What is Traffic Management and what qualifications you will need to work in the industry

Joanne Morgan
October 4, 2023

What does a Traffic Management Operative do?

Temporary traffic management involves setting up things like cones, barriers, and signs on the road to help drivers and pedestrians safely get through areas where there's construction or an event. These things are done to certain laws and rules so everyone stays safe and things move smoothly.

A big part of this is making sure these road signs, barriers and cones are put in the right way and follow the safety rules. To do that, we need people who know what they're doing and have been trained to do it correctly. You will wear PPE, and work as part of a team, setting up safe sites for contractors to complete their work safely, without members of the public coming into contact with live traffic.

Temporary Traffic Management is necessary when there are roadworks, construction, events, or emergencies that require changes in traffic flow. This can include lane closures, speed limit reductions, and other traffic control measures that are put in place to redirect traffic and keep you, contractors, workers, and the public safe.

At Vocation Training, in addition to helping you understand the needs and requirements of Traffic Management agencies and companies, and how to market yourself to find sustained employment in the industry, you will have the opportunity to attain Lantra qualifications that enable you to legally work as a Trainee Traffic Management Operative.

Who is Lantra?

Lantra is the awarding body for your qualifications (tickets) at Vocation Training.

Lantra is a well-respected awarding body in the UK and Ireland that specialises in providing training and nationally recognised qualifications for land-based industries, including Temporary Traffic Management They have a history spanning over 40 years and have established themselves as a reputable organisation in this field. Their qualifications are nationally recognised. 

What are National Highways? 

National Highways look after England's motorways and major roads. They put together NHSS National Highway Sector Schemes, which are certification and quality management systems for organisations working on the UK road network, meaning that all Operatives that pass Lantra’s Temporary Traffic Management qualifications are trained to the standards set by National Highways. 

Who is Up to Speed?

UTS Assessors work in partnership with Vocation Training to deliver NHSS Temporary Traffic Management training and assessing.

Up to Speed Training is one of the UK’s leading independent training providers within the Highways sector and, for over 15 years, has been offering comprehensive training to industries including Highways, Civil Engineering, and Construction, specialising in National Highways Sector Schemes including Temporary Traffic Management.

Vocation Training and Up to Speed’s partnership allows learners to work with Trainers and Assessors who have years of Traffic Management industry and Employability knowledge.

Want to see if you are eligible?  Click here

Want to sign up for Vocation Training’s Temporary Traffic Management course? Click here

Traffic Management Qualifications at Vocation Training

For those of you who are eligible and are enrolled on the Vocation Training program, the first qualification that you will take at Vocation Training will be the 

  • TTMBC - Temporary Traffic Management Basic Course

This qualification (ticket) allows you to work for 6 months on UK roads.

This course and qualification is a mandatory requirement for you to be able to work on the roads and will introduce you to:

  • Basic Principles of Temporary Traffic Management
  • Site practice and Health & Safety legislation and rules
  • Equipment and how to safely maintain sites
  • Traffic Management terminology

The second qualification is Manual Handling for Temporary Traffic Management

This certification is valid for 5 years.

This covers:

  • Health, Safety, and Emergencies
  • Loading/Unloading
  • Personal Health and Well being

Final qualifications are NHSS 12D (Temporary Traffic Management on rural and urban roads)

This split into 2 parts, Training 1 and Training 2. 

T1 covers Signing, Lighting, and Guarding on Mobile and Short Duration Works

The course covers subjects such as:

  • Health & Safety 
  • Risk assessments & method statements
  • Equipment & vehicles
  • Mobile Works & Short Duration Works
  • Signage, lamps, tapers & cone spacings
  • Pedestrian safety

T2 covers Methods of Traffic Control

The course includes:

  • Conducting work site surveys
  • Traffic Control: Give & Take, Priority, Stop & Go, Portable Traffic Signals 
  • Equipment & vehicles
  • Road closure & traffic diversions
  • Works at roundabouts

This course and qualification is valid for 2 years (and it supersedes your TTMBC). When you start work, during that 2 year period you can take a series of on-site practical assessments which would then allow you to work as a fully Qualified Operative for 5 years

As you work in the industry, you will also have the option to further enhance your qualifications by pursuing one of the many higher-level traffic management certifications available.

Lantra- Traffic Management qualifications https://www.lantra.co.uk/training/roads-highways/temporary-traffic-management

Up to Speed- further training



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