Video Transcript: What is a White Card?
0:00: Okay, so you want to work in the construction industry in Australia and know you need to
0:04: get a white card. Let’s take a look at what a white card is, where you can complete one
0:09: and who needs to complete it! So what is a white card?
0:12: A White card is the most common term used to refer to an Occupational Health and Safety
0:17: Certificate. People who aim to take on a career or any trade position either as a worker,
0:23: apprentice, project manager or supervisor on a construction job site in Australia are
0:29: all required by the National Health and Safety Law to obtain a white card before they start
0:34: working. Next up lets take a look at where you can
0:37: complete a white card. All throughout Australia, there are numerous
0:40: training providers that offer a white card training course. When you are searching for
0:45: a training provider, ensure that you enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
0:50: that is accredited and offers a course that is accepted in your state. Different training
0:55: providers can generally be similar when it comes to the service they offer, because of
0:59: the mutual recognition between the states and territories of Australia, but they will
1:04: generally differ in their location and cost of the course.
1:08: On our site we recommend you checkout a particular training provider who offers a great course,
1:12: for a great price and they are accredited by the necessary authorities so definitely
1:17: check them out. Next, lets take a look at who has to complete
1:20: a white card? The most common construction jobs that would
1:24: call for the need of a white card include but are not limited to civil construction,
1:29: repairs, refurbishment and renovations, removal of asbestos, carpentry, bricklaying and many
1:36: more. The great risks involved in the construction
1:39: industry calls for the need for workers to be knowledgeable about safe work practices,
1:43: risk management principles, safety signs, personal protection and fire safety equipment.
1:49: Awareness of these things are obtained through completion of a white card training course.
1:53: Generally, all individuals carrying out construction work in Australia must successfully complete
1:59: a white card training course before they get to work on any construction activity. Individuals
2:04: who must acquire a white card when working in the construction industry include but are
2:08: not limited to the following: Self-employed, Labourers, Apprentices and
2:13: trainees, Trades-personnel, Projects supervisors and managers, Employees who are recommended
2:21So Is the qualification nationally recognised? Most training providers recommend that you
2:26take the white card training or induction course in your state of residence or where
2:31you are presently working, in order to receive a new National Standard White Card that is
2:35issued under one jurisdiction. However The National White Card is nationally recognized,
2:40thus, allowing you to work in all Australian States and Territories.
2:45How long does it take to complete a white card course?
2:48The length of the white card training course depends on where and how you plan to complete
2:52it. Face to face training takes six hours to complete plus any travel time. However,
2:57: not all individuals have the opportunity and enough time to travel and attend classroom
3:02: based training. Therefore the most convenient way to complete a white card training course
3:06: is through an online course that usually takes only two to four 4 hours to complete.
3:12: How much does the white card training course cost?
3:15: With a range of training providers available throughout Australia, the cost of the white
3:18: card training course can vary, but for those who complete it online it is generally between
3:23: fifty to ninety bucks and for those who complete it face to face it will cost around one hundred
3:28: and fifty bucks. So how old must you be to complete a white
3:32: card course and how long is it valid for? Anyone over fourteen years old can enroll
3:36: in a white card training course and government bodies of Australia issued a formal announcement
3:41: that the National Standard White Card no longer expires. However, anyone who has not worked
3:47: in the construction industry for more than 2 years are required by employers to undergo
3:51: retraining. Can I do the course online?
3:55: Australian states and territories, New South Wales, WA, Victoria, Tasmania, ACT, Queensland
4:01: and Northern Territory accept white cards online. South Australian safety inspectors
4:07: also accept white card training completed online, however some site managers have been
4:11: known not to accept training completed online and have therefore requested that retraining
4:16: occur through face to face training providers. If you want more information about completing
4:20: the white card online then head over to our site www.whitecardinfo.com.au and checkout
4:26: the page we have dedicated to break down the rules state by state.
4:31: What do I do if I lose my white card? If your white card is lost, stolen, damaged
4:36: or destroyed then it is best for you to contact the Registered training organisation where
4:40: you completed the white card training course. Some of them can replace the card while others
4:45: may ask you to contact WorkCover and complete an application form first before they issue
a replacement card.
4:50: So I hoped this video has answer your question “what is a white card” and if you have any
4:56: other questions don’t hesitate to head over to our website www.whitecardinfo.com.au