Traffic Sign Design

IHE’s Professional Certificate in Traffic Sign Design is endorsed by both the Department for Transport and the Highways England and accredits your competence in this specialist field.

Traffic Sign Design certificates are available at foundation, practitioner and expert levels and are open to all highways practitioners. IHE membership is not required, and you don’t need any specific academic qualifications or to take a training course.

Foundation level candidates provide support on the design of traffic signing systems and production of proposals for implementation. Practitioner candidates lead the preparation, design or implementation of traffic signing.

Expert candidates have a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of traffic signing system design, along with the ability to advise on detailed requirements. Experts are expected to assess the capability of other traffic signs designers and provide mentor training. They contribute at senior level (locally or at national level) expert advice, prepare guidance documents or carry out formal training in signing practice.

Learning is assessed by examination, scenario training and assignments to ensure that successful candidates have fully developed the necessary skills to be able to make the most informed decisions in traffic sign design.

You’ll be asked to prove that you meet the standards of competence at the desired level to gain the certificate, this includes demonstrating the following requirements:

  • Statutory requirements, policy and general guidance
  • Present and discuss traffic signing proposals
  • Use and design of Traffic Signs

You can choose from the following optional units to meet the remaining requirements:

  • Road markings and road studs
  • Temporary Traffic Management Signs
  • Sign design software
  • Sign Manufacturing and Specification
  • Site installation and contracts

You’ll need to submit an experience report and compile a portfolio of your work matched to the Traffic Sign Design standards of competence, and present your work at an interview with two assessors.

A step-by-step guide to application and competency requirements is available to download.

The IHE also offers a traffic signs conference with a discounted rate for members.


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