An Insight into Railway Signalling Course

Insight into Railway Signalling Course is a joint venture between the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers Australasia (IRSE).

The one-day introductory course is administered by the ARA, and the program is prepared and presented by IRSE members who are experienced signalling engineers working in the rail industry.

If you work in railways and are required to liaise with signal engineers, interface to railway signal systems, coordinate with signalling projects, provide operational requirements for signalling systems, then this Railway Signalling course will give you an insight to the technology, processes and principles that are used by railway signal engineers.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from signalling engineers who have been working in the railway signalling industry for many years, and gain from their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Due to the continuing uncertainty relating to the evolving COVID-19 situation, ARA courses will not be going ahead for the remainder of 2020. The courses will be rescheduled in 2021, new dates will be promoted in the ARA Weekly Update and Event Alert emails when confirmed.

We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support

Insight into Railway Signalling Course flyer

Dates for 2021 will be advised when confirmed

Registration fee

Registration includes the one-day course, hard copy and electronic versions of all presentations, morning, afternoon tea and lunch. Prices are in $AUD, incl GST:

  • ARA/IRSE members - $980
  • Non-members - $1,280

* Employees of ARA Members and members of the IRSE are entitled to the Member Rate, to obtain the Discount Code, please email

Course content

  • Why have railway signalling
  • Signalling basics
  • Signalling equipment
  • Tailoring signalling to train operations
  • Computer-based signalling equipment
  • Signalling aspects and overlaps
  • Operations requirements and signalling
  • Designing the signalling system
  • Reading a signal plan
  • Constructing the signalling system
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Operating the signalling system
  • Maintaining the signalling system
  • Glossary of signalling terms
  • Signalling safety requirements

Expected learning outcomes

  • How to read a signal plan and obtain information
  • Understand the relevance of signalling sub-systems
  • Knowledge of how the signalling system fits within the operational railway
  • Understand the use of signalling documentation
  • Support and maximise the outcomes from signalling design, construction, testing and commissioning
  • The importance of signalling maintenance activities and records
  • Understand the signal design process and its interfaces to train operation and track design
  • Understand the operation of signalling equipment and the overall signalling system

Further information

For further information or to register your interest to attend, please contact or on 02 6270 4527.