You must have a white card to work in the construction industry.

SafeWork SA does not administer, issue or replace white cards. You will need to contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to obtain a new or replacement card.

White card training

In order to obtain a white card you need to successfully complete the general induction training course (course reference CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry) which is approved through the Australian Skills Quality Authority. This course provides basic knowledge of:

  • construction work
  • work health and safety laws
  • common site hazards and
  • how to control the associated risks.

This training must be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (this link opens a list of RTOs in SA who offer white card training).

The RTO will issue you with a white card once you have successfully completed the training.

Keep a note of your RTO's details and a copy of your white card in your records. You may need this information in case you require a replacement card or to update your details.

Obtaining a replacement card

Your white card does not expire as long as you keep up your competencies. If you have not worked in the construction industry in the past 2 years, your white card is not considered to be valid and you will need to retrain.

White cards are issued by the Registered Training Organisation who conducted your white card training not by SafeWork SA.

SafeWork SA are unable to reissue white cards, nor do we hold information regarding individual white cards such as card numbers, your training provider or your training history.

If you need a new card or to change your details, you must contact the RTO where you completed your induction training.

If you're unable to remember where you did your training or they no longer operate, unfortunately you'll need to retake the training. If you attended TAFE SA to gain a qualification in the construction industry you may have received your white card as part of your course.

All cards issued after 1 July 2011 have photographic ID. Cards issued before that date, without photo ID, remain valid.

Damaged white cards

SafeWork SA does not administer, issue or replace white cards. We do not hold any information in relation to your personal details or your training history. White cards are issued by the Registered Training Organisation who conducted your white card training.

If your white card has been damaged to the extent that you feel you require a replacement card please contact the Registered Training Organisation who conducted your white card training. If you attended TAFE SA to gain a qualification in the construction industry you may have received your white card as part of your course. Alternatively, speak to your local RTO to see if they can assist in obtaining a replacement card.

Proof of training

Whenever you are on a construction site, you must keep your white card available for inspection. If you no longer have your white card, or you are unable to show proof of training, you will need to attend the induction training course again.

Your PCBU is also required to keep a record of your training and competencies. If they consider it necessary, they may ask you to undertake refresher training, in which case a new card and photo ID will be issued by the RTO.

White cards obtained interstate

If you obtained your white card interstate, PCBUs in SA are obliged to accept these cards as proof of training under WHS Regulations.

Specialised construction training

The Construction Industry Training Board provides specialised training and skills development relevant to construction work.

Further training may:

  • give you a deeper knowledge of health and safety issues and safe work practices specific to a particular workplace or work site
  • help you understand how to safely undertake a specific task.

Further information

Code of Practice for Construction Work