NZTA Changes to learning blocks

 Resources and shortcuts for more information about some core changes 

Full Summary on each role but please refer to full scope of the new training changes on NZTA website TRAINING AND COMPETENCY MODEL

There are no time restraints between any of the new roles from theory to theory or from Practical to Practical warrants and reasons are It will depend on how quickly people pick things up. Each role you will need to meet the assessment standards and some will take longer to do that than others, you will need to gain time in the role to be able to pass an assessment so it would be very rear to think pushing traineee that fast they could then successfully pass!

Levels of Temporary traffic management (TTM) for more info please read CLICK HERE
The TTM training, assessments and warrants are based on the following categories of road environment:
• category A: Low speed roads (60km/h and less)
• category B: High speed two-way two-lane roads (70km/h and more)
• category C: High speed multi-lane roads (70km/h and more).

TTM Worker (Temporary Traffic Management Worker) approx. 1 day (mixture theory and practical training, no prior experience needed to attend)

Costs for attending this course (TBC please make contact) unlike some of the other courses this does include Competency training on the same day and if you pass you will obtain the Practical as well as theory.
There is also a Fee from Connnexis for processing the Unit Standard/Assessment once completed your paperwork will be submitted to them.
 
Quick Summary what is a TTM worker? This is the prerequisite for all other roles in the new training competency model.  You must attend this to move forward to all other roles if you are new to the industry and starting out from scratch (as per the picture shows for the learning blocks)
Note if you are already a qualified TC you don’t need to attend the TTM worker or the TMO but you will need obtain (prior to renewing your qual) the practical competencies as you refresh your course when you expire the same as outline in the new TMO course. IE you then will change to new TMO qualification that replaces the old TC course (refer to Refresher Road Map above)
This 1-day course covers the theory (non-practical) elements plus the practical training. Unit Standards also achieved through Connexis. You will not receive a NZTA warrant for this role but you will get the Unit standards. One the reasons for that is a TTM worker will never be in charge of a site therefore as long the company holds evidence of the training undertaken for the TTM worker.
 
What is a TTM Worker? Working with or assisting a traffic management crew in any Category A, B or C providing a Practising STMS in charge of the crew for that Category.
The most common role a TTM worker will play and be able to undertake is doing Stop/Go under supervision of a Practicing STMS or TMO in some cases. Therefore, some staff may revert to this role rather than attend TMO course for these reasons depending on what is you are doing right now, or your attending to be doing on TTM sites. This will most likely be the most common role in our industry. NO you cannot leave a TTM worker in charge of any TTM worksite, or setup TTM sites alone.  
  
Brief background behind the new Competency Model please read Full Scope on the Link above.
This is the new replacement qualification to target specific training for one our most commons roles where we have TTM workers assisting the main TTM crew that’s in charge or doing the likes of stop go or even likes riding in and helping to install and remove signage & TTM equipment with STMS/TMP on all Cat levels.   
NZTA have changed all their learning blocks and courses and all courses will also include a competency assessment following your course to get in line with industry expectations and ultimately ensure workers on the road are fit for role they are undertaking proving they have practical knowledge and experience in conjunction with theory courses. This has not been a sudden move it’s been part of roll out that started 12 + months ago to ensure workers are competent before doing work or undertaking a role. This process is well-known in nearly for all industries so should not be a surprise or unique to our TTM industry. Ultimately this ensures not only will your company have evidence of training and be more career path focused it also lines up more closely with WorkSafe Act 2015 . And also safety of workers, public and motorist who travel through road works sites where TTM s setup.

TMO (Traffic Management Operative) – 1 day course (theory only, prerequisites to attend is having your TTM worker qual)  

Costs for attending this course (TBC please make contact) our course costs to attend this theory course, they do not include assessments/verifications following this to obtain the Competency (Warrant) these are now separate learning blocks following course you need either do internally if you have access to TTM Mentor who can verify your work and TTM Assessor and or you can book in with us for some of these.
There is also a Fee from Connnexis for processing the Unit Standard/Assessment once completed. Failed attempts also not included.
 
Quick Summary what is a TMO is? Looking after and maintaining a traffic management job that impacts the live lanes, this could be because either the physical work impacts that area, or the traffic management closure setup does. Or TMO can setup, maintain and remove a TTM site (worksite) that is clear of the edge line IE in the shoulder or parking area. STMS must be withing 30min travel time of an active site and inspect that site once day as per normal rules this remains the same.
For example, the course will cover the theory (non-practical) elements of the role only.
Following this course providing you pass then you will need to start the process getting a TTM Mentor verifying your sites, then arranging a TTM Assessor to Access the role to be warranted and achieve the competence to be a practicing on a TTM site.
Unit Standards also achieved as you get warranted for each role through Connexis once you achieve that which is separate to this course, this course is step one doing the Theory knowledge.
 
What is a TMO? TMO will only be able to mind/maintain a TTM site once a Practicing STMS in road Category has installed it, they cannot make changes just mind the site (caretaker once the site been installed, also need the STMS onsite for removal).
There is one exemption when TMO is allowed to setup a site once they are a practising TMO and have the warrants, that’s when the work including the closure and safety zones (all cones) and your worksite is on the shoulder/parking area only (clear of the painted edge line. Logic here being the risk is lower working from the shoulder. Anymore more than that, work that’s on the live lane will require much more extensive knowledge and practical training where you would continue onto STMS Universal 2-day work shop with packed full the STMS knowledge they need on work sites, followed by the STMS Category A, B or C workshops + obtaining the Warrens (Practical sign offs from TTM mentors doing your Verified sites followed by TTM Assessment)
 
Brief background https://www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/code-of-practice-for-temporary-traffic-management/resources/warrants/
This is the new replacement qualification of the old qualification we used to refer to as TC (Traffic Controller) as of April 2021  
 
NZTA have changed all their learning blocks and courses and all courses will also include a competency assessment following your course to get in line with industry expectations and ultimately ensure workers on the road are fit for role they are undertaking proving they have practical knowledge and experience in conjunction with theory courses. This has not been a sudden move it has been part of roll out that started 12 + months ago to ensure workers are competent before doing work or undertaking a role. This process is well-known in nearly for all industries so should not be a surprise or unique to our TTM industry. Ultimately this ensures not only will your company have evidence of training and be more career path focused it also lines up more closely with WorkSafe Act 2015. And also safety of workers, public and motorist who travel through road works sites where TTM s setup.
  

Universal STMS (Site Traffic Management Specialist)  2 day course (theory only course, prerequisites to attend is TMO)

Costs for attending this course (TBC please make contact) these are our costs to attend the course, unlike some other course this does include Competency training its 2-day theory only workshop in classroom covering all the common knowledge any STMS will need to know. Waka Kotahi have negotiated a deal with Connexis so that all assessment material for the TTM Unit standards are at no cost. There will still be a cost for the assessor and registering the unit standard with Connexis and the warrant with Waka Kotahi
 
What is a Universal STMS what is a Universal STMS? This is the prerequisite to be able to attend the STMS courses Cat A, B or C, you must have TMO min the Theory to attend this course
unlike some other course this does include Competency training it’s a 2-day workshop in classroom covering all the common knowledge any STMS will need to know before they then after that go onto the Category A, B or C – STMS courses.
After you attend this course there are many directions you can take. You can move onto in any order to The STMS Cat A-B-C course as depend on road environment your work is in, if in all three then you will most likely need all three.
Others may Attend this Universal STMS as they going to other learning blocks/course that are not STMS onsite roles for example TTM Auditor, TTM Planner as per the NZTA website shows all other roles.
Others may attend as in their role they want higher theory understanding on the industry.
 
Brief background This is where you learn most common knowledge around TTM sites, its where all STMS learn daily roles and responsibilities then from there they pick their path to other learning blocks or remain here.
Note a Universal STMS cannot act as STMS in charge of work site, they are stricken to same roles a TMO can do! They need STMS Cat A, B or C to install and be in charge of a TTM site
 
Note if you are already a qualified STMS prior to April 2021
You do not need to attend the Universal STMS or TMO or TTM worker, by default you be at the STMS Category level you already qualified for. For example, if your Level 1 STMS prior to that date you can carry on working on and being in charge of Cat A & B Roads, if you’re a Level 2/3 STMS you can carry one doing work on Cat C Roads. However, you will need obtain (prior to renewing your qual as it expires) the practical competencies using TTM Mentors and TTM Assessors prior to you refreshing your quals (you can start this at any stage to get ahead).