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