Traffic Control Jobs in Darwin: Where to start? A step-by-step guide to starting out in Traffic Management
Embarking into the world of traffic control can be daunting, especially when faced with a whirlwind of jargon and confusion. At Trafficwerx NT, we understand the challenges newcomers face in navigating this industry. That’s why we have recently introduced an in-house traffic management course to streamline the recruitment process. In this post, we’ll break down the essential steps to help you get started in the traffic management industry in Darwin, Northern Territory and help them interested in Traffic Control Jobs.
Step 1: Knowing the Requirements
To become a traffic controller in the NT, you will need the following:
- Australian driver’s license: If you have an international license, you can find information on transferring your overseas license at https://nt.gov.au/driving/licence/new-nt-residents-and-visitors/transfer-your-overseas-licence
- White Card: Complete the Introduction to Construction Industry course (CPCWHS1001) to obtain the required White Card, which ensures you are prepared to work safely in the construction industry.
- WZ2 and WZ3 tickets: These refer to specific courses that are essential for traffic controllers. WZ2 corresponds to the Control Traffic with Stop Slow Bat course (RIIWHS205E), while WZ3 relates to the Implement Traffic Management Plan course (RIIWHS302E). These courses are also known as Traffic Controller tickets and Traffic Management Implementor tickets, respectively.
Step 2: Finding a Course Provider
When considering a career in traffic management, it is crucial to find a reliable course provider. Whether you are new to the industry or a backpacker seeking regional work opportunities, it’s essential to plan and book your spot in a traffic management course. In the Darwin area, course availability may be limited, with most providers offering only one course per month due to commitments in other parts of the Northern Territory. At Trafficwerx, we aim to assist you by opening an expression of interest. Simply provide us with your email and contact number, and we will notify you as soon as the course dates are confirmed. Look for a course provider that can deliver certificates of attainment within a few days, as some providers may have a lengthy 28-day turnaround time, resulting in missed job opportunities.
If you already possess a physical White Card from another state, it is generally accepted in most cases. The Northern Territory recognises White Cards from different states, and they do not have an expiration date. This flexibility allows you to utilise any state’s White Card to meet the requirements.
However, it’s crucial to note that obtaining a White Card in the Northern Territory requires completing the course in person. Unlike some other states that offer online courses, the Northern Territory does not provide an online option. Be cautious of websites advertising $35 online NT White Card courses, as these are typically scams and should be avoided.
When you are applying for Traffic Control jobs, it’s ideal to have all documents to hand via email or in person.
Step 3: Course Completion and Certification
After successfully completing the traffic management course, you will receive a certificate of attainment for your respective courses. The next steps involve applying for additional documents:
- White Card: Apply for your White Card through NT WorkSafe. Detailed information can be found at https://nt.gov.au/industry/licences/apply-for-a-white-card
- Driver’s License and Traffic Management Tickets: Apply for your driver’s license and traffic management tickets at the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR). Ensure you have the necessary documents to become a registered customer at the MVR. If you are a backpacker new to the area, a letter or receipt from your hostel or accommodation stating your address will serve as proof. Ensure the document is up to date. You can find out more about that here https://nt.gov.au/driving/licence/new-nt-residents-and-visitors/evidence-of-identity-and-residency-licence-and-registration
Step 4: Applying for Work
Once you have obtained the necessary qualifications and submitted your applications, you will receive receipts for your licenses and tickets. These receipts act as temporary proof of your qualifications while awaiting the physical documents. It is crucial to always keep the receipts with you during work. To avoid any mishaps, consider storing them in a zip-lock bag and scanning them and keeping a digital copy on your phone.
Starting a career in traffic control may seem overwhelming at first, but by following these step-by-step guidelines, you can streamline the process and enter the industry with confidence. Keep in mind that the information provided is accurate as of June 2023 in the Northern Territory, but changes are expected with the upcoming harmonisation of temporary traffic management and across other training providers.