Course Details

The SSOW Planner Course will cover all areas reagrding the creation of a Safe Work Pack (SWP). Through-out the course you will be expected to complete various exercises and assessments for different job types. However, there are 3 types of SSOW Planner Courses.

SSOW Planner Initial Course (4 Days)

This initial course is designed for individuals who have little experience regarding the rail infrastructre.
Because of this, you are expected to complete a SSOW Planner Pre-Qualifier Test before attending the course. Your sponsor will have to create an account for you on Rail Exams, which you will then have to log into and complete. These instructions will be emailed to you once you have booked onto the SSOW Planner Initial Course.


SSOW Planner Conversion Course (3 Days)

The Conversion Course has been adapted to suit individuals with previously gained experience of Safe Work Packs. To complete the 3 day Conversion Course you must currently hold a valid IWA or COSS competency.


SSOW Planner Re-Certification Course (2 Days)

The Re-Certification Course has been created for individuals who already hold the SSOW Planner and are wishing to renew their competence.

What You Learn on your COSS Course:

The SSOW Planner course consists of theory and practical elements including:

  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Creating Safe Work Packs
  • Cyclical and Non-Cyclical
  • 019 Standards
  • SSOW Hierarchy
  • Sectional Appendix
  • Signalling Diagrams
  • Hazard Directory
  • Electrical Isolations
  • Arranging Line Blockages
  • Possession Procedures
  • Possession of Sidings
  • Open Line Working
  • Case Studies
  • Knowledge Assessment

On successful completion of the SSOW Planner course, you are free to create SWP (Safe Work Packs) for anywhere on the Network Rail managed infrastructure including Infrastructure Projects, provided that you are being mentored by a competent Safe System of Work Planner. That is until you have completed your SSOW Planner Assessment, then you can created SWP's without being mentored.


How to Pass your SSOW Planner Course:

Throughout the SSOW Planner course, there are a series of written, practical and scenario assessments. The pass rate at the centre for the SSOWP course is 99% and if you don't pass the first time, you can attend another course free of charge! We have also porvided you with the relevant downloads for the SSOW Planne Course at the bottom of this page.

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The SSOW Planner qualification lasts for three years, within 4 months you must create a minimum of 4 SWP's during the mentoring period. Provided your mentor has signed your work experience logbook, you're eligible for a post-mentoring SSOW Planner assessment. To maintain your SSOW Planner competency an additional interim assessment must be carried out between 15-21 months from the date of your course, You will need to attend the SSOWP Re-Certification Course leading up to your expiry.

How to book your SSOW Planner Course course

You can book online for your SSOW Planner Course course...

...or contact us directly for group bookings;
Call us on 020 8596 5121 if you need help, advice or wish to book over the phone.


Max number of people per SSOW Planner Course: 8


To do this course, all that is required is that the Pre-Qualifier has been completed and that you have a valid Drug and Alcohol. This allows people involved in your company who either work in the office or work from home to create SWP's (Safe Work Packs) for your employees or contractors who complete the work on or near the line.

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.

Why Us?

Fast Line Training Services is the right choice, we are totally driven by your success, supporting you every step of the way towards gaining your qualification. The people who choose us enjoy their learning experience, you might be an individual seeking personal progression and development or a multi-national organisation. We have the expertise, resources and flexibility to deliver a complete professional service.

We pride ourselves on our learners' success, our metrics for success are based on the achievement of the people and companies we work with. We demonstrate this by offering all individuals and businesses a money-back guarantee. "NO PASS - NO PAY". It has taken 10 years to develop an association of quality training providers that share our values, only the very best trainers, advisors, mentors and industry experts get the opportunity to work with us.