More Than Just a Lollipop Person – How to be a Traffic Controller

More Than Just a Lollipop Person – How to be a Traffic Controller

Traffic Controllers are needed to ensure safe conditions for themselves and others working on or near roads.  A Traffic Controllers role is to plan and prepare their worksite, coordinate and control traffic, operate radios to communicate and clean up the worksite.  There are two different qualifications required, Level 1 Stop/slow and Level 2 Signs and devices (MUTCD).  Each of these courses are a day theory and practical sign off.  Every State and Territory of Australia has its own accreditation and no RPL is available.

There are two levels to competency as a Traffic Controller:

Level 1 Stop/slow training is a single day theory and 20 hrs practical in which you’ll be directly supervised by a Certified Traffic Controller and require a Log Book sign off.

Level 2 Signs and devices (MUTCD)  is a single day theory and practical examination of 3 site set ups. After you have achieved competency, you will need to apply for a Traffic Controller 3 year Licence with your State or Territory department of transport.

Traffic Controller Duties and Tasks

  • Coordinate and set up signage
  • Control traffic using stop/slow sign
  • Operate radios for communication
  • Ensure work site is clean


Traffic Controller Personal Requirements

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to follow drawings
  • Safe approach to all activities
  • Able to pass a police clearance
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Physically fit


Traffic Controller Job Opportunities

  • Infrastructure
  • Heavy Industries
  • Domestic
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Project and capital work


For more detail and to help guide you into the construction, mining or resources industries follow this free guide – How to Find a Job in the Mines (or Resources Industry) Guide


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine / NYPL Digital Gallery



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