General construction Induction Training white card

What is a white Card?

A white card (or general construction induction card) is a mandatory requirement for workers who want to carry out construction work.

The white card provides people entering the construction industry with a basic knowledge of requirements under Workplace Health Safety laws, the common hazards and risks likely to be encountered on construction sites and how these risks should be controlled.

White card training for high school students

A waiver has been applied so NSW school students are now eligible for fee-free white card training under the NSW JobTrainer – Construction initiative. 

Students must be 16 years of age or above at the time of enrolment.

Students must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • reside or work in NSW,
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

Who else is eligible?

You may also be eligible to enrol in fee-free white card training through NSW JobTrainer if you are:

  • aged from 16 - 24 inclusive, or
  • in receipt of a Commonwealth Government benefit, or
  • an unemployed person, or
  • expecting to become unemployed

and are an Australian Citizen, a permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen, or a humanitarian visa holder that lives or works in NSW.

What are the benefits of completing the training?

All students who complete the white card training will be issued with a Statement of Attainment in CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.

Students will:

  • learn how to identify and reduce possible safety hazards on construction sites
  • learn how to establish safety procedures and see that they are followed
  • know the local laws and regulations on a construction site
  • kick start their career in the construction industry with free entry level training
  • undertake work experience in an operational construction zone.

Upon completion of the training, students will need to complete an application form for a white card. The training provider will submit these forms to SafeWork NSW on behalf of students.

How long does the course go for?

The minimum duration is six hours.

How is the training delivered?

Training must be delivered face-to-face or connected real time delivery (includes interactive real time via on-line delivery method) to comply with the legislative requirements set by SafeWork NSW.

How much does the training cost?

The training is free and funded under the NSW JobTrainer – Construction Initiative.

The cost of the white card application fee is built into the training provider’s fee who delivers the training. There should be no additional cost to the student. 

When can I enrol in training?

Enrolments are open now until 30 September 2021.

How to access training?


To find training near you, contact your local SafeWork NSW approved Smart and Skilled Registered Training Organisation and search for General Construction Induction Training in your area.

To find out more information please contact:

  1.  your local Training Services NSW Skills Broker or Regional Industry Education Partnership officer on 13 28 11
  2. the Skilling for Recovery – Construction team at SfR-Construction@det.nsw.edu.au
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