate the necessary elements of project management, as well as understand how these factors impact the environment, this assessment is a great way for senior rail professionals to demonstrate their competency at managing people and sites.

What do I need to do?

The assessment examines a candidate’s proficiency at budgeting, cost management, leadership, procurement and teamwork, plus other fundamentals that make up project management. Rail project management professionals can either take a three-hour exam paper, where they’ll answer over 10 questions, or a two-hour paper, which is for current PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners.

Unsure whether to take this exam? Research has found that this accreditation could increase salaries by up to £10,000 per annum!

2. Rail Qualifications: CEng 

Professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) is recommended for technical rail professionals, and is globally recognised by engineering organisations. CEng is for engineers with a natural flair for creativity and problem solving, looking to showcase their proficiency at developing new skills. Usually, engineers passing this exam are at a masters-degree level.

What do I need to do?

To become CEng accredited, rail engineers need to sign up to a professional engineering institute that’s licensed by the Engineering Council. Candidates record their professional development, which provides them with the technical and professional expertise to tackle an exam. Applying for the assessment is done through one of the institutes.

Don’t think you’re ready to take on the CEng certification? Why not look at becoming an Incorporated Engineer?

3. Rail Qualifications: IRSE Accredited Technician 

A certification for rail personnel working specifically in signalling, the Royal Institution of Railway Signal Engineers has a variety of membership grades, which depend on the level and experience of each rail professional. The grades are:

  • Affiliate
  • Accredited Technician
  • Associate Member
  • Fellow and Member
  • Companion

What do I need to do?

The Accredited Technician license is for engineers who can demonstrate a competency in signalling and telecommunications, through various techniques as part of an assessment. Initially, candidates need to gain endorsement from a sponsor who is accredited as an IRSE fellow or member, before applying online. The exam to become a member of the IRSE includes seven modules, extensively covering topics in this area such as signalling principles, applications engineering and communication.

4. Rail Qualifications: CSCS Manager Certification

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme accreditation is for construction workers, and highlights that they are trained and qualified appropriately to work onsite. Many rail projects require rail construction workers to hold a valid CSCS card, which proves to an organisation that they’re competent at carrying out specific tasks. If you want to further your career in rail, why not apply for a Manager CSCS card?

What do I need to do?

To obtain a Manager CSCS card, candidates need to pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment exam, as well as achieve an NVQ at Level 5, 6 or 7 in a construction and management related qualification, or hold an NVQ level 4 in construction management. The qualification is a must for senior management professionals working in the construction division of rail.

Unsure whether you could make Manager level? Browse other CSCS cards available to see which level best suits you.

5. Rail Qualifications: Building Information Modelling (BIM) 

For rail engineers working in the construction division, extensive knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming an increasingly popular skill sought after by many industry leading rail companies. RICS’ BIM Manager certification proves candidates have extensive BIM expertise, can confidently demonstrate their abilities and follow important industry procedures.

What do I need to do?

To receive BIM Manager certification, candidates will need at least five years’ experience in a relevant sector (such as engineering or construction), hold a recognised professional qualification and have 12 months’ practical BIM experience. If you meet this criteria, you can simply apply online.

Did you know you can check your eligibility to become BIM Manager certified online? Or find out more about BIM here 

 


By taking advantage of the vast number of qualifications available, rail professionals can increase their chances at career progression, at a time when the rail industry offers considerably more opportunities.

Want to use your current expertise to secure a new position? Take a look at the current jobs available in rail

 


Cx Jobs

Site Manager

Are you an experienced Site Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established multi-disciplined contractor to assist them in their search for a new Site Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in Rail, Water, Civils, or Infrastructure projectsAs an experienced Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Daily management of groundworks packages in the central Belt of ScotlandOrganise and Purchase on Site Labour, Materials, and PlantLiaise with the commercial teams and other operational teams to ensure projects are delivered in a timely, and cost effective manner.Organise and Chair meetings with clients and senior management.The successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working within groundworks, deep drainage and, cut & fill works.Experience working as a subcontractor is preferred, but not essentialSMSTS CertifiedFull UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this our client is willing to offer a competitve salary, along with a comprehensive package.For more information, please contact Jamie Nicholson using the details provided, or click the apply now link.

Project Manager

Job Title: Project Manager Location: Birmingham Duration: 3 Months Inside IR35 Job Purpose: To lead the safe delivery of projects to achieve cost, time and quality objectives within corporate guidelines and to develop appropriate delivery and supply strategies and plans for specific projects. Project management/assurance team. A lot of Governance & Assurance work, first 3 stages of GRIP. There is a set criteria- several steps set out, they need to formulate plans for this. Mainly track related projects but is multi-disciplinary. All early stages of project work. Rail experience essential. Strong character- lots of negotiation. Understanding of GRIP. Knowledge/Experience Required: * Relevant successful experience in project management * Excellent interpersonal and communication skills * Detailed knowledge of safety regulations (particularly CDM) * Team leader capable of motivating the team * Commercial and financial understanding and knowledge * Accident Investigation experience

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Are you an experienced Quantity Surveyor with a background in Civil projects? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Groundworks and Civils contractor to assist them in their search for an experienced Senior Quantity Surveyor to assist in the delivery of several high profile projects.As the Quantity Surveyor your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Working with various forms of Contract (JCT, NEC, FIDIC)Liaising with operational departments to oversee costs on projectsManage diary to ensure site visits are performed in a timely and safe mannerPerform CVR's and Final accounts to chase for paymentAttend client meetings to provide updates on projectsReporting commercial progress to Senior Managers and DirectorsThe successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working in a Sub-Contractor environmentDegree Educated (or equivalent)Full UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this, our client is willing to offer a competitive salary, along with a comprehensive package.For more information or to apply, please click the link or contact Jamie Nicholson

Software Engineer

Our client is seeking a contract Software Engineer to be based at their site in Crawley, West Sussex.The successful candidate will join a team that works in a collaborative and Agile way to design, develop and deliver solutions that allow their customers to manage the complexity of the environments they operate in.The RoleTo be involved in all aspects of the software development lifecycle as projects develop and new ones come on-line.Collaborate across teams, sites, and disciplines to develop and deliver on commitments.Devise innovative solutions with a customer focus.Contribute as a member of a self-organising team to continuously improve processes and practices. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYThorough understanding of all stages of the software development lifecycle.Strong Java development or C++ development Proven ability in Software Engineering - in a marine environment or related area.Distributed and real time Linux system development Understanding of change control and continuous integration tools and principles.Familiarity with and advocate for Agile methodologies.Interest in emerging trends and technologies in software engineering. ADDITIONALThis role will be based on site in Crawley, West Sussex.Due to the nature of the products applicants must have worked within the Defence / Military industry within the last 12 months or be capable of obtaining Security Clearance (SC level minimum).

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