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


Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has established the new role of a Traffic Management Operative (TMO) to replace the TC role. This learning block is the stepping-stone from a TTM Worker to an STMS. 

Once you have completed this TMO-NP (non-practising. EG is a theory course) and once completed the onsite Practical Assessment and obtain the  warrants for both of those it will enables the holder, once briefed by the STMS in charge, to:

Connexis - Unit Standard ref: 31959

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 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.

Quick summary PowerPoint for the TMO-P role (click here)


Who should attend?

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 (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 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.


The TTM Worker unit standard is a prerequisite to this warrant (or a previous TC warrant).
Also, current STMS can attend if they decide to step back down to TMO role (even if expired). This is highly likely a common option for some people in our industry if realistically they are only maintaining sites that STMS sets up for them, the type of work they complete is mostly in the shoulder of the road or they only do Inspections. It is going to be much easier to obtain/achieve the Practical Assessments for TMO role as it assesses you maintaining an alternating flow IE Stop/Go site only once established and setting up sites in shoulder space only.  Whereas STMS going to need to be able to set up, maintain a lane closure IE Stop/Go site (alternating flow). 


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.


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.


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)

Upcoming courses

Select a date and location below to book.


There are no upcoming courses available matching the selected filters. Reset filters.