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White Card Australia

If you intend to work in the construction industry in Australia, the White Card Certificate is a compulsory requirement. It is a certification that you obtain after a few hours of training. The White Card course focuses on specialised training regarding workplace health and safety and a general introduction to the construction industry. In this article, we have put together everything you need to know when choosing a course in Australia. 

What is a White Card?

In Australia, the White Card is legally required for those working in the construction industry. This training aims to provide workers with information on safe work practices, risk management, personal protection, safety signs, equipment to prevent accidents at the work place, as well as workplace injury management and workers compensation system.

The White Card training is aimed at all workers who will be working in the construction industry as:

  • Self-employed persons (working under their ABN)
  • Labourers
  • Trainees / Apprentices
  • Trades-persons

During the course you will be trained to:

  • Identify Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislative requirements;
  • Communicate and report processes;
  • Recognise Construction Hazards;
  • Understand OHS Incident Response Procedures.
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How to get a White Card?

The White Card once obtained, is valid in all states of Australia. Indeed, all states and territories have agreed to introduce the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work resulting in a harmonization of the training provided to construction workers.

To get your White, you have two options :

  • Sit an online test. The online course is self-paced and can be completed in multiple sittings. Once completed, you download your certificate online.
  • Face to face training in a classroom. It takes a day and you will receive your diploma at the end of the day.

Please note you can only take the White Card training online from certain states. Depending on the state, as each state has a different course. Below is an information guide on each state/territory:

  • Australian Capital Territory: Training must be completed in the classroom. Online training is not available.
  • New South Wales: Training can be completed in the classroom or online (temporary measure due to covid pandemic)
  • Queensland: Training can be done online or in a classroom.
  • Victoria: Training can be completed in the classroom or Online (temporary measure until 31 December 2022)
  • South Australia: White Card course is only available face-to-face.
  • Western Australia: Training can be done online or in a classroom.
  • Northern Territory: Training must be completed in the classroom.
  • Tasmania: Training can be done online or in a classroom.

The White Card once obtained is valid in all states and indefinitely. Note however that if you obtain the certificate and do not work in this industry for 2 years, you will have to retake the training.

How much does it cost?

Prices range from $39 to $220 depending on the state!

Many websites and companies offer this training online. We highly recommend you to use Express Online Training (RTO 40592), which offers the White Card online course for $59  – $39 SPECIAL OFFER (valid for WA, TAS). Also available for QLD, NSW, VIC (during pandemic).

The classroom courses are more expensive. If you decide to do classroom training, we recommend using Edway (RTO 91401). You can complete your course in NSW ($105 with discount) or Victoria ($144 with discount). Edway is indeed offering a $5 discount to all of our readers.

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White Card Online (TAS, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW)

You can get the White Card online with EOT for the following states: TAS, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW.
Fees vary depending on the state in which you are taking the exam. For example, prices are higher for QLD, VIC and NSW (from $220).

We highly recommend you to use Express Online Training, which offers the White Card online course for $59  – $39 SPECIAL OFFER (valid for WA, TAS). EOT is a nationally accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO 40592), and are registered with all relevant federal and state government bodies such as WorkSafe, SafeWork & ASQA. The online training is self-paced and you pay after you passed the course.

Course Code: CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Create your USI number

You have to create a USI number (Unique Student Identifier), which is free and required for the completion of the course. You can create this number even if you are on a Working Holiday visa. To get your number, visit  https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi. The USI is linked to your passport number and visa however, you can only get your USI if you are in Australia.

White Card NSW in Classroom

To complete your White Card in NSW, we recommend Edway (RTO 91401). Edway is offering the course in Sydney in three locations, Darlinghurst, Seven Hills and Mona Vale. Your certificate will be issued on the day. The course takes 6.5 Hours and is nationally accredited. Currently, the course can be done face to face or online via Zoom.

Course Code: CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Edway is offering an exclusive $5 discount to all of our readers.

Use the code: ABGENWCNSW

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COVID-19 Safety instructions

To be compliant with government requirements, Edway limited the number of participants to keep a safe distance and started providing students with PPE (masks and earplugs).

White Card Victoria in Classroom

To complete your White Card in Victoria, we recommend Edway (RTO 91401). The company is offering the course in three locations, Melbourne, Sunshine and Hallam. Your certificate will be issued on the day. The course takes 6 hours and is nationally accredited.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Edway Training is conducting  face to face onsite training, according to the Victorian government guidance for higher education, TAFE and training operations:

  • Students and staff are required to be fully vaccinated
  • Face masks are required
  • Checking in using QR codes and showing your COVID-19 digital certificate is required

Course Code: CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Edway is offering an exclusive $5 discount to all of our readers.

Use the code: ABGENWCVIC

If you are thinking about working in hospitality later on, it is worth purchasing a training package to obtain your RSA Certificate as well.

Is it worth getting the White Card?

If you intend to work in the construction industry in Australia, the White Card is compulsory. The White Card will assist you in more opportunities to find jobs in Australia. The construction industry is a growing industry in Australia while pay rates are usually bargained above the award wage. However, working in this industry is not easy and requires a good physical condition (long hours and physical work). Finally, keep all your training receipts on record as the training expenses can be declared when your end of financial year tax return is completed. Australia’s financial year is from July – June. 

Read our dedicated article: Work in construction in Australia

FAQ – White Card

Does the White card expire ?

    The White Card once obtained is valid indefinitely. However that if you obtain the certificate and do not work in this industry for 2 years, you will have to retake the training.

What is the white card test ?

    You will have to answer several questions related to the construction industry (safety, equipment, regulations etc). You will then have a Short Audio Assessment and Short Video Assessment (online training).

What is PPE?

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is anything a worker uses or wears to keep them healthy and safe. For the construction industry the minimum PPE requirements are: Hard Hat, high visibility vest, Steel Cap Work Boots.

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