CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (white card)

This one-day white card course is mandatory for any worker wanting to enter a building or construction site.

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Construction and building sites are necessary to help build the infrastructure, housing and services that we all rely on every day.

However, these sites can also be extremely dangerous and present those working on them with significant risk of injury or worse.

CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry course gives workers the skills and knowledge they need to identify and understand the health and safety requirements and legislation that exist to protect themselves and others.

You may know this course as the “white card”.

This nationally recognised course is mandatory for any persons working on a building or construction site in any capacity and is held regularly at our training centres.

Please note 100 points of identification must be produced on the day of training. Details of what documents can be used are available on the SafeWork NSW website.

Safety knowledge every worker relies on

For all persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), it is important that everyone involved in a job is aware of their responsibilities for ensuring the work site remains safe.

CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry course will teach participants how to identify and report common construction hazards, provide an understanding of basic risk control measures, and identify some procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies.

The course includes instruction in the selection and correct fitting of common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction and building work

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About this course

This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work.

It is expected that site-specific induction training will be conducted prior to conducting construction work.

Duration: 1 day (8 hours)

Student/trainer ratio: 20:1

Course objectives and content

  • Identifying health and safety legislative requirements of construction work

  • Identifying construction hazards and risk control measures

  • Procedures for first aid

  • High risk work license requirements

  • Types, purpose and use of PPE used in construction

  • Construction incidents and emergencies

  • Identifying health and safety communication and reporting processes

  • Understand the meaning of symbols and signage

  • Identifying incident and emergency response procedures

  • Safe work practices in construction

Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of attainment in:

CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry FAQs

The white card course can be completed by participants aged 14 and over.

School students looking to gain their white card should obtain a letter from their school outlining their name, age and confirmation of their enrolment. This assists in obtaining the 100 points of identification required.


Our trainers are able to hold this course in just about any location with a classroom or boardroom-type environment.

Alternately, we can hold this class at our training centres in Sydney and Dubbo.

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Successful completion of the course assessment will see participants issued with a temporary white card. This card is valid for use on work sites within NSW. Within 30 days the NSW Government will send you the full card in the post.

This depends on the type of work you intend on doing.

For those entering the building and construction sector, HSE strongly advises that you complete height safety. confined space and asbestos awareness training as well as your white card.

These courses give participants important skills in identifying and mitigating a range of very common workplace safety issues, as well as providing safe work practices that suit a range of high risk work envrionments.

This course is only available to residents of New South Wales. Other states and territories will have their own general induction framework.

You should seek advice from your local workplace safety regulator as to the requirements in your state or territory.

Additional information about training at HSE

All necessary equipment and learning materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided for training completed at our training facilities. Please wear comfortable clothing and enclosed footwear.

A literacy and numeracy quiz will be conducted prior to the start of the course. This assists us in providing adequate course material to all our students. It is recommended that participants have:

  • Numeracy skills to
    • calculate basic sums using addition, substraction, multiplication and division.
    • locate and recognise numbers commonly used in safety signage.
  • Reading skills so
    • identify and interpret information from workplace procedures, documentation and regulations.
    • follow safety instructions that are written in English.
  • Writing skills to
    • produce or complete written documents and forms commonly required in the workplace.
    • maintain records of tests and results.
    • form short sentences and paragraphs in English.
  • Communication skills to
    • use a range of techniques and systems to communicate with others.
    • ask clarifying questions.
    • inform others of hazards and report incidents.
    • communicate required actions.
    • verbally communicate with others in English.
  • Problem solving skills to
    • identify hazards and risks.
    • select and implement risk control measures.
  • Computer skills to
    • follow basic instructions to access specific websites.
    • answer multiple choice questions.
    • save documents.


Some courses will have practical components that require participants to physically push, pull, carry or climb. Participants with physical limitations are urged to speak to their trainer prior to completing practical activities to determine if reasonable adjustments can be accommodated. Participants who cannot perform practical components may be issued a certificate of attendance in lieu of the statement of attainment.

Participants must also be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia. They must also provide us with a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment. If you do not have a USI, one can be created here: CLICK HERE.

Some courses will have prerequisite training that will need to be completed prior to undertaking the selected course. A statement of attainment for the prerequisite course must be presented prior to the start of training. Please refer to the FAQ section, above, for details of any prerequisites your course may have.

Height Safety Engineers does not offer recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer due to the high-risk nature of our training courses. It is also anticipated that participants will be new entrants or refreshing knowledge and skills in the area of study.

This will depend on the type of visa that you have.

For example restrictions apply to international visitors who hold a Student Visa. Any course undertaken by a Student Visa holder must be conducted by a provider who is registered on CRICOS. As Elbon Consulting Services Pty Ltd is not CRICOS approved we are unable to accept enrolments into any of our courses from any international visitor that holds a Student Visa.

International visitors who hold a Working Holiday Visa may be eligible to enrol into our courses once they arrive in Australia. This is important as some occupations in Australia will have legislative and/or licencing requirements relating to qualifications. International visitors will still be required to provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolling into any Nationally Recognised Training. When registering for your USI number if you select Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID, you will need to enter your Non-Australian passport number when creating your USI. The following details on the passport must match in order to verify in the USI registry system:

  • Family Name
  • Given Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Passport

Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until your passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Immigration. This will only happen when the student crosses the border into Australia. Once the passport is registered with the Department of Immigration it can be verified and the student will be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport.

If you are an International Visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your Visa and/or Passport by emailing training@heightsafety.net. Your Visa details will be verified for eligibility to participate in accredited training within Australia. If you are ineligible, a full refund of fees paid will be provided.

We may be able to provide you with learning support. If you think you may need assistance with reading and/or writing, please contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site with the use of our mobile training simulators

Ready to book your team into CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry?

Simply click the enquiry button above. If you have any questions, please contact our training team on 1300 884 978. We would be happy to provide you with any more information you might need.