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)*.

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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


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
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
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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