White Card – Working in the construction industry in Australia


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What is a White Card?

If you are planning to work in the construction industry in Australia, you will need to obtain a White Card.

A White Card is a confirmation that you are aware of the occupational health and safety requirements and you have successfully completed a White Card training course. It is valid in all states. You should not be allowed to set your foot on site without one. Should you have an accident on-site and do not hold the card, you might not be covered for any insurances. You might also get a hefty fine!

How do I get a White card?

To obtain the card you need to attend a one-day occupational health and safety course (OH&S course) with an accredited trainer. If you pass the course, you will be issued with a temporary certificate and you will receive the official plastic card in the post.

How much does it cost?

Fees vary but are normally around $80 mark.

Anything else?

The existing White Card unit CPCCOHS1001A expired on 8 December 2017. If you already hold CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry, you don’t have to update your card.  

All White Cards issued after this date must be issued with the new code CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry. The new unit requires face-to-face demonstrations and verbal questioning in real time.

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy the requirements of the elements, performance criteria, foundation skills, and range of conditions of this unit, in addition to the specific performance and knowledge evidence described below. The person must:

  • identify and orally report two construction hazards
  • orally explain how risk could be reduced or removed in relation to those two hazards
  • select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to control the risk
  • orally explain basic procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies, including types and purpose of the following fire safety equipment: fire blankets, fire extinguishers, including water, carbon dioxide, powder and foam, hose reels and mains
  • identify and orally explain the meaning of required safety signs and symbols
  • orally explain the purpose of job safety analyses (JSAs), safe work method statements (SWMS) and safety data sheets (SDS)
  • orally explain the roles of the following designated health and safety personnel: first aid officers, work health and safety representatives, work health and safety committee members and supervisors.

The person must also demonstrate correctly fitting to themselves the PPE listed below:

  • eye protection
  • hearing protection
  • hard hat
  • high visibility retro reflective vest.

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