CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (ACT)

Information about the course:

This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. it covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work.

It is expected that site-specific induction training will be conducted prior to conducting construction work.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit. Relevant work health and safety state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm jurisdictional requirements.

Target audience:

This unit is designed to meet WHS regulatory authority requirements for WHS induction and must be achieved before access to any building and construction work site. The target group will be people requiring training to safely work on construction sites.


  • You must be over 14 years of age to complete this course

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for:
  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


  • An ACT Work safely in the construction industry card

Course duration:

  • Full course: 6 hours face-to-face

Pre-course study options:

  • There is no pre-course study required for this course.

Related Course Documentation

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

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All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

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A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (ACT) - How do I apply for my Whitecard?

Students are required to submit an application directly to the ACT Government within 60 days of the Statement of Attainment issue date. This can only be completed through the following website: https://form.act.gov.au/smartforms/landing.htm?formCode=1205.  

The application costs $38 and you will be required to provide 3 forms of certified ID and a certified copy of your Statement of Attainment.



CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry - What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Practical Skills:

·          identify and orally report two construction hazards

·          orally explain how risk could be reduced or removed in relation to those two hazards

·          select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to control the risk

·          orally explain basic procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies, including types and purpose of the following fire safety equipment:

·          fire blankets

·          fire extinguishers, including water, carbon dioxide, powder and foam

·          hose reels and mains

·          identify and orally explain the meaning of required safety signs and symbols

·          orally explain the purpose of job safety analyses (JSAs), safe work method statements (SWMS) and safety data sheets (SDS)

·          orally explain the roles of the following designated health and safety personnel:

·          first aid officers

·          work health and safety representatives

·          work health and safety committee members

·          supervisors.


Demonstrate correctly fitting to themselves the PPE listed below:

·          eye protection

·          hearing protection

·          hard hat

·          high visibility retro reflective vest.


Knowledge Skills:

·          basic duty of care, and the roles, rights and responsibilities of business owners and workers in relation to working safely while undertaking construction work

·          basic meaning of the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’

·          basic principles of risk management, including the following five steps in order:

·          identify hazard

·          assess risk

·          consult and report

·          control hazard

·          review

·          basic procedures for accessing first aid

·          construction hazards, including those relating to:

·          asbestos

·          confined spaces

·          electrical: power lines, cords and equipment

·          excavations and trenches, including underground services

·          dust

·          falling objects

·          hazardous substances and dangerous goods

·          hot and cold work environments

·          manual handling

·          noise

·          plant and equipment operation

·          traffic and mobile plant

·          unplanned collapse

·          ultraviolet radiation

·          working at heights, including scaffolding

·          construction work that requires a high risk work licence

·          types, purpose and use of PPE used in construction, as specified in the performance evidence, and including safety footwear, harnesses and respiratory protection, and ultraviolet (UV) protective clothing and sunscreen

·          construction emergencies, including:

·          chemical spill

·          fire

·          injury to personnel

·          structural collapse

·          toxic or flammable vapour emission

·          vehicle or mobile plant accident

·          construction incidents, including:

·          incidents resulting in personal injury or damage to property

·          near misses or dangerous occurrences that do not cause injury but may pose an immediate and significant risk to persons or property, and need to be reported so that action can be taken to prevent recurrence

·          safe work practices that should be followed in construction work, including:

·          accessing and using site amenities for drinking water, hand washing and toilets

·          following safety procedures when performing work tasks and using equipment

·          identifying and reporting hazards, incidents and injuries in the workplace

·          keeping the work area clean, tidy and free from debris

·          not using or being affected by drugs and/or alcohol while at work

·          preventing bullying and harassment in the workplace

·          selecting and using required PPE

·          smoking only in designated areas

·          storing and removing waste and debris in designated areas

·          meanings and symbols associated with construction safety signs, symbols and tags, including:

·          emergency information signs: exits, emergency equipment and first aid

·          fire signs: location of fire alarms and firefighting equipment

·          hazard signs and symbols: danger and warning

·          regulatory signs and symbols: prohibition, mandatory and limitation or restriction

·          safety and lockout tags: danger and out-of-service tags.

CPCCWHS001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry - How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Simulated Practical Tasks

Overall assessment duration: 6 hours

CPCCWHS001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry - Where can I access a copy of the Training Package?

You can access a copy of the Training Package here.