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Module A: Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals

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Keep yourself up-to-date with the most current information about the 2021 IRSE professional examination on Saturday 2 October

Booking closes on 31 July 2021 for the 2021 Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals

You do not need to be a member of the IRSE to sit the Certificate but to book you must be registered on our website (https://www.irse.org/Register)
Before booking, please read the detailed guidance document and then book via the book now link at the bottom of the exam event page.
If you have any queries, please contact the IRSE exam team exam@irse.org

Exam support resources - Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (Module A)

Aim of the module

This is a new qualification Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals which covers all aspects of railway control engineering at a foundation level. This is a stand-alone qualification in addition to the mandatory pre-qualifier for all wishing to sit the Advanced Diploma In Railway Control Engineering in the future.

The Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals will be suitable for a much wider group of people working on or around railway control and communications systems than the full IRSE professional exam. Junior signalling and telecoms engineers, project managers, project planners, software developers and managers of contractors and sub-contractors will demonstrate a broad knowledge of railway control and communications systems engineering by passing this module.

Syllabus

The syllabus for the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A) is in the document library below and questions will cover all 11 learning objectives:

  • Role of railway signalling and communications systems
  • Principles and philosophy of railway control and communications
  • Safety engineering and risk identification, analysis and management
  • Concepts of railway signalling and control, including interlocking, train detection and routing, traffic management and communications
  • The functionality and limitations of various types of train signalling and control equipment
  • Concepts of system lifecycle including design, installation, testing and commissioning
  • Importance of maintenance, inspection and testing, concepts of dependability and operability
  • Concepts of the design of fail-safe hardware and high-integrity software
  • Standards, procedures, legislation and regulations which apply to operating and changing a railway
  • Interfaces and interactions between railway control and communications and related railway systems and stakeholders
  • Railway control and communications in functions other than the control of train movement including level crossings and stations

Latest exam paper

Exam papers will not be published however candidates will be given access to an online practice paper when they have applied to sit the module.

Support materials

IRSE members and non-members can download support materials, included reading list and study guide, for Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A) from the document library below. Note that study videos are also available on IRSE's Vimeo channel via https://vimeo.com/showcase/study.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to sit the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A). IRSE members and non-members are encouraged to study for, and to sit, the module.

Applications

Applications to sit the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A) are now open to sit the exam on Saturday 2 October. 2021.  You need to be a registered user of our website (https://www.irse.org/Register) and then book by clicking on "book now" at the bottom of the exam events page.

Location of the exam

There will be no exam centres in 2021, with all exam candidates sitting the exam at a suitable location for them. Candidates will need a computer or laptop and a reliable internet connection which can access the exam website and software. Candidates will be given access to practice sessions to ensure that this works for them (see this year's terms and conditions).

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