NVQ Diploma In Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

The railways are a key part of the UK’s transport infrastructure for commuting, leisure and business travel, as well as freight services. The industry recognises that it needs staff with the right skills to deal with the ever-increasing demands. This qualification proves competence of industrial performance, knowledge and understanding, and recognises the ability of individuals working in the sector.The purpose of this NVQ is to train new entrants and upskill the existing workforce to the industry recognised standard of competency in rail track maintenance and renewal within the rail engineering industry. The framework covers the Skilled Track Operative job role. Skilled Track Operatives play a key role in ensuring that the network of track across the UK is reliable and in good working order. It is vital that the track is in good condition for the safe and efficient running of trains.


  • Undertake routine manual maintenance of the permanent way
  • Prepare to undertake duties in the Rail industry
  • Contribute to the security of the work environment in the rail industry
  • Assist in preparing resources for permanent way activities
  • Undertake replacement of permanent way assets and components
  • Restore track geometry faults to operational condition by the manual repair of permanent way assets and components
  • Prepare small plant, measuring equipment and tools for permanent way renewal or maintenance
  • Deal with incidents and contingencies within the railway environment
  • Lift and move permanent way materials, components and equipment

Who should attend

  • This NVQ is aimed at anyone working in railway engineering, including those preparing for a specialised role or management responsibility.