Blitz on White Card training

The Australian Skills Quality Authority will undertake a strategic review of the entry-level occupational health and safety training required to work on construction sites in Australia, commonly known as the White Card.

Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson said a number of concerns had been raised with ASQA regarding the quality of the training and assessment provided by some registered training organisations (RTOs) offering the White Card training program.

“We’re receiving reports that some training courses are simply too short to give participants the knowledge and experience they need. We’re also being told that the training being offered by some RTOs is of poor quality.

“Concerns have also been raised about online assessment, particularly whether students are assessed on the communication and comprehension skills required under the training package and whether the RTOs are certain of the identity of the person completing the assessment online," said Mr Robinson .

The review is to be completed by June 2013.

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