How To Become A Traffic Controller

How To Become A Traffic Controller

If you’re interested in entering the traffic management industry, you may be wondering what types of training and assessments you’ll need, and how to get started. In this blog from Upskill Institute, we’ll discuss the traffic control training courses you’ll need, what traffic controllers do on job sites, their requirements, traffic controller job description, and more. Read on and learn everything you need to know!

What Does A Traffic Controller Do?

A traffic controller controls traffic on roads where construction work is being completed to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians, workers, and road users.

Typically, traffic controllers work in pairs, controlling traffic, using radios, stop/slow bats and portable control devices such as portable traffic lights, boom gates/barriers and variable message boards. Tasks done by traffic controllers may include:

  • Direct road users using a stop/slow bat
  • Monitor and control traffic with portable traffic control devices
  • Use communication methods and devices such as radios
  • Maintain traffic incident reports

What Are The Basic Requirements For Becoming A Traffic Controller?

  • 17 years of age – You must be 17 years of age to work as a traffic controller.
  • White card – Traffic control sites are considered construction sites and you will require a white card to enter and work on a construction.
  • Complete training your training – RIIWHS201E, RIICOM201E, RIIWHS205E & RIIWHS206. This training, usually requiring pre-reading material, in class + outdoor training and a final practical assessment, which is completed on a separate day. Find out more here.
  • Take the next step up from Traffic Controller work – RIIWHS201E, RIICOM201E, RIIRIS301E, RIIWHS302E, RIIWHS303. Completing this additional training will give you an edge over just completing the basic Traffic Controller course. This course provides extra duties and usually conducted by supervisors to learn how to implement traffic control plans. It’s a more high-level course that focuses on safety and implementing a traffic control plan – rather than how to safely control the flow of traffic as a worker.

Contact Upskill Institute To Learn More And Explore Our Traffic Controller Courses

At Upskill Institute, our nationally-recognised training curriculum is approved by Safework NSW and will ensure you know you need to know to direct traffic, keep road users safe, use portable devices, implement traffic control plans, and qualify for jobs that require you to control traffic, such as construction work on roads.

We also offer White Card training, and allow our students to combine White Card training and assessment with traffic controller accreditation. Once you have successfully completed the course and its units of competency, you will get a Statement of Completion and Statement of Training for both White Card and Traffic Control training. Explore our courses on our website now. Got questions? Ready to become a road traffic controller in Sydney? Please contact us to call us at (02) 8580 2250 for more information.

Becoming a Certified Traffic Controller in NSW

To become a certified traffic controller in NSW, it’s crucial to understand the training and certification process. This involves completing accredited courses such as RIIWHS205E Control Traffic with Stop-Slow Bat and RIIWHS206 Implement Traffic Management Plans. These courses equip you with the necessary skills to safely manage traffic and follow WHS guidelines in various work environments.

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Q: What are the prerequisites for becoming a traffic controller in NSW?

A: Candidates must be at least 17 years old, have a White Card for construction site work, and complete essential training courses, including RIIWHS201E Work Safely and RIICOM201E Communicate in the Workplace.

Q: How do I ensure compliance with WHS standards as a traffic controller?

A: By completing courses like RIIWHS205E and RIIWHS206, you’ll learn how to safely manage traffic and implement traffic management plans, ensuring WHS standards are met.

Q: What skills will I gain from traffic controller training?

A: Training will develop your ability to control traffic with a stop-slow bat, use control devices and temporary traffic signs, and enhance your literacy and numeracy skills for effective workplace communication.

Q: Is there a requirement for language literacy and numeracy skills in this field?

A: Yes, having strong language literacy and numeracy skills is essential for communicating effectively in the workplace and understanding traffic management plans.

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