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Date PostedDecember 27, 2018

How to Get a Construction Job in Australia

As the new year approaches you may be thinking it’s time to start looking for a new job, perhaps in the rewarding and challenging field of construction.

You should know that while the construction industry is lucrative, before you can start working in the industry, you must complete general construction induction training  to ensure you are able to ‘work safely in construction’.

The federal government recently unified work health and safety laws (2012), mandating construction induction safety training, also known as white card training for anyone working in construction.

Important Information About Construction Induction Safety Training

The construction industry training course is commonly referred to as The White Card course, referring to the actual credit-card sized card issued on completion of the course.

Previously various coloured cards were issued depending on which state or territory you completed the course in but now that occupation health and safety laws have been unified, one White Card replaces all other coloured cards and is now recognised nationally. That means that no matter where you complete the course, if you obtain the White Card, it is valid in all states and territories.

Whether you intend on working temporarily in the construction industry or plan on making it a long term career, you will need to complete the White Card course. Apprentices, newbies to the industry, foreign workers and even experienced professionals must complete the training to work on a construction site or engage in construction activities anywhere in Australia.

Where Can You Complete The White Card Training?

White Card training can be completed in 2 ways,

  1. Through traditional in-person training in a classroom-like setting
  2. Through online training from wherever you choose, all that’s needed is a computer/tablet, an internet connection and a printer.

Most students prefer the online method due to its obvious benefits including affordability, speed and convenience. The majority of our students complete the course material in a couple of hours from the comfort of their own homes or offices.

The online course is particularly beneficial to students in regional Australia who may not be able to access a training centre in person or overseas students in the process of moving to Australia.

Remember that the course is obligatory and if you complete the course beforehand, you increase your chances of finding work in the sector because employers and recruiters will opt for candidates with their White Card already in hand.

To learn more about the course or to complete the training online today, visit www.whitecardaustralia.com.au

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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