To work in the construction industry it is compulsory to have an OH&S Construction Certificate, also known as a "White Card" or "Green Card" in NSW.
Under National Health and Safety laws, any person doing construction work in Australia must have successfully completed a general OHS construction induction course for the industry before they start work in any construction activity. Construction activities include housing construction, civil construction, renovations, repairs, refurbishment, asbestos removal, carpentry, bricklaying, concreting, plumbing and roof, floor and wall tiling. This reform is the latest initiative of a larger program to harmonise occupational health and safety systems between states and territories.
The white card course is conducted in multiple locations throughout NSW.
A number of white card providers offer public white card training course in Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle, Penrith and Wollongong.
Most providers also offer white card training on site in your workplace.
The following Safety Training Providers offer white card training in Sydney.
Easy HR - offer white card training course in Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle, Penrith, Wollongong.
Mr Safety - offer white card training course in Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle, Penrith, Wollongong.
Safety2u - offer white card training course on site only.
The Safety School - offer white card training course in Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle, Penrith, Wollongong.
The following are questions are commonly asked about the NSW White Card course.
What is the white card?
Under current OHS laws, any person working on a construction site must have a white card. The white card is issued to those who have completed the required construction induction training course.
What does the White Card training course involve?
The white card course is conducted in a classroom.
What do I need to bring to the White Card training course?
Black pen, notebook, and 100 points of proof of ID. You do NOT need safety boots or work clothing.
Can a high school student get a white card?
Anyone can do the white card as long as they are at least 14 years old. There are special considerations for evidence of identity for high school students.
How long will the White Card training take?
We usually start at 8:00am and finish around 2:30pm.
Can I undertake the NSW White Card training course remotely?
No - in NSW the course must be conducted face to face.
Will I receive my White Card certificate on the day?
You will receive a statement of training on the day - this can be used until your white card arrives in the mail from Workcover NSW.
What if I've been in Australia 6 weeks or less?
There are special evidence of identity considerations.
Is my driver's license enough proof of identity ?
No! Your drivers license is only worth 40 points.
Is my passport enough proof of identity ?
No! Your passport is only worth 70 points.