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Construction White Card (CPCWHS1001) Prepare to work safely in the construction industry)

Course Description

This one (1) day face-to-face training program offers mandatory Work Health and Safety (WHS) training required for construction work, ensuring you and your colleagues have the knowledge and awareness of WHS legislative requirements for a safe working environment. Our course includes hands-on training and practical tips to ensure that you are equipped to handle any situation on the construction site.

Our comprehensive program covers identifying and reporting common construction hazards, understanding risk control measures, and responding to potential incidents and emergencies. We'll also guide you in selecting and fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) commonly used in construction work. 

Invest in safety and register now for our immersive and informative training program to ensure you're equipped for any situation on the construction site. Join us and gain the necessary skills and knowledge to protect yourself and your colleagues.

Unit of Competency

  • CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Course Outline

  • Identify roles, responsibilities and duty of care requirements
  • Learn construction safe work practices
  • Recognise and discuss construction hazards and control measures
  • Understand principles of risk management
  • Understand the purpose and use of PPE
  • Health and safety communication and reporting
  • Identify health and safety documents, personnel roles, and reporting procedures
  • Recognise safety signs and symbols
  • Incident and Emergency Response procedures
  • Understand procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies
  • Identify First Aid procedures and fire safety equipment types and purposes.

Mode of Delivery

This course will be delivered face-to-face at one of our leading facilities.

Please note that our public training is conducted in the Illawarra region for all available dates. Any changes to this will be specified above, next to the date option. 

For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).


This course is scheduled for:

1 day face-to-face learning and assessment 

*Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities.

Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

Participants must be at least 14 years old. Students under 18 must have parental consent to attend.

Participants must provide 100 points of identification. This identification must be presented before the formal assessment. Failure to provide it will result in the participant being unable to undergo formal assessment. The SafeWork NSW website provides guidance on how to collate the 100 points of identification. Identification documents such as Australian birth certificate, Australian driver's licence, Medicare card, ATM card, and utilities bill can be accepted (This information is also in your frequently asked questions)Special evidence of identity provisions may apply to specific groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, school students, international students in Australia for less than six (6) weeks and correctional centre inmates. The trainer or assessor verifies the documentation,

Students must have basic English proficiency and have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course. During the training program participants are required to demonstrate a range of skills to be competent, including numeracy skills to assist reading common safety signs, oral communication skills to ask and clarify instructions, reading skills to follow simple safety instructions, problem-solving skills to select risk control measures, and basic written skills to complete forms.

Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.

Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.


Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).

Our training meets the general construction induction requirements set by Part 1.1 Definitions and Part 6.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations, Division 11 of Part 3 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 for Western Australia, and Division 3 of Part 5.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 for Victoria.


  • $160 per person
  • For group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.

Course Inclusions

All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided.


What is a white card, and who needs it in Australia?

A white card is a mandatory certification for anyone who wants to work on a construction site in Australia. It is a construction induction training certification required under the Work Health and Safety Regulations.

How can I obtain a white card in Australia?

To obtain a white card in Australia, you must complete a general construction induction training course with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). 

Does my white card expire?

In Australia, a white card does not have an expiration date. However, it is recommended to update your knowledge and skills regularly by attending relevant training or refresher courses.

Please note; your white card will become void and you'll have to retrain if you have not done any construction work within 2 years of your training.

Can I work in other states with my white card in Australia?

Yes, a white card holder can work in other states in Australia. Construction workers can use construction induction cards issued by other states and territories in NSW. This allows workers to operate across state borders without needing to obtain multiple licenses. For more information, refer to the fact sheet on interstate cards.

It is important to note that while the induction card is accepted in NSW, it may not cover all the state's requirements. Therefore, workers should ensure that they are familiar with the local regulations before starting work. This is especially important for high-risk construction work, such as working with asbestos or using high-risk machinery.

Additionally, some construction companies may require workers to hold a NSW specific induction card. Therefore, it's advisable to check with your employer or the relevant industry association to determine which induction card is required.

Can I obtain a digital white card in Australia?

Yes, a digital white card is available in Australia. The NSW Government is working to digitise trade licences, including the white card, to improve customer service, convenience, and compliance with legislation. The digital white card is a secure and convenient way to carry and access your certification on your mobile device.

What happens if I work on a construction site without a white card in Australia?

Working on a construction site without a white card is a breach of Work Health and Safety regulations in Australia. It can result in heavy fines and legal consequences for both the worker and the employer. Having a valid white card is crucial to ensuring the safety of everyone on a construction site. 

What are the Health and Safety legislative requirements in construction and what do they entail?

Health and Safety legislative requirements in construction involve various aspects of workplace safety, including identifying roles, responsibilities, and duty of care requirements, learning safe work practices, understanding construction hazards and control measures, recognising safety signs and symbols, and knowing incident and emergency response procedures, among other things.

To comply with these requirements, workers in the construction industry must understand the principles of risk management, use personal protective equipment (PPE) properly, and know how to communicate and report health and safety issues. They must also be able to identify health and safety documents, personnel roles, and reporting procedures and be familiar with first aid procedures and fire safety equipment types and purposes.

What are the eligibility criteria for obtaining a white card, and what documents are required as evidence of identity?

To apply for a white card, you need to complete general construction induction training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provide evidence of identity worth 100 points. The minimum age requirement for training is 14 years old.

Accepted documents that can be used as evidence of identity include an Australian birth certificate, Australian driver's license, Medicare card, ATM card, and utilities bill. For a detailed list of acceptable documents, refer to the evidence of identity information sheets for high-risk work or general construction induction.

The trainer or assessor is responsible for verifying the documentation, and only one application can be lodged with multiple classes attached. Use our online search to find a white card trainer in your area, and note that the course fee is set independently by the RTO.