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Construction Registration of Tradesmen (CoreTrade)

Construction Registration of Tradesmen, or CoreTrade, is a registration scheme, administered by the Building and Construction Authority, for skilled and experienced construction personnel in the various key construction trades.

In the Building Control (Amendment) Act 2007, one of the key amendments that were introduced was the licensing of builders. As a condition to be met for the Builders’ Licence, licensed Class 1 General Builders are required to deploy a minimum number of CoreTrade personnel in their projects of value S$20million (inclusive of GST) and more.

CoreTrade personnel may qualify as “Higher Skilled” under Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s Foreign Worker Levy Scheme.



This scheme was introduced to allow the construction industry to build up its core group of competent and experienced workers in key construction trades who will serve to anchor and lead the construction workforce, and raise its quality and productivity levels. CoreTrade provides a platform to retain the better and more experienced workers by providing a clear career progression path and giving them due recognition. It will allow one to move from a basic skilled worker, to a registered CoreTrade tradesman specializing in specific trades, progress to become a registered CoreTrade trade foreman and eventually a CoreTrade Supervisor. The development of a core group of construction personnel will support the industry’s role in shaping our built environment, supporting Singapore’s economic growth and enhancing the quality of life of our people.


CoreTrade Personnel

There are 3 classes of CoreTrade personnel:

  1. Construction Tradesman: A worker who is skilled and engaged in a particular trade.
  2. Construction Foreman: A worker who supervises and co-ordinates a group of tradesmen in a particular trade.
  3. Construction Supervisor: A worker who oversees the a particular class of construction works.

Registration Requirements


Commencement of CoreTrade and Key Milestones

Registration of CoreTrade personnel commenced on 18 Dec 08. From 16 June 09 onwards, licensed Class 1 General Builders need to meet the deployment requirements for CoreTrade personnel for projects with contract values of $20million (inclusive of GST) or more.

To facilitate the upgrading of construction personnel, the number of trades under CoreTrade has increased to 17, covering a total of 48 skills qualifications starting from 15 April 2011. The manpower deployment requirements had also been enhanced to reflect the different manpower needs of each project classes. This is applicable for projects whose permit to carry out structural works had been submitted to BCA from 15 October 2011 onwards.

The registration class of CoreTrade Supervisors commenced on 1 April 2012. The deployment of CoreTrade Supervisors will be applicable to projects whose permit to carry out structural works is granted by BCA from 1 April 2013 onwards.

Deployment Requirements