How to apply for a White Card? To apply for a White Card online is as simple as first going to the Australian Government USI website and applying for your Unique Student Identifier number. You will need to have this number ready to enter into the enrolment form. It is a mandatory requirement of the government prior to receiving your certification upon successful course completion.
The second step is to research and find the right accredited registered training organisations providing the CPCWHS1001 Prepare To Work Safely In The Construction Industry course.
Please note that there are dodgy White Card courses that will take your money, but their online courses are not approved or valid and will not be accepted by employers. A credible RTO will provide you with a photo ID taken on the day of your face-to-face assessment at the beginning of your White Card course. Your photo and paperwork will be sent for certification and verification, and then your instructor will create your White Card. Any Card without a photo is not a legitimate or legally valid White Card.
If you are someone who is looking to book a course, you can check our Skills Training College course page, which will let you select a course at a preferred location. Once you have your Unique Student Identifier (USI), you then select the course with your chosen location and date. You then click the enrol button, where you will be taken to a page to start your paperwork process and pay for the course.
Skills Training College will make the 114 Page training manual available upon completion of the paperwork and fee processing approval. After reading the material, you take a quick quiz that completes the first stage of your written component. From there, you will attend the venue where the second stage and the remainder of the course are conducted face-to-face.
Most courses start at 8:30 am and conclude at 2:30 pm. Courses taken on weekdays will ensure the participant walks away with their plastic White Card in hand on the day. Handy if you are flying to Kalgoorlie or the Pilbara to work the following day and need your card upon arrival.
For students taking the Saturday course, unfortunately, not all businesses work weekends, and your White Card validation with the relevant state authority cannot be concluded until Monday. Your White Card will be posted to you. Please ensure that your training instructor has your USI and current postal address before leaving the venue. Without that information, you cannot receive your physical White Card.
White Card Application Form
Your White Card application form can be found on the webpage of your RTO after you have enrolled in the course of your choice. Once you have completed the required fields of information and we have processed the payment, your details will be forwarded to the trainer of the course you booked. Once they have your details and USI, and you have completed the online component, they will run you through the practical course material and assess your competency. The trainer processes the paperwork on the spot, on the day, and you leave with your certification and White Card in hand. (Saturday course is exempt.)
What Is Required For White Card
White Card Entry Requirements Are As Follows:
- You MUST have a USI ready to enter into the enrolment paperwork.
- There are no formal academic requirements or pre-requisite courses.
- Applicants must be a minimum age of 18 years old.
Course Requirements For A White Card:
- Present Photo ID on the day to prove your identity, i.e., Driver’s licence, Passport.
- Permit a photo to be taken of you on the day by your trainer, clearly showing your head, neck, and shoulders for the White Card verification process.
- Be able to locate and recognise numbers and symbols commonly used in safety signs.
- Communicate effectively by asking questions to clarify instructions and pointing out a construction problem or hazard.
- Read and follow simple pictorial safety instructions and simple safety instructions written in English.
- Complete pre-course learning and pre-course quiz
Additional Requirements For International Students:
Please notify the office if you need any additional literacy or numeracy support.
You must be currently enrolled in a principal course through a registered CRICOS provider.
You require a Student Visa allowing enrolment in a secondary short course to the principal course originally approved. Please check with the Department of Home Affairs prior to enrolment and ensure your Visa has this provision and approval.
You must meet the minimum language skills requirements as outlined in Migration (IMMI 18/015: English Language Tests and Evidence Exemptions for Subclass 500 (Student) Visa) Instrument 2018
Pass the LLN assessment provided by Skills Training College before enrolling, where English Language Tests and Evidence Exemptions apply.
What Is A Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is Big Brother on a new level and will become your unique education number for life. It gives you an online record of all your vocational education and training (VET) undertaken in Australia since April 2012.
If you enrol in university, TAFE, or enrol to study with any other nationally registered training organisation, you require a USI to receive your qualifications. Without one, you can’t get Commonwealth financial assistance or your qualification or statement of attainment.
They are quick and easy to get via the website, and your assigned number will be sent to your email account usually within the same day, sometimes within hours. However, we strongly recommend you apply for your USI before enrolling in a course via this direct website link. If you leave it to the last minute, even if you pass your course, you cannot get the certification without the USI being recorded on your paperwork.
What Does White Card Training Involve
The Skills Training College has split the course into four components:
- A written component with quiz exam.
- A verbal component oral presentation (reports, explanations, and discussions)
- A practical demonstration component
- Competency assessment exam and certification
In addition, you will learn when and how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), including hard hats, safety boots, eye protection, hearing protection, and hi-vis vests. Check what does the White Card course teach to get further details above the course training.
White Card Certification
With Skills Training College, your successful course completion certification is done on the spot, in-house, on the day. We issue you with your photo ID White Card upon the conclusion of the course. That means our participants get to walk away with their White Card in their pocket and have nothing else to follow up on. Your White Card process has been completed successfully, and you are then ready to enter your workplace as a certified White Card holder on the same day if required. You can check what jobs require a White Card certification by reading this blog..
Can I Use My White Card In All States Of Australia
The answer to this question is yes!
Regardless of which state you gain your certification, a photo ID White Card is valid for use in all Australian states and on all construction worksites. For further information, please refer to this website. https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/licence-and-registrations/recognition-of-general-construction-induction-training-cards-fact-sheet.
Do I Have To Renew My White Card
No. Unless you commit a safety violation or engage in a conduct breach that causes your White Card to be cancelled, or the cardholder leaves the construction industry for longer than two years, once you have accredited and verified White Card certifications, the White Card is valid for the career span of the cardholder and does not need to be renewed.
Read our blog on White Card validity to get more detailed information on how to find out the validity of the White Card, replacement and when you need to renew your White Card.