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BCA Construction CoreTrade & Multi-Skilling Scheme

Table of contents

  1. CoreTrade Scheme
  2. Registration Procedure for CoreTrade Scheme
  3. Requirements to attend familiarization courses
  4. Multiskilling Scheme
  5. Who can apply for Multiskilling scheme
  6. Registration Procedure for Multi-skilling Scheme
  7. Timeline Cycle for CoreTrade & Multi-Skilling Scheme

CoreTrade & Multi-Skilling Scheme

Below are two schemes under Building and Construction Authority (BCA) for your workers to upskill and improve: BCA CoreTrade & Multi-Skilling Scheme

1. Coretrade Scheme

The Construction Registration of Tradesmen (CoreTrade) Scheme was introduced to allow the built environment sector to build up its core group of competent and experienced workers in key construction trades and supervisory roles to anchor and lead the construction workforce, and raise its quality and productivity levels.

There are 3 classes of CoreTrade personnel:

  • CoreTrade Tradesmen
  • CoreTrade Foremen
  • CoreTrade Supervisor

Registration Criteria for foreign work permit holder with a Skills Evaluation Certificate (SEC/SEC(K)) to be CoreTrade personnel are:

What are the trades available for registration under Coretrade?

Registration Procedure for CoreTrade Scheme

How to be a CoreTrade Tradesmen?

CoreTrade Online Application Website: https://www.bca.gov.sg/cwrs/

*Please note that the Acknowledgement Notice (AN) from BCA only valid for 1 Year

How to upgrade from Tradesmen to CoreTrade Foremen?

CoreTrade Online Application Website: https://www.bca.gov.sg/cwrs/

*Please note that the Acknowledgement Notice (AN) from BCA only valid for 1 Year

Requirements to attend familiarization courses

From 1 October 2012, eligible applicants who apply to be CoreTrade Tradesman or CoreTrade Foreman will be required to attend the Familiarization Course before sitting for Skills Assessment. This is to ensure that the applicants are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge of the trade and be better prepared for the Skills Assessment. Registration for Familiarization Courses and Skills Assessment can be made at BCA’s Approved Training and Testing Centres (ATTCs)*.

*Coursemology provides such services. For more information click the link below

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2. Multiskilling Scheme

The Multi-Skilling Scheme provides an alternative pathway for the industry to upgrade its experienced workers. It complements the CoreTrade Scheme, which caters to workers specialized in key construction trades. It aims to:

  • Build up a pool of workers who are competent in multiple construction trades and can carry out more than one type of work task on-site.
  • Provide employers with greater flexibility in deploying multi-skilled workers on-site, which helps to reduce downtime and improve productivity.

Construction personnel registered under the Multi-Skilling Scheme are qualified as “Higher Skilled” R1 workers under the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s Foreign Worker Levy Scheme.

What are the skills for registration under Multiskilling?

Accelerated Learning Programme

From 7 Feb 2022, the BCA and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be introducing the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) for Malaysian and North Asian Source (NAS) Construction Work Permit Holders (WPHs). The ALP is a new pathway to facilitate the entry and retention of higher-skilled construction workers.

The ALP consists of a 1-day training course and an end-of-course validation. The end-of-course validation, which is a practical test that takes 4 to 5 hours to complete, assesses a construction worker’s craft skills to ensure that the worker is competent and can meet the required quality standards of a skilled tradesman.

The end-of-course validation will be offered at BCA Approved Training and Testing Centres (ATTCs).

BCA and MOM will continue to recognize existing certifications such as the Skills Evaluation Certificate (SEC), Skills Evaluation Certificate (Knowledge) [SEC(K)] and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) for Malaysian and NAS WPHs. There are no changes to the requirements for WPHs of other source countries. Please refer to the table below for more details.

Certificates Required to Attain Basic-skilled Status

Who can apply for Multiskilling scheme

General

Workers who meet the following criteria can register as a multi-skilling worker:

  • Have a minimum of 4 years of construction experience in Singapore*
  • Have 2 acceptable certifications:
    (a) For first certification:  Any SEC or SEC(K)2trade certification. Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certification, for Malaysian WPH.
    (b) For second certification3: Any SEC(K) trade certification in a different trade from the first certification

*Please note:
During registration, the employer will need to produce documents showing the Work Permit Holder (WPH)’s years of working experience in Singapore.

SEC(K) certification is available at:

  • BCA Academy and various BCA Approved Training and Testing Centre (ATTCs).
  • Various BCA Appointed Overseas Testing Centres (OTCs).

View list of SEC(K) trade skills recognised under 2nd certificate of the Multi-Skilling Scheme.

SEC(K) Trade Skills Recognised Under 2ndCertificate of the Multi-Skilling Scheme
1Aircon Piping Installation38Marine Driven Piling Operation
2Aluminium Formwork39Marine Sand Compaction Piling Operation
3Asphalt Concrete Paving40Metal Scaffold Erection
4Bored Micro-Piling Operation41Metal Scaffold Erection (System Scaffold)
5Bored Piling Operation42Metal Scaffold Erection (Tubular Scaffold)
6Bricklaying43Mobile Crane Operation
7Cladding Installation44Painting
8Construction Plant Operation (Bulldozer Operation)45Pipefitting
9Construction Plant Operation (Excavator Loader Operation)46Plastering
10Construction Plant Operation (Track Shovel Operation)47Plumbing & Pipefitting
11Crawler Crane Operation48Precast Concrete Component Erection
12Crawler Drill Operation49Precast Concrete Component Erection (with Tower Crane Hoist)
13Curtain Wall Installation50Precast Kerb and Drain Laying
14Deep Cement Mixing Operation51Precision Blocklaying and Wall Panel Installation
15Doors & Windows Installation (Timber)52Prestressing
16Doors and Windows Installation (Aluminium)53Soil Drilling & instrumentation
17Driven Piling Operation54Steel Reinforcement Work
18Ducting Installation for Air-Conditioning and Ventilation55Structural Steel Fitting
19Electrical Wiring Installation56Suspended Ceiling Installation (Acoustical)
20Enhanced Aluminium Formwork57Suspended Ceiling Installation (Fibrous Plaster)
21Enhanced System Formwork58Suspended Scaffold Installation (Mast Climbing Platform)
22Enhanced Timber Formwork59Suspended Scaffold Installation (Gondola)
23Fibre Optics Installation60System Formwork Installation
24Fire Sprinkler Installation61Telescopic Handler Operation
25Gas Pipefitting62Thermal Insulation
26Glazing63Tiling
27Guniting64Timber Flooring
28Hydraulic Excavator Operation65Timber Formwork
29Hydraulic Excavator Operation (as Lifting Machine)66Tower Crane (Luffing Jib) Operation
30Interior Drywall Installation67Tower Crane (Saddle Jib) Operation
31Interlocking Blocks Pavement Construction68Trenchless Pipe Installation
32Interior Gas Pipefitting69Tunnel Boring Machine (Earth Pressure Method)
33Jack-in Piling Operation70Tunnel Boring Machine (Slurry Method)
34Jet Grout Piling Operation71Underground Pipe-Jacking
35Joinery72Waterproofing
36Lift Installation73Welding
37Marine Dredging Plant Operation74Mini Crane Operation

Workers who are trained in approved safety courses

Continual Educational Training Requirements for renewal

With effect from 1 Oct 2016, workers who have a SEC(K) in the construction trade, can also be registered under the Multi-Skilling scheme if they meet the following criteria :

  • Have a minimum of 6 years of construction experience in Singapore*
  • Completed 120 hours of training in approved safety-related courses OR obtained WSQ Advanced Certificate in Workplace Safety and Health.

*Please note:
During registration, the employer will need to produce documents showing the Work Permit Holder (WPH)’s years of working experience in Singapore.

Landscape construction worker

With effect from 1 Sep 2018, landscape construction workers who have an SEC(K) in construction trade, can register under the Multi-Skilling Scheme if they meet the following criteria :

  • Have a minimum of 6 years of construction experience in Singapore*
  • Is employed by firm that is registered under NParks Landscape Company Registry (LCR).
  • Completed the WSQ Higher Certificate in Horticulture & Turf Maintenance (by NParks);Or WSQ Certificate in Landscape Operations Composite Assessment (by NParks).
  • Passed the SEC(K) in Construction-Related (Landscape) (by BCA).

*Please note:
During registration, the employer will need to produce documents showing the Work Permit Holder (WPH)’s years of working experience in Singapore.

Upgrading Pathway for Construction Work Permit Holders

Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP)

Source: BCA Approved Training and Testing Centres | Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

Registration Procedure for Multi-skilling Scheme

How to be registered as a Multi-Skilled Worker?

  • For workers who have at least 4 years of working experience and 1 SEC or SEC(K) cert

How can employers benefit from the BCA Construction CoreTrade & Multi-Skilling Scheme?

  • Raise the productivity and quality of workers who reskill/retrain.
  • Workers equipped with different trade skills able to do work of other trades.
  • Improve cost-productivity

Timeline Cycle for CoreTrade & Multi-Skilling Scheme

NOTE: Validity 2 years for CoreTrade/Multiskilling. Upon reaching 1.5 years, you need to submit an application to BCA for renewal approval which will take time. In addition, the schedule from ATTC courses/assessments may delay. All processes consume time and should any delay result in late renewal. This will affect the levy on these particular workers.

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Resti YResti Y
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Thank you Cikgu Juriah for teaching me patiently and well, it's easy to understand everything you say.
Shafiq ShafiqShafiq Shafiq
09:33 01 Feb 24
Great place to do my food safety course.Kudos to my teacher Ms Juriah for the fun and engaging class👍
Rista RahmanRista Rahman
09:27 01 Feb 24
Our facilitator Mr Anandan is very knowledgeable and got sense of humour. You won’t fall asleep totally. Staff are very helpful especially Wendy and the rest at the reception counter. Recommended ❤️
Ernie RahmanErnie Rahman
07:39 26 Jan 24
Trainer Anandan is friendly and knowledgeable in his teaching in the food safety course. He is approachable and easy going and therefore we don't feel tense at all. Thank you sir! Strongly recommned to attend his classes. He should continue teaching this course at a higher level. He is also a trainer in aircon servicing and car maintenance.
Claudine YeongClaudine Yeong
09:51 24 Jan 24
Ashley is very friendly and clear in her teachings. She gives a lot of real life situations to emphasize the importance of food hygiene and safety.However, Peter who tested the practical part was unreasonable and scolded me when I tried to explain myself for not taking back the plate of cucumbers that I sold to the customer.
Lis ChoeLis Choe
10:37 22 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 course at Toa Payoh on 19 Jan 2024. The class was handled by SHIRLEY WONG (ASHLEY). Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Shirley was not only very clear in her delivery of the course material, but she was a very engaging instructor. Whilst communicating the seriousness of food safety and hygiene, she managed to bring humour and lightness to the class which could otherwise have been boring.Thank you Shirley !!
rachael francisrachael francis
05:31 17 Jan 24
Attended Food and Safety Level 3 and trainer Audrey was very good and clear with her explanation. Very friendly. She's very patient when explaining. Highly recommended. Course centre is also clean and easy to find your way. Convenient as there are many shops located around.
Chicken BruhChicken Bruh
08:03 14 Jan 24
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Katherine ChiaKatherine Chia
07:01 14 Jan 24
Swiss LamSwiss Lam
07:00 14 Jan 24
Our instructor, William makes the lesson lively and very informative! I enjoyed it.
azlan Shamanazlan Shaman
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me, customer managementEffective WSH LEVEL3Instructor,Jonathan loh is very Good.
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05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me,Customer managementEffectiveness managementWSH level 3Instructor ,Jonathan Lohan is very good
IRENE YUENIRENE YUEN
11:08 09 Jan 24
Attended the Food hygiene level 1 at Toa Payoh outlet. Convenient location & clean environment.Mr Loo Hee Jin is our trainer for the day. Very glad to attend his lesson. He is very professional, knowledgeable & also a very patience trainer. His explanation is clear and direct to the point. Easily understand with his extra example.Attended the class in a relax & comfortable environment.Strongly recommend.
Jessie KhooGanJessie KhooGan
11:54 04 Jan 24
Attended Food Safety Course Level 1 on 4 Jan 2024 and I enjoyed the class throughly. Our trainer - Anandan S/O Ganesan was very knowledgeable and he delivered the training in a very fun and interactive manner. He made the class very interesting and shared real examples which made it easier for individuals to understand with zero knowledge base.The customer service - Ms Alene was very helpful and responsive to my queries. Enrolling for this course was fuss free and she even provided the step by step in submit course claims using skills future credits. I will definitely recommend Coursemology to my circle of friends.Thank you once again for making my learning journey today a fruitful one.
Raine FooRaine Foo
16:21 03 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety Course Level 1 on 18 Dec 2023. The trainer Mr Loo Hee Jin is very professional and helpful. At times he explained in Mandarin to enable some non-english speaking learners to understand better. Staff at the Reception Desk are very helpful too. Environment is cosy and hot home-made barley drinks are provided during tea-breaks. Recommend this training school at Toa Payoh Central. Thank you.
Loh seng chouLoh seng chou
05:11 07 Nov 23
Staff were friendly and helpful.They took pains in explaining the contents of the coursrA good place to improve myself.
Irene TanIrene Tan
06:21 02 Oct 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for class on 01 Oct 23 from 9am to 6pm thank you.I am Irene Tan Lee Peng and I understand everything and really enjoying your lesson so much 🥰 really appreciate 😃.
Ying LimYing Lim
09:41 28 Sep 23
Great place to utilise your Skillsfuture Credit to upskill yourself. Convenient location at Toa Payoh Central, Jurong East Central and Tampines Central!
Ivy TiongIvy Tiong
03:07 15 Jul 23
I wanted to attend Basis Food Hygiene course n has found Coursemology online that allows me to use my Skillfuture Credit to pay for the course fees. $0 from my own pocket. The staff, Wendy is very helpful. With her assistance, I hv no problem with my registration. 👍
SasaSasa
17:30 28 Jun 23
I Attended the Food Hygiene course on 26/06/2023 @ Toa Payoh , course sign up & payment was easy. Trainer Mr Eddy is very friendly , knowledgeable and helpful to ensure everyone of us understand the importance of Cleanliness, Safety in the work. I benefited from this course, highly recommend Coursemology with thumb up 👍
Tee AhwenwenTee Ahwenwen
08:50 26 Feb 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for today 26feb23 thank you I am wenyi is teachable teacher and i understand everything and enjoying your lesson so much 😊 really appreciate that.
Ben HanBen Han
18:30 03 Jan 23
Coursemology provides a wide range of massage courses with flexible training schedules..Sales manager , Rachel Lip, assisted me quickly and positively with both my course enquiries as well as the registration of my chosen massage course in a fuss free manner..So for my friends out there...If you are looking to enrol for serious massage courses..Coursemology is your recommended choice...RegardsBen Han
Devaghi ATDevaghi AT
00:35 15 Aug 22
The trainers were very Knowledgeable n conducted the session to participants understanding. Friendly n approachable. Motivational approach during practicals. I benefited from Course. Tq, trainers.
Mohd IqbalMohd Iqbal
09:58 24 May 22
My Food and Hygiene course here was superb! Instructor is very helpful to ensure you understand the importance of Cleanliness and Safety in the kitchen. I highly recommend Coursemology.
MattMatt
02:58 12 May 22
Attended the Food Hygiene course at vision exchange. The course sign up and payment process was fast and simple. The instructor was fun and engaging and helpful. Highly recommend this place if you want to get your food hygiene cert.
Joey GanJoey Gan
09:29 24 Apr 22
My sister and I had many questions about the different courses. The staff present including the boss Mr Wee were very patient and friendly to help us. The centre at Toa Payoh was also easy to get to and centre facilities were kept clean and tidy. We have a very good experience.
ting siongting siong
06:05 19 Apr 22
The trainer is patient and able to explain food hygiene and safety concept clearly. She demonstrated the hand cleaning techniques, share industry practices and safety standards with participants.A good training indeed.
Keline jacq14Keline jacq14
09:37 01 Feb 24
Very good course👍👍
Resti YResti Y
09:36 01 Feb 24
Thank you Cikgu Juriah for teaching me patiently and well, it's easy to understand everything you say.
Shafiq ShafiqShafiq Shafiq
09:33 01 Feb 24
Great place to do my food safety course.Kudos to my teacher Ms Juriah for the fun and engaging class👍
Rista RahmanRista Rahman
09:27 01 Feb 24
Our facilitator Mr Anandan is very knowledgeable and got sense of humour. You won’t fall asleep totally. Staff are very helpful especially Wendy and the rest at the reception counter. Recommended ❤️
Ernie RahmanErnie Rahman
07:39 26 Jan 24
Trainer Anandan is friendly and knowledgeable in his teaching in the food safety course. He is approachable and easy going and therefore we don't feel tense at all. Thank you sir! Strongly recommned to attend his classes. He should continue teaching this course at a higher level. He is also a trainer in aircon servicing and car maintenance.
Claudine YeongClaudine Yeong
09:51 24 Jan 24
Ashley is very friendly and clear in her teachings. She gives a lot of real life situations to emphasize the importance of food hygiene and safety.However, Peter who tested the practical part was unreasonable and scolded me when I tried to explain myself for not taking back the plate of cucumbers that I sold to the customer.
Lis ChoeLis Choe
10:37 22 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety & Hygiene Level 1 course at Toa Payoh on 19 Jan 2024. The class was handled by SHIRLEY WONG (ASHLEY). Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Shirley was not only very clear in her delivery of the course material, but she was a very engaging instructor. Whilst communicating the seriousness of food safety and hygiene, she managed to bring humour and lightness to the class which could otherwise have been boring.Thank you Shirley !!
rachael francisrachael francis
05:31 17 Jan 24
Attended Food and Safety Level 3 and trainer Audrey was very good and clear with her explanation. Very friendly. She's very patient when explaining. Highly recommended. Course centre is also clean and easy to find your way. Convenient as there are many shops located around.
Chicken BruhChicken Bruh
08:03 14 Jan 24
veri gud the cher is very nice explain in all languages
Katherine ChiaKatherine Chia
07:01 14 Jan 24
Swiss LamSwiss Lam
07:00 14 Jan 24
Our instructor, William makes the lesson lively and very informative! I enjoyed it.
azlan Shamanazlan Shaman
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me, customer managementEffective WSH LEVEL3Instructor,Jonathan loh is very Good.
Raaj's fun checkRaaj's fun check
05:59 14 Jan 24
This course very useful for me,Customer managementEffectiveness managementWSH level 3Instructor ,Jonathan Lohan is very good
IRENE YUENIRENE YUEN
11:08 09 Jan 24
Attended the Food hygiene level 1 at Toa Payoh outlet. Convenient location & clean environment.Mr Loo Hee Jin is our trainer for the day. Very glad to attend his lesson. He is very professional, knowledgeable & also a very patience trainer. His explanation is clear and direct to the point. Easily understand with his extra example.Attended the class in a relax & comfortable environment.Strongly recommend.
Jessie KhooGanJessie KhooGan
11:54 04 Jan 24
Attended Food Safety Course Level 1 on 4 Jan 2024 and I enjoyed the class throughly. Our trainer - Anandan S/O Ganesan was very knowledgeable and he delivered the training in a very fun and interactive manner. He made the class very interesting and shared real examples which made it easier for individuals to understand with zero knowledge base.The customer service - Ms Alene was very helpful and responsive to my queries. Enrolling for this course was fuss free and she even provided the step by step in submit course claims using skills future credits. I will definitely recommend Coursemology to my circle of friends.Thank you once again for making my learning journey today a fruitful one.
Raine FooRaine Foo
16:21 03 Jan 24
Attended the Food Safety Course Level 1 on 18 Dec 2023. The trainer Mr Loo Hee Jin is very professional and helpful. At times he explained in Mandarin to enable some non-english speaking learners to understand better. Staff at the Reception Desk are very helpful too. Environment is cosy and hot home-made barley drinks are provided during tea-breaks. Recommend this training school at Toa Payoh Central. Thank you.
Loh seng chouLoh seng chou
05:11 07 Nov 23
Staff were friendly and helpful.They took pains in explaining the contents of the coursrA good place to improve myself.
Irene TanIrene Tan
06:21 02 Oct 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for class on 01 Oct 23 from 9am to 6pm thank you.I am Irene Tan Lee Peng and I understand everything and really enjoying your lesson so much 🥰 really appreciate 😃.
Ying LimYing Lim
09:41 28 Sep 23
Great place to utilise your Skillsfuture Credit to upskill yourself. Convenient location at Toa Payoh Central, Jurong East Central and Tampines Central!
Ivy TiongIvy Tiong
03:07 15 Jul 23
I wanted to attend Basis Food Hygiene course n has found Coursemology online that allows me to use my Skillfuture Credit to pay for the course fees. $0 from my own pocket. The staff, Wendy is very helpful. With her assistance, I hv no problem with my registration. 👍
SasaSasa
17:30 28 Jun 23
I Attended the Food Hygiene course on 26/06/2023 @ Toa Payoh , course sign up & payment was easy. Trainer Mr Eddy is very friendly , knowledgeable and helpful to ensure everyone of us understand the importance of Cleanliness, Safety in the work. I benefited from this course, highly recommend Coursemology with thumb up 👍
Tee AhwenwenTee Ahwenwen
08:50 26 Feb 23
Ms Ashley Shirley wong is a nice and cheerful teacher thanks for today 26feb23 thank you I am wenyi is teachable teacher and i understand everything and enjoying your lesson so much 😊 really appreciate that.
Ben HanBen Han
18:30 03 Jan 23
Coursemology provides a wide range of massage courses with flexible training schedules..Sales manager , Rachel Lip, assisted me quickly and positively with both my course enquiries as well as the registration of my chosen massage course in a fuss free manner..So for my friends out there...If you are looking to enrol for serious massage courses..Coursemology is your recommended choice...RegardsBen Han
Devaghi ATDevaghi AT
00:35 15 Aug 22
The trainers were very Knowledgeable n conducted the session to participants understanding. Friendly n approachable. Motivational approach during practicals. I benefited from Course. Tq, trainers.
Mohd IqbalMohd Iqbal
09:58 24 May 22
My Food and Hygiene course here was superb! Instructor is very helpful to ensure you understand the importance of Cleanliness and Safety in the kitchen. I highly recommend Coursemology.
MattMatt
02:58 12 May 22
Attended the Food Hygiene course at vision exchange. The course sign up and payment process was fast and simple. The instructor was fun and engaging and helpful. Highly recommend this place if you want to get your food hygiene cert.
Joey GanJoey Gan
09:29 24 Apr 22
My sister and I had many questions about the different courses. The staff present including the boss Mr Wee were very patient and friendly to help us. The centre at Toa Payoh was also easy to get to and centre facilities were kept clean and tidy. We have a very good experience.
ting siongting siong
06:05 19 Apr 22
The trainer is patient and able to explain food hygiene and safety concept clearly. She demonstrated the hand cleaning techniques, share industry practices and safety standards with participants.A good training indeed.
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