Getting Started as a Traffic Controller

Finding Work, Money, Traffic Control

It's straight forward and easily achievable for most people without any previous experience.

You’ve heard the pay’s pretty good and seen all types of people doing it. So how do you become a traffic controller?

Follow the simple QLD guide below (similar for all states) and you could be working in a couple of weeks.


1.  You’ll Need a Driver’s Licence

You currently have, or have held an Australian or overseas driver’s licence in the last 5 years. This shows that you at least understand the roads and traffic.

Realistically though, holding a current driver’s licence will make it far easier to secure work and help within the job.

2.  And Know Some English

Reasonable skills in spoken and written English are required to complete the courses and communicate on the job. Not to mention reading traffic signs.

3.  Got a White Card?

To work in construction in Australia you need to complete a General Construction Induction course – CPCCWHS1001.

Better known in the industry as getting your White Card.

This safety focused course takes around 6 hours with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You’ll normally receive your White Card on the same or next day.

“Straight forward and easily achievable for most people without any previous experience.”

4.  Complete a Traffic Controller (TC) Course

This is the course you’ll need to complete to start working as a traffic controller. It’s official name is – RIIWHS205E Control traffic with a stop-slow bat. You may be eligible for full or partial funding for this course, especially if you’re being assisted through the process by a traffic control company with the view to employment.

You’ll learn all your foundational skills to safely direct vehicles and pedestrians through and around a construction site. It involves around 8 hours in a classroom with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Then 20 hours of practical experience on a real construction site under the supervision of an experienced traffic controller, organised by the same RTO conducting the course. Many well established traffic control companies receive people for this practical experience, so it can be a great opportunity to show your commitment to a potential employer.

On successful completion your Statement of Attainment will be issued by the RTO. Then simply lodge your application with Department of Transport and Main Roads for your accreditation as a Traffic Controller. It takes a week or two to process, then you’re good to go.

5.  You’ll Need Boots to Start Work

Many RTOs provide the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to complete the above course. If not, at a minimum you may need to buy a pair of steel cap boots. You’ll need these anyway to start working.

6.  Get a Job Offer

So now you’re an accredited traffic controller. If you haven’t already, it’s time to find work and earn some good money.

Persistence will always pay off. With or without experience, a good employer will be willing to give you a shot if you show good character and demonstrate your commitment to learning and performing the role.


Final Thoughts

Check out our Find Work page for some great video stories from real Traffic Controllers.

Or if you’re looking for further help, be sure to let us know.