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White Card Training Sydney FAQs

We’ve put together the list of the most common White Card training related questions and answers. If you have any further questions or queries, please call 1300 663 350 or email to info@edway.edu.au

Please note that information provided is related to the White Card training in Sydney, NSW.

Q1: What is a White Card?
Q2: Who needs to complete the White Card training?
Q3: How long does it take to complete a White Card training course?
Q4: How much does it cost to do a White Card training course?
Q5: Where and when can I do a White Card training?
Q6: What is the minimum age to complete the White Card training?
Q7: What forms of Identification Document (I.D.) do I need to provide?
Q8: Can I use an overseas driver’s licence as a form of Identification Document (I.D.)?
Q9: I have just arrived in Australia and do not have 100 points of Identification Documents (I.D.) What should I do?
Q10: What is involved in the White Card training course? What do I learn?
Q11: What jobs can I get now that I have my White Card?
Q12: Can I work on the construction site without a White Card? What are the penalties if I do?
Q13: What is the difference between a Green Card and a White Card?
Q14: What do I receive on the day and how long until I receive my White Card?
Q15: When can I start work?
Q16: Is the White Card valid in different states?
Q17: Can I do the White Card training online?
Q18: How long is a White Card valid for?
Q19: How can I get a replacement for a lost or stolen White Card?
Q20: I have a White Card from a different state. Is it valid in NSW?

Q1: What is a White Card?

White Card refers to a plastic card obtained after successful completion of the General Construction Induction training. In NSW, white cards are issued by WorkCover NSW after successful completion of the unit of competency ‘Work Safely in the Construction Industry CPCCOHS1001A’. The training course must be delivered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredited and WorkCover NSW approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

In New South Wales, White Cards are also known as Green Cards or Construction Induction Training (GIT) Cards or Construction Induction (CI) Cards.

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Q2: Who needs to complete the White Card training?

Generally speaking, White Card training is required for persons whose job requires them entering construction zones to perform construction-related work activities. Completion of a White Card training course allows a person to do so without the supervision of a White Card qualified person.

White Card is required for a wide range of jobs from construction-related personnel (e.g. labourers, workers, painters, bricklayers, supervisor, site managers) to service personnel (e.g. demolition persons, plumbers, electricians, telecommunication installers) and all other workers whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones (e.g. architects, delivery persons, cleaners).

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Q3: How long does it take to complete a White Card training course?

White Card training is a day course that takes 6.5 hours (including breaks and end of the day assessment) to complete.

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Q4: How much does it cost to do a White Card training?

Edway Training offers White Card training for $120.00 for payments on a day. Discounted price of $110.00 is offered for customers who book and pay online.

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Q5: Where and when can I do my White Card training?

Edway Training offers white card training 6 times a week (including Saturdays) from three different locations (Sydney, Parramatta and Liverpool).

Check NSW white card training schedule.

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Q6: What is the minimum age to complete the White Card training?

In NSW, a person needs to be at leat 14 years of age to be able to attend a White Card training course.

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Q7: What forms of Identification Document (I.D.) do I need to provide?

To attend White Card training in NSW, a person needs to provide 100 points of I.D.

For example, a combination of passport (70 points) and current Australian drivers licence (40 points) will be providing sufficient evidence of identity. To find out what other documents can be used to achieve 100 points, refer to the WorkCover NSW Information Sheet ‘Evidence of Identity’.

If a person does not provide 100 points of I.D., they will not be able to attend the class.

Please note a person needs to provide original documents and certified copies will not be accepted.

There are exclusion and special provisions for the following groups:

  • School students
  • Correction centres
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Overseas persons who arrived in Australia less than 6 weeks.

For more information about special provisions, refer to the WorkCover NSW Information Sheet ‘Evidence of Identity’.

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Q8: Can I an use overseas driver’s licence as a form of Identification Document (I.D.)?

No. Overseas driver’s licenses are not accepted as a valid form of I.D.

Please note that this does not apply to the overseas persons recently arrived in Australia (less than 6 weeks).

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Q9: I have just arrived in Australia and do not have 100 points of Identification Documents (I.D.) What should I do?

Persons who have been in Australia for the period of time less than 6 weeks are granted special consideration and do not have to provide 100 points of I.D.

Their identity can be verified by providing one example of the original travel documents (e.g. passport) and one other form of I.D. (e.g. driver’s licence, bank card or statement).

For more information, refer to the ‘Overseas persons recently arrived in Australia (less than 6 weeks) section of the WorkCover NSW Information Sheet ‘Evidence of Identity’.

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Q10: What is involved in the White Card training course? What do I learn?

White Card training course consists of a PowerPoint presentation, videos, class activities and end of the day assessment. The course covers Work Health and Safety related topics, such as:

  • WHS Act and Regulations
  • Codes of Practice and Australian Standards
  • Duties and responsibilities of various parties involved in the process (e.g. duty of care)
  • Examples of various types of PPE (personal protective equipment) and Safety Signage
  • Hazard and risk identification process (including hierarchy of control)
  • WHS communication and incident reporting processes
  • Examples of various types of WHS documentation (e.g. SWMS, JSA, MSDS)
  • WHS First Aid requirements
  • Emergency response procedure
  • Examples of various types of fires and fire extinguishers
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Q11: What jobs can I get now that I have my White Card?

Completion of the White Card training course is a safety training requirements for a wide range of jobs. Generally speaking, a white card qualified person can apply for construction-related positions and trades, such as:

  • Labouring
  • Bricklaying
  • Demolition work
  • Asbestos removal work
  • Carpentry
  • Floor, wall and roof tiling
  • Landscaping
  • Repairs, renovations and refurbishment
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Cleaning

Please note that white card training only will not be sufficient for some jobs and additional job specific training maybe required.

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Q12: Can I work on a construction site without a White Card? What are the penalties if I do?

No, you cannot.

Completion of the General Construction Induction training is a mandatory legal requirement. Clause 326 of the WHS Regulation 2011 states that a worker carrying out construction work must keep available for inspection under the Act:

  • his or her general construction induction card, or
  • a general induction training certification held by worker, until a decision is made on the application for the general construction induction training card.

Maximum penalty is $1,250 (for individuals) or $6000 (for body corporate).

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Q13: What is the difference between a Green Card and a White Card?

Generally speaking, there is not much difference between Green Cards and White Cards. Both cards represent General Construction Induction training.

Prior to 2009, NSW Construction Induction cards were commonly known as Green Cards and were valid in NSW only. After 2009,  National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work was implemented regarding the delivery of the general construction induction training. Construction Induction Cards became nationally accepted and became known as White Cards.

Although Green Cards are still accepted in NSW, these days only White Cards are issued after successful completion of the ‘Work Safely in the Construction Industry CPCCOHS1001A’ training course.

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Q14: What do I receive on the day and how long until I receive my White Card?

You do not receive your plastic, wallet sized White Card on the day of training.

However, you will be issued with an Interim Certificate with a SOT (Statement of Training) number that is valid for 60 days and acts as a temporary White Card.

After the successful completion of the course, Edway Training will submit your White Card application to the WorkCover NSW who will issue the plastic white card and post it to the address you provided within 60 days.

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Q15: When can I start work?

Technically speaking, you can start work on the day of the training.

Interim Certificates must be accepted on construction sites as proof of the successful completion of the General Construction Induction training while WorkCover NSW is processing white card application. Once a person receives plastic White Card, the Interim Certificate is no longer valid and a person needs to present their White Card as a proof of completion of the ‘Work Safely in the Construction Industry CPCCOHS1001A’ training course.

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Q16: Is the White Card valid in different states?

Yes, it is.

WorkCover NSW White Cards are nationally recognised and accepted all across Australia. So once you receive your WorkCover NSW issued White Card, you can use it for work in any Australian state or territory.

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Q17: Can I do the White Card training online?

Yes, you can.

However, you cannot obtain a White Card issued by WorkCover NSW through online training. White cards obtained through online training providers will be issued either by WorkSafe Western Australia or WorkSafe Queensland.

Although all White Cards are nationally recognised, some construction sites in NSW do not accept online white cards because residents of NSW are required to complete a formal face-to-face classroom based training course.

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Q18: How long is a White Card valid for?

White Cards do not have the expiry date. However, Clause 316 of WHS Regulation 2011 states that White Card becomes invalid if a person did not perform any construction for 2 consecutive years.

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Q19: How can I get a replacement for a lost or stolen White Card?

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), such as Edway Training, do not have authority to issue White Card replacement. To get a replacement for your lost or stolen WorkCover NSW issued White Card, you need to contact WorkCover NSW.

WorkCover NSW issued White Card can be replaced via WorkCover NSW Licence Replacement online portal, as long as your details (e.g. postal address, name) remain unchanged. If your details have changed, you can update them by submitting Application for Change of Details. Completed application can be lodged via fax, email or post (please refer to the Section 7. Lodging your application and supporting document(s) for more details).

White Cards can also be replaced by submitting Application to Replace a High Risk Work Licence or General Construction Induction Card. Completed application can be lodged via fax, email or post (please refer to the Lodgement section for more details).

Please note that there is a fee that needs to be paid to WorkCover NSW for a white card replacement. For the latest fee information, visit WorkCover NSW Fee Schedule page.

For more information about how to replace a White Card, please visit WorkCover NSW White Cards (CIC) page or contact them on 13 10 50.

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Q20: I have a White Card from a different state. Is it valid in NSW?

WorkCover NSW recognises Construction Induction Cards issued by other WorkCover authorities under corresponding Work Health and Safety legislation as long as the cards are still recognised by issuing WorkCover authority and they haven’t been cancelled, suspended or expired.

For more information and examples of recognised construction induction card, check WorkCover NSW Fact Sheet ‘Recognition of general construction induction training cards’.

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