The main purpose of a Traffic Officer is to ensure the safe and free flow of traffic to prevent road crashes and deaths on our roads. They ensure that all road users, including pedestrians use our roads in an orderly and safe manner.
How to become a Traffic Officer
To become a Traffic Officer, you will first need to be employed by a provincial government, a municipality or a government entity such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) or the Cross Border Road Transport Agency.
When the opportunity presents itself, you will be allowed access to the application forms or you can apply online. Once you have applied you will go through a selection process and if selected, you will be given the chance to attend a traffic training college and obtain a qualification.
The minimum requirements to become a traffic officer are:
- Grade 12 or equivalent (No specific subjects needed)
- No criminal record · Code B driving Licence (manual transmission)
- Medical Certificate – that a person may do strenuous exercises
- Must be employed by a Local or Provincial Authority.
Where to find Traffic Officer Learnerships:
The best place to find traffic officer learnerships is on your provincial government website. When a Traffic officer learnership opportunity is available, they will post it on the vacancy section of their website or on their social media channels.
Arrive alive offers interested individuals who have enrolled at a Municipal Traffic Department the opportunity to become trainee Traffic officers. Successful applicants will be sent to one of the 14 traffic officer colleges in South Africa.
The careers portal often posts opportunities such as learnerships, internships, and bursaries across all sectors of the working industry. We will post traffic officer opportunities when they are available, so keep on visiting our website.
Western Cape Government
Gene Louw Traffic College in Brackenfell, Cape Town offers training in road traffic law enforcement for Traffic Officers (TO), Examiner for Driving Licences (EDL), Examiner of Vehicles (EOV) and various other Short Courses.