Whether you plan to work as a traffic controller or manage those who direct vehicles for your job, proper training is needed. You require specific knowledge to assess road conditions and weather so that you can direct motorists and reduce the risk of accidents.
If you wish to undertake traffic control related work in NSW, it is seen by many employers to represent best practice and the industry standard to complete formal training. To work directing traffic, it is strongly recommended to undertake a traffic control training course. Here is what you should know about this topic.
What Is Traffic Control Training for Sydney?
Traffic control training courses provide theory, practical skills, and assessment for topics related to the duties of a controller. The courses are available through nationally recognised training organisations.
Directing vehicles involves more than just holding a sign. The course includes theory and practical training. You learn how to direct users and understand stopping sight distances, along with the following topics:
- Maintaining traffic incident reports
- Assessing and responding to changing conditions
- Implementing risk assessments
- Communicating using two-way radios
Registered organisations follow guidelines and recommendations from the WHS Act. The legislation provides specific outlines and topics for various work procedures. With the course, several different standards are followed:
- RIIWHS201D – Work safely and follow WHS policies and work procedures
- RIICOM201D – Communicate in the workplace
- RIIWHS205D – Manage traffic with a stop/slow bat
The basic course does not include RIIWHS302D for implementing road management plans. If you want to learn these skills, you need to enrol in the implement traffic control plans course.
How Do I Become a Traffic Controller in Sydney?
To become a controller, you need to complete the necessary training through a registered training organisation (RTO). For the basic direction of vehicles using a stop/slow bat, you need to complete the standard controller program. If you want to implement road management plans, an additional course is needed.
For those who are interested in working exclusively as a traffic controller, obtaining both certificates may increase your chances of getting a job.
How Much Is a Traffic Control Course in Sydney?
The traffic management course in Sydney costs about $272 with no GST. It also includes the $22 RMS fee. The course for implementing management plans also costs $272.
Traffic controller and implement training is a two day course. Day 1 is the theory component that features simulated practical exercises followed on day 2 by a live site assessment process which incorporates 3 direct observations across a range of scenarios on a live site with real traffic. Day 2 is typically at least one week later which allows for you to practice your skills under supervision in the workplace. With most classes set for 8 AM to 3:30 PM. During the course, students get a chance to take a break and have a meal.
Traffic controller as a stand alone course is a 1 1/2 day course because a participant cannot be trained and assessed in the same day. So you will be required to attend an assessment day where they can be observed at least twice undertaking traffic controller duties. If you were to run an implement course as a stand alone event the same would apply. However for implement the participants need to be observed on at least 3 occasions undertaking implement traffic control duties. The combo course is a 2 day event.
Individuals interested in completing both courses can save money by registering for both programs. The TC and ITCP combo costs $444.
As these programs require renewal every three years, students need to complete refresher courses. RTOs offer renewals. These courses typically cost less compared to the initial training.
Do You Need a Training Card for Traffic Control in Sydney?
The current scheme is voluntary and should be referred to as ‘industry best practice’ to hold an RMS training card to undertake Traffic Control duties in NSW. The RMS issued training card will be valid for three years after completing the course. To avoid any compliance issues, retake the necessary courses before the card expires.
There are no pre-requisites for this training, however if you wish to undertake traffic control duties in a construction environment, you will be required to have a white card.
The white card does not expire if you continue to work in the construction industry. However, it is best practice that you refresh with the renewal of your traffic one every three years.
Why do you need a traffic control training card? Obtaining the card proves your competency in understanding the steps needed for assessing conditions. Australia’s road deaths continue to decrease each year, thanks to increased training and compliance with WHS legislation.
The classes are just one part of your requirements for helping to reduce road accidents and fatalities. Remember that you also need to obtain your white card before enrolling in the courses if you think you will be working in the construction industry. The white card covers the basics of conducting assessments and the steps to follow if an accident occurs.
What Qualifications Do You Need to Be a Traffic Controller?
To work as a traffic controller, it is strongly recommended and industry best practice to have a traffic controller’s training card. The card is obtained via successful completion of the program. The course is completed in a day and you get a you will receive an RMS Certificate of Completion on the day, with the photo card getting mailed to your address in due course.
The classes teach you the skills needed to direct motorists using a stop/slow bat. A person, after successfully undertaking the training, can work supervised as a traffic controller to obtain work experience. Once the necessary work experience has been completed and the final live assessment successfully completed then you will be considered for an RMS TCT Photo Card and able to work in industry.
If you are interested in working as a traffic controller or need to obtain your training card for your current position, enrol in a nationally recognised traffic control course today.
AlertForce have a commercial auspice agreement with Admire Workplace Safety (RTO Code 91330) who are the registered training organisation who issue the certification for all NSW RMS approved traffic management and Nationally Recognised Traffic Control course delivered and assessed by AlertForce.
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