In Australia it is a legal requirement that all workers involved in construction work have completed general construction induction training (known as the white card) and have evidence of their attendance from the national training unit “Work Safely in the Construction Industry (CPCCOHS1001A) before they are permitted to commence work on a construction site.

General induction training provides people entering the construction industry with a basic knowledge of OHS laws, the common hazards and risks likely to be encountered on construction sites and how these risks should be controlled.

The white card is a credit card sized ID that you receive once you have completed the training.

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.

How Can I Get a White Card?

To obtain the card you will need to complete the white card training course (CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry) with an accredited training organisation.

The course is available online and face-to-face (in a classroom) with different training providers.

Who Can Deliver the White Card?

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 may charge you a fee for the replacement card.

What Other Safety Induction Training is Required?

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 construction site will require a worker to undertake site-specific training and task specific training.

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 – Is organised by your 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.