Course Details

The first step towards achieving your Level B Switching and Strapping qualification is to gain experience and knowledge of working on the Railway as PTS DCCR operative. The Level B Switching and Strapping Course enables you to assist in the isolation process for a possession, you can attend Level B Switching and Strapping Course on your chosen date when you are ready to progress. Prior to attending the Level B Switching Course, you will need to complete an online pre-qualifier eLearning Emergency First Aid knowledge check, which generates a certificate of achievement you can print and bring on the day of your course and is valid for 2 years.

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Duration: 2 Days

What You Learn on your Level B Switching & Strapping Course:

The Level B Switching and Strapping course consists of theory and practical elements including;

  • Legislation and industry standards appertaining to isolation of the conductor rail
  • 'Traction Power supply System' associated with DC Electrified Lines
  • Types of switches that are used as part of the isolation process including 'Hook Switches' and 'Track Isolating Switches'
  • The roles and responsibilities of people involved in the isolation procedure
  • The isolation process and the procedures that need to be followed including authorisation, qualifications and safety
  • Testing and Strapping Equipment
  • Testing and Strapping Procedures
  • Use an approved Live Line Tester to prove the Conductor is not energised
  • Open and close switches in a safe and efficient manner in line with industry standards
  • Operate switches under the instruction of a Level 'A' Person on Network Rail Infrastructure
  • Knowledge of the 'Mentoring' and 'Assessment' process and the requirement for completing a 'Log Book'.

On successful completion of the Level B Switching and Strapping course, you are free to assist in the DC isolations process anywhere on the Network Rail Managed Infrastructure.

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How to Pass your Level B Switching & Strapping Course:

Throughout the Level B Switching and Strapping course there are a series of verbal, written and practical assessments. We can provide additional learning support if required. The pass rate at the centre for the Level B Switching and Strapping course is 98% and if you don’t pass first time you can attend another course free of charge!

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The Level B Switching and Strapping qualification lasts for three years, within 4 months you must complete a minimum of 4 shifts during the mentoring period. Provided your mentor has signed your work experience logbook, you’re eligible for a post mentoring assessment. To maintain your Level B Switching and Strapping competency an additional interim assessment must be carried out between 18-22 months from the date of your course, leading up to expiry you can book a Level B Switching and Strapping Refresher Course.


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