How to Apply as a Construction Worker in Japan
Applications for the Specified Skills evaluation exam for the construction industry in Japan have started! Now is the opportunity for construction workers to find a job in Japan under the new residence “Specified Skilled Worker” visa that was created in April of 2019.
In addition to passing the construction exam, applicants will also be evaluated on their Japanese language ability. The basics are necessary to perform the job properly and stay safe while worker. If you can pass the exam, it is possible to apply for construction jobs in Japan with a Japanese work visa. It is also important to learn Japanese for your personal life to enjoy Japan to the fullest! Check out our beginner courses here to get started.
There are a variety of exams related to specific job categories in the construction field. Keep reading to learn how to apply for construction work in Japan and take the skills exam. For more specified details, please visit the home page of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Here is a breakdown of the exam’s structure:
There will also a practical skills portion of the evaluation. The specifics of the evaluation depend on which job category you choose. There are multiple jobs available in the construction industry in Japan. Here is a list of possible skills exams that are available.
- Formwork construction
- Concrete pumping
- Tunnel and micro-tunneling
- Construction machinery and construction
- Reinforcement construction
- Reinforcing bar joints
- Interior finishing
Please decide which category suits you best before applying and prepare yourself for specified problems related to that category. Not all categories have been released yet.
How to apply for the construction skills evaluation exam?
Please visit the Japan Association for Construction Human Resources (JAC). Specified Skilled Workers (SSW Japan) should register as an applicant on the JAC website. From there, please choose your exam and a ticket will be issued to you. The price of the exam is 2000PHP. Please prepare the fee in advance. Small bills and change will not be accepted. Follow the application flow here.
Good luck! Don’t forget that you will also need some basic Japanese language skills, so let’s study together!
Other available skills exams: