Traffic Management Operative (TMO - NP ) 1-day course


Training Pathway:  TTM Worker  ⇒  TMO-NP

Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has established the new role of a Traffic Management Operative (TMO) to replace the TC role. TMO is the role after the TTM Worker and a prerequisite to moving onto the STMS level. 

To obtain the TMO practising warrant you will need to:

  1. Complete the TMO-NP (non-practicing) theory course
  2. Complete the TMO Practising Verified Sites and Assessment

The TMO Role

Once briefed by the STMS in charge, a person with a TMO warrant will be able 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).         Note only when there is a painted edge line defining the shoulder! Otherwise, it reverts back to an STMS setting up and the TMO-P minding that site once established.
  • Maintain TTM at an existing static worksite when the STMS in charge 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 in TMO-NP course:

  • Defining the role of a TMO role (i.e. what you can and cannot do)
  • Risk assessment and how to manage risks
  • Knowledge of CoPTTM requirements and how to read a TMP
  • Completing inspection activities
  • Minding a worksite when the 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

Please see the following PowerPoint for a quick summary of the TMO-P role: (click here)


Who should attend?

Any worker whose job will require them to:

  • Mind a worksite in the absence of the STMS
  • Set up a worksite where TTM is clear of the live lane (shoulder closures)
  • 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 training 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


To attend the TMO-NP course attendees must have the following prerequisite:

  • Completed the TTM Worker (Unit Standard 31958), or the attendee must have held a previous TC warrant.

Please note: The TMO-NP course may also be suitable for current STMS if they decide to step back down to the TMO role. This is quite a common option for workers in our industry if (realistically):
  • they are only maintaining sites an STMS sets up for them
  • the type of work they complete is mostly on the shoulder of the road
  • they only complete Inspections
It is going to be much easier to obtain/achieve the Practical Assessments for the TMO role as it assesses you maintaining an alternating flow (i.e. Stop/Go site) only once established and are only setting up sites in shoulder space. Whereas an STMS is required to set up, and maintain a lane closure i.e. Stop/Go site (alternating flow). 

Duration & 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.


 The assessment for this non-practising warrant occurs progressively during the workshop.


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.

TMO (Trainee Handbook)

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