A white card is one item required before you can begin working on a construction site in Australia. As a professional you need these levels of certification to clear you and certify your ability to work on varying sites, or within varying environments. Everything you need to know about obtaining these WC certifications in AU will be covered in this blog.
What is a WC?
A white card also referred to as a general construction induction card, is an officially recognized document that certifies you have received the training required to work on an Australian building site. Anyone who wishes to work in construction in the nation must have it.
Who Needs a WC?
You must have this kind of certification if any of the following situations exist:
- You have a job working on a building site.
- You approach active construction zones alone, without direct supervision from an inducted person, or because it’s necessary for your job.
- You have a WC, but it has been more than two years since you last laboured in construction.
Eligibility for a WC
You must be 14 years of age or older to possess a white card.
How to Get a WC
To obtain a verified certificate, you must:
- Please present identification documents.
- Enlist the help of a licensed training organization for building induction training (RTO).
- Make the training session payment. (which is set independently by the RTO).
Once you’ve completed your training, the RTO will send your application to SafeWork NSW, which will issue your documentation. In the meantime, you’ll be given a statement of training that you can use for 60 days until your certification arrives.
Using a WC in Other AU States or Territories
You may use your construction induction certificate in NSW if you have one from another AU state or territory. Ensure that your card is still active otherwise you may risk being turned away or losing your current employment.
When Will Your WC Arrive?
Your WC will usually arrive within 30 days of completing your training. If it doesn’t arrive, call the relevant departments to check on its status and delivery date.
Keep in mind that every time you operate on a new construction site, you must participate in a safety induction. Additionally, keep your white ID on you at all times while working.
If you’re planning on working on a construction site in Australia, getting a white card is mandatory. It’s a straightforward process that involves completing training with an RTO and providing proof of identity. If you follow the steps outlined in this blog post, you’ll have your certification in no time. Call us!