To be accredited as traffic controller in Queensland, a person must complete a Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Approved Traffic Controller Training Course.
The course comprises the national competency unit RIIWHS205D Control traffic with a stop-slow bat, and content from the Traffic Controller Accreditation Scheme Approved Procedure (TCASAP). The course must be completed in a 12-month period prior to the accreditation application being lodged with TMR. The course has two parts.
Part one: In-house training course
This course is delivered in a classroom environment using TMR approved training resources and includes a simulated practical exercise conducted in a controlled environment. The in-house course is delivered to new industry entrants in 8 hours (nominal).
Part two: Industry placement at roadwork site (for new industry entrants only)
New industry entrants must complete a minimum of 20 hours of practical experience at a roadwork site under the direct supervision of an experienced accredited traffic controller. The trainee’s experience includes a range of practical activities.
• Prerequisites for Traffic Controller accreditation
• Legal powers to control traffic
• Traffic Controller signage and signals
• Positioning for controlling traffic
• Planning and preparing for traffic control work
• Traffic Control Operations – procedures for two-way and multi-lane roads
• Emergencies and incident reporting
• Worksite Clean up
To achieve a successful outcome in the course, participants will be assessed in a range of activities. For new industry entrants this includes:
• Observations and successful achievement in the written and practical assessments during the in-house component of the course
• Completion of a logbook to the satisfaction of the RTO – logging a minimum of 20 hours supervised experience as a trainee at roadwork sites
• Successful on-site assessment by the RTO confirming the competence of trainee in a road-works environment
Drivers Licence – The person must have held an open or provisional driver licence in the last 5 years (Australian or foreign). If the person is already a traffic controller and is renewing their accreditation, this requirement is not relevant.
Construction Industry ‘White Card’ – As the person must complete on-site practical via placement a person must hold a Construction Industry ‘White Card’.
Own Transport or Available Transport – Placement location is not necessarily close to where a person lives. In order to enable a person to complete the 20 hours vocational placement access to your own transport or available transport is essential. Public transport is not always available for early starts or goes to the location of the placement.
Plus 20 Hrs Practical experience at a roadwork site
Application for Accreditation
To apply for a new Traffic Controller accreditation, applicants have the option to lodge an application in person at a TMR Customer Service Centre or online at: How to become a Traffic Controller
In person: (new applications & renewals)
Complete the Traffic Controller Accreditation Application form (F4115) and lodge the application at a TMR customer service centre and pay the appropriate fee.
Online: (new applications only)
Applicants who have had a digital photo image taken by TMR for a product such as a Queensland driver licence or another industry authority, will be able to use the online service, however this will depend on successfully answering authentication questions.
Applicants will be required to upload relevant documentation to support their application (such as their course certificate) and pay the traffic controller accreditation fee by credit card.
A customer will not be able to apply online for a Traffic Controller Accreditation application if they:
• Have not had a digital photo image taken by TMR for a Queensland driver licence or another industry authority product
• Already hold a Traffic Controller accreditation (renewal applications cannot be accepted via the online service)
• Already have a Traffic Controller accreditation application in the system waiting to be processed / finalised
• Have not held an open or provisional Queensland, interstate or foreign license for a continuous 12-month period in the last 5 years
• Are not an individual (organisations are not eligible to apply for traffic controller accreditation)
Suitability Checks and Accreditation Fees
Accredited traffic controllers undertake a very important road safety function. To be suitable for the role, the person must be road safety conscious and be a responsible road user themselves. As a result, Transport and Main Roads (TMR) require applicants to pass a number of checks including:
• Criminal Offence history
• Traffic Offence history
For more information, refer to: Traffic Controller offence history and checking process
Medical Fitness Requirement – To be eligible as a traffic controller an applicant must satisfy medical fitness criteria relating to eyesight, hearing and speech, mobility endurance and concentration. For more information, refer to: Medical Fitness criteria
There is a fee of approximately $220.40 payable to TMR upon application for a three (3) year licence ($179.35 base fee and $41.05 criminal history check). These fees are set by TMR and are subject to change.
Further information from TMR – Queensland
For more information and frequently asked questions can be found at: Traffic Controller frequently asked questions
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