White Card Melbourne
If you're looking to work in the construction industry in Melbourne, you will need a White Card by completing a construction induction training. The White Card is also referred to as a construction induction card.
What is White Card Victoria?
A White Card is a little bit like a driver's license; A driver's license attests that you are qualified to drive vehicles, while a White Card is a license attesting that you are qualified to work on construction sites in Australia.
The White Card course is nationally recognised training and the cards can be used across borders. What this means is that by completing a White Card course in Melbourne, you are free to work in any Australian state or territory.
How do I get a White Card in Melbourne?
In order to get your White Card, you must complete the unit of competency CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Upon successful completion of the construction induction training course, the RTO will issue a Statement of Attainment for the aforementioned unit of competency. Further to that, WorkSafe Victoria will post the physical White Card to your nominated delivery address. According to WorkSafe Victoria, the card should arrive within 2 weeks (should be quicker if completing a White Card Melbourne course, as the WorkSafe VIC offices are also located in Melbourne).
While you are waiting for your card to arrive, you can use the Statement of Attainment as evidence of training to gain access to construction sites and start construction work straight away.
When choosing an RTO to undertake your White Card training in Melbourne, we recommend comparing the following:
- Price of the training
- Training location
- Customer reviews
Parking is often overlooked and can end up costing more than the course itself. With the course taking up to 8 hours, the parking fees can add up very quickly, especially around Melbourne CBD.
To get you started quickly, we've compiled a list of Melbourne training providers (ordered by price) with the comparison criteria listed above:
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Can you get a White Card online in Victoria?
No, not sine 2019. The White Card course must be completed face-to-face (classroom setting) in Melbourne and the rest of Victoria as of 2020.
A little bit of history about online training: The Victorian Government actually never allowed White Card courses to be completed online. Queensland however allowed anyone in Australia to complete the QLD White Card course online in the past. With the cards being nationally recognised, Victoria residents could simply complete the QLD White Card course to avoid local restrictions. In 2019, WorkSafe QLD aligned itself with most other states and now requires the training to be completed face-to-face, effectively closing this loophole for Melbourne and Victorian residents.
As of 2020, the only two states allowing the White Card course to be conducted online are Western Australia (WA) and Tasmania (TAS), however only for state residents, which won't help anyone in Melbourne or Victoria.
This loophole was particularly popular amongst Backpackers needing a White Card in Victoria, and many scam websites offering online White Card courses for cheap have propped up since the change.
Please note that the unit of competency CPCCWHS1001 - prepare tow work safely in the construction industry does not specify delivery criteria, the face-to-face requirement boils down to WorkSafe Victoria licensing.
Who needs a White Card and what does the course teach?
Anyone needing to enter construction sites will need to complete their White Card training. This includes pretty much everyone working in the construction industry such as:
- Project managers
The course typically takes between 6 to 8 hours, depending on the RTO delivering the training. WorkSafe VIC requires the course to take at least 6 hours in the licensing agreement. The course teaches basic work health and safety subjects that benefit anyone on construction sites. Here are some of the subjects covered by the CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry training session:
- recognising hazards
- mitigating risks
- who to speak to if you have questions or concerns
- what do to in case of an emergency or accident
- which extinguisher to use depending on the type of fire
- when to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- signage used on Australian construction sites
- understanding labels and tags used on tools and machinery
- how to stay safe from the dangers of the sun & humidity
- how to identify and handle asbestos
As part of your training, you will also be taught when and how to properly fit and wear the following pieces of PPE:
- Hard hat
- Earmuffs or plugs
- Safety glasses or goggles
- Retro-reflective vest
The course serves as general construction induction training and must be complemented by site-specific training prior to entering a construction site. This extra training is provided by employers and covers site-specific topics such as procedures or additional PPE required onsite that are unique to the construction site.
The course is classified as an education expense and can be claimed on your tax return, so make sure to keep the receipt after booking your training.
Victoria White Card course requirements
To complete a White Card training course in Victoria, participants must be at least 14 years of age. They will also need to bring photo identification (Passport, Driver's license etc) to the training.
Further to photo identification, students must bring their Unique Student Identifier (USI). USIs can be created for free using the Government USI portal. Creating a USI takes between 5 to 10 minutes.
Students need basic language literacy (English) and numeracy skills to successfully complete the training. The CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry unit of competency is rated level 1 by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). The AQF levels range from level 1 (basic induction training) to level 10 (doctorate).
The course has a written, a verbal and a demonstration component as part of the assessment.
Note that RTOs must be on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) in order to deliver the White Card training course to anyone on a Student Visa. If you are on a Student Visa in Melbourne, make sure to clarify this requirement with the RTO prior to booking your Whitecard course.
What to wear for your White Card training course
We recommend wearing plain-clothes as the training is classroom-based and you want to be comfortable to sit through the course (6-8 hours). Some RTOs ask participants to wear closed-toe shoes, however you do not need to bring PPE as the RTO will provide everything required to complete the construction induction training white card.
Lost White Card replacement
If you lost or damaged your White Card, WorkSafe VIC can issue a replacement card. They will need the following details to get started:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Current postal / Residential address
- A previous address which you believe would be on their records
- White Card number
As you can imagine, knowing the number of your lost White Card can be tricky, so we recommend that you save your card number electronically when you receive your White Card. It will save you potential hassle down the road!
We also recommend that you save the Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry electronically if a paper copy was issued.