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Warrants are a requirement for most Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) roles. Waka Kotahi is responsible for maintaining a database of all TTM warranted workers in NZ and issuing (or withdrawing) warrant cards.

New TTM warrants

Under the new training and competency model, new warrants will be progressively released. For full details, including the differences between Category A, B, and C warrants please refer to the training and competency model.

Training and competency model [PDF, 830 KB]

Details of the new warrants will be recorded in the Waka Kotahi TTM training database, displayed on CoPTTM ID cards and on the public search of CoPTTM ID numbers using acronyms that relate to the warrant type.

Search for a CoPTTM ID number(external link)

The acronyms are listed in the table below.

Full name of warrant Non-practising warrant acronym Practising warrant acronym
Training for the TTM Crew
Traffic management operative TMO -NP TMO
Universal Site Traffic Management Specialist STMS -U No practising warrant
Site Traffic Management Specialist Category A STMS (A) -NP STMS (A)
Site Traffic Management Specialist Category B STMS (B) -NP STMS (B)
Site Traffic Management Specialist Category C STMS (C) -NP STMS (C)
Site Traffic Management Specialist Mobile STMS (M) -NP STMS (M)
Site Traffic Management Specialist (with multiple categories) STMS (AC) -NP STMS (AB)

Specific TTM activities

Inspector No non-practising warrant Inspector
Audit, Planning and Network management
Temporary Traffic Management Planner TTM Planner -NP TTM Planner
Traffic Management Plan Approver TMP Approver -NP TMP Approver
Temporary Traffic Management Auditor No non-practising warrant TTM Auditor
Corridor Manager and Traffic Management Coordinator TMC -NP TMC
Training and assessment
Temporary Traffic Management Mentor No non-practising warrant Mentor
Temporary Traffic Management Trainer No non-practising warrant (T)
Temporary Traffic Management Assessor No non-practising warrant Assessor

Traffic management operative (TMO)

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About the training

This warrant enables the holder, once briefed by the STMS in charge, to:

On category A roads

  • undertake a roadside activity where the vehicle is legally parked and accessed from the non-traffic side

On category A and B roads

  • set up, maintain and remove TTM for roadside or shoulder activities where all TTM equipment (including TTM vehicles) is outside the edgeline (or edge of seal if there is no edgeline)
  • maintain TTM at an existing static worksite when the in charge STMS is away from the worksite. The STMS must return to the worksite to carry out any required changes
  • complete inspection activities
    Note: the TMO warrant enables the holder to be in charge of and undertake inspection activities. They will not have to report to an STMS for the inspection activity.

Topics covered during the workshop include:

  • the TMO role (what you can and cannot do)
  • risk assessment and managing risks
  • knowledge of CoPTTM requirements and how to read a TMP
  • completing inspection activities
  • minding a worksite when STMS is absent
  • completing worksite checks and paperwork
  • briefing visitors
  • managing manual traffic controller (MTC) activities
  • dealing with common worksite situations
  • dealing with the public and working with staff.

Who should complete the learning block?

Any worker who will be required to:

  • mind a worksite in the absence of the STMS
  • set up a worksite where TTM is clear of the live lane
  • undertake a roadside activity (on 60km/h or less road) where the vehicle is legally parked and accessed from the non-traffic side
  • complete an inspection activity.

Any person who is intending to be:

  • an onsite STMS on category A, B or C road environments
  • a Traffic Operations Manager
  • a TTM Mentor, TTM Assessor or TTM Trainer
  • a TTM Planner, TMP Approver, TTM Auditor, Traffic Management Coordinator or Corridor Manager.

Prerequisites

The TTM Worker unit standard is a prerequisite to this warrant.

Unit standard

There is an optional unit standard for the TMO -NP warrant – US 31959: Demonstrate knowledge of temporary traffic management.

There is an optional unit standard for the TMO practising warrant – US 31960: Maintain the worksite under temporary traffic management.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a one-day knowledge workshop delivered by a TTM Trainer. This is followed by on-job coaching from a TTM Mentor for those wishing to gain the practising warrant.

Assessment

Non-practising warrant

The assessment for this warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.

Practising warrant

The trainee will be assessed by a TTM Assessor on the practical components of the role.

Refresher

The TMO non-practising warrant must be refreshed every three years by successful completion of:

  • a TMO workshop, or
  • a TMO refresher workshop

The TMO practising warrant is renewed once the TMO practical re-assessment has been successfully completed. The practising warrant will expire on the same date as the non-practising warrant.


Universal site traffic management specialist (STMS)

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About the training

This provides base STMS knowledge for the STMS category A, B or C learning blocks and the STMS Mobile learning block. The STMS Universal workshop is normally run in conjunction with a category A, B or C workshop or an STMS Mobile workshop.

Topics include:

  • navigating the CoPTTM
  • reading a TMP and checking that it is suitable for a site (fit for purpose)
  • identifying, assessing, and managing risk
  • understanding layout distances
  • planning a deployment (site setup) and calculating resources
  • completing a TTM crew briefing
  • checking a worksite
  • being a leader.

Who should complete the learning block?

Any person who is intending to be:

  • an onsite STMS on a category A, B or C road environment or in a mobile operation
  • a Traffic Operations Manager
  • a TTM Mentor, TTM Assessor or TTM Trainer
  • a TTM Planner, TMP Approver, TTM Auditor, Traffic Management Coordinator or Corridor Manager.

Prerequisites

The TMO non-practising warrant is the minimum prerequisite to this warrant.

Warrant

There is a warrant (STMS-U) for this learning block. This warrant confirms successful completion of the STMS Universal workshop but cannot be used as an STMS -NP or practising STMS warrant.

Unit standard

There is an optional unit standard for the STMS-U warrant - US 31961: Explain the requirements for the worksite under temporary traffic management.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a two day knowledge workshop delivered by a TTM Trainer.

Assessment

The assessment for this warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.

Refresher

There is no refresher workshop for this warrant.

Any changes to CoPTTM relating to universal STMS content will be included in the category A, B and/or C STMS Refresher workshop.


STMS Category A

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About the training

This provides the base knowledge for working on category A road environments.

Topics include:

  • deliver site safety briefings and inductions
  • calculate layout distances for category A road environments
  • set up, maintain and remove TTM for static operations (shoulder closures, two-way two-lane closures and multi-lane closures)
  • complete mobile operations and closures
  • set up, maintain and remove TTM for semi-static operations and closures
  • conduct special activities.

Who should complete the learning block?

Any person wishing to work on category A roads as an onsite STMS, or any person wishing to work on category A roads while fulfilling one of the following roles; Traffic Operations Manager, TTM Mentor, TTM Assessor, TTM Trainer, TTM Planner, TMP Approver, TTM Auditor, Traffic Management Coordinator or Corridor Manager.

Prerequisites

The STMS Universal warrant is the minimum prerequisite to this warrant. For those wishing to gain the practising STMS Cat A warrant, they must first hold the practising TMO warrant.

An onsite STMS is also required to have endorsements for specific activities/specialist TTM equipment (eg portable traffic signals, VMS) if they oversee operations using these and there is no other worker on site with the required endorsements.

Warrant

There is a non-practising warrant, STMS (A) -NP, and a practising warrant, STMS (A), for this learning block.

Unit standard

There are 2 optional unit standards that can be awarded to an STMS (regardless of the category of road the STMS is warranted for). These are:

  • STMS non-practising - US 31962: Explain the requirements for the worksite under temporary traffic management for a road environment as defined in CoPTTM
  • STMS practising - US 31963: Operate as a practising Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) on a road environment as defined in CoPTTM.

Once the unit standards have been awarded for a category of road, the STMS is not required to attain these unit standards again for other categories of road environment.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a one-day knowledge workshop delivered by a TTM Trainer. This is followed by on-job coaching from a TTM Mentor for those wishing to gain the practising warrant.

Assessment

Non-practising warrant

 The assessment for this warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.

Practising warrant

The trainee will be assessed by a TTM Assessor on the practical components of the role.

Refresher

There is a 3 yearly refresher workshop on CoPTTM changes - delivered by a TTM Trainer. This renews the non-practising warrant.

The practising warrant is renewed once the STMS Cat A practical re-assessment has been successfully completed. The practising warrant will expire on the same date as the non-practising warrant.


STMS Category B

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About the training

This provides the base knowledge for working on category B road environments.

Topics include:

  • deliver site safety briefings and inductions
  • calculate layout distances for category B road environments
  • set up, maintain and remove TTM for static operations including shoulder closures, lane closures, lane diversions and ramp closures
  • complete mobile operations and closures
  • conduct special activities

Who should complete the learning block?

Any person wishing to work on category B roads as an onsite STMS, or any person wishing to work on category B roads while fulfilling one of these roles; Traffic Operations Manager, TTM Mentor, TTM Assessor, TTM Trainer, TTM Planner, TMP Approver, TTM Auditor, Traffic Management Coordinator or Corridor Manager.

Prerequisites

The STMS Universal warrant is the minimum prerequisite to this warrant. For those wishing to gain the practising STMS Cat B warrant, they must first hold the practising TMO warrant.

An onsite STMS is also required to have endorsements for specific activities/specialist TTM equipment (eg portable traffic signals, VMS) if in charge of operations using these and there is no other worker on site with the required endorsements.

Warrant

There is a non-practising warrant, STMS (B) -NP, and a practising warrant, STMS (B), for this learning block.

Unit standard

There are 2 optional unit standards that can be awarded to an STMS (regardless of the category of road the STMS is warranted for). These are:

  • STMS Non-practising - US 31962: Explain the requirements for the worksite under temporary traffic management for a road environment as defined in CoPTTM
  • STMS Practising - US 31963: Operate as a practising Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) on a road environment as defined in CoPTTM.

Once the unit standards have been awarded for a category of road, the STMS is not required to attain these unit standards again for other categories of road environment.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a one-day knowledge workshop delivered by a TTM Trainer. This is followed by on-job coaching from a TTM Mentor for those wishing to gain the practising warrant.

Assessment

Non-practising warrant

The assessment for this warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.

Practising warrant

The trainee will be assessed by a TTM Assessor on the practical components of the role.

Refresher

There is a 3 yearly refresher workshop on CoPTTM changes - delivered by a TTM Trainer. This renews the non-practising warrant.

The practising warrant is renewed once the STMS Cat B practical re-assessment has been successfully completed. The practising warrant will expire on the same date as the non-practising warrant.

STMS Category C (not yet available)

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About the training

This provides the base knowledge for working on category C road environments.

Topics include:

  • deliver site safety briefings and inductions
  • calculate layout distances for category C road environments
  • set up, maintain and remove TTM for static operations including shoulder closures, lane closures, lane diversions, chicanes, multi-lane closures and ramp closures
  • complete mobile operations and closures
  • conduct special activities

Who should complete the learning block?

Any person wishing to work on category C roads as an onsite STMS, or any person wishing to work on category C roads while fulfilling one of these roles; Traffic Operations Manager, TTM Mentor, TTM Assessor, TTM Trainer, TTM Planner, TMP Approver, TTM Auditor, Traffic Management Coordinator or Corridor Manager.

Prerequisites

The STMS Universal warrant is the minimum prerequisite to this warrant. For those wishing to gain the practising STMS Cat C warrant, they must first hold the practising TMO warrant.

An onsite STMS is also required to have endorsements for specific activities/ specialist TTM equipment (eg portable traffic signals, VMS) if in charge of operations using these and there is no other worker on site with the required endorsements.

Warrant

There is a non-practising warrant, STMS (C) -NP, and a practising warrant, STMS (C), for this learning block.

Unit standard

There are 2 optional unit standards that can be awarded to an STMS (regardless of the category of road the STMS is warranted for). These are:

  • STMS Non-practising - US 31962: Explain the requirements for the worksite under temporary traffic management for a road environment as defined in CoPTTM
  • STMS Practising - US 31963: Operate as a practising Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) on a road environment as defined in CoPTTM.

Once the unit standards have been awarded for a category of road, the STMS is not required to attain these unit standards again for other categories of road environment.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a one-day knowledge workshop delivered by a TTM Trainer. This is followed by on-job coaching from a TTM Mentor for those wishing to gain the practising warrant.

Assessment

Non-practising warrant

 The assessment for this warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.

Practising warrant

The trainee will be assessed by a TTM Assessor on the practical components of the role.

Refresher

There is a 3 yearly refresher workshop on CoPTTM changes - delivered by a TTM Trainer. This renews the non-practising warrant.

The practising warrant is renewed once the STMS Cat C practical re-assessment has been successfully completed. The practising warrant will expire on the same date as the non-practising warrant.


STMS Mobile (not yet available)

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About the training

This provides the base knowledge for undertaking mobile operations on either category A and B road environments or on the shoulder of category C road environments.

This learning block is not appropriate if the person is required to be in charge of mobile operations to install, maintain or remove TTM at static worksites. The STMS category A, B or C learning blocks cover this activity.

Topics include:

  • complete risk assessment for the mobile activity
  • calculate layout distances for mobile operations
  • complete mobile operations and closures
  • complete semi-static closures.

Who should complete the learning block?

Any person wishing to complete mobile operations as an onsite STMS.

This warrant is not appropriate if the person is required to be in charge of mobile operations to install, maintain or remove TTM at static worksites.

Prerequisites

The STMS Universal warrant is the minimum prerequisite to this warrant. For those wishing to gain the practising STMS Mobile operations warrant, they must first hold the practising TMO warrant.

Warrant

There is a non-practising warrant, STMS (M) -NP, and a practising warrant, STMS (M), for this learning block.

Unit standard

There are currently no unit standards for this learning block.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a one-day knowledge workshop delivered by a TTM Trainer. This is followed by on-job coaching from a TTM Mentor for those wishing to gain the practising warrant.

Assessment

Non-practising warrant

The assessment for this warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.

Practising warrant

The trainee will be assessed by a TTM Assessor on the practical components of the role.

Refresher

There is a 3 yearly refresher workshop on CoPTTM changes - delivered by a TTM Trainer. This renews the non-practising warrant.

The practising warrant is renewed once the STMS (M) practical re-assessment has been successfully completed. The practising warrant will expire on the same date as the non-practising warrant.


Inspector (not yet available)

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About the training

This provides the base knowledge for completing inspection activities in category A and B road environments and on the shoulder of category C road environments.

Topics include:

  • about the Inspector role
  • about TTM and the requirements for inspections
  • reading the TMP and completing on-site records
  • risk identification and management
  • acting as spotter for an inspection activity
  • briefing of TTM personnel (eg spotters and observers)
  • emergency procedures
  • working around an inspection vehicle
  • safety (no go) zones

Who should complete the learning block?

Any person wishing to conduct inspection activities and who does not need to hold other TTM warrants.

This may include surveyors, provided their work fits within the range of inspection activities.

Staff who are regularly involved in the installation of TTM which may include inspecting or carrying out non-invasive work, are not eligible for the Inspector warrant and must hold the appropriate TTM warrant.

Prerequisites

There is no prerequisite for this learning block.

Warrant

There is a practising Inspector warrant (Inspector) for this learning block.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a four hour knowledge workshop delivered by a TTM Trainer. This is combined with on-job coaching.

Assessment

The assessment includes undertaking inspection activities in category A and B road environments.

Refresher

There is no refresher workshop for this warrant. The holder will be refreshed by a briefing from an STMS for any changes to the CoPTTM that impact the inspector’s work activity.

The holder must successfully complete a practical reassessment every 3 years.


TTM Planner

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About the training

This learning block provides the knowledge and skill needed to design a TMP that is:

  • compliant with CoPTTM
  • usable by the onsite STMS
  • suitable/applicable to the activity and the site (fit for purpose).

Topics include:

  • health and safety processes relevant for the role
  • the TMP development procedure:
  • risk assessment (ongoing throughout the process)
  • identify matters to be addressed
  • plan the closure(s)
  • plan for the road users
  • plan for other considerations
  • resolve conflicts
  • develop the TMP
  • submit the TMP for approval

Once TMP approved

  • review approval documentation
  • pre-implementation of TMP
  • implement the TMP
  • complete TTM review
  • understanding of geometry, and accommodating lane widths at lateral shift
  • traffic delay counts
  • temporary transport facilities
  • TTM barriers
  • TMD requirements
  • guidelines for developing a TMP

Who should complete the learning block?

Any person who wants to develop and submit a TMP for approval or any person wishing to fulfil one of these roles; TMP Approver, Traffic Management Coordinator or Corridor Manager.

Prerequisites

Existing warrants

Minimum requirement is that the person has completed the following: L1 STMS (and, if working on TMPs for L2/3 roads; L2/3 STMS-NP).

New warrants

Minimum requirement is that the person has completed the following: TTM Worker; TMO-NP; Universal STMS; STMS -NP for a category of road (and they have experience in, or observation of, installation, maintenance and removal of TTM for the category of road).

The TTM Planner is expected to acquire endorsements for specific activities (eg traffic signals, sealing and road marking)/specialist TTM equipment (eg portable traffic signals, VMS) if utilising these within a TMP.

Warrant

There is a non-practising warrant (TTM Planner -NP) and a practising warrant (TTM Planner) for this learning block.

Duration and type of learning

The learning consists of a two-day knowledge workshop delivered by selected TTM Trainers and Subject Matter Experts. This is followed by an assessment for those wishing to gain the practising warrant.

Assessment

Non-practising warrant The assessment for this warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.
Practising warrant The trainee will design a TMP, have it approved and installed. The trainee will then submit their TTMP assignment for assessment by an Assessor selected by Waka Kotahi.

Refresher

There is no standard refresher workshop for this warrant. The need for a special TTM Planner refresher workshop will be determined by Waka Kotahi if there is a significant change to TMP requirements.

The holder of this warrant refreshes their CoPTTM knowledge by successfully completing an STMS Refresher workshop for the categories of road they are warranted for.