How do I use an RIW Matrix or Matrices?

RIW Matrices can be found on the RIW website at

Matrices are categorised as National or Network.  Click on the relevant category on the left hand side to display the matrices available nationally or by Network.


The Matrices are available on the right, categorised by discipline.  In the above example there are four National Matrices available:

For more information about how the matrices were developed, please refer to the article What are the RIW Matrices and how were they developed? 

Once the required matrix has been identified, click on the link to open the matrix.  The matrix will look similar to the following:

To use the matrix follow these steps:


Step 1

Identify the role to be awarded to a cardholder. If the role is not listed, choose the closest match or contact the Network Operator or Contractor In Charge to determine the correct job role required for site.


Step 2 

Follow the column down for the role selected to determine the competencies required to be compliant. Competencies required are marked as mandatory (M). Once the competencies have been identified which are required for the role, determine which competencies are already held and which ones will need to be obtained. For competencies already held, cross check the current qualifications against the role descriptors and currency requirements provided to ensure the qualifications are up to date.

In the example above, a Bricklayer - National will require:

  • Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card)
  • Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying

Each competency requirement is also linked to the relevant RIW Business Rule, where the evidence required to meet competencies are detailed.


Step 3

For the competencies/qualifications already held, an Employer can upload the relevant documentation to the RIW System following the instructions outlined in the RIW Knowledge Centre article How does a company add a new competency to a cardholders profile?. If the cardholder needs to undertake further training to obtain further competencies for the role being applied for, they will need to contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to find an available training option.


NOTE: Meeting the requirements for roles within the National Matrices does not automatically allow a cardholder access to a Network. It is important to check with the operator to determine the application of the National Matrices to the Network and if there are any other requirements a cardholder needs to meet before they can work on track, such as holding the required National Operator role for the Network.

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