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

Maintenance Engineer

Morson Talent are currently recruiting for a Maintenance Engineer on an initial 12 months FTC basis (Likely to be perm for the right candidate) in the Manchester area. Location Manchester Salary £37,000 + 20% uplift for occasional shift work Hours Days based - Occasional cover shift work (6-2 / 2-10) The Person: * NVQ 3 or above in Engineering ESSENTIAL * Multiskilled - Mechanically / Electrically biased * Various backgrounds considered: Manufacturing, Automotive, Food, Distribution Centres, Automated Warehouse, Recycling, Biomass, Packaging or Printing, Chemical Plant, Brewery, Paper, Manufacturing Plant, Electromechanical / Automated Plant. * Health and safety focused, good awareness and a can do attitude. Desirable: * Bottling, material handling, AGV's, stackers, palletisers * Pneumatics, hydraulics The Job: * Assist with breakdowns maintenance and reliability of electromechanical machinery, equipment, and plant. * Maintenance of various sections of the plant - PPM and fault finding * Monitor production process & machinery performance. * Assist with PPM & breakdown. * Continuous improvement If you are interested in a new opportunity and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 07739311930 or reply with an updated CV.

System Engineer

A Systems Engineer contractor is sought for a contract in Stevenage, Hertfordshire for a SATELLITE DIGITAL PROCESSOR SYSTEM ENGINEER position.Our client seek an expert in digital signal processor design and validation to join the design team responsible for the secure telecommand and telemetry system for a military communication satellite.The role requires an all-round grasp of the digital system, which includes both cryptographic and modem equipment, and its hardware implementation in order to support both system analyses and commissioning of prototype hardware. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYProven Ability in any or all of the following topics will be valuable -Failure mode and related system analyses: FMEA / FMECA, single event effects and security analysis;Cryptographic processing and associated security functions;Modem functions (modulation and coding);Implementation of reliable digital signal processing hardware;FPGA-based prototyping and debugging;End-to-end RF communication systems testingSector knowledge: Space / Aerospace / Defence / Communications ADDITIONALTravel - Occasional travel to other UK sitesBase of Work - Following a familiarisation period on site this role will be working from home then working on site once COVID restrictions are lifted by the client - candidates must be able to work on site full time when required

Composite Technician - Aerospace Panels

Morson are currently looking for experienced composite technicians for our client for roles based in Stevenage.Job Profile Assembly and final assembly of sandwich aluminium composite panel production. Inclusive of: - Potting of inserts Bonding of various brackets and equipment Film adhesives Panel completion General hot and cold bonding processes Drilling, reaming etc. High tolerance requirements (typically better than 0.05mm in various areas). Experience Essential:- Ability to work from detailed drawings and electronic work instructions - within specific procedures Experience working to procedures with checkpoints/quality gates Previous experience such as mechanical fitter, close tolerance sheet metal worker, time served mechanical technician Experience in industries such as Space/Aerospace/Automotive/Motorsport etc. Ability to work in confined spaces above floor level Desirable:- Knowledge of satellite structure assemblies or similar Modern apprenticeship Clean room experience Shifts Weekly rotating double day shifts - 06:00hrs to 14:00 hrs 14:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs Some weekend working Saturday or Sunday may be required at peak times. Other There will be a skills test at interview The successful candidate will be required to pass BPSS security clearance before confirmation of contract offer. Free parking is provided for this role in a municipal car park located approximately fifteen minutes' walk from site.

Warehouse Operative

Warehouse operative Principal Responsibilities Health and safety: Must ensure that safe working practices as stipulated by the company are adhered to at all times. Undertake any relevant HSE training as required. Picking: Accurately collect parts from various locations within the warehouse without introducing errors. Packing: To consolidate picked goods in a secure manner for direct shipment to external/internal customers. 100% double check on picked items to achieve very high accuracy levels. Dispatch: Consolidate packages on the relevant pallet and prepare for collection, i.e. pallet wrapping / loading into carrier cages. Goods Inwards: Check deliveries for damage and check against the delivery note to ensure that we have received the correct quantities of the correct products. Using Rf scanners Communication: On a day-to-day basis communication between various departments is normal. Responsibility for dealing with day-to-day enquiries in a friendly yet professional manner applies to all logistics staff. Operation of a Powered industrial truck is desirable if operator holds licence and is authorised. Other key links & experience areas Customer Services Manufacturing/Goods In Carriers/Couriers ISC Office Please note that these roles are currently part time hours from 4pm - 8pm.

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