Railway Conductor


Program Information

Are you a hands-on learner? Would you like a rewarding and well-paying career in the growing railway industry? As one of only a handful of schools in Canada, Lambton College has partnered with the Railway Association of Canada to offer the Railway Conductor program. Designed and taught by experts still active in the industry, this unique program combines classroom learning with hands-on experience in local rail yards, and allows students to gain a depth of knowledge in 12 weeks that would otherwise take years to acquire.

Students enrolled in this program will learn to utilize professional railway communications and gain a deeper understanding of industry rules and regulations; they will also learn fundamental concepts in safety, switching, marshalling, and crewing. Experiential learning ensures that graduates who exit the program are attractive candidates for the Class 1 and Short Line/Regional railways as well as industrial yards.

The Railway Conductor program takes place Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (excluding statutory holidays) over 12 consecutive weeks. As this program is only 12 weeks, Railway Conductor students will not have Reading Weeks or Breaks.

Device Requirements

This program recommends a laptop.

See full device requirements.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D or equivalent
Grade 12 English C or U

All applicants must participate in an advisory interview to determine program capability.


To register for this program, email rail@lambtoncollege.ca as this program is not part of the ontariocolleges.ca registration process nor is it eligible for OSAP. 

Completion of the below forms is also required:

Employment Opportunities

Graduates can expect to find employment on Class 1 railways, shortlines, regional carriers and in industrial settings.

Note: Employment in the railway industry requires a clean record, applicants with a criminal record will not likely obtain employment in the industry even if they are successful in passing the program. Applicants are required to complete a medical as a condition of employment. See the Canadian Railway Medical Rules Handbook (PDF).

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