Protection Controller

Course Duration:

1 Day

Course Cost:



This course is tailored for individuals desiring to be Protection Controllers, responsible for establishing safe and effective protection measures for multiple groups of workers on Network Rail’s infrastructure.
Protection Controller with INFRA Skills
INFRA Skills Course Aims and Objectives image

Aims & Objectives

This course aims to equip delegates with the essential knowledge and skills to fulfil a Protection Controller’s (PC) duties. A qualified PC is responsible for organising any line blockage that requires the collaboration of more than one group. The PC liaises with the signaller to secure the block, after which any other Controller of Site Safety (COSS) intending to work within the block will register on the PC’s form.


Applicants should possess a valid COSS certificate and have the endorsement of their Sponsor, who believes they are sufficiently mature and experienced for the role. Additionally, delegates need to provide verifiable evidence of undertaking at least 6 COSS duties in the past six months, in line with the Network Rail Approved Training Plan for PC.

INFRA Skills Course Requirements
Course Completion and Sentinel Upload

On Completion

When applicable, once you successfully complete your course or assessment, a member of our staff will update your competency in the Sentinel system. You can order your Sentinel smart cards directly from Sentinel at www.railsentinel.co.uk. Please note that this will incur an additional cost which you will be responsible for covering.

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