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Skills Competency Assessment Program For Foreign Workers In Malaysia



About The Program

The construction industry is one of the catalyst industries in driving the country’s economic growth. It is a very competitive industry that requires competent labour and technological supports.

One of the key challenges faced by the construction industry is low quality and productivity. The main reasons for quality deterioration is due to lack of skilled manpower in construction sites.

Target Group

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

In line with CIDB’s function stipulated under the ACT 520 that is to certify skilled construction workers, CIDB has taken steps to accredit or give recognition to skilled construction workers who passed the Skills Competency Assessment Test. Skilled workers who pass the assessment test will receive the CIDB Malaysia Skills Competency Certificates (known as Sijil Kecekapan Kemahiran) for both target groups.

It is CIDB’s goal that only competent skilled workers who owns the certificate will be eligible to perform the duties and skills required at site.

Program Objective

  • Improve the quality of workers at the construction sites
  • Recognize and enhance the skilled worker’s career
  • Ensure that the work done by the skilled workers meets the National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS)
  • Encourage only competent skilled construction workers are allowed to work at the construction site
  • Meet the government’s aspiration to improve the work productivity and construction quality.
  • Help construction industry stakeholders gain quality products and services
  • Provide opportunities for skilled construction worker locals/foreigners/ permanent residents to gain career paths in their respective fields.


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;