Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is a White Card?

A White Card is a licence issued after completing construction induction training. White Cards are required to work in the construction industry in Australia. They also act as insurance covering medical expenses and wages in case of work-related injuries.

How do I get a White Card?

To get a White Card, you must complete construction induction training with a registered training organisation (RTO). The White Card course maps to the accredited unit of competency CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry. On successful completion of your training, SafeWork NSW will post your White Card to your nominated address. You can use your Statement of Attainment to work in the interim.

Can I get a White Card online in NSW?

The White Card course must be completed face-to-face in NSW. A popular loophole that allowed NSW residents to obtain their White Card online has been closed in 2019, and training must now be completed face-to-face in Sydney and NSW.

Who needs a White Card?

Anyone that needs to enter construction sites. This includes:

  • 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

How long is a White Card NSW valid for?

NSW White Cards only expire if you haven't carried out construction work for 2 years or more. As long as you stay employed in the construction industry, your White Card NSW will not expire.

Where can I get a White Card in Sydney?

There are many RTOs that deliver White Card training in Sydney. To pick a suitable RTO you want to consider location, price, parking and customer reviews.

We have compiled a list of RTOs that deliver the White Card course in Sydney, conveniently listing the criteria listed above.

Are White Cards nationally recognised?

Yes, all White Cards are nationally recognised and can be used in any states or territories in Australia.

If you've obtained your NSW White Card in Sydney, you will be allowed to work in QLD, WA, VIC etc.

What is the minimum age to get a White Card NSW?

The minimum age to get a White Card in NSW is 14 years of age. This requirement is set by SafeWork NSW, which is the licensing body of the White Card training.

What identification must I bring?

You must bring 100 points of identification to be issued a White Card NSW. You can view the full list of ID documents here.

Do I need a USI to complete the White Card training?

Yes, you need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to complete your White Card course, as CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry is an accredited unit of competency.

What level of English is required for the White Card course?

The construction induction training requires you to have basic English language, literacy and numeracy skills.

The White Card course is rated AQF level 1.