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Maintainer of railway lines, objects and equipment

A maintainer of railway lines, objects and equipment is an adult who is professionally trained for performing the tasks of a maintainer, who has adequate education and is fit for the job in terms of physical condition and language skills. A maintainer of railway lines, objects and equipment is responsible for: 

  • implementation, operational control and direct supervision in the maintenance of the substructure and superstructure of the railway line;
  • objects and equipment on the railway line, ensuring that the railway line is in a condition allowing for safe railway traffic after works are concluded.



  • Professional training for maintainers of railway lines, facilities and railway equipment includes theoretical and practical training.

    Theoretical training includes:

    • knowledge of provisions in the rules on signalling,
    • knowledge of provisions in the rules on transport, and
    • conduct during serious accidents or incidents.

    Practical training includes:

    • training on health and safety at work relating to the risk assessment;
    • training on fire safety and learning about operative regulations in the safe management system;
    • working under supervision, where the candidate under the supervision of an instructor is trained to do all tasks they will perform independently as a maintainer of railway lines, facilities and railway equipment, and becomes familiar with the section maintained and all devices and equipment installed, and
    • taking the practical examination before the commission appointed by the employer.
    The entity implementing training issues a certificate of the passed examination of theoretical competence after the candidate has completed the theoretical training and verification of theoretical competence. After passing the practical examination, the candidate receives a certificate from the employer with whom the practical part of the training took place.

    To obtain the next certificate, the maintainer of railway lines, facilities and railway equipment undergoes only practical training, followed by a practical examination.


    Certificate of passed examination of theoretical competence

    Certificate of completed practical part of the training  

    Legal basis

  • A person who wishes to perform the work of a maintainer of railway lines, objects and equipment must have:

    • a completed technical upper secondary school educational programme including an optional disciplinary subject of construction or descriptive geometry or
    • a completed educational programme for obtaining professional qualifications of a building technician or a geodetic technician.


    Copy of evidence of suitable education

    Legal basis

  • A worker who meets special health criteria has the right to work as a

    railway operational staff member.

    A railway operational staff member must be

    physically and mentally able to do work for which the employment contract was


    Physical and mental abilities must be checked with regular and

    exceptional medical examinations. Medical examinations are conducted and

    managed by authorised health care institutions.

    A regular medical examination

    must be conducted before the expiry of the prescribed deadline.

    Upon medical

    examinations, a railway operational staff member must submit:

    Within 10

    days after each medical examination, the authorised doctor issues a medical certificate

    on the fulfilment of conditions for the safe work of a railway operational

    staff member. 


    Medical certificate for the assessment of fulfilling special medical


    Legal basis

  • During rail traffic management, railway operational staff members and

    operational staff members on industrial sidings communicate in the language

    determined by the operator.

    The language of the operator in the Republic of

    Slovenia is Slovenian.

    All railway operational staff members must communicate

    actively and efficiently with the infrastructure operator in normal, worsened

    and extraordinary conditions. 


    Certificate of completed theoretical training

    Legal basis

Cross-border provisions of profession

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