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Guidelines for Registration of Specialized Trades and Firms 2020

INTRODUCTION

The 51st Board Meeting of the Construction Development Board (CDB) decided on the introduction of a new class for specialty works as a step towards promoting an orderly growth of professionals and to encourage specialization. Amongst the numerous trades/crafts that prevail in the construction industry, CDB started with five specific trades viz. in Masonry, Plumbing, Electrical House Wiring, Construction Carpentry and Welding & Fabrication. 

Further, the Procurement Rules and Regulations 2019 and amended Standard Bidding Document for Works 2019 requires any specialized subcontracts to be mandatorily awarded to Specialized Trade/Firm registered with CDB. To facilitate the above objectives and requirements, the CDB will be guided by this Guidelines for Registration of Specialized firms and Trades. 

Accordingly, the registration process for the same is categorized into two as follows:

1.      Specialized Trade

2.     Specialized Firm

EMPOWERING CLAUSE

  1. Section 2.3.1.4 mandates of Procurement Rules and Regulations 2019 CDB as a competent authority of the government to establish and maintain the List of Registered Contractors and Consultants for Works.
  2. Section 6.3.5.1 of Procurement Rules and Regulations 2019 provides for subcontract of works to registered specialized contractors available in the market.
  3. Clause 33 (ITB) of SBD works (above 5 million) mentions that Specialized Subcontractors proposed by bidder shall be approved by employers only if registered in the Specialized trade/contractor of CDB.

SPECIALIZED TRADE

Eligibility for registration

The graduates from the Technical and Vocational Training Institutes (TVET) within Bhutan and similar institutions outside Bhutan are eligible to get registered as specialized trade. The applicant for specialized trade is selected based on:

  1. National Level Certificate issued and accredited by Ministry of Labour and Human Resources.

Terms of Registration

  1. CDB Registration certificate is the property of the board and is neither transferable nor to be held or stored by other individuals that is otherwise named in the certificate.
  2. CDB Registration certificate holder is responsible for complying with the CDB Manual, relevant Guidelines issued from time to time by CDB and any other relevant laws during the validity period.
  3. All registered specialized trade shall comply with the instructions, circulars and notifications issued by CDB from time to time vide conventional means of printing or electronic means.
  4. Without compromising the individual rights and the prevailing laws, CDB reserves the right to use and disclose such information in any form of publication for the use and benefit of the construction industry.
  5. Specialized trade registered shall be issued a CDB Registration Certificate with a validity period as stated on the Certificate.
  6. All registered specialized trades shall renew the CBD Registration Certificate before the expiry date.

Registration Application, Fees and Validity

  1. All applications for Specialized Trade registration shall be made as prescribed in the Appendix 1 of this guideline.
  2. Registration and renewal fees shall be paid within 30 days from the date the application is approved by the applicant as follows:
    • Registration fee of Nu. 100/-;
    • First renewal fee of Nu. 1000/-; and
    • Renewal fees of Nu. 500/- from second renewal onwards.
  3. A late fee of Nu. 100/- per day will be levied after grace period of 30 days from the expiry date of registration certificate upto a maximum of Nu. 3000/-.
  4. The validity of the registration certificate for specialized trade shall be for 3 years. The applicant is required to submit a renewal application within 30 days of expiry of registration certificate.

Registration Criteria

The following are the category of specialized trade with their respective qualifications in any of discipline under each category as follows:

SL. #

Category for Specialized Trade

Qualification required

1

SP1-Masonry

National Certificate Level

2

SP2-Plumbing

National Certificate Level

3

SP3-Electrical House Wiring

National Certificate Level

4

SP4-Construction Carpentry

National Certificate Level

5

SP5-Welding and Fabrication

National Certificate Level

6

SP6-Building Painting

National Certificate Level

7

SP7-Traditional Bhutanese Painting

National Certificate Level

8

SP8-Transmission & Distribution

National Certificate Level

9

SP9-Underground Power Cable Trenching & Laying

National Certificate Level

10

SP10-Computer Hardware & Networking

National Certificate Level

SPECIALIZED FIRM

Eligibility for registration

All Bhutanese citizens having attained the age of 18 years shall be eligible to be consider as a registered specialized firm with the CDB.

Terms of Registration

  1. CDB Registration certificate is the property of the board and is neither transferable nor to be held or stored by other individuals that is otherwise named in the certificate.
  2. CDB Registration certificate holder is responsible for complying with the CDB Manual, relevant Guidelines issued from time to time by CDB and any other relevant laws during the validity period.
  3. All registered specialized firms shall comply with the instructions, circulars and notifications issued by CDB from time to time vide conventional means of printing or electronic means. 
  4. Without compromising the individual rights and the prevailing laws, CDB reserves the right to use and disclose such information in any form of publication for the use and benefit of the construction industry.
  5. Specialized firm shall be issued a CDB Registration Certificate with a validity period as stated on the Certificate.
  6. All registered specialized firm shall renew the CBD Registration Certificate before the expiry date.

Registration Application, Fees and Validity

  1. All applications for Specialized Trade registration shall be made as prescribed in the Appendix 2 of this guideline. 
  2. Registration fees shall be levied after approval of applications. The registration fee of Nu. 3000 per category shall be paid within 30 days from the date the application is approved.
  3. A late fee of Nu. 100/- per day will be levied after grace period of 30 days from the expiry date of registration certificate upto a maximum of Nu. 3000/-.
  4. The validity of the registration certificate for specialized firm will be for 2 years. The applicant is required to submit a renewal application within 30 days of expiry of registration certificate.

Registration Criteria

  1. The registration requirement for Specialized Firm will be based on Human Resource registered with CDB under clause B (4) of this guideline and shall meet the following criteria for each specialized category:

Sl #

Specialized category

Human Resource Required

Qualification level

Nos.

Remarks

1

SF1-Masonry

National Certificate 3 (NC3) 

2

 

National Certificate 2 (NC2) 

1

 

2

SF2-Construction carpentry

National Certificate 3 (NC3) 

1

 

National Certificate 2 (NC2) 

2

 

3

SF3-Plumbing

National Certificate 3 (NC3) 

1

 

National Certificate 2 (NC2) 

1

 

4

SF4-Electrical

National Certificate 3 (NC3) 

1

 

National Certificate 2 (NC2) 

1

 

5

SF5-Welding & Fabrication

National Certificate 3 (NC3) 

1

 

National Certificate 2 (NC2) 

1

 

6

SF6- Painting

National Certificate 3 – (NC3) 

1

 

National Certificate 2 – (NC2) 

1

 

Note: NC2 – Craftsperson, NC3 – Master Craftsperson

  1. If the proprietor is one of the NC holder required for the specialized category mentioned in clause 4 (a) in the firm, he/she shall suffice as one of the human resource required for that category.