Traffic Controllers continue to be in high demand across WA. Starting a career as a Traffic Controller can be very rewarding, playing your part in helping build and maintain Australia’s essential road infrastructure network. Working as a Traffic Controller provides an opportunity to work outdoors, travel to various locations, work alongside and meet many new people and open doors to consider other roles within the civil construction sector.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to become a qualified Traffic Controller and find the right position for you.
Step 1 – Setup or Locate Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) Number
A USI is required by anyone wishing to undertake accredited training in Australia. A USI number is generated and records all your nationally recognised training details that are then maintained on an Australian Government database.
To obtain a USI, visit www.usi.gov.au and in the student section click CREATE MY USI and follow the required steps.
Once you have set up your USI will you will be provided with a 10 digit alpha-numeric number of numbers and letters. You will require your USI number when enrolling in your traffic management training course.
Step 2 – Obtain a Construction Safety Awareness Card (commonly referred to a White or Blue 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 from 1 January 2018, assessment conditions have been amended and require training to be undertaken in a face to face format (online training is no longer permitted).
You will be required to show a valid White Card (or Blue Card) when working on any construction site, therefore this applies to Traffic Controllers as well.
Step 3 – Provide Your Driver’s Licence Details
It is a requirement under Main Roads WA that Traffic Controllers either hold OR have held a valid WA Drivers Licence. You will be required to provide your driver’s licence details at the commencement of your training course.
Step 4 – Choose Your Preferred Training Provider & Enrol
To gain your Traffic Controller accreditation you will need to find an approved Main Roads WA training provider. At the time of writing this article, there are 22 approved providers in WA. AusQ Training is the only approved training provider for all levels of accreditation in WA. View the list of providers here.
To become a fully qualified Traffic Controller you will be required to undertake the Main Roads WA Basic Worksite Traffic Management & Traffic Controller (also known as BWTM & TC) training course. AusQ Training delivers this course over 2.5 days. View full course overview here.
Step 5 – Commence Your Job Search
To assist our students, we have a dedicated (and free!) Job Board. Our Job Board is JUST for traffic management and road construction-related jobs across WA. Let us help you make the job search process easier. Our Job Board aim is to connect job seekers with employers. As a result, our Job Board will help you save time by providing one central location to find traffic management positions anywhere across WA. At the time of writing this article, there are over 35 + positions listed.
Visit our Job Board here.
If you have any other questions let us help, please contact our team here.