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Railway station master

A railway station master is an adult who is professionally trained for performing the tasks of a railway station master, who has adequate education and is fit for the job in terms of physical condition and language skills. A railway station master manages the traffic of opposing and successive trains and operates switches on a station or a remote controlled station. A railway station master is also responsible for the operation of level crossing equipment to ensure traffic safety.





  • Professional training for railway station masters includes theoretical and practical training.

    Theoretical training includes:

    • knowledge of provisions in the rules on signalling;
    • knowledge of provisions in the rules on transport;
    • conduct during serious accidents or incidents, and
    • basic knowledge of provisions relating to brake tests, and protection of vehicles against shunting on their own.

    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 which they will perform as a railway station master independently, and becomes familiar with the station 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 railway station master 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 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

  • A person who wishes to work as a railway station master must complete a general or vocational matura examination.


    Copy of certificate of completed general or vocational matura examination

    Legal basis

  • A person who wishes to work as a train driver, carriage inspector,

    driver of track maintenance devices, station master, conductor or train manager

    must pass a master craftsman examination and have at least 3 years of work


    The master craftsman examination is intended to verify that the

    candidate is qualified to perform their profession or occupation, to

    independently manage the shop, educate trainees and master other knowledge and

    skills determined in the list of examinations for the master craftsman


    The examination is taken in four parts:

    • practical part (Part I),
    • professional and theoretical part (Part II),
    • managerial and financial part (Part III),
    • pedagogical and andragogical part (part IV).


    parts of the master craftsman examination are divided into examination units in

    accordance with the list of examinations, determining the content, scope of

    master craftsman’s activities, the objectives of the examination and parts of

    the examination indicating professional fields. 


    A candidate who wishes to take the

    master craftsman examination submits an application to the competent authority

    proving their suitability to take the examination. The candidate must apply to

    the competent authority for each part of the examination with an application 30

    days prior to the examination date at the latest. The candidate can apply by

    post or electronically.


    The entire examination is taken in

    accordance with the list of examinations.

    The practical part comprises a work

    test and master craftsman examination assignment. The written part for an

    individual subject in the professional and theoretical part of the master

    craftsman examination takes up to 180 minutes. The oral part of the examination

    or oral presentation takes a maximum of 30 minutes. The managerial and financial

    part of the examination is taken in written form and takes up to 180 minutes.

    The pedagogical and andragogical part of the master craftsman examination is

    comprised of a written examination that takes up to 180 minutes and a practical

    presentation that takes 45 minutes.

    The candidate can take several written

    examinations on the same day; however, they may not exceed a total of 360


    The competent authority submits examination dates to candidates for

    each individual part of the master craftsman examination at least once per

    year. All examination dates are published on the website of the competent


    If the master craftsman examination is passed, the candidate

    receives a certificate


    Certificate of passed master craftsman examination

    Legal basis

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