Preparing for a White Card Course

Preparing for a White Card Course

So, after spending ages thinking about beginning a career in the construction industry, you’ve finally decided to take that first step and get safety certified by enrolling in a white card training course. Well done! After earning your white card, you’ll be ready to start applying for jobs in the construction industry and begin your new career.

Or maybe you’re someone who is still thinking about it. Maybe you’re hesitating because you think a white card course is going to be hard. There’s no need to worry, most white card courses are straightforward, especially those offered by Skills Training College. That said, regardless of whether you’re worried about your course. There are still some things you can do to prepare yourself to make sure that you’re ready and in the best possible position to learn from your course.

Here, we’ll show you how to best prepare for your upcoming white card course. Not only will you learn how to ready yourself, but along the way you’ll realise that there’s nothing at all for you to worry about.


What is a White Card?

The first step for preparing for a white card course is understanding what a white card is. If you’ve got the wrong idea, then you don’t want to end up spending money on a course that you don’t want or need!

A white card, also known as a general construction induction card, is an essential credential for individuals working in the construction industry. It verifies that the holder has completed a general construction induction training course, ensuring they possess vital knowledge and skills related to occupational health and safety practices. Several professions commonly requiring a white card include construction workers, tradespeople, labourers, site managers, supervisors, and contractors.

During a general induction training course, participants learn various crucial aspects of workplace safety. This comprehensive training covers topics such as identifying and controlling workplace hazards, understanding legal rights and responsibilities, implementing emergency procedures, recognising common construction risks, and promoting a safe work culture. The course equips individuals with the necessary knowledge to prevent accidents, injuries, health and safety issues, and potential harm to themselves and others within the construction environment.


Aerial view of construction workers pouring a wet concrete at floor heating system installation in new house construction site

Get Your ID Ready

To attend a white card training course, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old, or 14 with the permission of a parent or guardian. You’re likely to be asked to prove your age, regardless of which registered training organisation you end up taking your course with. In some cases, you might need to provide the full, official 100 points of identification across primary and secondary documents. This won’t always be the case, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Make sure you have your ID prepared, sorted, and ready to take with you on the day so you don’t get caught out!

Primary documents include an Australian visa, birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, driver’s licence or passport. Secondary documents include a change of name certificate, marriage certificate, and Medicare card. In most cases, one primary and secondary document will add up to 100 points of identification, however, this information can vary so it’s best to check with your state government authority first.

As stated, students can be as young as 14 years old and still attend with the permission of a parent or guardian. In these circumstances, the same identification for a student 18 years or older should be provided, in addition to appropriate written consent from the student’s parent or guardian.


The Right Clothing

A white card course involves a very small amount of physical activity. No, you won’t be getting out on a construction site and carrying around materials as part of your training. But you will need to wear clothing that is safe and comfortable to be able to perform the simple tasks that will be required of you. You don’t want to show up wearing a suit.

First off, and most importantly, you’ve got to have the right shoes. Even though your training won’t have you on a real construction site, construction workers have to wear closed-toe shoes, and so will you. If you have shoes with a steel toe, while this won’t make a difference to your training, you’ll show you understand the safety requirements of the right shoes and how they protect you from heavy falling objects. As long as you don’t wear thongs, you should be alright.

Next, long-sleeved shirts and pants are both recommended. On a real construction site, covering up your limbs can help prevent them from unexpected cuts and abrasions. It gets hot in Australia, so this kind of clothing won’t always be a mandatory requirement, so check with your selected registered training organisation first.

Finally, you don’t have to worry about bringing your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). At least, you shouldn’t if you choose Skills Training College as your training provider, we’ll provide your classroom with high-visibility vests, hard hats, safety glasses, and more. Everything you need will be provided for you.


Getting There

You’ve got your ID ready and the perfect clothes laid out. Now it’s the day of your course and you’re all ready to go, but how are you getting there? Do you even know where you’re going?

Even if you have the world’s best sense of direction, it’s always a great idea to double-check the address first as part of your preparation. Look it up online, and maybe even plan out a route on how you’re going to get there if you’re driving.

Your training course will start at a certain time. In some instances, you might need to fill out some paperwork first. Either way, making sure that you’re getting there at least a few minutes early is key. Traffic is always unpredictable, regardless of whether you’re driving yourself or taking public transport. Always anticipate delays as part of your planning, especially if you’re not the type of person who’s usually on time. It’s better to be ten minutes early than ten minutes late.


A Sneak Peek at What You’ll Learn

If you want to be prepared, then it doesn’t hurt to do some pre-reading on your own time on the topics that’ll cover. Some training providers will even have this as a requirement. Following are some of the topics that will be covered in your white card course for you to delve a little deeper.


Hazard Identification and Management

During your course, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to recognise and respond appropriately to workplace hazards in the construction business. This includes identifying potential hazards, assessing their risks, implementing control measures, documenting findings, communicating and training workers, and regularly monitoring and reviewing procedures.


Communication of Safety Information

The construction industry comes with a lot of safety signage, symbols and warnings that help people work safely. These won’t always be spelled out in plain English, and will often use colours and icons to indicate specific hazards or requirements. During your white card course, you’ll learn how to understand and effectively communicate safety information through these signs.


Legal and Regulatory Requirements

There are a lot of laws, legislation, and safety regulations behind the safety requirements on a construction site. While some Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) regulations will be common to all workplaces, as a potentially dangerous workplace, construction sites will have even more. During your white card training, you’ll get some basic knowledge of WHS regulations and practices.


Directly above view of modern workmen in safety vests and hardhats standing on construction site with stacks of building materials and discussing plan

International Students

If you’re not an Australian citizen, you can still enrol in a white card course with Skills Training College, but there are a few other requirements that you’ll need to address first.

First, you’ll need to ensure that you’re in the country studying a principal course offered through a CRICOS registered provider. As part of this, you’ll need to be on a relevant temporary visa, such as a subclass 500 student visa subclass. Finally, all our courses are delivered in English, with both written and verbal components, so you’ll need to ensure you have an adequate grasp of the language to engage with the course materials and complete your training.


Getting Your White Card

Bring your wallet with you! With Skills Training College, a white card is a same-day certification, meaning you’ll get the actual qualification on the same day that you completed your course. Once you get your card, put it straight in your wallet, or wherever you keep your cards, to make sure that you don’t lose it.

A replacement card must be issued when a white card is lost, stolen, damaged, or misplaced, and this can cost you both a replacement fee and time as you wait to receive your replacement. During this time, you will not legally be considered a white cardholder, and thus are not authorised to perform construction work. Contacting your training provider, submitting an online application, or contacting SafeWork Australia for clarification are steps in the replacement process.


Ready to Get Started?

Now that you’re fully prepared for your white card course, it’s time to turn your readiness into action. But there’s one thing still left to do if you haven’t already, and that’s actually to enrol.

Skills Training College’s comprehensive training program covers all the crucial aspects of occupational health and safety, empowering you to identify hazards, implement preventive measures, and foster a culture of workplace safety. Don’t wait any longer. Take the leap and enrol in our white card course to secure your future in construction.