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what is a CIDB GRADE 1 certificate?

A CIDB grade 1 certificate is the entry level certificate that allows a construction company to bid for any government tender between the values of R 1 to R 130, 000 based on the class of construction works advertised.

The registration requirements are fairly simple and we believe that any company that has a valid tax clearance certificate, director’s ID copy as well as fully paid up returns at the CIPC can qualify for a CIDB grade 1 certificate.

Unlike for grades 2 to 9, no prior construction experience is required for this grade.

Furthermore, companies can register for one or more of the following classes of works across the board however, an additional R 450 will be levied for each grade.

  • General Building
  • Electrical engineering works –buildings
  • Electrical engineering works – Infrastructure
  • Civil engineering
  • Asphalt works
  • Building Excavations, Shaft Sinking, Lateral Earth Support
  • Corrosion protections (Cathodic, anodic and electrolytic)
  • Demolition and Blasting
  • Fire protection and protection systems
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Glazing, Curtain Walls & Shop Front
  • Landscaping, Irrigation and Horticulture Works
  • SI Lifts, escalators & travellators (Installation & Maintain)
  • Pilling and specialized foundations for building structures
  • Road Markings & Signage
  • Structural steelwork fabrication and erection
  • Timber buildings and structures
  • Waterproofing of basements, roofs & specialized walls
  • Water supply & drainage for building
  • Steel security or precast concrete

In order to bid for any of the classes above, you must be registered for that specific class of construction works. For example, you cannot bid for an electrical works construction project with a mechanical engineering’s CIDB grading.



To register for each class of works, the CIBD charges R450.00


It takes about 48 hours for the grade 1 certificate to appear on the CIDB’s website whereas it takes more than 21 working days for all the other grades. I.e. Grades 2 to 9.


How do i register for cidb grading?

 In order to register for a CIDB grade 1, a company needs to submit the following documents in person at any of the CIBD offices.

  • The application form for grade 1, please do not use the one for grades 2 to 9.
  • Certified ID Copies of all company directors or members.
  • Share certificate if the company was incorporated as a (PTY) ltd or an (Inc).
  • Tax clearance PIN number; remember printed tax clearance certificates have been phased out.
  • Your Central Suppliers Database must be in order and compliant in terms of tax and annual returns
  • The enterprise status must indicate “In business” otherwise companies in the deregistration process or those that have been deregistered already shall not qualify for the entry level grading.

cidb certificate check

Once you have registered for your certificate. You can print or check the validity of your cidb certificate by clicking the following CIDB link.


A CIDB grading is a rank given to a construction company based on the value and experience of it’s past construction projects. The rank is based on works, financial and general compliance criteria. The grading ranks from grade 1 (entry level position) up to 9. Government tenders of specific contract amounts are strictly awarded to specific construction companies that hold a specific CIDB grading.

To see the different cidb grading ranges as well as the qualification criteria and the kind of contracts that they can qualify for, click here to view the table.

The table can also be used as a cidb grading calculator.

How can we help you?
CIBD Grade 1 online registration

At Fixonate, we can assist you with the registration of your online CIDB certificate for any class of construction works applicable.  We charge an administration fee of R 450 in addition to the R450 payable at the CIDB. We shall also assist you with the share certificate as well as queing for you for the submission of documents. All you have to do, is to email us the documents mentioned above and we shall do the rest for you.