BN 31-04-07 Introduction of Telecomms Suite of Tester Licences

BN 31-04-07 Introduction of Telecomms Suite of Tester Licences
BN 31-04-07
Introduction of Telecomms Suite of Tester Licences and modification to Electronic Systems
Tester Licence for Signal Engineers
1. Introduction
For the past year, the IRSE has been working on the production of a revised set of Telecoms
Tester categories, which more closely meet the needs of industry.
The competence criteria for the new licences have now been approved by the IRSE Licensing
Committee, and are being issued for use. This briefing note explains in detail the new
arrangements. Please see the tables below.
New Licence
Category
2.3.265
2.3.295
Title
Telecoms Systems Tester
Telecoms Testing Manager
Superseded Licence
Category
2.3.260
2.3.290
The superseded Competence Assessment Checklists (CACs) will cease to be valid on 30th July
2007.
A new Telecoms Testing licence has also been approved by the Licensing Committee titled
Telecoms Tester – 2.3.155. This is a new category and does not supersede an existing category.
New Licence
Category
2.3.155
Title
Telecomms Tester
Superseded Licence
Category
Not Applicable
As a result of the split between signalling and telecoms of the licence category 2.3.260
(Electronic Systems Tester) a new licence category has been issued - 1.3.260 Signalling
Electronic Systems Testers. It is identical to 2.3.260 but with all references to Telecoms
Electronic Systems Testing deleted. Although the format of this licence category varies from that
of 2.3.260 it is identical in technical content for signalling testers. However, the codes for the
preferred methods of assessment have been revised to match the set of codes employed on current
licences. It is intended to review this licence category to bring it in line with National
Occupational Standards for signalling testing during 2007
New Licence
Category
1.3.260
Title
Signalling Electronic Systems Tester
Superseded Licence
Category
2.3.260
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Current holders of 2.3.260 Electronic Systems Tester who were assessed for
telecomms electronic systems
The licence will remain valid until the date shown, but holders will then have to renew or revalidate through surveillance to the new licence category Telecomms Systems Tester (2.3.265)
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Current holders of 2.3.260 Electronic Systems Tester who were assessed for
signalling electronic systems
The licence will remain valid until the date shown but holders will then have to renew or revalidate through surveillance to the new Signalling Electronic Systems Tester (1.3.260).
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Scope
The scope of the licence categories listed above is as follows:2.3.265 – Telecomms Systems Tester
Licence holders will be capable of preparing test and commissioning plans for approval,
coordinating a test team, carrying out tests, ensuring that test results are within specification and
that functional tests are carried out before bringing new or altered telecom systems into service.
The Systems Tester will need to ensure that the test and commissioning plan is appropriate for the
system being tested and may adapt the plan to the meet the specific circumstances, identifying
any restrictions that need to be imposed on the system prior to bringing into service.
The licence is intended for staff involved in schemes or minor works, including anyone
performing the role of tester in charge.
2.3.295 – Telecomms Testing Manager
Licence holders will be capable of developing the overall test and commissioning plan for the
system being tested, preparing, checking/approving test plans and co-ordinating testing resources.
The Testing Manager will ensure that: • Test and commissioning plans are carried out by competent staff
• Test results are verified before bringing telecom systems into service, agreeing any
operating restrictions that may be required
• Specified criteria are met prior to handing the system over.
The licence is intended for managers involved in testing of major schemes, including anyone
performing the role of commissioning manager.
2.3.155 – Telecomms Tester
Licence holders will be capable of following a prepared test and commissioning plan, carrying
out defined tests, ensuring that test results are within specification and carrying out functional
tests before bringing new or altered telecom equipment into service.
The Tester will need to verify that the test and commissioning plan is appropriate for the
equipment being tested. Any deviations from the plan would be escalated in accordance with
company procedures.
The licence is intended for staff carrying out minor works installations, or staff working as part of
a testing team under the supervision of a tester in charge.
1.3.260 – Signalling Electronic Systems Tester
Signalling Electronic Systems Testers are responsible for ensuring the conformity of high
integrity electronic signalling systems to the authorised design as part of the tester's installation
(‘new works’) and maintenance activities. Signalling Electronic Systems Testers are also to be
capable of introducing, or reintroducing, the system and equipment to service following such
work as long as it does not directly interface with the safety-critical signalling
A high integrity signalling electronic system is defined as a hardware or software based system
used for the control of and interface to the operational railway. Examples of such systems include
train describers; automatic train operation; remote control; hot axle box detectors
The Signalling Electronic Systems Tester may also undertake the functional testing of the
following electronic systems which have higher levels of safety criticality: electronic track
circuits; axle counters; electronic interlocking; signalling control; automatic train protection.
Their testing work will however exclude the testing and commissioning of the signalling control
systems which consist of such electronic sub-systems. The testing and commissioning of
signalling control systems requires a detailed knowledge of signalling principles and practices
and is to be undertaken by applicants holding the relevant signalling testing licence categories
{1.3.170 Sig Functional Tester and 1.3.180 Sig Principles Tester or the earlier issues if still
current (i.e. 1.3.160 Signalling Tester(S) and 1.2.180 Principles Tester (S))}
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Competence Assessor and Technical Mentor Approvals
Competence Assessors currently approved for either 2.3.260 - Electronic Systems Tester (T) or
2.3.290 Testing Manager (T) will automatically be approved be approved for 2.3.265 - Systems
Tester Telecom and 2.3.295– Telecoms Testing Manager respectively provided they are
telecomms engineers .
Competence Assessors wishing to be approved for the 2.3.155 – Telecoms Tester category, must
apply using the Application for Approved Roles Form available from www.irselicences.co.uk.
Technical Mentors currently approved for either 2.3.260 - Electronic Systems Tester (T) or
2.3.290 Testing Manager (T) will automatically be approved for 2.3.265 - Telecom Systems
Tester and 2.3.295 – Telecoms Testing Manager respectively provided they are telecomms
engineers .
Assessing Agencies wishing to undertake assessments for 2.3.155 Telecoms System Tester must
apply for a Technical Mentor via the Application for Approved Roles Form available from
www.irselicences.co.uk
Those competence assessor and technical mentors for 2.3.260 who are signalling engineers will
be automatically approved for the new Signalling Electronic System Tester (1.3.260)
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