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IRIS Certification Consulting and Training Services

International Competence Centre Rail (CC-Rail) provide IRIS certification training and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses.

Hofmattstrasse 8,
CH-4900 Langenthal,


International Competence Centre Rail (CC-Rail) provides International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) training and consulting services for large, small and medium-sized businesses.

Consulting services for rail industry enterprises and maintenance workshops, including rail operators

CC-Rail’s consulting services aim to sustainably improve rail industry operations, as well as increase profit margins through risk management and root cause analysis. IRIS certification will be efficiently achieved with minimum internal effort and maximum success.

Risk analysis helps companies to identify the amount by which profit margins could feasibly be cut, as well as the areas in which it can be mitigated and subsequent costs.

CC-Rail also attempts to find the cause of quality deficiency costs in companies, thereby highlighting the resulting risks and prevention methods.

Consultation assists companies to set realistic objectives, correctly measure progress, detect weaknesses and how to permanently eliminate root causes.

CC-Rail’s services provide solutions to seamlessly fit into existing company processes, and can potentially lead to a profit margin increase between 5% and 10%.

Basic course for IRIS auditors

CC-Rail’s Internal IRIS auditor course is essential for achieving IRIS Certification on a short track, and is available for a wide range of rail industry managers, including quality and design engineers, buyers or project leaders

The course trains students in process-oriented auditing, the IRIS assessment methodology, IRIS preparation, implementation and audit tools.

It prepares clients to fully understand and meet the requirements of the IRIS standard, or improve a client’s internal auditing process.

Training concludes with a written and oral examination and an internationally recognised certificate that is valid for three years. Courses also feature practical exercises designed to improve an auditor’s code of practise.

Advanced course for IRIS auditors

The advanced IRIS auditor course allows participants to refresh their IRIS knowledge, to renew their certificates and to improve IRIS business management systems for the railway industry and operators.

This is aimed at internal IRIS auditors who have already passed their basic training, which should help them to achieve an ‘Optimised-level’ qualification in their next IRIS certification audit.

Reliability, availability, maintainability and lifecycle cost courses

The RAM / LCC course familiarises participants with reliability, availability, maintainability and lifecycle costs (RAM / LLC) requirements of IEC 62 278 (EN 50126).

Following the course, participants will be better placed to introduce their own RAM / LCC processes and data analysis under guidance in a first project.

The course is aimed at RAM / LCC engineers in the design, maintenance, project management, quality management, marketing and sales functions.

The training concludes with a written and oral examination and a certificate.

IRIS project management for the rail industry

CC-Rail’s project management courses provide a variety of key skills to participants, including initiating, planning, and carrying out projects, and optimising efficiently using scarce resources.

The four-day course is designed for project managers and project team members, such as project buyers, controllers, and quality assurance staff.

The course ends with a written examination and a certificate. After the training, participants are prepared for the internationally recognised iapm-Certification.

Risk and opportunity manager course

The ISO 9001: 2015 and IRIS standards feature more demanding risk and opportunity requirements. CC-Rail’s practical course provides comprehensive information regarding the basic processes and tools of a risk manager.

The training will show how to identify and assess risks to business, projects, products and processes, as well as how to document and develop a risk management framework.

About CC-Rail

CC-Rail’s global training and coaching services are highly recognised, and it has become a leading consulting firm in the niche segment of IRIS consulting and training.

CC-Rail Chairman Andreas Heinzmann was a TOP manager of Bombardier Transportation for 20 years, and belongs to the funder of the IRIS standard. He was the 1st president of the IRIS Group, and is still deeply involved in all IRIS activities, such as the current ‘IRIS goes ISO’ project.

CC-Rail’s challenging courses have benefitted more than 1,000 rail professionals worldwide.

The company’s clients include renowned railway manufacturers, including Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom, ABB, Knorr Bremse, LEONI, HARTING and Voith, as well as large rail operators, including DB, SBB, Nedtrain, SAR and PRASA.

Internal IRIS Auditor Training

In this four-day basic course you will learn all the essentials about the IRIS certification process, the correct interpretation and understanding of the requirements of IRIS rev.02.1, version 2.4, as well as their specific assessment methodology in a comprehensive manner.

IRIS Coaching and Mentoring

CC-Rail's IRIS coaching and mentoring services support clients during their preparation activities for an initial IRIS Certification in an effective and efficient manner.

IRIS Project Management for the Rail Industry

Small and medium-sized companies are often simply overwhelmed by the high demands of IRIS project management requirements. We will show you how to initiate projects with the right sense of proportion, how to plan and to carry out projects, including how limited resources should be used efficiently. Through this course you will learn how to meet the requirements of IRIS chapter 7.7 safely, without major additional investments and how to minimise the project risks.

Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Lifecycle Cost (RAM / LCC) Course

RAM / LCC is becoming more and more important in larger railway tenders, becoming one of the decisive factors in the awarding of contracts. Not achieving agreed RAM / LCC data is often contractually highly penalised. It's a fact that often small or medium-sized companies have nothing to set against the expertise of Bombardier, Siemens or Alstom.

Courses for IRIS auditors

This four-day course will teach you the essentials about the IRIS certification process, the correct interpretation and understanding of the requirements of IRIS rev.02.1, version 2.4, as well as their specific assessment methodology in a comprehensive manner.

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In our last press release, we announced that in course with the next fundamental IRIS revision UNIFE will transform requirements (IRIS Chapter 3) into an ISO standard until the beginning of 2018. CC-Rail belonged to the core team that had submitted the harmonised draft at the beginning of this year.

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