Multi-Skilling Scheme

The Multi-Skilling Scheme provides an alternative pathway for the industry to upgrade their experienced workers. It complements the CoreTrade Scheme, which caters to workers specialised 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.

Who can apply

Worker’s Qualifications



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

  • Have a minimum of 4 years of construction experience in Singapore1.
  • 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

Workers who are trained in approved safety courses

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 Singapore1.
  • Completed 120 hours of training in approved safety-related courses OR obtained WSQ Advanced Certificate in Workplace Safety and Health.

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 Singapore1.
  • 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).


1During registration, the employer will need to produce documents showing the 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.

Continuing education and training (CET) requirements

  • Multi-Skilling registration is valid for 2 years. 
  • To renew their registration, workers are required to attend Continuing Education and Training (CET) in any one of their two registered SEC/SEC(K) trades.
  • CET will be a half-day course covering the latest codes and regulations, good practices, and demonstration of new methods, materials, tools and equipment relevant to the specific construction trades and/or areas of responsibility of the worker.
  • View list of ATTCs offering CET, and CET course dates and fees.
  • View contact details of ATTCs and BCAA.

How to apply

  • Submit an online application for registration/renewal through the Construction Workforce Registration System (CWRS). 
  • Follow the step-by-step guide found on the CWRS login page. 
  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $21.80 (inclusive of GST) for Multi-Skilling registration or renewal.
SEC(K) Trade Skills Recognised Under 2ndCertificate of the Multi-Skilling Scheme
1 Aircon Piping Installation 38 Marine Driven Piling Operation
2 Aluminium Formwork 39 Marine Sand Compaction Piling Operation
3 Asphalt Concrete Paving 40 Metal Scaffold Erection
4 Bored Micro-Piling Operation 41 Metal Scaffold Erection (System Scaffold)
5 Bored Piling Operation 42 Metal Scaffold Erection (Tubular Scaffold)
6 Bricklaying 43 Mobile Crane Operation
7 Cladding Installation 44 Painting
8 Construction Plant Operation (Bulldozer Operation) 45 Pipefitting
9 Construction Plant Operation (Excavator Loader Operation) 46 Plastering
10 Construction Plant Operation (Track Shovel Operation) 47 Plumbing & Pipefitting
11 Crawler Crane Operation 48 Precast Concrete Component Erection
12 Crawler Drill Operation 49 Precast Concrete Component Erection (with Tower Crane Hoist)
13 Curtain Wall Installation 50 Precast Kerb and Drain Laying
14 Deep Cement Mixing Operation 51 Precision Blocklaying and Wall Panel Installation
15 Doors & Windows Installation (Timber) 52 Prestressing
16 Doors and Windows Installation (Aluminium) 53 Soil Drilling & instrumentation
17 Driven Piling Operation 54 Steel Reinforcement Work
18 Ducting Installation for Air-Conditioning and Ventilation 55 Structural Steel Fitting
19 Electrical Wiring Installation 56 Suspended Ceiling Installation (Acoustical)
20 Enhanced Aluminium Formwork 57 Suspended Ceiling Installation (Fibrous Plaster)
21 Enhanced System Formwork 58 Suspended Scaffold Installation (Mast Climbing Platform)
22 Enhanced Timber Formwork 59 Suspended Scaffold Installation (Gondola)
23 Fibre Optics Installation 60 System Formwork Installation
24 Fire Sprinkler Installation 61 Telescopic Handler Operation
25 Gas Pipefitting 62 Thermal Insulation
26 Glazing 63 Tiling
27 Guniting 64 Timber Flooring
28 Hydraulic Excavator Operation 65 Timber Formwork
29 Hydraulic Excavator Operation (as Lifting Machine) 66 Tower Crane (Luffing Jib) Operation
30 Interior Drywall Installation 67 Tower Crane (Saddle Jib) Operation
31 Interlocking Blocks Pavement Construction 68 Trenchless Pipe Installation
32 Interior Gas Pipefitting 69 Tunnel Boring Machine (Earth Pressure Method)
33 Jack-in Piling Operation 70 Tunnel Boring Machine (Slurry Method)
34 Jet Grout Piling Operation 71 Underground Pipe-Jacking
35 Joinery 72 Waterproofing
36 Lift Installation 73 Welding
37 Marine Dredging Plant Operation 74 Mini Crane Operation


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