Railway Signaller

OFO No: 731201


What is a Railway Signaller?

A Railway Signaller is also known as a Signalman. A Railway Signaller has the very responsible job of making sure that trains arrive safely and on time, without disruptions. 


What does a Railway Signaller do? 

(1) National Certificate: Railway Signalling NQF 2

  • perform the assembly and wiring of railway signalling equipment
  • apply regular quality checks on the signalling equipment
  • keep up to date with health & safety regulations

(2) National Certificate: Railway Signalling NQF 3

  • plan and prepare installation and maintenance of signalling equipment
  • communicate tasks and responsibilities to the work team
  • install signalling equipment safely and according to specifications
  • perform regular maintenance
  • always understand and apply all safety measures (before, during & after)

(3) National Certificate: Railway Signalling NQF 4

  • plan & prepare the execution of fault finding and repair tasks
  • perform repair tasks safely and according to engineering specifications
  • apply safety measures (before, during & after)

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in railways?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • a person with good eyesight?
  • a person who can focus on what they are doing?
  • a person who obeys rules and regulations?
  • safety conscious?
  • able to handle pressure?

How do I become a Railway Signaller?

TETA suggests the following:

(1) National Certificate: Railway Signalling NQF 2


  • First, you will have to have a General Education and completed a Training Certificate NQF Level 1 including Mathematics or equivalent.

(2) National Certificate: Railway Signalling NQF 3


  • knowledge and abilities to use engineering hand and power tools
  • knowledge of electrical wiring techniques
  • knowledge and ability to solder electrical conductors & components
  • have an understanding of health & safety in working environment
  • knowledge and ability to perform first-aid and fire fighting
  • knowledge and understanding of railway signalling principles
  • knowledge of assembly of railway signalling equipment
  • knowledge of electrical wiring of railway signalling equipment etc

(3) National Certificate: Railway Signalling NQF 4


  • knowledge of mechanical signalling
  • knowledge of company rules and regulations when performing maintenance
  • knowledge of train working rules
  • be able to perform maintenance on a bank of batteries
  • be able to join electrical signal cables
  • be able to install an apparatus case
  • be able to install an electrical railway signal
  • be able to install a track circuit and electrical points
  • be able to perform preventative maintenance on an apparatus case, colour signals and railway track circuits.

These can be done through School of Rail.




OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Train Driver or Air Traffic Controller

Is becoming a Railway Signaller right career choice for me?

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