Anybody looking for work in the Australian construction industry has heard the term ‘White Card’. The Construction Induction Card (CID) or White Card, is mandatory for construction workers in Australia. It’s proof that you’ve completed an official and certified construction safety training course. Only a government registered organisation within Australia can issue you with the ‘statement of attainment’ which you need to start work on any construction site. The official name for the white card is ‘Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry CPCCWHS1001’ training course.

Who Needs a White Card?

Anybody who wants to work on a construction site in Australia needs a CID to prove that they have completed an approved general construction induction training course, including:
⦁ Labourers
⦁ Tradespeople
⦁ Supervisors
⦁ Surveyors
⦁ Anybody who accesses a construction site unsupervised
⦁ Any workers who regularly enter working construction sites.

How Do I Get a White Card?

Unlike the Blue Card that only requires you to register and apply, the only way to obtain the CID is to complete a White Card course. After completing the course, the institution issues you with a statement of attainment to prove that you’re familiar with workplace health and safety. You may start working on construction sites immediately after completing the course. The institution registers you with the relevant state institution, and you receive your card by post within 60 days.

Training Courses

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, most states only allowed face-to-face training for the CID. The government has approved online training for the pandemic duration, so for now, all the Australian states accept an online course. Skillsify has a complete list of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that give you face-to-face or online training to qualify for the CID.

Whether you choose to do an online white card or ‘in-person’ course, you need to learn Australia’s legal requirements and:
⦁ Identifying a safety hazard
⦁ Reporting safety hazards
⦁ Measures to reduce the chance of injury and accidents
⦁ Responding to health and safety incidents.
At the end of the course, you must pass a test before qualifying for the CID.

Validity

Safe Work Australia has declared a National Code of Practice for the induction of Construction Workers. All states and territories have accepted this. The result is a nationally consistent approach to induction training and that white cards issued in any state are nationally accredited. Once you have a CID, it remains valid unless you haven’t worked in the construction industry for more than two years. Although most states prefer in-person training, even courses completed online at an RTO, qualify you for the CID during the pandemic

Is it Easy to Get the White Card?

Although the process may seem complicated, obtaining the CID is easy. You need to ensure that you complete the course at an RTO and pass the test at the end. The assessment is easy to pass if you have a fair understanding of English. Once obtained, the CID remains valid nationally for as long as you continue to work in the Australian construction industry