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Universal STMS

The Universal site traffic management specialist (STMS-U) provides the base STMS knowledge for the STMS category A, B or C learning blocks and the STMS Mobile learning block.

This training is a steppingstone qualification before specialising on Categories of road or completing the STMS Mobile. It is a Non-Practising qualification only and does not qualify attendees to undertake TTM responsibilities.

Warrant Unit Std Title Level Credit
Universal STMS 31961 Explain the requirements for the worksite under temporary traffic management 3 5

The assessment for the STMS-U is Unit Standard 31961 and is completed as a two-day theory workshop.

STMS-U assessments are sat progressively during the workshop.

Topics include:

  • navigating CoPTTM
  • reading a TMP and checking that it is suitable for a site (fit for purpose)
  • identifying, assessing, and managing risk
  • understanding layout distances
  • planning a site setup and calculating resources
  • completing a TTM crew briefing
  • checking a worksite
  • being a leader
  • Dealing with the public and working with staff

Workshop includes:

  • STMS-U Handbook
  • Assessment material
  • Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea
  • A verification card which can be used as proof of the warrant (until the Waka Kotahi card arrives)
  • Waka Kotahi registration & reporting Unit Standard 31961 (where the holder has the prerequisite)


The TMO NP is the prerequisite to the sitting the STMS-U. The prerequisite to obtaining Unit Standard 31961 is Unit Standard 31959. A current TC can sit the STMS-U however will not obtain the Unit Standard.

For more information about this warrant refer to the Waka Kotahi Universal site traffic management specialist (STMS-U)

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