If you want to work in the construction industry, you wouldn’t get very far without a White Card. A White Card gives you the ability to enter and work at a construction site as it serves as evidence that you have completed a general Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) construction induction training for the industry. A White Card Training course will teach you about:
Current legislation and requirements of construction work
This unit of competency is designed to provide workers with a basic understanding and knowledge base of the OH & S Act and relevant regulations, guidelines and Codes of Practice. This unit also examines how these regulatory requirements affect the worker and their relationship to the working environment.
Identifying construction hazards and risk control measures
This unit of competency is designed to provide workers with a broad understanding of the risks and hazards associated with the building and construction industry. Workers will be able to identify, assess and plan strategies to help control risks and hazards likely to be encountered in the workplace.
Identifying incident and emergency responses
This unit of competency is designed to provide workers with an ability to identify and manage factors and other conditions that may affect their work performance and safety. A factor is anything that may help or hinder the situation.
Identifying health and safety communication and reporting processes
This unit of competency is designed to provide workers with an ability to manage their performance in terms of identifying risk and taking the appropriate action in preventing the risk or hazard occurring, this includes awareness of job safety analysis and accident prevention.
Who Needs to Undertake White Card Training?
This industry guidance applies to:
- Employers, main contractors or people having control of a workplace where employees or self-employed people do construction work; and
- Employees or self-employed people who do construction work
How Can I Apply for a White Card?
If you reside in Western Australia, White Card training can be completed online or face-to-face. However, we strongly encourage you to undertake face-to-face White Card training. From a cost perspective, we understand the temptation to complete the course online but in the long run, face-to-face training with a Registered Training Organization (RTO) is more beneficial for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind when enrolling in a White Card training course:
- Not all White Card training providers are RTOs. To ensure your White Card is recognized nationwide, ensure you complete the course with a RTO.
- Although online White Card training gives you the benefit of training at your own pace, you will not be able to clarify any questions you may have during the course. To enhance learning, we encourage you to undertake face-to-face training instead.
- Unlike online training, face-to-face White Card training will give you language, literacy and numeracy (LL & N) support while training is being undertaken.
- To complete the assessment component of an online White Card training course, you will need to have a video call or a face-to-face meeting with a certified trainer.
- Unlike face-to-face providers, online training providers cannot issue you a physical White Card on the day of the training. Until you receive the physical card in the mail, you will not be able to enter and work in the construction industry.
At Nara Training & Assessing, our White Card training course is delivered face-to-face at our Perth and Bunbury facilities to give participants the necessary skills and knowledge to enter and work in the construction industry. We also offer onsite training for groups of employees or businesses.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be issued a physical White Card allowing you to head straight to work without having to wait for the card to arrive in the mail.