QLD White Card - Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry


Course description

This course establishes the mandatory work health and safety training that is required prior to undertaking work in the construction industry.
As a part of the training, you will be required to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work.

A White Card is a mandatory requirement for workers who are employed in the construction sector across all states and territories in Australia. It is a hazardous and high-risk industry where every day presents new challenges as a project progresses from inception to completion.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who works in, or is looking to work in the construction industry.

How is the course delivered?

Face-to-face, classroom setting. Minimum of 6 hours duration.

Are there any prerequisites?

No. However students must be at least 14 years of age to enrol and complete this course.

How will I be assessed?

This course requires you to demonstrate competency by completing both theory and practical assessments.

Course outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be issued with a Statement of Training for CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (QLD White Card).


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Frequently asked questions

Whilst there are many providers offering the current unit of competency online, regulators do not like it and are trying their best to close RTO’s who offer this course online. Generally the proliferation of cheap online, mostly non-compliant courses has caused the industry to race to the bottom on price which of course makes it hard for quality face-to-face providers to compete.

Once the transition to the new competency completes at the end of 2017, the new performance criteria of direct observations will make it difficult to complete the training without some face to face participation.

Construction sites are dangerous places. There are risks that can result in serious injury or even death, if health and safety procedures are not followed correctly.

So before you step onto a construction site, you need to know what you can and can’t do. A white card ensures that you have the correct training and knowledge about safety operations on site. A white card is your guarantee to the site manager, contractors and the construction company that you know what you’re doing.

It is compulsory in Australia to obtain a white card before entering a construction site. In fact, the majority of construction sites in Australia will refuse you entry unless you have your white card. Each state and territory has a code of practice listed on their relevant workplace health and safety regulatory bodies website.

A white card is not simply about obtaining a piece of paper that says “I can work here”. It’s an assurance that you have obtained a white card for not only your own safety but for your work colleagues safety as well. Accidents occur on construction sites daily in Australia, and they are high-risk workplaces so being responsible and understanding safety operations is the number one priority. Without it legal penalties apply, which can result in the company that’s employed you getting a hefty fine of up to $11,000. If you are a member of a union or wish to join one, it is also compulsory to have a white card.