CPCWHS1001- Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (White Card)


It is a requirement of Safe Work NSW that anyone working on an active construction site must be the holder of an approved and current White Card. They can become void if you haven’t carried out construction work for two consecutive years or more. You will need to provide 100 points of identification and the minimum age to attend is 14 years.

 People who need a white card include:

  • Site managers, supervisors, surveyors, labourers and tradespeople
  • People who access operational construction zones (unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person)
  • Workers whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones.
  • Visit Verify.licence to look up and verify NSW white cards (or general construction induction cards).
  • This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work.

The unit requires the person 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.

This unit meets the general construction induction training requirements of:

  • Part 1.1 Definitions and Part 6.5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
  • Division 11 of Part 3 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 for Western Australia.
  • Division 3 of Part 5.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 for Victoria.
  • General Induction Training provides persons entering the construction industry with a basic knowledge of requirements under WHS laws, the common hazards and risks likely to be encountered on construction sites and how these risks should be controlled.

Tomaree Community College has been approved to deliver this course with Safe Work NSW

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills are required to enrol in this course. Tomaree Community College may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre enrolment process.

  • Successfully complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment. This course combines plain English, videos, photos, and verbal questioning to ensure all learners can have the best possible chance at comprehending the required knowledge and skills. Assessments MUST be completed in English and with no further assistance. If you believe you will need assistance due to your Language, Literacy or Numeracy skills, please contact our office to discuss your training needs prior to making any course booking. No refund of course fees will be paid due to failure to complete the course once it has commenced.  
  • Students who are in Australia on a student visa (subclass 500) need to enrol with a CRICOS registered RTO. 

USI unique Student Identifier number

The USI will be available online and at no cost to you. The USI will stay with you for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken from 1st January 2015.

Why do I need a USI?

You may need to provide evidence of your academic achievements, for example when applying for a job or to undertake further study.

Everyone undertaking nationally recognised VET courses will need to have a USI to receive their statement of attainment or qualification.

Provide original ID documents that add up to 100 points of ID in line with SafeWork NSW ID points table.

  •  Within these documents, you must be able to show your photo ID, date of birth, signature, and current residential address. Other exceptions to the ID requirements are covered in the Evidence of Identity form if required
  • Have physical capacity to demonstrate the correct donning and removing of PPE for assessment.

Our white card course consists of one day attendance (up to 7.5 hours) of face-to-face classroom-based training, theory/practical assessments & allocated breaks. All learning and assessment kit materials are provide by TCC and produced by SafeWork NSW.  and allocated breaks.

General Induction Training provides persons entering the construction industry with a basic knowledge of requirements under WHS laws, the common hazards and risks likely to be encountered on construction sites and how these risks should be controlled.

Upon successfully completing the course, you will be issued with a SafeWork NSW Statement of Training (SOT) certificate, The certificate will be valid for 60 days and it will permit you to work on any construction site.

Your SafeWork NSW Statement of Training (SOT) certificate is valid for 60 days but most White Cards are issued in less than 30 days.

You will also receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) Collection from office within 7 days after completion.

The following unit will be awarded to successful participants in this course:

  • CPCWHS1001 – Prepare to work Safely in the construction industry

Enrolment in the white card course is made at Tomaree Community College Inc a Registered Training Organisation RTO 90348

Please refer to the student handbook for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Learners who give notice to cancel their enrolment seven (7) days or more prior to the commencement of the training, will be refunded or transferred to a new date.

Please refer to the refund policy located in the how to enrol tab.