Traffic Officer Traineeship Programme at Gene Louw Traffic College


About Traffic Officer

Traffic officers / Traffic Police Jobs, in other ways we can describe them as traffic cops, they are police officers who direct traffic / people who work to control traffic or serve in traffic. Traffic officers include police who patrol major / main roads and also officers who address traffic infractions on other roads.

Traffic officers controls the road rules and signs. Their work or duties is to ensure a safe passage in traffic and that all road users, including pedestrians, follows the roads rules in an orderly and safe manner. The main purpose of traffic officers is to ensure the safe and free flow of traffic to prevent road crashes and deaths on the roads.

There is a different between provincial traffic officers and municipal traffic officers. Provincial traffic officers work their jobs within the boundaries of provinces, while municipal traffic officers work their jobs within the boundaries of municipalities.

Provincial traffic officers are also called the provincial inspectors. They enforce compliance of the National Road Traffic Act, National Land Transport Act and Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act. They control traffic, inspect vehicles for road safety and enforce road traffic signs and the rules of the road.

What about Gene Louw Traffic College

This College officially opened on September 15, 1989. The Gene Louw Traffic College is a South African government property initiated by the Western Cape Government and is running by the Department of Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape Province. Situated in Brackenfell, Cape Town. Gene Louw Traffic College provides training programmes in road traffic law enforcement for Traffic Officers (TO), Examiner for Driving Licenses (EDL), Examiner of Vehicles (EOV) and a number of various other short courses.

Since its establishment, Gene Louw Traffic College has been providing training programmes for traffic officers, municipality police officers, examiners of vehicles and examiners for driving licenses around the Western Cape province, South Africa and other parts of southern Africa (e.g. Botswana).

Around November 2013, Gene Louw Traffic College was awarded the Certificate of excellence as the Best Traffic Training Center nationally at the Road Traffic Management Corporation conference in East London. gene Louw Traffic College staff members were also named national winners in the following categories:

– Best Education and Training Development Practitioner
– Most Innovative Idea
– Promising New Facilitator
– Going the Extra Mile

Gene Louw Traffic College mainly aims to provide a culture of life-long learning and gives lives by creating an open society for all. The College is committed to acknowledging and respecting the diversity of displaying integrity, being approachable and transparent. It aims to be self-discipline and cultivate passion and innovation, resulting in a positive image. Its reason is to grow and develop to be recognized as an efficient and professional team providing service excellence.

Gene Louw Traffic College complies with the quality standards of the following trainineeship;

– Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority
– South African Police Service
– Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority
– Road Traffic Management Corporation

Traffic Officer Training

Traffic Officer Training is a qualification for traffic officers permanently employed by provincial of local authorities after completing the training. The traffic officer will be awarded a Further Education and Training (FET) Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement once the programme is completed. The contract of the training programme is 1 year (12 months).

The course consists of 31 unit standards covering subjects on the National Road Traffic Act (NRTA), the Criminal Procedure Act, and guidelines for road traffic law enforcement. All you will learn in the Traffic Officer Training are as below:

– Engage in sustained oral / signed communication and evaluate spoken / signed text.
– Represent, analyze and calculate shape and motion in 2 and 3 dimensional space in different contexts.
– Adhere to professional conduct and organizational ethics
– Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000) applicable to possessing a firearm.
– How to handle and use of handgun.
– Handle and use a handgun for business purposes.
– Demonstrate an understanding of the legislative framework for road traffic law enforcement.
– Apply knowledge of road traffic legislation pertaining to traffic officers, road users and vehicles.
– Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anti-corruption issues in the Public Sector.
– Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace.
– Demonstrate physical defensive restraining techniques.
– Examine vehicle fitness at the roadside.
– How to control traffic.
– Use traffic law enforcement equipment.
– Apply knowledge of legislation regarding dangerous goods and substances conveyed by road.
– Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places.
– Apply knowledge of the National Land Transportation Transition Act.
– Demonstrate an understanding of the Administrative Adjudication of the Road Traffic Offences Act.
– Evaluate loads on vehicles.
– Isolate and secure a scene.
– Accommodate audience and context needs in oral / signed communication.
– Interpret and use information from texts.
– Use language and communication in occupational learning programs.
– Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems.
– View or Read, analyze and respond to a variety of texts.
– Use language and communication in occupational learning programs.
– Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues.
– Write, Present, Sign for a wide range of contexts.
– Assess and analyze an incident.
– Demonstrate knowledge of the Land Transport Legal Framework.

Candidates who want to complete the course, one of the requirements include that learners must be present during the practical and theoretical assessments determined by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) policy guidelines.

Traffic Officer Trainineeship Basic Requirements

In order to qualify to join the Traffic Officer Training, applicants must meet all of the following admission requirements as mentioned below:

– Individuals must have a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent NQF Level 4
– Be permanently employed at a provincial or local authority as a traffic officer
– Clear criminal record (SAPS 365 fingerprints clearance required)
– Medically, physically and mentally fit as well as competent to perform the applicable tasks and duties
– Have / hold a valid Code B driving license (manual transmission). Learner’s licenses will not be accepted.
– Candidates must be between 18 – 35 years of age to apply.

How to Apply for the Traffic Officer Trainineeship

You can find advertisements for the Traffic Officer Training are posted in newspapers and on the Western Cape Government career website. There is no specific timeline or dates in a year that new Traffic Officer posts are to be advertised, it is dependent on the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works of the Western Cape Government.

Applications should be done online on the Western Cape Government website. No applications from private individuals (persons) will be accepted. The Government uses an electronic system and does not accept faxed or posted applications. Do not apply directly to the Gene Louw Traffic College as it does not distribute application forms or handle any applications.

Provincial Traffic will place an advertisement for traffic officers online. You can apply even if you don’t have Traffic Officer qualification, but you do need to be employed by either a local authority (municipality) or the provincial administration.

The Western Cape Department will go through your application, after that they will call you and inform you if your application was successful and invite you for further interview processes. If you are successful after the interview process, you will receive admission to the training for the Traffic Officer qualification.

Other opportunity: Traffic Officer Learnership

Traffic Officer Trainineeship fees

The Traffic Officer Trainineeship will charge you the course fees which is R 33,420.22 with a short course daily tariff of R 331.60 per learner per day. Course fees are subject to change annually as per Provincial Treasury regulations. The College has no accomodations. In this case you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the entire period of training. Also, there is a cold drink vending machine on campus but no cafeteria. Also in this case you must provide your own meals. Shops are available close to the College where you can buy meals.

For inquiries please use the following contacts details below:

If you have any help or queries relevant to the Traffic Officer Trainineeship, or perhaps you would like to deliver a comment, you may contact one of the following numbers:

Tel: 021 983 1500

Fax: 021 982 4982 / 021 982 4477

Or send your inquiries via e-mail to You are also welcome to send a post to the following address:

Private Bag x5