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Train Driver

Driving passenger and freight trains over various routes across the country.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
12 months
Current funding band
Up to £21,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements
  • Apprentices must be over 18 due to legal restrictions.
  • Must meet medical requirements set by the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010.
What apprentices will learn
  • rail safety and security on the line, trains and at stations and depots
  • an in-depth working knowledge of the trains to be driven
  • effectively manage dangerous goods across all rail operations
  • understand special conditions of carriage
  • rail legislation

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must have:

  • taken level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C)
Professional registration

Associate or affiliate level in the Institution of Railway Operators or the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
Rail Professional Development 01268 822842
Institution of Railway Operators 03333 440523
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.