We are the only professional institution whose focus and specialism is railway operations.

Introducing the IRO

Founded in 1999, the Institution of Railway Operators (IRO) works at the heart of the rail operations community. Offering a combination of learning, events, CPD courses, networking, and our unique Mentoring Scheme, we bring together industry-leading knowledge and railway operations expertise to support our members and deliver the very best developmental opportunities and industry recognised qualifications.

Working alongside members and the broader rail operations sector we are proud to contribute to improving best practice and supporting the success of rail operations businesses.

10,000+ IRO members part of our professional organisation, offering career development opportunities for all involved in railway operations.

21 years’ experience in providing professional recognition, training, and development opportunities.

119 apprentices trained, qualified, and placed into industry during 2019-2020.

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The courses with the IRO are great because you don’t get all of this knowledge in one place anywhere else. It plugs the gaps in your knowledge base, plus there’s the non-academic side which is also great like the events, speakers, webinars and more, they’re very valuable. It gives students a route to an academic qualification that they might not otherwise have.

IRO graduate turned tutor Toby Rackliff

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Enhance Your Skills

Our valuable learning and CPD opportunities will help you to expand and develop your skill set, whether you are new to the railway operations industry or have spent many years acquiring your skills and knowledge.

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Make the Most of Your Membership

From events and resources, to industry endorsed qualifications and professional development; membership of the IRO opens a world of specialist opportunities.

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What’s On

With a full programme of events running throughout the year, take advantage of our growing number of networking sessions, industry-leading talks, presentations, and opportunities to interact with fellow rail operations professionals.

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Community

Our international community of IRO members is growing constantly and currently stands at over 10,000. Whatever your level of experience or length of service, you will receive a warm welcome along with the support and help of fellow professionals when you join the IRO.

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The Professional Operators Development (POD) Framework is the IRO recognised skills pathway for railway operators

POD is free to all members and allows you to get a holistic view of railway operations, take a self-assessment and highlight areas of improvement.

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About our membership

An IRO membership is the ideal way to access;

  • Career development opportunities
  • Industry recognised qualifications
  • CPD courses
  • Learning resources
  • Specialised industry events
  • Networking opportunities

As a member you will have access to over 1000 blended learning resources and over 150 e-learning modules, with tailored content appropriate to all skill and experience levels.

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About the levels

IRO Membership is open to anyone working in, or associated with, any part of the railway industry worldwide and people outside the industry who wish to prepare for a career in it.

Affiliate

Minimum operators work experience required
None

Knowledge
None

Relevant POD experience
None

Annual fees – employees of corporate members: FREE

Annual fees – standard: £36

Annual fees – fulltime education: £18

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £18

Associate

Minimum operators work experience required
2 years

Knowledge
Your own organisation and locality

Relevant POD experience
Your own organisation and locality
Three sections to 30%:
Must include 3 &4
Plus either 5 or 7

Annual fees – employees of corporate members: FREE

Annual fees – standard: £48

Annual fees – fulltime education: £48

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £24

Member

Minimum operators work experience required
5 years

Knowledge
Local, regional and national working knowledge

Relevant POD experience
Eight sections to 50%:
Must include 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 11
Plus two from 2, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 12

Annual fees – employees of corporate members: £84

Annual fees – standard: £84

Annual fees – fulltime education: £84

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £42

Fellow

Minimum operators work experience required
7 years

Knowledge
Local, regional and national and international working knowledge

Relevant POD experience
Twelve sections to 80%:
Must include all sections 1-12
Three areas from an international perspective

Annual fees – employees of corporate members: £120

Annual fees – standard: £120

Annual fees – fulltime education: £120

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £60

Membership Upgrade: There is an administration fee of £27 (inc. VAT) for a membership upgrade application. This is payable once your upgrade has been awarded.

Membership

For enquiries about membership, please email membership@railwayoperators.co.uk

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Learning & Development or Courses

For enquiries about Learning & Development or Courses, please email learning@railwayoperators.co.uk

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Enquiry Form

To discuss training options for your business contact us today using the form below

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