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Temporary Relaxation of Licence Registration for Foreign Crane Operators

What is it about?

The Temporary Relaxation of Registration for Foreign Crane Operators allows employers that meet specific terms and conditions to employ foreign crane operators1 under construction work passes. Under the scheme, the applicant company is required to train and recruit new Local Crane Operator (LCO)2 (refer to the application form for more details). This is an interim manpower scheme to assist built environment firms in managing their manpower resources.

1 All foreigners seeking to be employed as crane and hoist operators under this scheme shall possess prior crane operation experience in the Singapore construction sector and are subjected to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s prevailing work pass requirements and crane operator registration requirements.
2 Refer to Singapore Citizen/Singapore PR without prior crane operation experiences.


Who needs to apply?

1.     Applicant Company intending to employ foreign crane operator on a new work pass or renew existing foreign crane operator’s work pass.

2.     The Company is required to first submit Form C to BCA for endorsement before applying to: -

i. Any recognised training provider for their foreign crane operator to attend training courses on crane operation for re-certification purposes; and

ii.  MOM for work pass with Crane and Hoist Operator as the occupation and registration for their foreign crane operator.

Applicant Company of existing foreign crane operators who intend to cross- train an existing foreign crane operator holding a valid crane and hoist work pass in other cranes, need not apply to BCA for approval.


Application Process
apply foreign crane operators


How to apply?

- Application Form for BCA ‘s Endorsement to Employ Foreign Crane Operators

Please read through the Terms and Conditions carefully before submitting the application for endorsement. An incomplete application form may lead to the rejection of your application.

Please email the completed application form or any enquiry to bca_crane@bca.gov.sg

Applicant Company is strongly advised to seek clarifications from:

i. BCA if you have any queries relating to the submission of the application, and
ii. MOM at (65) 64385122 or www.mom.gov.sg/feedback if you have any queries relating to work pass application and registration to be a crane operator. 

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