Personal Track Safety Program
With an ambitious goal of 15-minute all-day electrified rail service, Metrolinx is changing the way people move across the region. In the coming years, many construction, maintenance, and rail specialist companies will work together to achieve this transformative vision of our rail infrastructure. Metrolinx’ priority is to ensure that the people who help bring this vision to life, do so safely.
With the increases to both the volume of service running on Metrolinx rail infrastructure and the increased number of construction activities happening on or around Metrolinx railways, a more robust method of training is required. All individuals working on our rail network must be trained in the hazards and risks of this environment before they begin work.
To help ensure the safety of everyone working on our rail network, Metrolinx has launched a comprehensive Personal Track Safety (PTS) program that will be required by all workers accessing the Metrolinx Right-of-Way (ROW).
Who needs to take the PTS program?
PTS is required by all workers working in the Right-of-Way and sections of the railway corridor.
Right-of-Way refers to the Metrolinx-owned and operated on subdivisions of railway, infrastructure, rail/maintenance/layover yards, and all property between property fences, or if no fence, everywhere within 30 feet from the outermost rail or as specified in the Site-Specific Work Plan (SSWP).
Metrolinx prequalified rail protection provider employees may choose to test-out of the course, please review and complete the form below if you meet these requirements.
What to expect?
The PTS program will consist of the following:
- Register for a PTS course session.
- A one-day live streamed event. This event will be facilitated by rail industry experts who will share their knowledge and experience working in a railway environment.
- A final assessment consisting of:
- An evaluation of the live event course,
- A competency test — This test will test your knowledge on all elements of the live event session, and
- PTS ID Card and certificate.
Supporting PTS Course Information:
Please review and refer to the following information prior to attending, as well as during the PTS course Live Event:
How do I register?
Introducing the Competence Management System (CMS) for Personal Track Safety (PTS)!
To register for a PTS course session in March 2021 and onwards, you must access and create an account profile in the Competence Management System (CMS). Once you create an account (mandatory to immediately update your personal information, mailing address, and photo), you can now self-manage your PTS course session registration.
Remember — This account profile ID is your own and does not belong to your current organization/employer.
When you have successfully registered for a session, you will receive a registration confirmation email containing the details of the course from email address: MXSafetyCompetence@metrolinx.com. *Note: If not received, check your Junk mail folder*.
Please add this event to your calendar. You will not be issued a formal calendar invite email for the PTS session.
Access the Competence Management System at: https://mxsafetycompetence.csod.com
Information about the Competence Management System (CMS):
What is a Competence Management System?
CMS stands for “Competence Management System”. This system is alternatively referred to as “Learning Management Systems”, and its functionality supports the self-service management of individual learning profiles. This system houses learning qualifications, certificates, training records, and enable users to control their learning needs through course and session registrations, competency testing, transcript management, and much more.
For Metrolinx, the CMS is an online portal that enables all workers accessing the Metrolinx railway corridor and Right-Of-Way (ROW) to manage and renew their Personal Track Safety (PTS) training certification. In addition, this tool will enable Construction Supervisors and Safety Officers to audit and confirm that workers attending sites have a valid PTS certification in real-time.
This self-service, best practice system will improve efficiency and effectiveness in tracking the PTS course by providing:
- Immediate validation of security and PTS qualification on-site;
- Streamline user registration and course enrollment; and,
- Ease of tracking and reporting of training records, expiration dates, and training audits for employees.
What will Metrolinx’ CMS provide?
The CMS enables workers to manage their Metrolinx qualifications, training transcript, and certificates in real-time. Contract Administrator and Auditor roles also can perform report management and audit functionality when authorized. This system is only used to manage Metrolinx qualifications!
Key capabilities of the CMS include:
- Worker records are self-managed with the ability to access real-time data (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) including training transcripts and status of training;
- Accessible on any device with internet connection;
- Easy to use and efficiently manages worker records;
- Register for PTS course sessions;
- Complete competency testing following the session;
- Print temporary PTS certificate;
- Review audit records;
- Identifies qualified staff instantly upon lookup; and
- Generate reports.
1. I am a Contractor Administrator (person responsible for maintaining PTS records for my organization) or a Metrolinx Auditor:
Contractor Administrators, General Contractor Administrators, and Metrolinx Auditors are to submit an access request to MXSafetyCompetence@metrolinx.com stating they are Contractor Administrators, General Contractor Administrators, or Metrolinx Auditor in order to be set up with proper access.
2. To successfully complete your CMS account profile, and to receive registration communications and your PTS ID Card, you must:
Create your CMS account using a unique email address (shared or universal company addresses are not permitted). Once your account is created, immediately update your profile by entering your personal information, mailing address, and photo. This information is referred to for generating and mailing your PTS ID Card.
Mailing address requirements: Provide a current, full, and valid mailing address to receive you PTS ID Card. If it is a business address, please ensure someone is in the office to receive and distribute the card appropriately.
Photo requirements: CMS Account profile photos must be a headshot (shoulders upwards), workplace appropriate, in colour, and clear. Please refrain from wearing face or head coverings unless for religious nature, and wear clothing (a shirt).
3. What if I have completed PTS prior to March 2021? What happens to my records?
Historic records will be migrated to the system and individuals will be notified via email to update their accounts and passwords once they are created in the system by the CMS System Administrator. Do not create a CMS account profile!
Where can I access help / assistance?
If you are looking for help with using the system, please refer to the step-by-step job aids that are available below.
When you are logged into your CMS account profile, based on your role in the system, you may also have access to the “Help” menu with training videos and system job aids.
For all further inquiries and assistance, reach out to: MXSafetyCompetence@metrolinx.com.