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Introduction to Control Systems

Supplier: WebRail

The introduction to Control Systems course provides an introductory level of content suitable for new starts (either technical or generalist) in the rail industry.


This course is a pre-requisite to the Basic Control Systems course. This course is most suitable for any person requiring an elementary understanding of control system terminology and functions.

About this course
This course is an introductory course which means it develops knowledge about the function and terminology of railway control systems — all to an introductory level.

Who should do this course?
This course is suitable for anyone employed in the rail industry in a technical or non-technical role. This course is a pre-requisite to the Basic Control Systems course.

What is in this course?

  • Introduction to signalling control systems
  • The function of control systems
  • Control system terminology
  • Vital and Non-vital systems
  • Local signal boxes
  • Features of a modern control system

Outcome of the course

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the functions of control systems in a railway network
  • Explain the difference between vital and non-vital systems
  • Identify the purpose of local signal boxes
  • Use correct terminology

Course assessment

  • Are external activities required?
    • Apart from a number of links to external web support materials, there are no extra requirements
  • How will the participant be assessed?
    • Participants will have progressive tests imbedded into the learning material and a final test at the end.
  • What is the outcome of the assessment?
    • Participants who complete all course activities and the assessments will receive a Certificate of Achievement.