From the 1st of September 2009, New South Wales (NSW) implemented the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (the National Code). As a result, national unit of competency “CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry” replaced old General Construction Induction training.
The old accredited course “30215QLD Course in General Safety Induction (Construction Industry)” expired on 30th of June 2009. From the 1st of July 2009 only the unit of competency “CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry” meets the regulatory requirements.
General induction training
General induction training is a nationally accredited competency unit “CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry” that aims to provide persons new (or returning) to the construction industry with a basic knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety legislative requirements, principles of risk management and the prevention of injury and illness in the construction industry.
General induction training provides workers in the construction industry with an awareness and understanding of:
- Their rights and responsibilities under OHS law;
- Common hazards and risks in the construction industry;
- Basic risk management principles; and
- The standard of behaviour expected of workers on construction sites.
It is required for people:
- Carrying out construction work, including site managers, supervisors, surveyors, labourers and trades persons;
- Who access operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person, and
- Whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones.
Refer to the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work publication by Australian Safety and Compensation Council for more examples of persons who may or may not need general induction training and information about exceptions where OHS induction training is not required.
The card ceases to be current if person have not carried out construction work for any consecutive period of two (2) years or more.
The construction induction card (White Card) provides proof of completion of OHS Construction Induction training.
Other induction training obligations
In addition to the Construction Induction Card, employers and principal contractors must also ensure that workers receive:
- Site induction training to provide information and instruction to anyone engaged on a particular construction site with a knowledge of the contractor’s rules and procedures for site safety, emergency management, the supervisory and reporting arrangements and other site-specific issues, and
- Task specific induction training to provide information and instruction to anyone undertaking a particular construction activity of the risk factors and control measures relating to that task.
Site visitors must obtain permission to enter the site and be escorted by a person with a Construction Induction Card at all times.
To obtain the construction induction card (white card) person required to complete formal face-to-face six (6) hour training session.
As from the 1st of September 2009, Construction Induction Training is a national unit of competency and must therefore be conducted under the supervision of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has unit of competency “CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry” on its scope of registration. Registered Training Organisation (RTO) has to be accredited by the NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board (VETAB) and approved by WorkCover NSW.
Follow this link to search for the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that can deliver Construction Induction Training in NSW.
Obtaining a Construction Induction Card
To attend training, a person required to contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provide evidence of identity to the value of 100 points Common used evidence of identity documents include:
- an Australian birth certificate and an Australian drivers licence, or
- an Australian drivers licence, Medicare card, ATM card and a utilities bill.
Refer to the Evidence of Identity. Information sheet for employers and course participants publication by WorkCover NSW for more information about accepted forms of identification.
The RTO will have the approved application forms for a new card and will submit them to WorkCover NSW when person satisfactorily completes the training.
Replacing a Construction Induction Card
If a construction induction card has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, or if it contains a printing errors or was not received, complete the ‘Application to replace a WorkCover NSW OHS construction induction card, or pesticide or fumigant certificate of competency’ form and follow the instruction.
Follow this link to obtain a copy of the Application to replace a WorkCover NSW OHS Construction Induction Card, or pesticide or fumigant certificate of competency form.
Who is responsible for the issue of the Statement of Training (SOT) and Statement of Attainment (SOA)?
The nominated trainer delivering the unit of competency on behalf of the RTO will issue a Statement of Training (SOT) to participants who successfully complete the training, on the day of training. The SOT is valid for 30 days, while the RTO lodges the necessary details with WorkCover NSW, and WorkCover NSW processes the card. The RTO with the unit of competence on its scope of registration is responsible for the issuing the Statement of Attainment (SOA).
Who is responsible for issuing the Construction Induction Certificate in NSW?
WorkCover NSW is responsible for issuing the Construction Induction Certificate in NSW.
Is online training be available?
In order to protect the quality and integrity of General Induction training, WorkCover NSW approves only face-to-face training delivery method in NSW.
Card transition arrangements
Under the National Code, WorkCover NSW will continue to issue the Construction Induction Certificate (CIC card) to participants following successful completion unit of competency “CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry”.
The former NSW Construction Induction Cards, known as ‘Green Cards’ that are issued between 29 March 2004 and 31 August 2009, are recognised in all jurisdictions other than Western Australia. The new NSW Construction Induction Cards (White Cards) that are issued from 1 September 2009 are recognised throughout Australia.
In respect of the arrangements for existing construction induction certificate holders, the old CIC cards are recognised under the new system, as well as the construction induction cards issued by Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. This means that there is no requirement for a person who holds a valid NSW CIC card to have his/her card converted to a post 01/09/2009 issued CIC card.
- Interstate cards
In addition to the WorkCover NSW Construction Induction Card, construction workers can work in NSW using valid Construction Induction Cards issued by all states and territories under the new National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work as well as the following induction cards issued under previous arrangements:
- ‘Blue cards’ issued in Queensland,
- ‘Red cards’ issued in Victoria, and
- ‘Blue cards’ issued in Western Australia.
WorkCover NSW will only recognise cards issued by another state provided person lived in that state at the time the card have been obtained.
Phone: 13 10 50
Publications and Links
- National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work. Australian Safety and Compensation Council (2007) Available at:
- Evidence of Identity. Information sheet for employers and course participants. WorkCover NSW. Available at: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/evidence_of_identity_information_sheet_employers_participants_2097.pdf
- Application to replace a WorkCover NSW OHS Construction Induction Card, or pesticide or fumigant certificate of competency form. WorkCover NSW. Available at: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/application_replace_workcover_ohs_cic_pesticide_fumigant_certificate_competency_2287.pdf
- Construction Induction Card. WorkCover NSW website. Available at: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/licensing/Licencesandcertificates/Pages/ConstructionInductionCertificate.aspx#
- Construction Induction. Registered Training Organisation (RTO) search. WorkCover NSW website. Available at: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/forms/Pages/CITrainingSearch.aspx