Course Details

To maintain your Safe Work Leader 1 competency, preferably attend an SWL 1 Refresher Test leading up to the expiry date. However, you are eligible to complete the SWL 1 Refresher test provided your competency has expired by no more than eight weeks. Your Railway Medical needs to be in date with a current Drug and Alcohol test. If you change Employer/Sponsor you will need to take a new Drug and Alcohol test, contact us to book an appointment prior to attending your course or book online.

Provided you meet the requirements above you can attend SWL 1 Refresher Test on your chosen date.

In the case of being more than eight weeks from expiry, you will need to attend a 3-day SWL 1 training course.

For pre-test reading, download the SWL Handouts free from our site.

Duration: 3 Hours

What You Learn on your SWL 1 Refresher Test:

The Safe Work Leader Refresher Test consists of a computer theory exam, the questions are based on the following elements:

  • Understand the Safe Work Leader Competence
  • Planning standard 019
  • Non-Technical Skills of an SWL
  • Effective Communication
  • Hazard Identification
  • SWL role in Safe Work Pack creation

On successful completion of the SWL 1 Refresher Test, you are free to perform the duties of a Safe Work Leader 1 anywhere on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure Projects. In the event you don’t manage to pass first time, you will need to wait a minimum period of 48 hours before you can try again.

Swl 1 443
Swl 2 443

How you Pass your SWL 1 Refresher Test:

We strongly recommend you revise the information contained in the planning standard 019 before attempting your Safe Work Leader Refresher Test. The pass rate at the centre for the SWL 1 Refresher Test is 90% and if you don't pass first time you can attend another SWL 1 Refresher Test free of charge!

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The Safe Work Leader 1 qualification lasts for 3 years, you must hold a valid COSS competency to maintain your SWL 1 status, so make sure you don't forget about your COSS assessment and COSS refresher course. Provided you maintain your COSS competency you will be eligible for a Safe Work Leader 1 Refresher Test second time around, you will need to attend leading up to expiry to continue performing the duties of a Safe Work Leader 1.


Sentinel Track Safety cardholders including Safe Work Leaders range from all types of construction workers including trackworkers, tradespeople, Scaffolders, Engineers and Surveyors. The Railway has an excellent safety record with a focus on training so you can progress and take higher-level courses. The natural progression from SWL 1 is to attend an ES course then join the Safe Work Leader 2 programme.

Many people take a temporary job on the Railway but end up staying within the rail industry for the rest of their career. For the next 10 years, the government has released a huge amount of money to maintain and enhance the rail network. The first phase of the High Speed 2 project has created an additional 16,000 Railway jobs.

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