Roads are used on a daily basis by millions of people, which is why we need traffic officers in order to maintain safety and efficiency.
Traffic Officers are fully trained, sworn-in members of the police that are responsible for handling traffic-related incidents such as directing traffic, managing accidents, administering federal traffic money, and educating the public on laws and safety guidelines.
In order to become a Traffic Officer, you need to be employed or appointed as a trainee (permanent or on contract) by a Provincial Department of Transport, a Municipality or a Government Agency such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation.
Basic training for traffic officers in South Africa can only be done at a Traffic College through a Traffic Department as a trainee.
Here are the requirements to become a Traffic Officer:
- Minimum educational qualification of matric or grade 12 or equivalent.
- Code B driving license (manual transmission).
- No Criminal record.
- Medical Certificate as proof that a person can do strenuous exercise.
- Applicants shall not be older than 35 years of age
If you meet the requirements mentioned above and become employed as a traffic officer trainee, you will be sent to one of the 14 traffic colleges approved by the Minister of Transport.
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