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
QLD White Card identification
When completing construction induction training (CPCCWHS1001 - 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
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.
White Card online - What changed?
There is a lot of confusion around online White Cards. This article will put the facts first and 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 2023. Residents of other states must complete the training
White Card PPE
When completing your 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):
- hard hat
- hearing protection
- eye protection
- 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.
White Card & First Aid course for international students
Until recently, finding training providers that offer the White Card & First Aid course
to overseas students on international student visas 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
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.