Becoming a Traffic Officer

Being a traffic officer is a huge responsibility; they keep our roads clear of reckless drivers and un-roadworthy vehicles posing a threat to the safety of all road users and vehicles. As a result of these threats that road users face daily, it is imperative to have reliable car insurance!

What does a South African traffic officer actually do?

The Department of Higher Education and Training states that a traffic officer's daily schedule is defined by whether the individual is a Provincial Traffic Officer or Municipal Traffic Officer. The difference is that Provincial Traffic Officers perform their duties within the boundaries of various Provinces while Municipal Traffic Officers perform their duties within the boundaries of numerous Municipalities. Regardless of the type of traffic officer, their activities are a balanced mix of administrative work, court appearances and road-side duties.

How do I become a traffic officer?

According to 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.  You first need to be appointed or employed as a trainee by a Provincial Department of Transport or a Municipal Traffic Department. You should, therefore, start by contacting your local Traffic Department to find out if and when traineeship applications will be available.

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 states that the candidate may do strenuous exercises;
  • Applicants shall not be older than 35 years of age; and
  • Must be employed by a Local or Provincial Authority.

Once application is successful, you will then begin intensive training to ensure that you are able to carry out your duties effectively.

If you’d like to make a significant difference in reducing the number of collisions and deaths on South African roads, then this may just be the career for you! Keep an eye on the RMTC website ( or notices in reputable newspapers for employment opportunities.

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