How To Become A Traffic Controller

If you ever thought of becoming a traffic controller in Perth and Western Australia? Then you need to know where to start.

Firstly, what do you need to participate in a traffic management course and gain that traffic control job?

You will need

1. Construction White or Blue Safety Awareness Card


If you do not have a Construction White Card or Safety Awareness Card then you can gain one by enrolling with a training provider in your area. Please note that as of January 1, 2018 any online course accreditation attained after this date will no longer be accepted in Western Australia and all courses will become face to face training in the classroom. You can enrol in a combined Construction White Card and Traffic Management course.

2. U.S.I number

As you can see USI stands for Unique Student Identifier. This is a number generated for the specific reason of recording all your training details and retaining them on a federal government database.

If you do not have a USI number then please follow these steps-

Go to and in the student section

1. click Create My USI

2. Select 'I am an Australian student'

3. Choose your form of identity

4. Click 'Create Your USI Now'

5. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and click 'Next'

6. Click on the 'Create USI' button

7. Complete your details and follow the prompts to generate your 10 digit alpha-numeric number of numbers and letters


3. Driver's Licence

How to become a traffic controller?

To gain your accreditation in traffic management in Perth you will need traffic management training so you need to find a training provider that offers Main Roads WA accredited traffic management courses.

Now there are traffic management courses and there are traffic management courses. To get the best traffic management training available you need to get the best start by asking questions like

1. What traffic management qualifications does the trainer have? If they only have basic accreditation then at the end of the course you will have the same accreditation as they do so look for someone who has at least an Advanced Worksite Traffic Management qualification.

2. How much experience have they had working as a traffic controller on the road implementing traffic management setups? If they haven't had at least three years on the ground traffic management experience then they won't have enough practical knowledge to adequately inform you of what it's like to be a day to day traffic controller.

3. Have they had any planning or auditing experience? This is crucial because how can someone train in traffic management and pass on the best knowledge possible if they have never created a plan for a worksite or the experience of auditing one.


How to become a traffic controller?

To become an entry level basic traffic controller who puts up traffic management devices (signs, cones etc.) and controls traffic with a stop/slow bat then you will need to complete the following four units -

RIIWHS205D - Control traffic with a stop/slow bat

RIIWHS302D Implement a traffic management plan

RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and work procedures

RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace


Be aware that some providers will offer the four units in the one course and others will offer them in separate courses. Always ask first if the four units are all offered together otherwise you may find that you are paying more than you thought.

How to become a traffic controller?

In our next blog on traffic management courses and training we will look at the possibility of gaining a traffic control job in the Perth and Western Australian traffic management industry and teach you more on 'How to become a traffic controller?'

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