Levels of Roads – Category A, B and C

Once the Waka Kotahi introduces the new TC and STMS training, warrants will be based on categories of road environment.

This is because each road environment deals with a different type of risk and Waka Kotahi needs to make sure that people are able to manage these risks.

Because of these distinctly different road environments and risk profiles, the STMS training, assessments and warrants are based on the following categories of road environment:

  • Category A: Low speed roads (60km/h and less)
  • Category B: High speed two-way two-lane roads (70km/h and more)
  • Category C: High speed multi-lane roads (70km/h and more)

The images below provide the definitions of each of these specific categories. Training Aspirations’ looks forward to facilitating training to achieve the warrants you need. We already have dates scheduled for this training later in the year.


June 14, 2020

Step by step guide to renewing your STMS qualification

So what happens to existing warrants?

As a holder of a NZTA Traffic Management warrant, such as Traffic Controller (TC) or Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS), you will be anxious to know what happens to your existing warrant. Or, if you are responsible for co-ordinating this training for your team members, you will definitely need to know what to expect and how to plan their training correctly.

The following is an excerpt from our June 2020 e-newsletter.


  • Existing Traffic Management warrant continues to apply until expiry date (subject to changes made to some roles)

  • Candidate attends refresher workshop

  • Candidate completes the competence assessment for current warrant

    • Just the practical assessment worksite – not the 3x verified verified worksites
    • Can complete assessments for TTM Worker, TC and Universal STMS at the same time (for unit standards)


Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has provided a very helpful roadmap to clarify the process for STMS warranted people to refer to. The STMS roadmap illustrates the key decision points to know about and to guide you with planning L1 STMS Refresher training correctly.

View the road map below. Or download a pdf file here.    step-by-step-guide-renewing-your-stms-warrant-mobile-version portrait[1307829]

June 14, 2020

CoPTTM Training Model 2020

What can you expect in 2020 with NZTA CoPTTM Training?

NZTA’s presentation to the industry

During May 2019 NZTA gave a series of presentations around New Zealand about the new CoPTTM Training Competency Model. At the presentation we learnt that we will commence delivering revised Level 1 training, TC and STMS Training from early 2020.

The new CoPTTM Training provides learning blocks designed to cater for the variety of roles in the TTM Industry. The learning blocks form an expansive career pathway for New Zealand’s Traffic Management Industry. This new NZTA training model is to provide our customers with a more robust and thorough approach to CoPTTM training. The end results will be:

  • TTM people right across the industry will be better qualified
  • Increased safety for all concerned (TTM crew, road workers and road users).

You can look forward to gaining nationally recognised qualifications. And our objective is to make the road ahead to the NZTA training series, as smooth and as clear as possible. Our team is here to help you confidently select the training you need.


NZTA’s CoPTTM TraIning information 

The table below has been developed by NZTA to present the complete framework of learning blocks and qualifications.

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To seek further information, or send your questions  specifically suitable to NZTA, email:  copttmquals@nzta.govt.nz.

You can also register to receive CoPTTM newsletters emailed by NZTA to the industry. Their “Notify” newsletter will definitely help you with keeping up to date with important CoPTTM Training developments. Use this link to register for “Notify”.



Feel free to contact us at Training Aspirations to discuss your training requirements or to register for training or ask us questions. We would love to help you. office@trainingaspirations.com.

What we love about the new NZTA training and competency model:

  • Offers a wider variety of TTM learning designed specifically to the roles in the TTM industry. See the table below.
  • Tangible learning blocks providing clear stepping stones
  • Practical sessions based on key competencies
  • Coaching and assessment included
  • Offers nationally recognised qualifications gained by unit standards
  • Offers a career pathway to move up and across the Model of Learning
  • Training will include important communication and leadership skills
  • Offers different modes and methods for people to learn such as mentoring, workshops, on-line learning, printed materials and hands-on practical sessions.

What’s new in the model?

Below is an extract of what you can expect with the CoPTTM training and qualifications in the near future.

May 30, 2019

Technology that assists traffic sign recognition

A new technology is likely to have a significant benefit on road safety. Vehicle manufacturers are looking to introduce vehicles with technology which attempts to read and interpret roadside traffic signals. It’s part of the move by manufacturers towards enabling speed assistance and automated driving. With the advent of this new technology, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system, Austroads ran trials in Australia to examine the implications of TSR for roading operators. In August 2018, Austroads produced a report that investigates possible approaches to be taken, by Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions and industry to consistently support and optimise the outcomes from the introduction of TSR systems. The Austroad Report highlights potential changes needed to Australian and New Zealand traffic signs.

The Austroad Report includes a diagram illustrating how TSR technology functions and is able to affect vehicle speed.

TSR process

TSR Process. Source: Arup, Austroads

What are the implications?
The Austroad Report discusses many implications. Here are just a few:

  • Updating of Signs: The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has the primary role of implementing and approving signage in New Zealand, which results in New Zealand’s system being significantly more uniform than in Australia. The NZTA is currently in the process of developing a national database of signs with the aim that it can be updated with real-time data on the network (e.g. VSLS) such that mapping and software systems will be able to connect to it.
  • Smart coding of signs: 3M are currently developing an approach of embedding machine-readable code in traffic signs. This approach uses a smart coding that can only be recognised by machine vision systems. This could be a future aid to TSR systems. as the smart codes would refer the vehicle back to a central database for regularly updated information on the road. 3M is currently trialling the approach with the Michigan Department of Transportation along I-75 in Oakland County (3M, 2017). It is important to note that smart coding of signs relies on infrared cameras to be equipped to vehicles, whereas currently, automotive camera systems work in the visible light spectrum. Accordingly, road operators should continue to watch as this technology evolves, but continue to work on current TSR systems using shape and colour recognition.
Signs with coding

3M machine-readable signs Image: Business Insider / Austroads

  • Focus on Variable Speed Limit Signs (VSLS):
Variable Speed Limit SIgns

Variable Speed Limit Signs. Source: Austroads

Austroads discovered that Variable Speed Limit Signs appeared to flicker when observed through a camera in some instances and then in others did not. The flickering effect makes it difficult for the TSR systems to correctly recognise the displayed speed limit. In response to this challenge, specifications in NZ state that the displayed image must not appear to flicker to the normal human eye. Also, the NZ Standard and EU standard for VSLS both recommend that the frequency of emitted light from a VSLS should be no less that 90Hz.

Here is an image of the problem encountered in the instance when TSR viewed a flickering VSLS. There are blackened sections of the sign face.

VSLS LED flicker

Example of the effect of VSLS LED refresh rates – blackened sections of sign face. Source: Austroads

Austroads’ Research Report sets out their major recommendations to the industry and jurisdictions on TSR systems.

Click here to view our recommendations (PDF)

Click here to view the Austroads full report (free registration required).

October 23, 2018

Pauline Mountfort CEO of Training Aspirations talks about how it all began

Pauline Mountfort


Never for one minute, did I imagine myself to be a business owner and entrepreneur.

It was Charlie Mountfort, my late husband, that I thank, who encouraged me to take the big step to start my own company. That was in May of 1993. I nervously announced the formation of Training Aspirations and so commenced the roles of CEO and consultant as the next stage in my career.

Again, I never imagined that the journey as business owner would continue for 25 years! It’s been a quarter century of my life. I can’t help feeling this milestone is worthy of recognition! Life is like a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by, and is no more. So … life is precious!

The life and soul of my training organisation stemmed from my passion for learning effectively. Challenges and opportunities came my way, and so we were able to evolve. It has taken courage and openness blended with a lot of commitment, to achieve great outcomes for our customers.

Our work has also been underpinned by our core values. I’ve believed in the potential of positive collaboration and mutually beneficial relationships as the driving force to generating success … our customers then reap the benefits. And for the parties involved, the results are usually rewarding and satisfying.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years and through the different projects. It’s been an extraordinary experience.

August 9, 2018

Tony Stella

Tony Stella

Tony Stella has been a Principal Facilitator with Training Aspirations since 1996.

Q-What’s really gratifying about training people?
I intentionally present the concepts of my TTM training in a manner that would be understandable to all levels of the participants’ learning abilities. A few people enter the class with apprehension, thinking it will be too challenging. They can be worried too about their level of literacy. I get so much satisfaction when I see them gaining confidence; I love seeing people learn. Many participants push themselves hard because they know that they will be rewarded with a job in the end. Encouragement, and changing negative thinking to positive thinking is so important to me.

Q-Is there any experience that happened in a training session that you felt was extraordinary?
After a class test, a participant jumped out of his seat and cheered – He whipped out his camera and took a photo of his passing score on the test. He was going to send the photo to his Mum and everyone he knew. He said, “this is the first test I ever passed in my life!” I felt so moved.

Q-What insights would you offer to a person entering or advancing in this industry?
With a high placement rate from gaining a TC certificate, participants have a great incentive to pass the training. My advice to them is: the more you know about the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management, the better it will be for you in the job. In my sessions I emphasise how important it is to know how to access information about safety– Keeping yourself and your crew safe is vital.

For participants who are on the NZTA Train The Trainer training to be trainers themselves, I hope to instill the value in them that they will be there to inspire and encourage their future participants. The NZTA training should not be purely for a “ticket” for their own jobs. It’s all about “learning not earning.”

Q-Where do you think this industry is heading?
Going forward, the use of technology will be very important. More skills will be required, with less numbers of employees.

I am urging companies to offer access to the NZTA Code of Practice (CoPTTM), and site documentation on devices that will be held onsite. Tablets and phones will be utilised much more to connect to information.

Q-Is there a new technological advancement that you can tell us about?
There is a new STOP/GO patrol that is currently being used in our trials with Kiwi Rail. There is a port-a-boom on either end of the traffic site, with one operator in the middle of the site, instead of three Stop/Go patrols. Currently this port-a-boom operation is experimental, but we anticipate that it will be available by next year.

Another new innovation will be Virtual Reality used for training purposes. With 3D simulators, and immersive goggles, participants will be better able to experience the challenges of complex traffic management sites in the training. It’s the way of the future.

Q-Are you excited about the future direction TTM training is taking?
I am very proud to say that the New Zealand Code of Practice (CoPTTM) will be an international influence in the future. AustRoads, in Australia, has initiated a new project to remake their codes based on the New Zealand code that I had contributed to. There is a process of harmonising TTM between the two countries. Also NZTA’s Competency Framework to deliver more effective training will enhance the success of this program throughout the world.

Q-Are there any messages you would like to convey to Training Aspirations in honour of their 25th anniversary celebration?
In my experience within my profession, I can easily say that with the leadership of Pauline Mountfort at Training Aspirations, there has been an exceptional value of integrity, ethics, and relationships on all business levels. Congratulations to Training Aspirations!

August 5, 2018

Tracy Shaw

Tracy Shaw

Q-Why is training important to your organisation?

Not only is it important, but it is a necessity for us to function. NZTA requires a TC certification for work on all highway traffic management projects. Most of our road work is done on highways, as they are the main connections that people travel on between our local towns. TRAINING ASPIRATIONS is the source for us to keep our employees qualified, and also ensure that they renew their certificates every 3 years.


Q-In what ways does training contribute to your employee’s commitment to their jobs?

Working on the highways can be daunting and potentially dangerous– good training makes workers feel more comfortable and confident in stressful situations. By attending a full day of training, they are well trained. The fact that TRAINING ASPIRATIONS also gives one-on-one training sets them above other training agencies –TRAINING ASPIRATIONS gives a full day of training – with classroom, and onsite roadway practice as well. With that extra attention, TRAINING ASPIRATIONS goes further to encourage participants who may be less educated, or need special care, to succeed in this trade. They go over and above.


Q-What advantages does the training give your employees for the future?

With their good well-rounded courses, TRAINING ASPIRATIONS’ participants are capably trained – they have a recognized certification that they can take with them as they move on.  Other training agencies offer the minimum coursework. TRAINING ASPIRATIONS gives workers a full range of qualifications that they can build on for their own future, and with our company as well.


Q-Are you aware of any TTM training needs that are not being met by NZTA’s current framework of TTM training?

After having taken the Auditor Training with TRAINING ASPIRATIONS, I would hope that NZTA and the Councils would make it a standard practice for their auditors as well. There is a large inconsistency in how auditors approach our job sites. Some are extremely severe, and some are quite lax. TRAINING ASPIRATIONS gives a comprehensive instruction to Auditors on how to make reasonable and realistic, uniform and consistent audits, and also expertise on filling out the Audit forms.


Q-Are there any messages you would like to convey to Training Aspirations in honour of their 25th anniversary celebration?

Congratulations to the whole team at TRAINING ASPIRATIONS. It has been a pleasure partnering with you these 4 1/2 years. I look forward to engaging TRAINING ASPIRATIONS’ high standards and working together for many more years to come.

August 5, 2018

Wendi Henderson


Q-Why is training important to your organisation?

There are many types of roads that come under our jurisdiction. The most important thing for us, is that our workers are safe and compliant with the Codes that apply to the type of road they are working on. With proper training, we benefit from our employees’ skills as we are concerned about Best Practice. Training definitely plays an important role in achieving and maintaining Best Practice. Their enhanced knowledge of Compliance will make them safer, and training will help grow and develop our staff at the same time.

Q-In what ways does training contribute to your employee’s commitment to their jobs?

Training and supplementary qualifications have a 2-fold benefit. For instance, a qualified Arborist will have additional duties around vehicle driving and traffic management. After training in traffic management, they will have another certification that will broaden their overall expertise. They will feel safer and more capable when they understand the extended requirements of their jobs better. We will also gain by having a more qualified staff. It really spans across our whole business.

Q-What advantages does the training give your employees for the future?

A-TC and STMS are qualifications that are quite sought after. Anyone who works on the roads needs a TC Certificate. If our employee has this additional training, they will have opportunities for growth in our organisation, and in many other industries as well. It opens doors and opportunities going forward wherever they go in the future.

Q-Are there any messages you would like to convey to Training Aspirations in honour of their 25th anniversary celebration?

I’ve been working with Training Aspirations for over 15 years, and join in celebrating where they are at today. They got to this 25year anniversary with extraordinary dedication, follow-through, efficiency, and hard work for their clients. Congratulations for reaching this milestone!

August 3, 2018

Moving in a bold direction with Training Aspirations

Michael Pratap

Michael Pratap, Participant

“For the past 2 ½ years, the encouragement and special care that Training Aspirations’ takes, has led me to follow my dream to become a Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) – then go the full distance to be a road inspector and auditor. Ever since I saw the cones of the roadworks, I have had the goal of being the most constructive person I could be. With the excellent instruction from Kieran, and the positive inspiration from Pauline, I feel I am on my way.

Kieran makes training enjoyable by spending a lot of time explaining, putting concepts together and making it understandable, while also being funny too! It is easy to learn when I feel inspired by Kieran’s way of teaching step-by-step, so I am able to achieve and succeed in my studies. He’s the best!

And Stephanie is such an amazing support person, always by your side, helping you each and every step of the way,always there for you. She is awesome!

Pauline has gone out of her way to stay in touch when I was unable to attend sessions, sending me learning materials – and her enthusiasm keeps me motivated to go forward. I can’t thank her enough for being so kind and supportive.

From the top down – Pauline, Kieran, Stephanie – Training Aspirations is the best!… there is nothing more I can say.”

Michael Pratap

August 2, 2018