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Traffic safety and control officer

A traffic safety and control officer (TSCO) is involved with making important decisions on how best to control traffic management. This could include situations such as traffic incidents, planned roadworks, big events or new developments.

Average salary*




How to become a traffic safety and control officer

There are no set qualifications usually required to become a traffic safety and control officer, however you could gain useful skills by completing a college course, an apprenticeship, or on the job training.

You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

College/training provider

You could attend a specialist college or training provider and begin by studying civil engineering to help you on your journey to becoming a traffic safety and control officer.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • T level in Design, Surveying and Planning
  • Level 4 Certificate in Civil Engineering
  • Level 5 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. 

You’ll need: 

  • 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent (level 3 course)
  • 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths (T level).
  • 1 - 2 A levels (or equivalent) for these courses, including maths (level 4 or 5 courses). 

Once you’ve qualified, you could specialise in traffic safety and control to help you move into this area. 

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> Funding advice 


You could train as an apprentice civil engineer to help you on your journey to becoming a traffic safety and control officer. Alternatively, you could complete a town planning apprenticeship with a local authority, and then move into traffic management.

You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs (including English, maths and science) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.

> Find an apprenticeship near you

> Guide to apprenticeships 


If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience and training as a traffic safety and control officer.You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced traffic safety and control officer and progress as your abilities improve.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a traffic safety and control officer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

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Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a traffic safety and control officer include: 

  • Knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • Ability to think analytically and problem solve
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Flexible and open to change
  • Ability to use your judgement and make decisions.

What does a traffic safety and control officer do?

As a traffic safety and control officer, you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth and safe movement of traffic around road incidents, planned roadworks, large events or construction projects.

The job role of a traffic safety and control officer may involve the following duties: 

  • Making important decisions on how best to design the layout and management of traffic systems
  • Predicting traffic flow and potential issues on planned routes
  • Handling incidents, such as road traffic collisions, and arranging the swift removal of debris and other risks
  • Providing a highly visible presence at road traffic incidents
  • Keeping traffic flow as smooth as possible without compromising public safety
  • Compiling accurate reports
  • Undertaking continuous improvement by monitoring user experiences and making changes accordingly
  • Planning the safest, quickest and most efficient routes.

How much could you earn as a traffic safety and control officer?

The expected salary for a traffic safety and control officer varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained traffic safety and control officers can earn £25,000 - £30,000
  • Trained traffic safety and control officers with some experience can earn £30,000 - £40,000.*

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources


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Career path and progression

As a traffic safety and control officer, you could progress to become a traffic technical officer, or advance your skills by studying towards a degree and become a highways engineer. 

Progression Opportunities

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