What Is a Rail Sentinel Card?
The Rail Sentinel card is a smartcard that is to be swiped at the start of every shift by the Controller of Site Safety (COSS) to ensure that all workers who work on or near the railway are permitted to do so. Without it, you will not be allowed to work on the railway.
The Rail Sentinel card contains and is used to check the following information:
- Your ID
- You have a valid Sponsor
- You hold the necessary competences to carry out the work that will be performed
- You have a valid Personal Track Safety (PTS) or Industry Common Induction (ICI) competence
- You have a valid medical and drugs and alcohol record
Rail Sentinel Sponsorship
If you’ve decided you’re interested in working on the railway, establishing your Rail Sentinel Sponsorship will be your first step.
As Rail Sentinel cards are not available to the general public, you’ll need a Sponsor to purchase one for you on your behalf. A Sponsor is usually your new employer or you can be Sponsored by a rail recruitment provider.
If you were to get your Sponsorship through Atom Training Centre, we will conduct your Industry Common Induction – network rail ICI and/or London Underground endorsement – ICI London undeground for you depending on the railway infrastructure where it will be used.
Once you have a Sponsor, they’ll need to ensure you’ve successfully completed the necessary ICI rail course – Industry Common Induction (ICI) before ordering your Sentinel rail card through the Sentinel card services.
This is important because without it, you cannot work on the railway.
Applying for Your Sentinel Card
To order your Rail Sentinel card through the Sentinel card services, your Sponsor will need the following information from you:
- Full name
- Current and valid photograph (for guidance, please check out these official guidelines)
- Industry Common Induction (ICI) Assessment result which will indicate your competence
- Eligibility to work in the UK
Upon being ordered, your Sentinel card should arrive within 11 working days and you must present it to the Controller of Site Safety (COSS) every time you work on the railway. Further qualifications within the rail industry such as railway medical screening, railway drug and alcohol screening, Personal Track Safety, Lookout, Controller of site safety are endorsed on the Sentinel card.