Metro Academy


This course is to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills for Rail Safety Workers (RSWs) to fulfil the role of a Lookout on the Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) Metropolitan Rail Network.

This course MUST be undertaken by RSWs wanting to perform the duties of a Lookout on the MTM Metropolitan Rail Network.
This course is not applicable if RSW has already attained the Lookout competency from a non-approved MTM training provider and is not approved to work on the MTM Metropolitan Rail Network.
The Lookout (MTM upgrade) is required if the above applies.


Course details

Credential awarded on completion

TLIF0027 Perform lookout duties

Course objectives

This course will give RSWs the knowledge and skills to:

  • ensure their safety and the safety of others
  • report any incidents immediately to the Track Force Protection Coordinator
  • take up Lookout position
  • conduct Lookout duties
  • take action in unsafe situations or emergencies.
Assessment methods
  • Knowledge
  • Practical
  • In-field evidence (MUST be completed within 2 months of course attendance)
Metro Academy prerequisites
  • Participant MUST be 18+ years of age
  • Participant MUST comply with Local COVID Safe Plans
  • Participant MUST have completed the approved MTM TTSA course and been issued the following unit/s of competency: TLIF0020 Safely access the rail corridor*,
  • The Participant MUST have current employment with an organisation that is working with the MTM Metropolitan Rail Network and,
  • a pre-requisite declaration completed by the learner and their employer, declaring that they meet the pre-requisite requirements of the course, and
  • a current Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card / MTM Track Protection card.
  • * (Units of competency considered equivalent on are also accepted)
Prerequisite verification
  • Approved photo ID MUST be sighted on day of attendance.
  • Metro Academy will verify prerequisites against Rail Industry Worker (RIW) database.
  • To prevent delay, participant’s ‘The Platform’ profile MUST contain current email address, contact number, RIW number and date of birth.
  • Verifications will be completed by Metro Academy normally within two (2) business days of receipt of information*.
  • *Participant is unable to commence training until verifications have been completed.
Course completion

Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course including the infield component, will be awarded a Statement of Attainment (SoA) and a Certificate of Completion (CoC) for the following nationally recognised unit of competency:

TLIF0027 Perform lookout duties

SoA and CoC will be issued by Metro Academy via email, normally within ten (10) business days.

The CoC competency is accepted on the MTM Metropolitan Rail Network and is valid for 24 months. This competency MUST be renewed before expiration.


Metro Academy will upload the participant’s certificate to the RIW database.
To prevent delay, RSW’s The Platform profile MUST contain current email address, contact number, RIW number, date of birth and RIW card must also be valid.
Uploads will be completed by Metro Academy, normally within two (2) business days of SoA and CoC being issued in The Platform.

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Cost: $575.00 (GST does not apply)
Duration: One day
Delivery mode: Face to face
Venue: Metro Academy
42–50 Bakehouse Road, Kensington, VIC 3031

Proof of identity requirements

Participants are required to produce a valid Identification document (ID) on the day of training.

One of the following is considered a valid ID document, the document must contain a photo of the participant and be current.

  • Australian or International Passport
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Driver’s Learners Permit
  • Boat Operator’s Licence
  • Victorian Firearm Licence
  • Licence to Perform High Risk Work
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria Proof of Age card
  • Other Australian Government issued ID card
  • State, Territory or Federal Government Employee ID
  • Keypass ID card or Tertiary Education Photo ID card
Personal protection equipment (PPE) requirements

Participants MUST bring the following items on the day of training:

  • Steel capped, lace up boots with ankle support
  • Orange Hi-Vis vest
  • Full length trousers
  • Eye protection
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Hard hat

Participants cannot commence training without PPE

Information & bookings

The Platform
03 9610 3701

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This is a Nationally Recognised Training program.
This is a Nationally Recognised Training program.