Traffic Control Person Flagger Training

Traffic Control Person Flagger Training - Online Course

This online course provides training for traffic control persons. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health (CCOSH), a traffic control person has the following responsibilities:

  • Managing traffic through worksites by stopping, slowing or directing vehicles.
  • Protecting the workers in a project by regulating traffic.
  • Giving directions and signals that can be understood clearly by motorists.
  • Keeping traffic in movement with the least delays possible.

Traffic control persons are also known as flagpersons, flaggers, or signalers. The CCOSH only recommends flaggers when traffic cannot be controlled fully with methods like barriers, barricades, lane control devices, traffic signal lights, and sign trucks.
Canada does not have federal training requirements for traffic control persons, but most jurisdictions require certificates or a minimum training level. These requirements change by province or territory, depending on local OSH laws, and Nova Scotia is the only province with no training requirements for flaggers.
All flaggers must wear CSA-approved personal protective equipment (PPE): high visibility vest, hard hat, safety footwear, eye protection, and hearing protection. The PPE must not interfere with the flagger’s role, which means it should not obstruct vision or hearing.

Information Requirements and Recommendations for Flaggers

To perform their job effectively and safely, flaggers must be provided with the following information about a project:

  • Overall traffic protection plan, including the traffic control zone layout.
  • Information about the activities in progress at the worksite.
  • List of the equipment present and how it operates.
  • List of the personal protective equipment (PPE) required.
  • Instructions for an emergency, including the escape route if a vehicle comes too close.
  • Instructions on how to coordinate with other flaggers.

In general, flaggers should stay alert and think ahead, since the situation can change very quickly when dealing with traffic. Flaggers should also stay visible, which means standing where drivers can see them, and holding signs away from their body. They should never look away from traffic, and they should not assume a vehicle will stop just because it slowed down.
The responsibility of a traffic control person includes guiding cyclists and pedestrians. Flaggers should also be on the lookout for emergency vehicles, and letting them through should be the top priority. Organizations should not assign additional responsibilities to flaggers, since the nature of their job requires full concentration.
Flaggers should carry adequate signs, and an extra battery for radio communication is recommended. At night or under poor lighting conditions, flaggers should be provided with a flashlight and a red signaling wand. To remain visible, they should stand under a streetlight if available, or they can use temporary lighting. Companies should also consider risk factors like the weather and wildlife, and provide adequate prevention measures.

Course Overview

After completing this course successfully, participants will have gained the following knowledge:

  • Importance of adequate methods, physical condition, clothing regulations and professionalism.
  • Using signs, barriers, flags, STOP/SLOW paddles and lighting to control traffic effectively in worksites.
  • How flaggers should position themselves for maximum safety.
  • Regulating traffic effectively, based on a proper judgment of speed and congestion.
  • Effective communication with other flagpersons and the public.
  • Warning signs, channeling devices and tapers – existing types and how to set them up.
  • Night and freeway flagging – special equipment required and additional precautions.

Course Topics

The Traffic Control Person online course is broken down as follows:

  • Introduction
  • General guidelines for a flagger
  • Overview of barriers, lights and signs
  • How to regulate traffic
  • Traffic control person communication
  • Procedure for setting up
  • Special cases


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 50 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.

Traffic Control Person (Flagger) Online Training