The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) in Saudi Arabia has launched the first phase of the Profession Verification program from 1st July 2021, in order to verify the necessary skills required for workers to perform their jobs effectively.
All relevant companies shall conduct the examination for their skilled workers by registering through the program’s official website: https://svp.qiwa.sa/
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This comes in the form of a mandatory plan for all companies in Saudi Arabia, after 4 months of the program’s official launch, the plan will be executed slowly depending on the size of the company. The professional verification program will target 1000 specialized professions belonging to 23 job fields as per the Saudi Standard Classification of Occupations and will be completed by early 2022.
The Deputy Minister for Labor Sector said the ministry will continue its commitment and efforts towards developing the labor market and improving the quality of workers in the Kingdom through the implementation of all necessary measures.
The Ministry is working on developing the skills of the workforce in Saudi Arabia as per the international standards to meet the needs of the Saudi labor market, he added.
The Professional Verification program will include practical and theoretical examinations in the workers’ specialized fields. The program has 2 separate tracks, first track aims to examine all skilled workers in their countries, in cooperation with selected international examination centers, before their arrival to the Kingdom. While the other track aims to examine existing skilled workers in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with certified local examination centers.
The Professional Verification program is scheduled to start with with giant companies, which have 3000 or more workers, then large companies from 500 to 2999 workers, then medium companies between 50 to 499 workers, then small enterprises of category (A) that employ from 6 to 49 workers, and finally small establishments category (B), which employ from 1 to 5 workers.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched the Professional Verification Program on 7th March 2021 in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation.