non – apprenticeship


Flagperson (aka Flagman/Flagwoman, ‘flagger’) may perform the following duties:

  • Direct and control traffic (motoring and pedestrian) safely in and through the work zone
  • Direct site equipment when working in close proximity of traffic and other hazards and obstructions. Communicating and interacting with the public in a courteous and professional manner
  • Protect workers by keeping work space free of traffic and warning them of approaching hazards
  • Assist trucks in accessing and exiting work sites and directing them where to dump loads
  • Assist with set up and maintenance of project signage and barricades including daily barricade reports

After gaining work experience as a flagperson and completion of a two day training certificate, you can become a Traffic Control Coordinator. Some of the duties in this position may include:

  • Discuss project goals with site supervisor in order to plan activities
  • Coordinate and create work schedules of flagpersons on projects/work sites
  • Set up signs for the projects according to the Traffic Management Plan (TMP)


Note: Additional training and/or certification may be required.


Work environments for flagpersons:

  • Must be able to work extended hours and irregular days with irregular breaks
  • Ability to spend extended periods standing/walking and holding stop/slow paddle, walkie talkie, etc.

Specialized Skills Required

Some ideal skills for flagpersons are the following:

  • Ability to take control and give firm, clear directions
  • Must be able to meet all safety requirements and applicable safety policies


Profession Wage Rate
Minimum wage - $18.00/hour
Traffic Control Coordinator
$18.50/hour - $22.75/hour
Source: MHCA staff and industry experts for Hugh Munro Construction Ltd.
Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career:
Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017 
Journey Persons$12.75


In Manitoba, flagpersons are required to hold an industry standard training certificate. This certificate can be obtained from the following training providers:

For flagpersons who want to move to the next level in their field, they will need to take a 2 day training session to become a Traffic Control Coordinator.


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