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A maintainer of safety signal equipment 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 safety signal equipment is responsible for the implementation, operational control and direct supervision in the maintenance of safety signal equipment.

A maintainer of safety signal equipment must ensure that safety signal equipment is in a condition allowing for safe railway traffic after works are concluded.




  • Professional training for the post of a maintainer of safety signal equipment comprises theoretical and practical training.

    Theoretical training includes:

    • knowledge on the provisions from the Rules on the signalling-safety devices,
    • knowledge of the provisions from the Traffic Rules,
    • handling in the event of a serious accident, an accident or an incident.

    Practical training includes:

    • training in occupational health and safety, based on the risk assessment;
    • a training in fire safety;
    • familiarisation with operative regulations from the safety management system;
    • supervised work, where the candidate is trained under the supervision of an instructor to perform all the work he will perform independently as a maintainer of safety signal equipment and where he familiarises himself with the maintenance section and all the devices and equipment installed; and
    • passing a practical exam before the commission appointed by the employer.
    After theoretical training and verification of theoretical qualification are completed, the training entity issues a certificate on the successfully passed examination of theoretical qualification. After passing the practical examination the candidate obtains a certificate from employer, where he performs the practical part of the training.

    In order to obtain the next certificate, the maintainer of safety signal equipment only completes the practical part of the training, which is concluded with the practical part of the exam.


    Certificate of the 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 safety signal equipment must have:

    • a completed technical upper secondary school educational programme including an optional disciplinary subject of electronics or
    • a completed educational programme for obtaining professional qualifications of an electrotechnician with specialist modules in the field of electronics.


    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

Poklic Vzdrževalec signalnovarnostnih naprav ne sodi v poklicno direktivo.

Last modified:
8. 9. 2021