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Overseas Skills Competency Assessment Centre Accreditation


About the Program

CIDB Malaysia under Act 520 under article 33a (1) has taken steps by crediting 31 assessment centres in 13 foreign-source countries as preliminary steps to ensure that foreign workers working in the Malaysian Construction Industry are proficient.

This initiative is also in line with the aspirations of the Construction Industry Transformation Plan (CITP) 2016-2020 under the P2b initiative, Introducing mechanisms to raise skills mix for intake of foreign workers.

In order to have an assessment centre that fulfil the CIDB Malaysia requirements and standard, CIDB Holdings will manage the implementation of the program as follows;

  • Provide consultations for any foreign test centres that want to be accredited as CIDB Malaysia accredited assessment centres.
  • Ensure all centres fulfil the CIDB Malaysia requirements and standards.
  • Provide train-of-trainers programs for centres trainer in order to give guidelines on CIDB Malaysia Skill Competency Standards.

Target Group

  • Skilled Construction Personnel (Local)
  • Skilled Construction Personnel (Foreign/Permanent Resident)


The amended Act 520 makes it compulsory for construction personnel to be registered with CIDB. This is to allow CIDB to gather sufficient and accurate data on the number of construction personnel available and needed, the relevance of skills training programmes to the nation’s need, and to keep tabs on standards of construction workers.

The amendment also requires all construction site supervisors and skilled construction personnel as specified in the Third Schedule of Act 520 to be accredited by CIDB, and to hold a valid CIDB issued certificate according to their respective trades and skills.

This is because construction personnel who have been certified of their skills can produce work of high quality, be competent and highly productive. This in turn will increase the image of the construction workforce and attract more to be involved in this line.

Anyone caught working without proper registration and accreditation papers will be fine of not exceeding RM5,000. Likewise, the same penalty will also be imposed on employers of workers who are not accredited to carry out construction work.

The clauses in Act 520 CIDB that provide law enforcement on adherence to the Accreditation and certification of construction site supervisor and skilled construction worker are as follows;