Individual Working Alone (IWA)

Course Summary

This course is designed to train persons who have been nominated by their line manager/sponsor to enable them to attain the Individual Working Alone (IWA) competence.


The IWA competence is required to be held by anyone who is required to work on or near the line on their own.


The IWA course will tae delegates through the procedures as set out in the Rule Book; Handbook 6 (General Duties of an IWA), Handbook 8 (IWA, COSS or PC blocking a line) and Handbook 9 (IWA or COSS setting up safe systems of work within possessions).

Key Aims

The aim of the course is to provide delegates with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake Individual Working Alone duties in line with the Individual Working Alone unit of competence.


The course covers the following areas:- PTS recertification- Introduction to IWA- Appointment and responsibilities- When you are working alone- Communicating Clearly- Protection Systems, selection and planning- Arrangements for Line Blockage- Arrangements for Line Blockage with additional protection- Working in a T3 Possession


This course is for Sentinel Track Safety Card Holders who are required to carry out the duties of an Individual Working Alone (IWA) on the Railway Infrastructure. This course is intended to provide a delegate with the understanding to carry out the duties of an Individual Working Alone when deemed suitable by their Manager.

Additional Entry Requirements

All delegates should be in possession of a current Sentinel Track Safety Card. Delegates must meet the required current medical and Drug & Alcohol standards.


Course Provider Diploma/Certificate/Award (this must include an assessed element)Training for employers
This course has been specifically designed for companies training their employees.

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