How to Become a Traffic Officer in South Africa

How to Become a Traffic Officer in South Africa. Here are some frequently asked questions (and answers) to assist you to decide on traffic as your future career.

How to become a Traffic Officer in South Africa


Traffic officers enforce the road rules and signs.

They ensure a safe passage in traffic and that all road users – including pedestrians – use our roads 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 our roads.


A distinction is made between provincial traffic officers and municipal traffic officers. Provincial traffic officers perform their duties within the boundaries of provinces, while municipal traffic officers perform theirs within the boundaries of municipalities.

Provincial traffic officers are also known as 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 worthiness, and enforce road traffic signs and the rules of the road.


Provincial inspectors and traffic officers spend most of their working hours outdoors on the road.

A small portion of their time is spent in courtrooms and offices doing administrative duties.

They do their patrol duties mainly in motorcars, although some of their duties are performed on motorcycles or on foot.


Traffic officers are responsible for law enforcement.

They will be working with a speed-measuring apparatus, an alcohol test apparatus, measuring tapes, mass-measuring apparatus, a summons book, infringement notices, etc.


Advantages: Working with people and helping them to obey traffic rules, assisting to reduce the number of road crashes and thus saving lives.

Drawbacks: The need to be able to work with people with difficult personalities, having to work during holidays and on weekends, and performing duties in all different weather conditions.


You will first need to be employed by provincial government, a municipality or a government entity such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) or the Cross Border Road Transport Agency.

Vacant posts are advertised by these authorities in the open media.

You will therefore need to constantly check your local or national newspapers.

You may also contact any local or provincial authority directly to enquire as to whether vacancies exist within the departments and when the relevant posts will be advertised.


· South African citizenship;
· Grade 12 or equivalent;
· No criminal record;
· Code B driving Licence ( manual transmission);
· Medical certificate – that a person may do strenuous exercises; and

· Applicants shall not be older than 35 years of age.

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How to Become a Paramedic: ER24 Explains

How to become a paramedic: ER24 Explains

Thank you for considering a career in pre-hospital emergency care. South Africa has a great need for skilled, qualified emergency care providers. The profession has grown enormously over the last 25 years. It can no longer be considered a job, but rather a professional calling. A commitment to patient care, professional integrity and lifelong learning is vital to success in this career.

University education

Certain universities offer a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Care (BEMS). Graduates of this programme are qualified as Advanced Life Support practitioners able to provide the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care available.

Contact the university of your choice for further information on costs and entrance requirements.

A two-year National Certificate is also available, the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) course. This qualification is also offered by certain institutions and graduates will work under the indirect control of a BTech paramedic. ER24 / Mediclinic offers the ECT course in Cape Town.

Short Course Education

Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) – Basic Life Support

Duration: Seven weeks

Please note, the short course route of training is in the process of being phased out. The entry level qualification (BAA) will no longer result in registration from January 2018. ER24 Training no longer offers this course.

Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA) – Intermediate Life Support

Duration: a Four-month course that builds on the foundation laid during the BAA course.

The mid-level course is currently still accepting applicants but will be phased out by December 2019. ER24 is still offering this program in Paulshof, Johannesburg.


  • Matric certificate
  • Current HPCSA registration as a BAA for at least six months
  • 1000 documented, verifiable hours of patient care experience as a BAA

Critical Care Assistant (CCA) – Advanced Life Support

Duration: an Eleven-month course that qualifies successful candidates as Advanced Life Support paramedics. The highest level of short course training.

This advanced qualification is no longer offered. Only those currently registered on the programs will complete within 2017.

Which route should I choose?

This is a personal choice which will depend on many factors including academic performance, finances, location and personal preference. Many candidates who have recently matriculated, have the required academic record and can afford to attend university full-time for four years choose the degree route. Short course training has been discontinued in favour of higher education standards as mandated by the Minister of Education. Only the mid-level AEA program is continuing until 2019. One should consider school subjects very carefully as entrance into the programs requires Maths, Science and or Biology with a score of 60% and above depending on the institution. A good level of fitness is required with most institutions requiring a physical assessment that includes swimming.

Employment in Emergency Medical Services

There are two major employers in the emergency services industry, namely the government and private emergency services. Minimum requirements are typically HPCSA registration as a BAA, a valid driver’s license and a Professional Driving Permit (PDP).

There is currently an oversupply of BLS providers in the country. BLS practitioners may need perseverance and commitment to secure full-time employment in the industry.

There is a significant demand for ILS and ALS providers. As such, the demand for training in these areas is high. Please note that the ER24 Training Academy does not facilitate employment, and completion of one of our courses do not imply automatic employment with the company.

Should you already meet the minimum requirements mentioned above, please register on our careers portal:

Source: ER24

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How to Become a Firefighter in South Africa

Have you always dream of becoming a firefighter? Do you want to save people’s lives? Well, time to help you make that dream a reality. This is How to Become a Firefighter.

How do I Become a Firefighter?

Being a firefighter may be exciting and cool, but it is also a very dangerous career path. If you feel that you are the type of person to run into a burning building, or to save a person from a car leaking fuel that may go up at any second, then you’re probably made of the right stuff.

A firefighter’s job is to protect people and properties from fire. They are also responsible for providing assistance in the event of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, vehicle accidents and train derailments. And getting your cat out a tree. (Probably not)

The training is extremely physically demanding, so you need to make sure you’re in tip top shape.


  • 18 years or older
  • Matric (Mathematics and Physical Science an advantage)
  • Physically and mentally fit (evaluations will be conducted)
  • Must not be claustrophobic (have a fear of enclosed spaces)
  • Must not be acrophobic (have a fear of heights)
  • High level of discipline
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to manage traumatic and stressful situations
  • Effective communication skills


You can also enter the world of fire fighting through a learnership programme. These are often conducted by Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, and they will advertise the programmes as applications open.

General Requirements:

  • 18 years and older
  • Matric (preferably with Mathematics and Physical Science)
  • Complete a 2.4km run in under 11 minutes (males) or 12 minutes (females)
  • Complete 15 bench press repetitions of 25kg
  • Complete 30 sit ups in 60 seconds
  • Carry another person of equal body weight a distance of 100 metres
  • Complete a vertigo test (ladder climb five floors)
  • Claustrophobia test
  • Pass a written test in basic mathematics and comprehension
  • Successfully undergo a competency based interview
  • Successfully pass a medical examination

The assessments described above are carried out on an elimination basis. If an applicant fails to meet a required standard, they will not be permitted to proceed to the next assessment.

On successful completion of the assessment an applicant is appointed as a Learner Firefighter and enters the Training Program. Candidates are appointed on a contract until training is completed.

Thereafter a candidate will complete the 16 week Firefighter 1 course module which consists of a practical and a theoretical component.

Training is a combination of ‘real life’ scenarios simulated in a controlled environment as well as classroom orientated sessions.

Throughout the four month course, values such as teamwork, discipline and perseverance are instilled, ensuring all recruits have a solid basis to start a rewarding career in the CTFRS.

The CTFRS’ Fire Training Academy, which is located in Epping, is accredited with the LG Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI).

Supplementary courses (offered by external service providers) include Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA), Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Advanced Driving. Additional courses are added to the prospectus as they are developed.

Approach your local fire department in your area or monitor your local newspaper. E.g. City Press

You start off as a firefighter completing four months of training.


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