The building and construction industry requires a skilled and flexible workforce with growing demand for qualified tradespeople and professionals able to move between the commercial and domestic sectors. Meeting future workforce needs requires a comprehensive approach encompassing apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, skilled migration, upskilling of the existing workforce, and creating opportunities for mature workers to enter or remain in the industry.

Master Builders helps to facilitate rewarding careers in building and construction through policy development and advocacy, group training solutions, and industry leading education and training programs on topics including:

  • Technical and trades skills
  • Supervisory and management skills
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Industrial relations, negotiations and mediation
  • Use and administration of contracts
  • Master Builders Green Living

Apprenticeships remain the key means for obtaining an initial qualification for construction work. Information about construction apprenticeship training, including a range of factsheets on obtaining and completing an apprenticeship, can be found in the Apprenticeships section of this Website.

Master Builders has a vision of a training environment that leads to a range of professional, para-professional and skilled trade careers in the building and construction industry, including careers for women and other currently underrepresented groups.

Master Builders works with the Commonwealth Department of Education, the Department of Employment, the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council and other stakeholders on policy development and the implementation of a range of programs to encourage recruitment and retention of skilled employees to the industry.

Detailed information about the individual construction trades, and other occupations in the building and construction industry, can be found in the Careers section of this website. 

White Card Training

The 'White Card' is a term used to describe the nationally-recognised plastic card required by all on-site construction workers in Australia. It is issued by state and territory governments following successful completion of the construction induction course ‘Work Safely in the Construction Industry’, commonly known as White Card training. White Card training is offered by local Master Builders Associations and by a range of other Registered Training Organisations. It is typically a one-day face-to-face course with a short assessment at the end.