Conductor Certification

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Passenger conductors perform a wide range of duties essential to the comfortable and timely arrival of all travelers on board. For one to become a certified conductor they have to go through training and pass the exam. Take the quiz below and see how ready you are for the new occupation. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to 49 CFR, Part 220, what is the purpose of this regulation?
    • A. 

      To protect employees and passengers from the hazards posed by the improper use of electric devices

    • B. 

      To be able to communicate with family members at all times

    • C. 

      To get a quick guide to 49 CFR, Part 220

    • D. 

      None of the above answers are correct

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is true regarding 49 CFR, Part 220.
    • A. 

      Personal devices must be turned off and stored out of sight

    • B. 

      Railroad-supplied devices may be used at anytime for business purposes

    • C. 

      Both A and B are correct

    • D. 

      None of the above are correct

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      While on a moving train

    • B. 

      When any crew member is on the ground or riding equipment during switching

    • C. 

      While any employee is assisting in preparation of the train for movement

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct

  • 4. 
    Can a personal cell phone, laptop, tablet computer or other electronic device be used to display a digital copy of the railroad operating rules when required to perform service?
    • A. 

      No, Amtrak's operating instructions allow only a railroad supplied device to be used for this purpose

    • B. 

      Yes, only if it does not distract from safety related duties

    • C. 

      Yes, only after a HB briefing has occurred

    • D. 

      Both B and C are correct

  • 5. 
    According 49 CFR, Part 220, when can a railroad-supplied electronic device be used? 
    • A. 

      A railroad-supplied electronic device can be used for authorized business purposes

    • B. 

      A deadheading employee may use a railroad-supplied electronic device outside of the controlling cab only when such use does not interfere employees safety

    • C. 

      Never

    • D. 

      Both A and B are correct

  • 6. 
    Is a T&E employee deadheading to work allowed to use an electronic device according to 49 CFR, Part 220?
    • A. 

      Yes, provided it does not interfere with any safety related duties

    • B. 

      No, the use of an electronic device is prohibited at all times for deadheading employees

    • C. 

      Yes, only in thee locomotive cab

    • D. 

      Yes, an electronic device is ok to use as long as it's approved by a supervisor

  • 7. 
    Can a T&E employee be personally fined by the FRA for using a personal electronic device or leaving it turned on under circumstances in which the use is prohibited by the rule?
    • A. 

      Yes, for a willful violation up to $100,000 for any violation where circumstances warrant

    • B. 

      Yes, only in the locomotive or operating cab of the train

    • C. 

      No, the FRA can never fine T&E employees

    • D. 

      No, Amtrak would be fined for all willful violations of T&E employees

  • 8. 
    Is a failure to perform or have knowledge that a required Brake Test was performed, a revocable event for a Passenger Conductor, under 49 CFR Part 242?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      No, only for the engineer

    • D. 

      No, only for a mechanical employee

  • 9. 
    Which of the following individuals are qualified to perform a Class I Brake test?
    • A. 

      Passenger Conductor

    • B. 

      Qualified Maintenance Person (QMP)

    • C. 

      Locomotive Engineer

    • D. 

      Qualified Person

  • 10. 
    When must a Locomotive running brake test be performed?
    • A. 

      Upon initial movement

    • B. 

      After striking debris on tracks

    • C. 

      Changing control stations

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct

  • 11. 
    How often is periodic training required for 49 CFR Part 239 (Emergency Preparedness)?
    • A. 

      Annually

    • B. 

      Every two years

    • C. 

      Every three years

    • D. 

      Only in new hire training

  • 12. 
    What Federal Regulation regulates the Hour of Sevice Law?
    • A. 

      Part 218

    • B. 

      Part 220

    • C. 

      Part 228

    • D. 

      Part 242

  • 13. 
    How many categories of violations may be considered for revolving certification?
    • A. 

      6

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      12

    • D. 

      15

  • 14. 
    If a conductor knowingly commits a violation against the FRA regulations:
    • A. 

      Each day a violation continues will be counted as a separate offense

    • B. 

      Each violation type will only be counted as one offense

    • C. 

      Each 30 days a violation continues will be counted as a separate offense

    • D. 

      Each day a violation continues the FRA's will ad an additional fine

  • 15. 
    What must happen when a person waives the right to a hearing?
    • A. 

      The waiver must be in writing

    • B. 

      The person must have knowledge and understanding of these rights and voluntarily surrender them

    • C. 

      Be signed by the person making the waiver

    • D. 

      All of the above answers are correct

  • 16. 
    On-the-job training must include:
    • A. 

      An online portal with training videos

    • B. 

      A manual or checklist for use while training

    • C. 

      Q&A sessions at the end of each training event

    • D. 

      16 hours of classroom training

  • 17. 
    Amtrak will provide the opportunity for an individual to explain or rebut information leading to denial of certification _____ certification is denied.
    • A. 

      Before

    • B. 

      Within 30 days

    • C. 

      Within 45 days

    • D. 

      Within 60 days

  • 18. 
    The Federal standards in 49 CFR, Part 242 must be met by:
    • A. 

      Passenger Conductors/Conductors

    • B. 

      Engineer

    • C. 

      Assistant Conductors

    • D. 

      Supervisors

  • 19. 
    If an emergency forces a conductor off the train after the train leaves its initial terminal, can the train continue without a qualified conductor?
    • A. 

      Yes, the engineer who is not a certified conductor may take the train to a location where the conductor can be replaced

    • B. 

      An assistant conductor must be on the train

    • C. 

      The locomotive engineer must be informed that there is no certified conductor on the train prior to any movement

    • D. 

      All of the above are correct

  • 20. 
    If convicted, or if there is a completed state action to revoke, suspend or deny a motor vehicle driver's license for Drug/Alcohol violations, a certified conductor must report this fact to Amtrak ____________.
    • A. 

      Immediately

    • B. 

      Within 24 hours

    • C. 

      Within 48 hours

    • D. 

      Within 1 week

  • 21. 
    An individual will not be eligible to serve as a conductor _____ after Amtrak notifies the individual of the denial or revocation or certification.
    • A. 

      Immediately

    • B. 

      Within one week

    • C. 

      Within 30 days

    • D. 

      Within 180 days

  • 22. 
    If Amtrak becomes aware that an individual has an active substance abuse disorder, his or her certificate will be denied:
    • A. 

      Immediately

    • B. 

      Only after the Supervisor has been informed

    • C. 

      After a review panel meets

    • D. 

      Within 30 days