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Mission Control

A Road traffic controller directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic in an organised way to ensure public safety at construction zones, accidents, public events, or other road disruptions. Using signs and other devices, they manage the movements of emergency response teams, construction workers and the public.

Traffic Controllers work outdoors in all kinds of weather. They are required to have good communication and planning skills.

It is important to ensure you have the required certification needed to work on construction or building sites, such as a White Card.

What will I be doing?

  • Maintaining a safe job site by reporting incidents.
  • Setting up, manage, and removing traffic controls and signage.
  • Direct traffic around areas of disruption, such as road works, building sites and planned maintenance.
  • Direct pedestrians to maintain safety around changed road conditions.
  • Communicate via two-way radio with other road traffic teams, emergency response teams and construction workers to give and receive updates on traffic and conditions.
  • Operate road signs such as the stop / slow bat and using hand signals to direct flow of traffic and pedestrians.
  • Explain operations and answering driver and pedestrian questions.
  • Take directions from the supervisor, traffic authority workers, construction project managers, and emergency

Transferable skills used on the job:

  • Vehicle operation 45%
  • Customer service 12%
  • Human resources 8%
  • Performance evaluation & efficiency improvement 3%
  • Communication and collaboration 2%
  • Security and emergency services 2%

Skill level needed (out of 10)

  • Numeracy 2 Basic
  • Digital engagement 3 Basic
  • Learning 3 Basic
  • Teamwork 7 Intermediate
  • Writing 4 Intermediate
  • Reading 4 Intermediate
  • Problem solving 4 Intermediate.
  • Oral communication 5 Intermediate
  • Planning & organizing 5 Intermediate
  • Initiative & innovation 6 Intermediate

How to become a Traffic Controller:

CCF Tasmania Certification to work on site – White card – 1 day course.

TAFE-Traffic management ticket

Highly Recommended:

CCF High vis army pre-employment course = 6 weeks

Further training options:


Certificate II Resources and infrastructure work preparation RII20120

Certificate II Civil construction pathways RII20720

Certificate III Civil construction RII30920

Cert II courses are credit towards Cert III

Full Apprenticeships are available.

Further training is available through RTO’s, with funding via Keystone Tasmania.

What to find out more?

Contact us if you would like to find out more about working in Civil Construction, Traffic Controller.

View Traffic Controller Fact Sheet (PDF)