What is CoreTrade? Who is it for?

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.

Who is it for?

CoreTrade provides a platform to retain better and more experienced workers by providing a clear career progression path and giving them due recognition.

It allows one to progress from a “Basic Skilled” R2 worker, to a registered CoreTrade Tradesman specializing in specific trades, a registered CoreTrade Trade Foreman, and eventually a CoreTrade Supervisor.

CoreTrade personnel is qualified as “Higher Skilled” R1 workers under the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s Foreign Worker Levy Scheme.

What are the classes of CoreTrade personnel? What are the registration requirements to be CoreTrade personnel?

There are 3 classes of CoreTrade personnel:

  • CoreTrade Tradesmen
  • CoreTrade Foremen
  • CoreTrade Supervisor

Generally, the registration requirements for a 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?

The trade categories available for registration are listed below.

Where to apply to be CoreTrade personnel?

CoreTrade applications can be made via www.bca.gov.sg/cwrs before registering the construction personnel for training and skills assessment at BCA’s Approved Training and Testing Centres.

I wish to upgrade my workers to “Higher Skilled” R1 status. However, the trades under CoreTrade Scheme are not relevant to my trades. Are there any other pathways to upgrade my workers?

Yes, employers can upgrade their workers to be “Higher Skilled” R1 workers through any of the 4 upgrading pathways – Coretrade Scheme, Multi-skilling scheme, Market-based Skills Recognition Framework, and Direct R1 pathway.

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My worker is already registered as a CoreTrade Tradesman. How can he upgrade to be a CoreTrade Trade Foreman?

The application can be made to upgrade from a CoreTrade Tradesman to Trade Foreman. Once an application to upgrade has been made, the application is reviewed to determine if he/ she meets the minimum requirements for skills and experience to upgrade.

If a CoreTrade Tradesman has obtained 6 years of construction experience in Singapore, he may take the written test component only and pass the written test component of the same trade category to upgrade to Foreman.

I wish to apply my worker as CoreTrade Foremen. However, he failed the written test component, what should he do?

If the candidate failed the written test component for Trade Foremen and passed the practical test component (only for non-plant construction trades), he would then be allowed to be registered as CoreTrade Tradesmen which allows him to stay in Singapore for up to 22 years and their employers pay the lower levy. However, for Timber formwork and Steel Reinforcement, the trades are only applicable at the Trade Foremen level.

Alternatively, he can take retest the written test component.

My workers cannot read and write in English. I am afraid they could not pass the test.

To register as a CoreTrade Tradesman (except for Construction Plant Operation), the worker needs to take and pass a practical test component only.

To register as a CoreTrade Tradesman in Construction Plant Operation, CoreTrade Trade Foremen, or Multi-Skilled worker, the worker needs to take and pass both practical and written test components. The written test paper has translations in Chinese, Tamil, and Thai.

>In addition, the written test component for CoreTrade Foremen has been modified from a closed-book to an open-book written test from 3 November 2014 onwards, to enable the candidates to learn better.

To register as a CoreTrade supervisor, the worker needs to take training and a test in theory only.

CoreTrade With Aesperon Construction

Aesperon Construction Multiskill Course

As a one-stop service provider, other than giving training and skills assessment to construction workers, we are so pleased to announce that we are also providing professional essential services such as the recruitment of manpower! 

This means that from you can now hire foreign workers from over 10 countries to be construction sector work pass holders and be employed under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act in a fuss-free, fast and dedicated channel— through us!

Here are the various manpower sources: 

(a) Traditional Source (TS) 
(b) PRC
(c) Non-Traditional Sources (NTS)– India– Sri Lanka– Thailand– Bangladesh– Myanmar– Philippines
(d) North Asian sources – Hong Kong (HKSAR passport)– Macau– South Korea– Taiwan
(e) other source countries approved by Ministry Of Manpower (MOM)
– such as Vietnam and many more*!

You may write to us and we can help you with the registration and administrative matters with MOM.

All you have to do is approach us for pre-registration via the following schemes: 

  • CoreTrade Scheme
  • Multi-Skilling Scheme
  • Direct R1 Pathway
  • Continuing Education and Training (CET)
  • Skills Evaluation Certificate (Knowledge) (SEC(K))

 *Subjected to approval by MOM.

Entry Requirements:

To check your eligibility for these courses, please check our website here at aesperonconstruction.sg to find out more.

Why choose us?

To start working as a construction worker in Singapore, it is a requirement to possess a skills evaluation certificate.  We have a more than 95% Passing Rate for our certification courses. As we understand that weekdays are mainly the important workdays, many weekend training slots are available in ATTC. Free transportation will be provided as well! (Terms and conditions apply).

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us!

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