Start Your Career

How to Start Your Rail Career

What you need to do to get started.

You can begin your career in Rail industry once you have a Personal Track Safety (PTS) certificate, a Sentinel card and an ICI assessment.

For Network Rail to know you are safe to work on the Network Rail Managed Infrastructure (NRMI) you must first have successfully completed a Personal Track Safety (PTS) qualification. A PTS ensures that rail workers are aware of their surroundings so that they do not enter situations where the aforementioned accidents are likely to occur, are able to move around the line-side safely and are able to react appropriately to circumstances (e.g. the approach of a train). Anyone wishing to gain their PTS certificate needs to be sponsored by a Network Rail approved company and have an in date Network Rail standard medical/drugs & alcohol test. On achieving a PTS qualification your sponsor will issue you with a Sentinel Card (PTS Card).

A Sentinel card, more commonly known as a PTS Card, is an identity card that is issued and controlled through the Sentinel Scheme and which can be read electronically to provide information on an Individual’s fitness and competence, including safety critical information. The card will display a photograph of the Individual and a unique Sentinel Scheme reference number for identification purposes. All other information will be verified through access to the online Sentinel Scheme Database including a record of all rail training completed.

The Industry Common Induction (ICI) provides staff with a health and safety induction for working in construction sites, rail depots and station maintenance. It is an online assessment that covers the safety procedures and risks that are common across the rail industry, whatever the role and type of site.

Upcoming Courses


Introduction to Signalling - BS1 and BS2

Date: 12 June 2019 Location: London


AST - Advanced Signalling Technology

Date: 16th June 2019 Location: London


BST - Basic Signalling Technology

Date: 24th June 2019 Location: London

Satisfied Clients

Ion Man has helped me to gain experience in the railway sector, they provided me with all the basic courses needed to start off within the industry. I done a PTS course, Track Induction etc. The delivery of the training was to high standards, the Trainer was professional and provided support when needed which made the course very easy and enjoyable to learn.

Justin Philip


Needed to renew my D&A as soon as possible, Ion Man were able to see me on the same day, results came back very quickly and was uploaded straight away on my sentinel. Staff dealt with my query in a fast and professional way. I was very happy with the service I received, if you need fast reliable service Ion Man is the one.

Devid Piterson


I was recommended by a friend to this company where I had the opportunity to obtain my Sentinel card. They were very helpful throughout my course, they guided me in the right direction and helped me to gain the knowledge and experience required to work in the railway industry. Training was fast and reliable, would definitely recommend their service.

Diane Jones