Railway Car Technician

"Railway Car Technician" means a person who inspects, repairs, replaces and reconditions mechanical or structural components and systems of freight cars and passenger coaches. These individuals must have a mechanical aptitude and hands on skills and be able to use many different types of power, pneumatic, and hydraulic tools or equipment. These individuals work for railway companies or rail car repair facilities.


The Occupational Analysis Chart describes the scope of competencies for the trade. The CofQ exam was developed to assess the competencies listed in this chart.

The Exam Weighting Chart for the Certificate of Qualification exam shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

The Reference Materials provide study material for challengers preparing to write the exam.

Program Updates:

Effective April 1, 2019 the Railway Car Technician certification can be obtained through a challenge pathway, please view OPSN 2019 003 for details. 

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 123.15 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 260.34 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 173.84 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 64.06 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 87.95 KB)