General construction induction training provides basic knowledge of construction work, the work health and safety laws that apply, common hazards likely to be encountered in construction work, and how the associated risks can be controlled.
The nationally recognised unit of competency for general construction induction training is CPCCOHS1001A—Work safely in the construction industry. Upon successful completion of this training, a person is eligible to apply for a general construction induction training card (CITC), commonly known as a ‘white card’ within the industry.
The WHS Regulations define construction work as ‘any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure’.
Construction work does not include any of the following:
- > the manufacture of plant
- > the prefabrication of elements, other than at a place specifically established for the construction work, for use in construction work
- > the construction or assembly of a structure that once constructed or assembled is intended to be transported to another place
- > testing, maintenance or repair work of a minor nature carried out in connection with a structure
- > mining or the exploration for or extraction of minerals.
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) should also provide workers with workplace and task specific inductions and training prior to work being undertaken.
To obtain a Commonwealth CITC, training will need to be provided by a registered training organisation (RTO) that is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) or the Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (WA TAC). The RTO will need to have approval to deliver the unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A—Work safely in the construction industry.