Traffic Controllers continue to be in high demand across Western Australia. Starting a career in the traffic management industry 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 traffic management and civil construction sector.
AusQ Training have created an easy 6-step guide, covering everything you need to know about how to become a qualified Traffic Controller in WA and find the right job 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
The White Card course is a mandatory requirement for anyone who wants to work in the construction industry (this includes traffic management). To obtain a White Card you can complete this online with a training provider.
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.
You will need the following things to complete the White Card WA course:
- Access to the Internet
- A webcam or smartphone
- A basic understanding of the English language
- A driver’s licence, passport or another form of photo-identification
- Access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): a hard hat, a high-visibility retro-reflective vest, safety glasses and ear plugs/muffs.
Costs vary from each provider, however start from $59 per person.
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. The minimum driver’s licence accepted is probationary. Learner L plate licences are not permitted.
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 are an approved training provider for ALL LEVELS of Main Roads accreditations in WA.
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 3 days.
AusQ Training offers regular traffic management public training courses in Perth and Bunbury, view all of our public traffic management training course dates and availability here.
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Step 5 – Complete Training
Attend our 3 day BWTM & TC traffic management training course and enjoy valuable hands-on practical experience learning how to safely implement traffic management plans and control traffic.
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Step 6 – 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.