Holding a valid White Card in Australia means that you have completed construction induction training with a registered training organisation. In order to obtain a white card, you must complete a one-day training course.
Holders of white cards include site managers, supervisors, surveyors, labourers and tradespeople. Generally speaking, everyone who undertakes construction work in Australia must have a white card or they will face a penalty.
The training for a white card covers Work Health and Safety related topics such as WHS/OHS legislative requirements, construction hazards and control measure, WHS/OHS communication and reporting procedures and WHS/OHS incident response procedures. The course will enable you to identify hazards, report concerns and respond to incidents.
Once you have completed your white card training, you will be given a statement of training which will allow you to commence work on a building or construction site immediately, while your plastic wallet-size card is getting printed and mailed to you.
If you undertake White Card training with an accredited Registered Training Organisation in Australia, your white card will be valid in:
- ACT (Canberra)
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
It is important to note that in NSW and VIC, white card training should be done through the face-to-face class and many work sites in those states will not accept a White Card that has been obtained through online training. To avoid a situation where your white card is not accepted as valid by an employer or inspector, it is recommended to attend face-to-face training with a registered provider.
Once you have received your white card, it will remain valid while you continue to work in construction. However, if you do not work in this field for a period of two consecutive years, you will need to renew your white card by undertaking training again.
Losing a white card does not mean you have to complete training again, contact the issuer for a re-print so that you can confirm your qualification.
Edway Training offers White Card training in cities around Australia.
In Sydney, NSW, Edway Training offers White Card training 6 times a week from 3 different locations (Sydney, Parramatta and Penrith).
For course information, training schedule and online bookings, please visit our White Card Sydney page.
Frequently Asked Questions about White Card NSW are available at White Card Sydney FAQs page.
In Victoria, White Card training course is offered 6 times a week from 3 locations (Melbourne, Sunshine and Hallam). Visit our White Card Melbourne page for more information.