Rail Courseware

The Transportation Learning Center (the Center) organizes multiple national training consortia to develop standards-based national training courseware for frontline occupations in public transportation organizations.

Rail courseware is currently organized into three broad categories - “Rail Car Training Consortium Materials”, “Signals Training Consortium Materials”, and “Traction Power Training Consortium Materials”. Materials are based on the national rail vehicle maintenance training standards, rail signals maintenance training standards, and traction power maintenance training standards published by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  Courseware Development Teams (CDTs), comprised of subject matter experts and instructional designers, hold regular webinars, site visits and in-person meetings to produce these materials.

Please use the navigation on the right to locate courseware of your interest. Access to full downloads and technical assistance for training and apprenticeship implementation is provided to members in good standing. Please contact our staff members listed under each consortium for information on membership.

Traction Power Training Consortium

Following upon its highly successful consortium model of coursework development, the Transportation Learning Center (the Center) launched the Traction Power Training Consortium (the Consortium) in January 2020. Over the next four years (2020-2023), the Consortium will develop introductory and advanced instruction-ready and interactive courses on traction power maintenance that build on APTA-approved and industry-recognized training standards. Course topics will include: power distribution, industry trends, worker safety, emergency power, tools, and test equipment, catenary and third rail power distribution, grounding, utility power management. Each course comes with the following deliverables:

Lesson Plan, Participant Guide, Instructor Guide, PowerPoint, Quizzes, Course Assessments, Handouts and job-aids, Video instruction. Other deliverables may include Train-the-Trainer sessions, eLearning lessons, and other resources.

Subject matter experts (SMEs) from transit agencies across the U.S. join with the Center’s skilled instructional system designers (ISDs). SMEs include traction power maintainers and managers as well as technical instructors. Center ISDs facilitate coursework development teams who work on a specialized topic.

Each agency pays into the Consortium using a sliding scale which is determined by number of Consortium partners, agency ridership, and other factors. Agencies share resources such as SOPs, schematics, manuals, etc. Sometimes the SMEs are able to share documents from their location (SOPs, schematics, etc.) and sometimes the ISDs glean the information from structured conversations with the SMEs and/or site visits where photographs and videos can be taken of the technologies.

The Center makes courses available for Consortium partners to download on TransitTraining.net. Use the right-hand navigation links to see courses developed under the Center's Transit Elevator/Escalator Training Consortium, Signals Training Consortium, and Rail Car Training Consortium.

Please contact Amri Joyner for more information.

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