White Card & First Aid course for international students
Until recently, finding training providers that offer the White Card & First Aid course to overseas students (international student visa holders) has been a challenge.
The courses, which often only take half a day to complete, required training organisations to be CRICOS registered, a special approval that is mainly given to large international universities and colleges.
As of July 19th 2021, this requirement has changed for a number of VET unit of competencies (often called short courses), with courses such as First Aid and White Card added to an exemption list. As a result, Tradie Training can now deliver those courses to international students.
QLD White Card identification
When completing general construction induction training (CPCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry) to be issued a White Card, you will need to bring identification to the course. The registered training organisation (RTO) you are completing the training with needs to make sure that you are who you say you are.
While most adult Australians will have little trouble producing the required identification documents, special arrangements exist for Secondary school students, Overseas workers and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders.
What is a White Card?
A White Card is a license required to enter and work on construction sites in Australia. The White Card is also known as general construction induction card. It is an essential license for anyone looking to work in the construction industry.
While each state and territory in Australia issues its own White Card, they are nationally recognised and can be used anywhere in Australia, regardless of the state or territory in which you completed the construction induction training.
Previously the White Card has been known as Blue Card, Red Card or Green Card depending on your state or territory.
What is Low Voltage Rescue and who needs it?
A Low Voltage Rescue (LVR) course is a training program designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely rescue a person who has been exposed to an electrical shock or has become trapped in a low voltage electrical environment. In Australia, the LVR course is delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and is a requirement for anyone who works in the electrical industry or in an occupation where they may be exposed to low voltage electrical environments.
White Card online - What changed?
There is a lot of confusion around online White Cards. This article will try to explain why there is mixed information on online White Cards. For the basics, see what is a White Card?
Quick summary: Self-paced online White Card courses are only available to residents of Western Australia and Tasmania as of 2024. Residents of other states must complete the training face-to-face or through connected real-time delivery.
White Card PPE
When completing your general construction induction training (White Card course), you will be taught how to correctly fit and wear the following 4 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
high visibility clothing
Note: If you decide to complete your QLD White Card course online (via Virtual Classroom/Zoom Meeting), you will be required to own or buy those 4 pieces of PPE in order to successfully complete the training.