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The Risks of Online Delivery of the White Card

Whether white card training can be effectively delivered online is primarily a matter of risk management. The risk management process requires that the risks involved in delivering the course online need to be identified, control measures put in place to control the identified risks, and these control measures monitored and periodically reviewed.

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Is it possible for the White Card to be done online in a way that meets all of the requirements of the Unit?

How can an online course satisfy the unit requirements when it clearly requires that students:
  • Identify and explain applicable OHS requirements;
  • Identify and explain own responsibility to comply with safety requirements;
  • Identify and discuss common construction hazards
  • Identify and explain the role of designated OHS personnel
  • Identify and explain procedure for responding to incidents and emergencies
  • Verbally report construction hazards and risks;
  • Ask effective questions.
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Online White Card Course that meets the concerns raised by the ASQA review?

There has been much debate of late about whether the White Card course can be done online in a way that addresses the concerns raised by the recent ASQA White Card review.(See the ASQA White Card review.)

These concerns need be addressed as they have implications for the future of e-learning.

At Ammonite, we believe that we have created a White Card course that utilises methods and technologies that address all of the issues raised. But, for a student to complete the course online they must have access to and use a webcam.

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ASQA White card review

The long awaited review by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) into the unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A, commonly known as the White Card, was released on the 16th December 2013.

ASQA’s review into the effectiveness of the Construction White Card, a mandatory nationally recognised accreditation card for work safety induction training, makes six recommendations to help improve the safety of workers at construction sites.

The report also highlighted from their audit of RTOs delivering this unit of competency, many key areas of non-compliance with respect to selected standards from within the Standards for NVR registered training organisations 2012. Particular focus of many of these non-compliances was on the online mode of delivery.

Over the next few weeks, we will look at the report’s recommendations and non-compliance issues and show how the Ammonite TOMS learning management system, resources and methodology provides solutions to these problems.


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