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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.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

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