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White Card – Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking at getting your White Card and have a few questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered; read on to find out all the answers!


What is a White Card?

Your White Card, or CPCCWHS1001 (Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry), is a course which conducts training and assessment on your understanding of the national code of practice around working in construction.

a statement of attainment for your employers, so that they know and understand that you have successfully completed general construction induction training. It was also previously known as the blue card.


Why Do I Need A White Card?

You need to complete White Card training to be able to work safely in construction. While it may seem like a task, it’s really important to ensure that you have the appropriate skill level and understanding of the workplace health and safety policies related to working in construction.


Is A White Card Recognised Nationally?

Yes! The unit is nationally recognised, under a mutual recognition agreement between all states territories and can be used to work in all states and territories of Australia. Please check the requirements of your state or territory if you require additional specific training to accompany this.


How Do You Get a White Card?

To receive a White Card, you must undertake the accredited training unit, provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You must successfully complete the unit readings and assessments competency to ensure that your knowledge and skills meet the industry minimum requirements.  This involves a number of online assessments, completed at your own pace and one online assessment demonstrating your ability to correctly fit PPE (provided by you) and knowledge on key topics of the course.


What is In the White Card Test?

I wish I could give you the answers to make it a little easier, but every training provider asks different questions, so it can be a little tricky to give you the answers. But you don’t need to stress! It’s not a difficult test. Simply pay attention to the content and the questions will follow on easily.


How Long Does It Take to Get a White Card?

White Card Course completion typically takes between two and ten hours; so, don’t worry, you won’t be trapped in a classroom for days on end.

You have 3 months to complete your White Card online before it expires. This means that if you only have a couple of hours here or there, you can absolutely still complete your course and be qualified to work safely on a construction site, once you are deemed competent by our assessors.


How Long is the White Card Valid For? Do White Cards Expire?

Your White Card doesn’t expire! This means that you’ll simply need to complete your training once and then you’re qualified to continue working in construction for as long as you want.

However, Safe Work does recommend that, if it’s been more than two years since you worked in construction, you redo the course, just to make sure you’re up to scratch on all the current codes of practice as declared by safe work.