Training and Assessment

ATHRA training and assessment scheme

 The following ATHRA training courses are now available to ATHRA financial members and can be used immediately:

  • Steam Locomotive Driver
  • Steam Locomotive Fireman
  • Diesel Locomotive Driver
  • Railmotor Driver.

Each heritage railway is responsible for the administration of the theory training, the theory off job assessment and the on job training. Guidance documents are available to assist training managers through this process – Contact Steve Deveson, ATHRA National Training and Assessment Coordinator at

Once satisfied all the necessary training activities and documents are complete the heritage operator training manager needs to send an Application for Assessment to the ATHRA Records Officer.

ATHRA assessors then conduct an assessment of the candidate.  The competency certificates are issued by the ATHRA records officer after his satisfaction (or in the case of any doubt – the Training and Assessment coordinator)  that the paperwork and processes have been followed.  The ATHRA certificate is sent to the nominated Training Manager at the Heritage Railway who is then responsible for handing the original Certificate to the individual.”

Trainees can be assessed for competence any time after 1/9/18 . We are still finalising the courses for guard, safeworking, signaller and diesel locomotive fireman.