New Zealand Certificate in Rail Operations (Train Driver)

Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Subject area

Rail Operations


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Entry requirements

To complete this qualification, learners must have been accepted as trainee drivers by a Rail Operator.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the New Zealand rail industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to drive trains on the rail network.

The qualification is intended for people wishing to enter the rail industry or people already working in the industry who wish to move to a train driver role.

Graduates will be capable of working independently under broad guidance to drive trains on the rail network.

Graduates of the Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) strand will be able to operate passenger services on the electrified urban networks.

Graduates of the Locomotive strand will be able to operate locomotive hauled services across the wider network.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Other Engineering and Related Technologies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 86 22 84
Phone: 0800 86 22 84

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