|White Card Face to Face Course|
|Nationally recognised qualification|
|Pre-course materials available immediately|
|State regulatory compliance|
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A white card (or general construction induction card) is a mandatory requirement for workers who are employed in the construction sector across all states and territories in Australia.
Workplace Health and Safety regulatory bodies in every state and territory require the following people to have a white card:
It is worth noting that the white card becomes void if you haven’t carried out construction work for two consecutive years or more and workers in construction can use induction cards issued in other states and territories.
Construction sites are dangerous places. There are risks that can result in serious injury or even death, if health and safety procedures are not followed correctly, so before you step onto a construction site, you need to know what you can and can’t do.
A white card ensures that you have the correct training and knowledge about safety operations on site. A white card is your guarantee to the site manager, contractors and the construction company that you know what your doing.
It is compulsory in Australia to obtain a white card before entering a construction site. In fact, the majority of construction sites in Australia will refuse you entry unless you have your white card. Each state and territory has a code of practice listed on their relevant workplace health and safety regulatory bodies website.
A white card is not simply about obtaining a piece of paper that says “I can work here”, its an assurance that you have obtained a white card for not only your own safety but for your work colleagues safety as well. Accidents occur on construction sites daily in Australia, and they are high-risk workplaces so being responsible and understanding safety operations is the number one priority.
Without it legal penalties apply, which can result in the company that’s employed you getting a hefty fine of up to $11,000. If you are a member of a union or wish to join one, it is also compulsory to have a white card.
Whilst there are many providers offering the current unit of competency online, regulators do not like it and are trying their best to close RTO’s who offer this course online. Generally the proliferation of cheap online, mostly non-compliant courses has cause the industry to race to the bottom on price which of course makes it hard for quality face-to-face providers to compete. Once the transition to the new competency completes at the end of 2017, the new performance criteria of direct observations will make it difficult to complete the training without some face to face participation.
NSW General Construction Induction Training (GIT) cards are issued under the current WHS Regulation from 1 January 2012, along with NSW construction induction cards (issued from 1 September 2009 to 31 December 2011) which are recognised throughout Australia.
Holders of the NSW construction induction cards (issued between 29 March 2004 and 31 August 2009) should note their cards are still recognised in all jurisdictions other than Western Australia.
Construction workers in Victoria with evidence of a Construction Induction Basic Training course completed before 1 July 2008 (‘red card’ holders) are exempt from the requirement to hold a current construction induction card. An employer must accept a card with a completion of the Construction Induction Basic Training course before 1 July 2008.
All cards issued in South Australia after 1 July 2011 must have photographic ID. Cards issued before that date, without photo ID are still acceptable. A site manager may ask a worker to undertake refresher training if they consider it necessary and a new card and photo ID will be issued by the RTO.
It is compulsory for anybody working on a construction site in WA to have a White Card or a Safety Awareness Training Card (Blue card).
South Australia’s White card and Queensland’s Blue and White cards are accepted under a reciprocal agreement on WA construction sites.
In order to obtain a general construction induction card in QLD workers will need to undertake training with an RTO that conducts the General Construction Induction training. (Unit of competency – CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry).
Construction induction cards are issued upon completion of construction induction training and by lodging an application at Service Tasmania.
Construction workers in the ACT require a General Construction Induction Card (White Card) when working on a construction site.
Each construction worker must hold a general construction induction training card and a general construction induction training certification that has been issued within the preceding 60 days. This applies if the worker has applied for but not yet been issued with a general construction induction training card.
After the completion of training, the applicant must apply to the Territory Business Centre (TBC) for a White Card. Applicants are required to complete an application form – Application for a NT General Construction Training Card and supply a Statement of Attainment or written declaration stating they have completed the training within the preceding 60 days.
How to get a licence
White card training needs to be conducted by a qualified Registered Training Organisation (RTO). There are two types of courses available from Alertforce.