Foundation Passport - Building Construction

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This four-hour entry level course is designed to ensure everyone on-site understands their health and safety responsibilities.

The Foundation Passport - Building Construction introduces learners to: 

  • Vital topics such as how to keep themselves healthy and safe. 
  • Identify hazards and risks and apply the appropriate controls. 
  • Understand their legal responsibilities. 
  • Promote good mental health.  


Target Audience

This course is suitable for people who are about to enter or are new to the New Zealand construction industry, or are unfamiliar with the basics of health and safety on a construction site including: 

  • Young workers, apprentices or those undertaking a pre-trade course. 
  • Students who are part of the Youth Guarantee Initiative (Trades and Services Academies). 
  • Secondary school students who are part of Careers and Transitional Education programmes (such as Gateway, STAR and work experience). 
  • Workers who have shifted careers to work in the construction industry. 
  • Migrant workers who may or may not have international construction experience. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the importance of being healthy and safe in a construction site/environment. 
  • Identify rights and responsibilities and their employer’s rights and responsibilities under the legislation in relation to their roles on the job. 
    • Outline what a healthy and safe work environment looks like. 
    • Identify expected behaviours on a construction site/ environment. 
  • Identify ways that workers can keep themselves physically and mentally healthy and safe. 
    • Identify the critical risks and common hazards present in a construction environment. 
    • Identify common controls that are used in a construction environment. 

How you will be assessed

You will need to complete a Review of Understanding at the end of the course.

Language requirements

To complete this course successfully, learners must be able to read and understand conversational English. If you are not comfortable with English comprehension, we recommend attending a classroom course at a Site Safe training centre. Please contact us if you need assistance in choosing the right course for you. 

Next learning steps

Completing a Site Safe Passport means you'll gain site access for the next two Completing a Site Safe Passport means you'll gain site access for the next two years.

When it's time to renew your site access, you don't need to complete the same course again - expand your health and safety knowledge with a different course that's relevant to you. We now offer a suite of cost-effective four-hour Passport Plus courses in specific subjects, as well as a variety of one and two-day courses, all of which will renew your Site Safety Card.

Site Safe's Heights learning staircase:

Have a look at the pathway examples for more training options after successfully completing this course.

Check out our Training CPD Matrix to see Site Safe courses and credits at a glance.

With over 60,000 New Zealand construction workers attending a Site Safe Passport course each year, most major New Zealand contractors require a Site Safety Card for entry to their sites, and as a prerequisite in their tender process.

As Site Safety Cards become more recognised by the horticulture sector, this may become a site access requirement, or a tender prerequisite.

Book your seat on the next course today, or contact us for more information.

For a full list of our training courses visit our Training Courses page.

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