White Card Course
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What is a white card?
So you looking to complete your white card course? Let’s take a look at what a white card is, then we’ll look at where to complete one, who has to complete one and a few other basic questions people often have about completing the course.
For anyone who wants to work in the building or construction industry in Australia they have to complete a ‘Work Safely in the Construction Industry Card’ which is better known as a White Card. White cards are obtained through successful completion of a white card course from any Registered Training Organisations in Australia.
The National White Card is an important safety training qualification that provides basic health and safety education through a unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A – “Work Safely in the Construction Industry”. All RTOs generally cover the same unit of competency for the white card course to meet the mutual recognition of the construction induction cards throughout Australia. The National Health and Safety Law aims to replace the old induction cards of states for participants to hold only one induction card that is accepted in all states and territories.
When it comes to the options of where to complete a white card course, you will find a number of choices.
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Who needs to obtain a white card?
Anyone who intends to carry out work on a construction site job in Australia is required to undergo a white card course before he or she is employed.
A white card course is a must for persons completing the following:
- Repair, renovation and refurbishment of building and structures
- Painting, cleaning and landscaping while other labourers carry out construction work
- Carpet and curtain installation
- Cabinets, appliances and sprinkler installation
- Electrical, plumbing, road and earth works
- Surveying, inspecting and auditing the construction costs with supervision from anyone undertaking a white card course
Is the white card qualification nationally recognized?
After successful completion of a white card course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment in CPCCOHS1001A “Work Safely in Construction Industry” that is valid for 30 days. Your white card will be sent through the post within those 30 days. The White Card was issued by the Worksafe government body of Australia so that every individual who successfully completes a white card course will receive a certificate that is valid in all states and territories of Australia.
How long does it take to complete a white card course?
The Unit of Competency for the white card course requires you to complete 6 hours if you complete face-to-face or classroom based training. However if you decide to complete the white card course online they are generally more efficient and it takes approximately 2 – 4 hours. However this all depends on the participant’s skill level and previous experience with the construction industry and computer literacy.
How much does the white card course cost?
Most RTOs offer the white card course for $50 – $80. Some RTOs offer it for more than $100, but that is generally if they are offering the course through face to face training.
How old must I be to complete white card course?
Anyone over 14 years old can enrol and complete a white card course, as long as he or she has a good knowledge of English and can of course provide documents that will prove his or her age (a Birth Certificate, Citizenship Certificate or Driver’s License).
How long is the white card valid for?
The National Standard White Card has no expiry date, as long as you are continuously exposed to any construction activity in Australia. However, if you are unable to work at any construction site or zone for 2 consecutive years, the card is no longer valid and employers would certainly expect them to undergo re-training, as stated by the National Code of Practice.
Can I do the course online?
Of course. Most Registered Training Organisations take advantage of online technology and offer white card courses online. White card courses can be delivered through face-to-face training sessions or via online / distance education. Taking the white card course online is the most convenient and cost-efficient option for most people, especially for those who are pressed for time. Be sure to check the state’s requirements first, to make sure it will be accepted in the state you want to work in.
What do I do if I lose my white card?
If your white card is lost, stolen, damaged or contains any printing error, you may ask for a replacement by contacting the RTO where you completed your white card course. Some RTOs may directly replace your white card with a new one, but others may ask you to fill out forms such as Statutory Declaration, or an application form to replace the OHS Construction Induction Card. There are some RTOs that may ask for a fee or service charge for the replacement.