BC Traffic Control Training

Welcome to Roadsmart Training Institute, the home of British Columbia’s traffic control training since 1997.

Our Mission

For more than twenty years, Roadsmart has upheld the highest standards for traffic control training, educating workers according to the latest regulations governing Traffic Control People (TCP). As a team, we’re committed to providing a comprehensive and useful course for students, and to keeping roads safe for Traffic Control People, drivers, and pedestrians.

Traffic Control Personnel Certifier

To comply with WorkSafeBC, any worker stopping traffic at this time is required to complete traffic control training by a certified institution.

Upon successful completion of the course, a Roadsmart instructor will issue you a temporary TCP certificate, valid for three months. During these three months, you will receive a laminated wallet-sized picture ID, complete with an expiry date three years from the date of completion.

Two Day New Certification Course

Getting certified only takes two days! This course is a must for construction and road maintenance workers, and for any person who deals with traffic control as part of their work. Our comprehensive course combines course material with professional and practical knowledge, providing you with an interactive environment to facilitate learning.


Every three years, your Traffic Control People certification expires, and it’s time to get recertified. Roadsmart offers a one-day recertification course that allows you to become accredited in half the time, at a reduced cost.

Course Information

Please note: There are a limited number of seats available per course and places often fill up quickly. Admission is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. To ensure your spot, complete the registration form by clicking the button below, and book your course in three simple steps.

Course Fees + Length

New Certification

2 days / 8am – 5pm
$250 + GST = $262.50


1 day / 8am – 5pm
$165 + GST = $173.25

Cancellation Policy

If written notice of withdrawal or transfer is received 3 business days prior to the course start date then participants will be charged a $25 administration fee. If less than 3 business days then all fees are forfeited.

What to Bring

For the two-day new certification course, bring lunch, steel-toed boots with ankle support, and picture ID. Manuals are supplied on the day of the course by the instructor.

For the one-day recertification course, you’ll need to show a screenshot of your Authorization Code details along with a picture ID to your instructor on the day. To get your Authorization Code, text your seven-digit Student Number (SN #) to (604) 229-5984 (only text the seven-digit number with no additional text). Course manuals will be supplied by your instructor. No steel-toed boots required.

Agenda – New Certification

Day 1

Course Introduction:

  • Unit 1: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Unit 2: Orientation: Preparing Yourself for the Shift
  • Unit 3: Job Planning
  • Unit 4: Traffic Control Devices
  • Unit 5: Work Zones

Day 2

Course Introduction:

  • Unit 6: Vehicles and Equipment
  • Unit 7: Communication
  • Final Exam
  • Unit 8: Practical Skills

Agenda – Re-certification

Day 1

Course Introduction:

  • Unit 1: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Unit 2: Orientation – Preparing Yourself for the Shift
  • Unit 3: Job Planning
  • Unit 4: Traffic Control Devices
  • Unit 5: Work Zones
  • Unit 7: Communication
  • Final Exam

Our Instructors

Drawing on more than twenty years of flagging experience, Roadsmart’s traffic control instructors create a positive classroom environment that focuses on education using a mixture of course material, practical knowledge, and hands-on experience.

I recently took the flagging training certification course, and thoroughly enjoyed the course. There was lots of valuable and safety information which is a must in this industry. My instructor was energetic and very knowledgeable. Since taking the course, I now have the confidence and safety awareness it takes to be a certified flagger and would not hesitate to apply for any flagging position with the learning experience I received.

I would recommend this course for any person wanting the training and knowledge to be a safe flagger.

Virginia K.

Roadsmart offers Traffic Control Person and recertification courses which are informative programs designed to meet the legislated requirement and to teach workers how to direct traffic safely. The instructors, with over 15 years of knowledge and experience in the industry, provide expert knowledge in a way that demonstrates a clear understanding of course materials. Instructors take an innovative approach and go above and beyond to assist students, whether they’re new to the industry or recertifying.

The large classroom allows students to interact easily with each other and the instructors during class exercises. This balance gives provides a great source of experience-based knowledge for the entire class.

Tammy Kanester
Health & Safety Officer at Valley Traffic

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a flagger or flag person?

The proper term for a flagger or flag person is Traffic Control Person or TCP.

When is traffic control needed?

A TCP is required under the following circumstances:

  • Traffic is required to pass a worker, equipment or other obstruction which may block all or part of the travelled roadway
  • Workers or equipment are employed on the travelled roadway over the brow of a hill, around a sharp curve, or at any other location where sight distance is not adequate for oncoming traffic to have warning of their presence
  • It is necessary to institute a one-way traffic system through a construction zone where traffic volumes are heavy, approach speeds are high, and a traffic signal system is not used, construction vehicle traffic is not coordinated with an existing traffic control system, or an existing traffic signal light system is not adequate to regulate traffic, or the work encroaches into an intersection so as to interfere with regular traffic movement
  • Traffic speed or volume is a hazard to workers while setting up or removing other traffic control devices
  • Other traffic control devices are not available for emergency protection
  • Workers are not adequately protected by other traffic control devices
How long is the course?

The new certification course is two days. The first day is spent in a classroom learning the rules and regulations that govern traffic control. Day two starts in the classroom for more theory, then moves outside to perform the practical portion of the course and then returns to the classroom for the final written exam.

Recertification is one day of in-class theory, with a final written exam.

What is the registration procedure?

We encourage you to register online through our easy to use, three-step registration form. You can also call the office and register over the phone, or register in person at the office.

What about class size?

Regulations allow for only fourteen students per class. Classes fill quickly and registrations are on a first-come-first-served basis. We suggest that you register early to ensure space is available on the dates you require.

What do I need to bring to class?

You will need government-issued photo ID to show the instructor on the first day.

On day two there is a practical session. You MUST wear CSA Approved Class 1 steel-toed work boots (you will not be able to participate in the practicum without these) and clothing suitable for the weather. Your instructor will provide you with a proper hard hat, wrist cuffs, high visibility vest and all the necessary equipment needed for the practical session. These items are to be returned to the instructor at the end of the practical session.

What kind of job can I get after the course?

There are many jobs that will require the use of a person who is properly trained as a TCP including flagging companies, road construction, BC Ferries, Production Assistants for movie studios and utility companies all require certified TCPs. All traffic control personnel must be certified through in order to flag in BC. This means even to back a truck out onto the street or an all day construction job!

What if English is not my first language?

You are able to bring a dictionary or thesaurus into the classroom and exam. However the Ministry of Transportation Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways and the OHS Regulations are only written in English. A strong understanding and comprehension of written and spoken English is strongly suggested.

What if I have dyslexia or another learning disorder?

If you have a learning disorder please contact the office prior to registering so that we can evaluate your particular situation. We may also be able to make special arrangements ahead of time to enable you to write the exam. If you do not advise the office prior to the class, please do advise as early as possible in the course so the Instructor is aware and can attempt to make the testing procedure feasible for you.