CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry

Course Description

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

Application of the Unit

This unit meets the general construction induction training requirements of:

  • Part 1.1 Definitions and Part 6.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations;
  • Division 11 of Part 3 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 for Western Australia; and
  • Division 3 of Part 5.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 for Victoria.

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

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit. Relevant work health and safety state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm jurisdictional requirements.

Who should enrol?

New and existing workers to the building and construction industry

  This course must be completed BEFORE entering a building and construction work site.

Entry requirements

There are no restrictions on entry to this course, however it is preferred that students have at least a year 8 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.


This course is delivered and assessed over a period of eight (6) hours in a classroom environment.  N.B.  Course duration depends on the class size.

Construction White Card Essentials

Why do I need a white card?

Construction work sites can be busy environments with workers, contractors and construction personnel performing a range of tasks simultaneously. Due to the type of work being performed and the high risk nature of that work, accidents can occur, sometimes with catastrophic outcomes. In order to reduce the occurrence of accident and injury, general safety training was introduced throughout Australia.

The states and territories in Australia introduced their own coloured construction cards from blue, red to green. These were valid to use in the state or territory where they were obtained. If a worker chose to cross state and territory borders, he or she needed to be retrained and issued with a construction card that would be recognised by industry within that part of Australia. However from January 1 2012, the Australian Government implemented new OH&S regulations with the aim to harmonise the legal requirements throughout the country and occupations within the construction industry now come under new national legislation, including the construction industry general induction training now known as CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry “White Card”.


What is a construction white card?


The CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry “White Card” as mentioned, has replaced the former blue, red and green cards which are no longer being issued by State regulatory bodies. The ‘NEW’ nationally recognised Australian white card is a legal prerequisite for anyone who works, or intends working, on a construction site, and is recognised in all Australian states and territories. Entry to any construction site is only permitted once the Person Conduction a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has sited the white card.

The white card is issued after completing a nationally recognised training program offered by registered training organisations (RTO’s), and indicates to industry that you have successfully completed the general induction training. Each card has its own specific white card number and only the RTO where training was conducted retains records of training.

How long does the general induction take and what is involved?

It typically takes between Five and six hours in a classroom environment to complete the general induction training and evidence must be given to the trainer/assessor that participants understand and can adhere to the four essential elements as follows;

  • Identify OHS legislative requirements
  • Identify construction hazards and control measures
  • Identify OHS communications and reporting process
  • Identify OHS incident response procedures


Which method of delivery for the construction white card is best?

Recognising that everybody approaches learning differently, flexible and accepted methods for training could include face to face delivery, or could be presented on-site if requested by a client (minimum numbers would apply for on-site training). General public courses are usually provided by RTO’s in the following manner;

  • At an RTO’s training rooms facilitated by an experienced trainer, who holds currency within the industry and who can offer inexperienced students the opportunity to interact with other students and clarify information with the trainer.
  • Self-paced learning where the student works at their own pace under supervision of an experienced trainer. A self-paced course structure could be computer based allowing the more experienced student to complete the course and apply their knowledge and skills to reduce the time frames. This method may be successfully completed in 5 - 6 hours.


Is there anything that I need to bring to training?

On the day of training, students are required to provide photographic Identification in the form of original certified copies of the following;

  • Current and valid driver’s licence issued by an Australian State of Territory or; an 18 plus card or;
  • a current and valid passport or;
  • School identity card.

What will I receive upon completion of the course?

Participants who successfully complete the course assessments for the construction industry white card are issued with the following;

  • Statement of Attainment CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to Work safely in the construction industry
  • Nationally recognized Wallet sized- Construction White Card

Industry pathways

Successful completion of the CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry “White Card” will provide industry pathways for further training and development. These pathways can include training for High Risk Work Licences (HRW), such as cranes, dogging, rigging and scaffolding.

Units of Competency

CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry
RTO Number: 32496 ISO: AUP1033