Frequently Asked Questions
Information for workers
What is a 'White Card' or 'White Card training'?
'White Card' is a term used to describe the plastic card issued by a Registered Training Organisation indicating that a person has undertaken general induction training for construction work, also known as 'White card training'. People who work on construction sites in Australia must undertake general induction training or 'White Card training' and have evidence of their attendance from the course before they are permitted to commence work on a construction site.
What is Construction work?
Construction work means any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure.
Where can I go to get trained in construction induction and get a 'White Card'?
The National Register for the Vocational Education and Training sector's website lists Registered Training Organisations that have approval to deliver 'White Card' training. The course is called 'CPCCOHS1001A - Work safely in the construction industry.' If you don't always have computer access, you can look in the Yellow Pages under Registered Training Organisations.
Can I do an online training course?
The construction industry in South Australia, through the SA Construction Industry Occupational Health and Safety Committee manages and administers White Card training with the Registered Training Organisations. The Code states that the course 'has a nominal duration of 6 hours face-to-face delivery'. The Code also states that 'general induction may be repeated when the person with control of the construction work decides that there is a need for re-training'.
The SA Construction Industry Occupational Health and Safety Committee and the Construction Industry have expressed a strong view that online training for this course is not acceptable to the industry in South Australia and SafeWork SA supports the industry's views.
SafeWork SA endorses the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (the Code) and expects the construction industry to comply with the Code.
Construction site managers in South Australia may choose to refuse entry to a person, or require a person to be re-trained if they decide that there is a need for re-training.
If I completed online White Card training will it be recognised in South Australia?
It is up to the Construction Site Manager to decide whether or not to accept a card issued by any jurisdiction.
Construction site managers in South Australia have the right to refuse entry to a person, and require a person to be re-trained if they decide that there is a need for re-training.
SafeWork SA is bound by 'Mutual Recognition Principles' to accept all cards issued by any jurisdiction, therefore a SafeWork SA Inspector will accept any card onsite.
Does the requirement for a photograph to appear on a 'White Card' mean that all those issued since it started in 2008 need to be re-issued with a photograph?
No. All 'white cards' issued prior 1 July 2011, remain valid and should be accepted at any Australian construction site.
Does the 'White Card' have an expiry date?
No. However, under the Code of Practice an employer (or person in control of a site) can require a person to undertake refresher training if they consider it necessary.
I've lost my 'White Card'. How do I get a replacement?
You will need to go back to the Registered Training Organisation where you completed your training and ask for a replacement card. The Registered Training Organisation will issue you with the new style of card (with your photograph) however the card will show the original date of issue. The Registered Training Organisation may charge you a fee for the replacement card.
I've heard that there are different levels of induction training. What does this mean?
The Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work describes three types of induction training:
- General induction training - the course CPCCOHS1001A - Work safely in the construction industry, commonly called 'White Card' training. This is entry-level, basic construction safety training.
- Site specific induction training - training organised by a particular employer or work site to provide participants with knowledge of health and safety issues and safe work practices specific to that site.
- Task specific induction training - training for a specific task or type of work, such as high risk construction work. This training assists the participant to gain the knowledge needed to undertake a particular task safely.
In addition to holding a 'White Card' to show that a person has undertaken general induction training for construction work, an employer or person in control of a site will require a worker to undertake site specific training or task specific training.
The Construction Site Manager has the right to require a person to be retrained if they decide that there is a need for retraining.