International Engineering Safety Management (iESM):
Safety Assurance Training for Rail Professionals

Learn to develop, assure and deliver safer rail systems more effectively with the internationally accredited iESM Handbook course.

Supported by ONRSR (Office of National Rail Safety Regulator) and major Australian and international rail operators as a guideline to safety management in the development of major rail projects, the iESM Handbook course offers an intensive introduction to key safety principles, processes and methods in addition to the latest tools and international standards.


What’s Involved?

Participants receive practical guidance on utilising a structured and systematic approach to managing safety activities throughout the entire project lifecycle, including:

  • Determining safety objectives and planning safety activities.
  • Identifying hazards and applying international standards.
  • Evaluating risk and managing safety responsibilities.

The Handbook course utilises exercises based on real-world case studies to provide an in-depth understanding of the key processes of developing rail applications in accordance with international safety standards.

In addition, participants receive structured guidance on developing and delivering successful safety cases for complex rail projects and effectively managing regulator safety criteria.

What are the Benefits? 

By learning to apply iESM’s easy-to-use processes for integrating safety assurance practices in to complex rail projects from the ground up, rail professionals can develop systems more efficiently and effectively, which results in:

  • Reduced risk of delays and budget over-runs caused by unforeseen safety factors.
  • Improved incident prevention.
  • Faster, more assured acceptance of new technologies and novel applications.
  • Better preparedness to manage the increasing complexity of rail projects and regulator safety requirements.
  • All participants will be registered as iESM Practitioners on successful completion of an exam.

Who is it for?

The iESM Handbook course has been specifically developed for all rail design, engineering, assurance and management professionals to bridge the knowledge gap between safety experts and other rail engineering disciplines.

Acmena has successfully delivered 18 iESM courses to organisations across Australia over the past three years, with an average satisfaction rating of 5.2/6.

Clients Past & Present

“I enjoyed the training session and appreciated the knowledge and experience you brought to the session. Good overview of the iESM process. The presenter was very knowledgeable and had very relevant practical experience. Very useful course”

“Excellent and practical course with relevant material and examples.”

“This has been the best course I have attended in many years. Very refreshing to see there are still course presenters around that know their stuff.”


The iESM training course is delivered by Acmena in partnership with Technical Programme Delivery Ltd, the lead authors and publishers of iESM.


Human Factors Awareness Training

What’s Involved?

Introductory course to define basic human factors principles and processes, focused on designing systems to match the capabilities, needs and limitations of the end user. Topics include:

  • Understanding an individual
  • Human-systems interaction
  • Identifying human factors
  • Human factors integration
  • Human factors in practice

What are the Benefits? 

  • Learn to identify human factors issues in complex systems
  • Reduce costly design reviews by addressing human factors issues early in the project lifecycle by integrating appropriate tools and techniques
  • Reduce the risk of non-compliance by having a better understanding of human factors regulations and standards



What’s Involved?

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  • Essentials of IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation
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  • IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS (Practitioner)
  • IBM Rational DOORS Essentials
  • IBM Rational DOORS Foundation

What are the Benefits?

  • Learn to effectively navigate within a DOORS database
  • Create structured data in a DOORS formal module
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  • Create and report on relationships in a DOORS environment


Requirements Management

What’s Involved?

Introductory course to requirements management covering the core principles and processes of requirements:

  • Definition
  • Elicitation
  • Management
  • Change

What are the Benefits?

  • Reduce the risk of project failure and budget overrun by using effective requirements management processes
  • Manage and trace project change more effectively
  • Enable progressive assurance throughout the project lifecycle


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