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Updated February 2023
Like its Gulf neighbors, Saudi Arabia is also offering a multitude of job opportunities for foreign workers with specific skill sets. To guarantee the proficiency and expertise of these workers, the country’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) established the Skill Verification Program (SVP).
Read on to learn more about this program, including the process of registering, associated costs, test locations, and other relevant information.
Saudi Skill Verification program
Established in 2021, the Saudi Skill Verification Program is aimed at enhancing the quality of professional manpower and preventing unqualified workers from working in the country. The program mandates that professional workers who are already working or planning to work in Saudi Arabia take both written and practical exams.
Successful candidates will receive a professional verification certificate that can be used to maintain their current job or apply for a Saudi work visa when seeking employment. The program is divided into two tracks: the internal track and the international track.
The internal track is intended for professional Saudi workers already working in the country. The implementation was carried out in five phases, starting with large companies and proceeding to smaller establishments.
The international track was initiated in 2022, with Pakistanis being the target of the first phase. In September 2022, 12 examination centers were established in Pakistan to administer practical and written tests for Pakistani workers so they could apply for a Saudi work visa.
Currently, Saudi Arabia has expanded the program to other countries, including India and Bangladesh.Book cheap flights to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Skill Verification program target segment
The MHSRD aims to target workers from over a thousand professions across 23 fields to participate in both theoretical and practical exams. For workers already in the Kingdom, they can check whether they are required to take the exam by visiting the official website of the SVP.
For the international track, only workers in five specific specializations out of the 23 are currently eligible to join the program. The eligible specializations include:
- automobile electricians
- refrigeration/air conditioning technicians
Saudi Skill Verification program test registration
The process for registering for the test may vary depending on the country in which the tests are being held.
For those residing in the Kingdom, the steps for registering are as follows:
- Visit the SVP website
- Find the nearest test centre according to your specialization
- Book an appointment
- Login to your SVP account
- Follow further instructions there
Upon booking an appointment and paying the fee, the individual must visit the test center with identification documents such as their original Iqama, passport, and exam ticket.
Registration for Pakistani candidates is currently closed. When it reopens, the following process can be followed:
- Create a new account by visiting the Pakistan SVP website and choosing “Register as Candidate”. Fill out the required information and provide a username and password.
- Verify the account by using the OTP sent to the mobile number and email address.
- Complete all other information.
- Download the Challan form and pay the fee at any branch of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).
- Choose the date and location of the test by logging in to the website with the username and password and entering the Challan number and date of fee submission.
- Print the roll number slip, which must be brought on the day of the test.
Note: The process may be subject to change, and it is recommended to check the official SVP website for the most up-to-date information.
The exact procedure for registering for the test in India has not yet been announced. However, it is expected to follow a similar process as the one in Pakistan.
Similarly, the process for registering for the test in Bangladesh has not yet been disclosed. It is likely that it will be similar to the registration process in other countries.
Saudi Skill Verification program test locations
The availability of the test centre in each country depends on the specializations of the workers required for testing.
The test centres in Saudi Arabia are available in numerous cities including Abha, Ad Dammam, Al Hufuf, Al Jiddah, Al Jubail, Al Kharj, Al Madinah Al Munawwarah, Al Majmaah, Al Qurayyat, Arar, At Taif, Buraydah, Hafar Al Batin, Hail, Jazan, Jeddah, Makkah Al Mukarramah, Rabigh, Riyadh, Sakaka, Tabuk and Yandu.
For more details, please visit the SVP FAQ page.
In Pakistan, SVP test centres are available in six cities, namely Karachi Central, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Faisalabad.
Find the test center nearest to your location here.
Test centers in India are only located in New Delhi and Mumbai. Find the test center nearest to your location here.
The cities and the specific addresses of the test centres in Bangladesh have yet to be announced.
Saudi Skill Verification program costs
It costs SAR 650 for Saudi workers to take the test. In Pakistan, the registration and testing fee is PKR 4,000 per candidate, with an additional cost of PKR 6,818 to issue the certificate if they pass the test. The cost of the test in India has not yet been revealed.
As per the announcement by the Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh, there will not be any fee charged to Bangladeshi workers to take the tests. The employer in Saudi Arabia and their authorized individual will handle all the expenses, including the visa, flight ticket, medical report, police report, and so on.