May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Railway Conductor

Location(s): In Person (Point Trotter Campus)

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Designed to equip you with the specialized skills to manage railway vehicles, our 12-week program Railway Conductor is your ticket to the rapidly expanding railway operations sector.

As a student, you will: 

  • learn the critical roles of a train conductor, including the safe and efficient movement of rail cars 
  • learn how to assemble trains in the correct order, ensuring the cargo is organized according to its destination and the operational requirements of the railway 
  • gain the skills to safely change the path of a railcar from one track to another, a process essential for organizing and directing rail traffic 
  • learn how to apply your skills in a real-world setting with our private mini rail yard, featuring actual tracks and rail cars 
  • master the Canadian Railway Operating Rules (CROR) and related safety systems to ensure compliance and secure operations 
  • learn about the mechanical aspects of rail cars, including air brake systems and communication systems 
  • learn effective communication skills.

This course includes on-campus classes, labs, and field trips to nearby industrial sites. Get training from industry professionals with extensive field experience and a passion for training the next generation.

With the increasing need for rail transport of goods, the railway industry is on an upward trajectory, promising a stable and growing field for employment.

Position yourself in a market that values job-ready individuals, especially as current workforce demographics signal high retirement rates and the need for new talent. 

The program paves the way for career growth, with prospects to move into various roles within the railway sector, such as engineer, dispatch, trainer and management.

If you’re ready to play a crucial role in the movement of goods across the country and beyond, whether for Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific or another, our Railway Conductor program is the ideal start. Enroll today and get on track for a career that moves you forward. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

As a railway conductor, you need: 

  • strong safety awareness 
  • effective communication skills, including proficiency in verbal and written English 
  • solid planning and decision-making abilities 
  • physical fitness and ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions 
  • capability to lift heavy objects (up to 85 lbs) 
  • responsibility to understand and meet medical and physical standards set by rail companies.

You will require flexibility to work at any time of day as railways operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To gain employment, you may need to pass medical exams, including vision, hearing and drug tests, and pass a security screening.


After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Railway Conductor certificate. 

Program length

12 weeks

Accepts international applicants - not-PGWP eligible

This program is open to international applicants; however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program


This program is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Shippers and receivers (14400)
  • Transportation route and crew schedulers (14405)
  • Managers in transportation (70020)
  • Supervisors, railway transport operations (72023)
  • Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators (72024)
  • Railway carmen/women (72403)
  • Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators (72604)
  • Railway and yard locomotive engineers (73310)
  • Railway conductors and brakemen/women (73311)
  • Railway yard and track maintenance workers (74200)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 50% in Math 20-1, 20-2 or 20-3, and
  • at least 50% in Grade 12 English.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside of Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Railway Conductor certificate requires 13.5 credits (five courses) to complete.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $600.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you’ll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes, including:

  • CSA-approved hard hat
  • safety-toed footwear
  • reflective vest
  • safety glasses
  • work gloves.

Transportation program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School of Transportation.

Phone: 403.284.8471

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