A traffic safety and control officer (TSCO) is involved with making important decisions on how best to control traffic management.
This could include situations such as traffic incidents, planned roadworks, big events or new developments.
How to become a traffic safety and control officer
There are no set qualifications usually required to become a traffic safety and control officer, however you could gain useful skills by completing a college course, an apprenticeship, or on the job training.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
College / training provider
You could attend a specialist college or training provider and begin by studying civil engineering to help you on your journey to becoming a traffic safety and control officer.
Relevant courses include :
You’ll need :
Once you’ve qualified, you could specialise in traffic safety and control to help you move into this area.
You could train as an apprentice civil engineer to help you on your journey to becoming a traffic safety and control officer.
Alternatively, you could complete a town planning apprenticeship with a local authority, and then move into traffic management.
You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs (including English, maths and science) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience and training as a traffic safety and control officer.
You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced traffic safety and control officer and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a traffic safety and control officer.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a traffic safety and control officer include :
What does a traffic safety and control officer do?
As a traffic safety and control officer, you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth and safe movement of traffic around road incidents, planned roadworks, large events or construction projects.
The job role of a traffic safety and control officer may involve the following duties :
How much could you earn as a traffic safety and control officer?
The expected salary for a traffic safety and control officer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.