Traffic Cop Courses

Below are the specialized Traffic Cop Courses you will offer or pass through to become a Traffic Officer in South Africa.

Examiner for Driving Licences (EDL)

An examiner for driving licences is a person who tests the driving ability of people who want to obtain their driver’s licences

Minimum requirements to be trained as an Examiner for Driving Licences

  • Minimum educational qualification of grade 12 or equivalent.
  • No criminal record.
  • The applicant must be employed by a Provincial Authority or Local Authority.
  • The applicant must be in possession of the following driving licences (manual transmission) in order to attend and be trained in the different modules as indicated hereunder:-
  • Grade A: Codes EC and A
  • Grade B: Code EC
  • Grade C: Codes B and A
  • Grade D: Code EB
  • Grade F: None
  • Grade L: None

NB: The course for examiners of driving licences is progressive in nature and any person applying to attend a particular grade (module) of the entire course other than the most basic grade must produce proof of having completed the grades which precede the grade which has been applied for.

The unit standards for an examiner for driving licence are as follows:

  • Elective: Examine for a driving licence (Heavy Motor Vehicle) – Grade B.
  •  Elective: Examine for a driving licence (Motorcycle) – Grade C.
  • Elective: Examine for a driving licence (Light Motor Vehicle) – Grade D.
  • Elective: Examine candidates for the learners drivers licence and eye test- Grade F and L.

Examiner of Vehicles (EoV)

An examiner of vehicles is a person who examines vehicles for roadworthiness.

The minimum requirements to become an examiner of vehicles are as follows:

  • Minimum educational qualification of grade 10 or equivalent.
  • No criminal record
  • The applicant must be employed by a Local Authority, Provincial Authority or Private Test Station.
  • The applicant must be in possession of the applicable driving licences (manual transmission) to attend the different grades of training as prescribed in the National Road Act, 1996 (Act 93 of 1996).

The unit standards for this course are as follows:

  • Fundamental – Engage in sustained oral/ signed communication and evaluate spoken / signed texts (NQF level 4).
  • Elective – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic vehicle components (NQF level 4)
  •  Examine light motor vehicles for fitness and road-worthiness (NQF level 4).
  •  Examine vehicles for road-worthiness

External Integrated Summative Assessment

After the completion of all three components of the qualification, the learner must enrol for the External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA). The EISA will focus on the critical elements of all exit level outcomes and will be competency based. The EISA will be conducted through one written assessment incorporating practical element where possible. The EISA will be conducted at the QCTO accredited Assessment Centres. The qualification is awarded by the QCTO after the successful completion of the EISA.

In order to qualify for the external summative assessment, learners must provide proof of competency in all modules by means of statements of results and evidence of work experience.

QCTO approved EISA Examplar for Road Traffic Safety Officer curriculum


The course is of twenty five week duration.

Throughout the course specialist instructors, consultants and other personnel are used to provide professional input.

Traffic Cop Courses Syllabus

As previously mentioned, the course is divided into thirty six core modules. They are:

Unit 1:Discipline and Code of Conduct/Compliments and Saluting
Unit 2:Traffic Management
Unit 3:Labour Relations and Occupational Safety
Unit 4:SA Law
Unit 5:Criminal Law
Unit 6:Law of Criminal Procedure
Unit 7:Law of Evidence
Unit 8:Use of Force
Unit 9:Constitutional Law
Unit 10:Appointment and Powers
Unit 11:Point Duty
Unit 12:Administration and Discontinue Notices
Unit 13:National Road Traffic Act 93/96
Unit 14:Driving Under the Influence
Unit 16:Systematic Examination of Vehicles
Unit 17:Vehicles Excluded from Certain Regulations
Unit 18:Loads on Vehicles
Unit 19:Dimensions and Projections
Unit 20:Abnormal Vehicles
Unit 21:Basic Accident Recording
Unit 22:Incident Management
Unit 23:Administrative Powers
Unit 24:Other Auxiliary Functions
Unit 25:Mock Courts
Unit 26:Selected Firearm Skills
Unit 27:Tactical Pursuit: Stop and Approach
Unit 28:Physical Education
Unit 29:Physical Fitness
Unit 30:Principles of Proactism
Unit 31:Crime Prevention
Unit 32:Police Professionalism
Unit 34:First Aid
Unit 35:Dangerous Goods Act 15 of 1973 / National Road Traffic Act 93/96
Unit 36:Basic Fire Fighting
Unit 37:National Land Transport Transition Act (NLTTA)
Unit 38:Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO)
Unit on All Speed Machines

The Traffic Officer’s Course is designed to be professionally challenging and enjoyable. To obtain the maximum benefit from the course, learners are encouraged to approach the course with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.