How to become a Train Driver
In this article, you can find information on how to become a Train Driver. A train driver plays an important role in the transport sector as they are responsible for moving people and goods safely from point A to point B. Have you ever dreamed of driving a train? Find out what it takes to qualify. There are two types of trains that require skilled and experienced drivers. Freight trains deliver goods while commuter trains transport passengers.
The responsibilities of a train driver
Train drivers, especially those who steer commuter trains have a major responsibility to their communities, as the lives of commuters are placed in their hands on a daily basis.
For this reason, drivers must be physically fit and healthy and able to make a quick, responsible decision. Both sets of drivers must be willing to work long and unusual hours on local or national routes.
Requirements to become a train driver
To become a qualified driver, students must possess a National Diploma for Train Drivers (NQF Level 5) or similar qualification.
The minimum entry requirements for a train driver course may differ depending on your chosen training programme. However, a matric certificate with Mathematics, English and/or Science is the standard requirement. Training programmes can be completed at Transnet’s Freight Rail School.
The school has campuses situated in:
- Kempton Park.
- Port Elizabeth.
These centres all offer the following, as well as many other rail-related training interventions:
- Operations Training.
- Permanent Way Construction and Maintenance.
- Permanent Way Welding.
- Engineering & Safety Training.
This is done in partnership and collaboration with local and international universities and service providers. Courses are based on theoretical and some practical training in compliance with unit standards registered with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Some learning materials from Railway Operations are fully accredited. Learners may be able to attain National Qualifications after undertaking a course of training disciplines in the Functional Yard Operations or Train Control Officer’s fields.
How do you apply to become a train driver
Interested parties should submit an application letter accompanied by a CV, certified ID copy and Matric certificate addressed to the HR manager as advertised.
Once the qualification has been obtained qualified drivers can find employment opportunities at Metrorail, Rovos Rail, Gautrain or Shosholoza Meyl.
You may also view our listed vacancies to find out if there are any train driver jobs available.