Level 3 Diploma in Train Driving


The EAL Level 3 Diploma in Train Driving is a competence-based qualification requiring work-based evidence of the learner’s competent ability and demonstration of their underpinning knowledge and understanding in a range of train driving activities including: preparing for duty, communicating effectively, preparing, and operating trains for service, responding to train faults and out of course situations; and customer service.  It has 834 guided learning hours (GLH) and a Total Qualification Time (TQT) 895 hours (This is notional time required by the learner to complete the qualification).  

The qualification is graded pass or fail only. 

Learners will need to be on a formal training scheme with a rail service company.  Due to the nature of the role candidates must meet medical standards of physical health these are set out within the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010.

Learners must have both the potential and opportunity to achieve the assessment criteria set out in the qualification units and gain evidence from the workplace.

  • Age range is 18+

The qualification is designed for learners who are undertaking formal training as a train driver in the transport sector and provides recognition of their competence.


Learners will be required to create a Portfolio of Evidence to prove their competence in the workplace. 

The primary source of evidence will be naturally occurring and from the workplace. 


Located in: Rail