Extra date for IRSE certificate

The Institute of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) has offered a new opportunity to sit its Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals on 26 March due to high demand.

More than 200 candidates sat the Certificate last October. It was launched by the IRSE in 2020 to give anybody working in the railway industry the opportunity to gain a recognised entry-level qualification.

IRSE says the certificate can be especially useful to those new to the industry and those with transferrable skills from other railway disciplines and allied industries. It adds that it has also been popular with junior railway engineers keen to be involved in bigger, multi-disciplinary projects.

Candidates can sit the 90-minute online exam on either 26 March or 1 October, and registration for the March date closes on 28 February. To book a place visit www.irse.org.

IRSE Director of Operations and member of its Education and Professional Development Committee Judith Ward said: ‘We are delighted that so many engineers can see the benefit of achieving the The Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals and look to furthering their careers within signalling, communications and train control or looking to enter this field. Our Institution is committed to driving up standards of professionalism and safety. This new qualification provides a first step for the engineers who will be shaping tomorrow’s railway systems.’

The exam is open to all and is also the first stage towards membership of the IRSE and the pre-qualifier for further modules of the IRSE professional examination, which leads to attaining the Advanced Diploma in Railway Control Engineering. The entry fee is £110, which is payable at the time of booking. To book, candidates must first register their details on the IRSE website.