As a Conductor, you will coordinate the activities of freight and passenger train crews while striving to ensure customer satisfaction, and efficient, cost-effective operations. There is plenty of opportunity for career advancement too―Conductors often go on to become Locomotive Engineers or Trainmasters.


Typical Working Conditions, Hours & Salary:

Training Requirements & Qualifications:

Railways put new recruits through rigorous training programs―including anywhere from three to six months of hands-on training in the field―before they become qualified Conductors. Some railways require additional hands-on work experience in a rail yard before new recruits can apply to become Conductors.

By regulation, new recruits have to pass the Canadian Rail Operating Rules, railway signals and dangerous goods exams in order to become qualified Conductors. Depending on where they work in Canada, Conductors will have to re-certify their credentials by passing these exams either every two or every three years.

Students wishing to get a head start on their Conductor training can enrol in the Railway Conductor Program offered by a select group of colleges across Canada.