Natural persons may become examiners, but they must meet the basic conditions:
- For the examination of professional knowledge, professional knowledge of rolling stock and professional knowledge of infrastructure, they must:
- be competent and experienced regarding the subject of examination they want to conduct,
- be competent in listening and speaking at minimum level B2 of the European Framework for Language Competence (EFLC) established by the Council of Europe, in the language of examination,
- for examination:
– of the general professional knowledge, professional knowledge relating to rolling stock and professional knowledge of infrastructure, have at least a secondary education classified at level 5, an educational qualification of at least 24 teaching hours and at least five years of experience in a post in which they must also have knowledge of the content required for the job of train driver,
– of practical skills on trains have a valid train driving licence and a valid certificate covering the content of the examination and an andragogical competence of at least 24 teaching hours. When they do not hold a valid certificate for the infrastructure/rolling stock of the examination, a driver holding the certificate for that infrastructure/rolling stock shall be present. They shall have professional practice in driving of minimum 4 years’ duration and gathered within a period of not more than 5 years before the application date,
- they have to continuously maintain and improve their professional competence in relation to the subjects they examine,
- they shall be familiar with the certification scheme for train drivers,
- they shall confirm that they will conduct examinations in an impartial and non-discriminatory manner, free of any pressure and incentive which could affect the judgement or the results of the examination and the way the examination is carried out.
- The examiners who check language skills must have at least a university degree or a Bologna level 2 degree in Slovene studies or similar, and a pedagogical andragogical education.
Examiners of train drivers in the RS are authorised by the national safety authority of the RS (Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Railway Transport–AŽP).
Applications must be made in writing and may be submitted by registered post or in person to the following address: Javna agencija za železniški promet Republike Slovenije, Kopitarjeva ulica 5, Maribor. The envelope must be marked APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION OF AN EXAMINER OF TRAIN DRIVERS (VLOGA ZA POOBLASTITEV OCENJEVALCA STROJEVODIJ).*
Applicants shall submit their application on the form Application for authorisation of an examiner of train drivers (“Vloga za pooblastitev ocenjevalca strojevodij”). Applicants shall indicate on the form which driver examination programmes they wish to perform.
The decision of the safety authority to authorise the examiner will be based on an assessment of the submitted documentation. If the conditions are met, the safety authority will authorise the examiner for a fixed period of time.
The safety authority shall take a decision on an application for the authorisation of an examiner of train drivers no later than four months after receipt of a complete application.
Pursuant to the Administrative Fees Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia [Uradni list RS], No. 106/10–officially consolidated text, 14/15–ZUUJFO, 84/15–ZZelP-J, 32/16, 30/18–ZKZaš and 189/20–ZFRO; Numbers 1 and 35 of the schedule of fees), an application for the authorisation of an examiner of train drivers, or for the renewal, amendment or modification of the authorisation, is subject to the payment of an administrative fee of EUR 90.90. The applicant shall pay the fee upon receipt of the payment order.
The decision of the safety authority may be appealed within 30 days of its notification to the second-instance authority: Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Infrastructure–Ministrstvo za infrastrukturo, Langusova ulica 4, 1535 Ljubljana. There is no right of appeal against the Ministry’s decision, but an administrative dispute can be brought.