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what is a CIDB GRADE 1 certificate?

The CIDB grade 1 certificate is the entry level certificate that allows anyone to bid for construction government tenders up to the value of R 130, 000.

The registration requirements are fairly simple and all one needs are the following

  • A valid tax clearance certificate
  • A director’s ID copy
  • Company CK/CM registration certificate.
  • As well as valid central supplier database credentials.


Unlike for grades 2 to 9, no prior construction experience is needed in order to apply for the CIDB grade 1 certificate.

Furthermore, companies are free to register for any number of classes of works as long as they are willing to pay an additional R 450 for each additional classes of work.

If you need us to assist you with the online registration of your CIDB grade 1 at a cost of R450 please fill in our online application form by clicking here, and one of our consultants will get back to you immediately.

It takes less than a day to have your CIDB grade 1 certificate, otherwise, you may read on for further info.

  • General Building (GB)
  • Electrical engineering works –buildings (EB)
  • Electrical engineering works – Infrastructure (EP)
  • Civil engineering (CE)
  • Asphalt works (SB)
  • Building Excavation, Shaft & Lateral Earth Support (SC)
  • Corrosion protection (Cathodic, anodic & electrolytic) (SD)
  • Demolition of buidings & infrastructure/blasting (SE)
  • Fire protection and protection systems (SF)
  • Mechanical engineering (ME)
  • Glazing, Curtain Walls & Shop Front (SG)
  • 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 register for that specific class of construction works. For example, you cannot bid for an electrical works construction project with a mechanical engineering CIDB grading.



To register for each class of works, the CIBD charges R450.00We also charge an administration fee of R450.00 bringing the total to R900 for your CIDB registration which includes a compliant CSD registration in order to enable your CIDB grade 1 online.


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?

 Due to the COVID pandemic, the CIDB has abolished manual registrations for all Grade 1’s nation wide.

All registrations must be done via online and therefore, the most important requirements to do an online CIDB grade 1 is a compliant CSD database registration.

We shall assist in linking your CSD profile to the CIDB grade 1 online.

In order to assist with your CIDB application, we shall need

  • The MAAA… CSD number
  • Your active valid email
  • Cellphone number for OTP
  • If you don’t have an active compliant CSD, we shall assist you in registering it.

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 online application of your CIDB grade 1. All you have to do, is to email us the proof of payment and we shall do the rest for you.