This web-page on the IRSE website outlines the basic process and how it works from start to end. Our IRSE licencing page at the bottom outlines our approach to licences at any stage (new, 5 year point and 10 year point). We aim to make the process as painless and simple as possible and we have years of experience catering for all individuals or companies. If you're really stuck don't hesitate to contact us.
This depends what work you do on the railway. You need an IRSE licence if you are doing safety-critical or safety-related work on signalling and telecoms equipment or systems. There are 6 main groups of licences:
*These groups only have 1 licence category
**There are only 2 licence categories for investigators- lead and non-lead
Under Signalling and Telecoms they are split up into:
... and these are split into different licence categories depending on your own competence level. We and your assessor can discuss with you which licence category would be most appropriate as we know from experience which licence should apply.
A note on signalling installation- the old 1.2.110 Signalling Installer licence has been now split into two different categories:
Please contact us and we'll be able to guide you towards the best new licence category for your level.
This depends on a number of factors. If you are applying for a new licence, or your old licence has fully expired, you will need to have both a competence and a workplace assessment arranged along with all paperwork filled out and signed off. This will take longer than for those who have licences at the 5 year point who only need a remote competence assessment. A 10 year point assessment could also take slightly longer if you need to be observed for your category.
The average time from starting the assessment to getting your licence is about 3 months. You should apply in plenty of time before your licence runs out, as if it does you may have to go through the longer assessment process!
The most important things are completing the Competence Assessment Checklist (CAC) and making sure your IRSE logbook is up to date.
We also require some additional forms plus a passport photo if this is your first licence. We and your assessor will support you throughout the process and give you all the documents you need to fill out.
Your assessor's contact details should be in the initial email we send to you with all the forms. We recommend speaking to them early on in the process to begin arrangements. If you have lost these details or didn't receive them please give us a ring on 01874 620704.