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2022/10/03

[ Important ] Amendment of Job Categories in relation to Specified Skilled Workers in the Construction Industry

Changes have been made to the job categories of Specified Skilled Workers.

Until now, Specified Skilled Workers (i) in the construction industry were classified into 19 job categories (18 exam categories). Under the old system, even if a worker has obtained a Specified Skills qualification in a certain category, he cannot engage in other types of work outside his job category. There were also other inconsistencies, such as the presence of job types that are not found among the list of specified skills even though they are applicable for technical intern training.

On this occasion, all types of work related to the construction industry, including job types applicable for technical intern training, have been reorganized under 3 major specified skills job categories which are [ Civil engineering ],  [ Architecture ] and [ Lifeline and equipment ]. This reorganization has enabled Specified Skills Foreign Workers to take up a wider range of jobs and work in a more flexible way. 

With regard to the specified skills qualification that you are currently holding, you can continue to carry out work under the category that your job has been classified. In addition, you can also carry out other types of work that are classified under the same category for which you are qualified. With the integration of categories, there is no such thing as losing your existing qualification to carry out the existing type of work that you had been doing.

Furthermore, in line with the restructuring, the Specified Skills Evaluation Exam (i) has also been reorganized under 3 new categories: job category [ Civil engineering ], job category [ Architecture ] and job category [ Lifeline and equipment ].

[Civil engineering],  [Architecture] and [Lifeline and equipment]

For example, passing the skills evaluation exam for job category  [Civil engineering] allows you to take up jobs involving civil engineering work. Or passing the skills evaluation exam for job category  [Architecture] allows you to take up jobs involving building work. Furthermore, passing the skills evaluation exam for job category [Lifeline and equipment] allows you to take up jobs involving lifeline and equipment.

The exam is made up of a theoretical exam and a practical skills exam, and implemented using the CBT method (computer based testing).
Choose an exam from the three job categories to determine the kind of work in the construction industry that you can take up. Note that exams under the old system are also scheduled to be held within the current fiscal year, so please make a choice as necessary.

Details of job category [ Civil engineering ]

Definition of job category

Engaging in work relating to new construction, rebuilding, maintenance and repair of civil engineering facilities under the supervision/guidance of an instructor.

Business Contents

Frame working Concrete pumping Tunnel and micro-tunneling Construction machinery and construction Earthwork Reinforcement construction Scaffolding Marine civil engineering

Other types of work relating to new construction, rebuilding, maintenance and repair of civil engineering facilities

Expected related works

  • ① Procurement/transportation of raw materials/parts
  • ② Maintenance of apparatus/equipment/tools, etc.
  • ③ Assembling scaffolding, excavation and preparatory work to get ready for later work processes
  • ④ Dismantling scaffolding, backfilling and clearing up after completion of earlier work processes
  • ⑤ Cleaning and maintenance work
  • ⑥ Other types of work that are ancillary to the main work operations

Details of job category [ Architecture ]

Definition of job category

Engaging in work relating to new construction, extension, rebuilding, moving, repairing or remodeling of buildings under the supervision/guidance of an instructor.

Business Contents

Frame working Plastering Concrete pumping Roofing Earthwork Reinforcement construction Reinforcing bar joints Interior finishing Mounting Scaffolding Carpentry Building sheet metal Spray urethane thermal insulation

Other types of work relating to new construction, extension, rebuilding, moving, repairing or remodeling of buildings

Expected related works

  • ① Procurement/transportation of raw materials/parts
  • ② Maintenance of apparatus/equipment/tools, etc.
  • ③ Assembling scaffolding, excavation and preparatory work to get ready for later work processes
  • ④ Dismantling scaffolding, backfilling and clearing up after completion of earlier work processes
  • ⑤ Cleaning and maintenance work
  • ⑥ Other types of work that are ancillary to the main work operations

Details of job category [ Lifeline and equipment ]

Definition of job category

Engaging in work relating to maintenance/installation, modification or repairing of telecommunication, gas, water supply, electricity and other lifeline & equipment under the supervision/guidance of an instructor

Business Contents

Telecommunications Plumbing Building sheet metal Heat-retention and cool-retention

Other types of work relating to maintenance/installation, modification or repairing of lifeline and equipment

Expected related works

  • ① Procurement/transportation of raw materials/parts
  • ② Maintenance of apparatus/equipment/tools, etc.
  • ③ Assembling scaffolding, excavation and preparatory work to get ready for later work processes
  • ④ Dismantling scaffolding, backfilling and clearing up after completion of earlier work processes
  • ⑤ Cleaning and maintenance work
  • ⑥ Other types of work that are ancillary to the main work operations

Related Links

Outline, related documents

Overview document "Reorganization of Job Categories in relation to Specified Skilled Workers in the Construction Industry"
* Click here for reference materials

Operating guidelines

Correlation between job categories and exams & technical intern training

Please refer to Operating Guidelines Appended Table 6-1 for the correlation between job categories and the exam that you need to pass, and the correlation between job categories and the technical intern training that you have completed.

Please click here for the correlation between job categories and types of construction work that require a construction permit.

Please click here for details of how job categories will be rephrased in relation to revision of the system.
* Please refer to Operating Guidelines Appended Table 6-2 to 6-7 for details of the type of work in each job category.

Others

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