Course Information

IRSE certified training courses

The following training courses have been certificated by the IRSE in compliance with procedure C/10/3 "Certification of Training Courses provided by external parties".  Individuals and organisations considering making use of certificated training courses are advised to read Procedure C/10/3 to understand the scope and limitations of the certification.

Other training workshops - Minor Railways Section S&T maintenance workshops

The IRSE Minor Railways Section runs annual workshops on the maintenance of S&T equipment for those volunteering or working on minor and heritage railways.  Details will be announced on the IRSE events page.

Other training workshops - Younger Members' Section IRSE professional exam revision sessions

The IRSE Younger Members' Section run workshops and revision sessions for those sitting the IRSE professional exam and for those who are interested in the subject matter.  Details will be announced on the IRSE events page.

Other training courses - Railway Safety and Control Systems MSc / PGDip / PGCert

The University of Birmingham (UK) and University of York (UK) jointly offer an MSc / Diploma / Certificate in Railway Safety and Control Systems, starting in September each year.

The three pathways of this programme focus on risk and safety systems design; risk and safety systems operation; and communication and control systems (including signalling). The last of these is closely aligned with the syllabus of our professional exam, and offers a qualification which is being assess to the equivalence to taking part or all of the exam. The course includes systems engineering and theory and practice in railway control systems.

The programme is available to study to PG Certificate, PG Diploma (all taught modules) and the full MSc, which includes a research project. This project may be taken at the University of Birmingham, University of York, or in industry, subject to appropriate academic co-supervision. Distance-learning students attend Birmingham only for the taught elements. The part-time and distance-learning modes usually take 2-3 years to complete the full MSc. Individual modules may be also taken for continuous professional development.

For more information and to enquire about places available, visit

Other training courses - IRSE / IET course in Railway Signalling and Control Systems course

The IET/IRSE Railway Signalling and Control Systems (RSCS) is a four day training course delivered by expert lecturers, many of them IRSE members, who have worked on railway systems around the world. This course is delivered every two years, and it features a programme which has been developed by a technical committee.

The programme aims to provide attendees with the most up-to-date contemporary training on signalling and control systems, and is suitable for people who want to understand the basics of signalling, as well as for those wanting to learn about current developments. It contains material relevant to both national rail networks and metros.

This course addresses both signalling and signalling control systems as well as their associated sub-systems, together with the major system and sub-system interfaces.

Covering the principal aspects in depth, the course makes an ideal start for anyone moving into train control engineering, both for graduate engineers and more experienced engineers looking to add to their knowledge base.

  • Learn about the building blocks of signalling fundamentals, modern systems of today and plans for the future in a structured way
  • Take part in a course specifically tailored to those who are new to train control engineering
  • Hear from acknowledged experts – the course speakers are all leading professionals in their subjects
  • Technical – and social – visit included within the cost of attendance aimed at enhancing your knowledge of the area – and providing an informal networking environment

The course will next be offered in June 2020, and more information will be available from the IRSE and IET nearer the time.