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  • Welcome to our CIDB registration services.
  • We are here to help you with the registration, renewal or upgrade of your CIDB certificate.
  • We also draw or assess the financial statements required by the Construction & Industry Development Board for the assessment of your financial capability score.
  • In addition to the above, we also assist in putting together the track record file for the CIDB works capability score.
  • We shall also assist you with the tax, share certificate, CSD or electrical contractor's certificate.

You may click here to access our online application form should you be in need of any of our services.

CIDB Registration requirements - grades 1 to 9

We have summarized the registration requirements for the grades 1 to 9 in a simplified PDF table.

Remember, the CIDB categorizes construction companies in terms of grades and classes of work based on the history of their construction projects (Works Capability) as well as their Revenue & Net Assets Value (Financial Capability).

Companies that don’t have a track record or a net worth can still register for the entry level CIDB grade 1, however, they can only bid for government projects up to the value of R 130,000.

Companies that have a history of construction projects can register for the grades 2 and higher and bid for larger government construction tenders.



Companies incorporated as close corporations are not required to submit a share certificate, however, public & privately incorporated companies, whose titles end with (PTY) or (Inc), are required to submit a certified shareholder’s certificate date stamped within 3 months.

If you don’t have a shareholder’s certificate, we shall assist you in this regard.


The electrical contractor’s certificate is required when applying for the electrical class of works (E.B only). It applies to all grades from Grade 1 to 9. It can be got from the department of labor. We can assist in getting you one within 2 days.

To get an electrical contractors certificate, please indicate so on the application form when applying for this CIDB class of works with us.


Anyone who wishes to bid for a government construction tender must be registered with the board. Depending on the value as well as the type of government construction project, companies can register for the various grades as well as classes dependent on their financial & works capability scores.


All companies wishing to bid for government construction tenders must be registered at the government’s central supplier’s database & have a valid CSD registration summary report that is compliant in all aspects. If you are not registered with the CSD we can help you in this regard, simply indicate so on the application form.


  • Cidb registration fees range from R 450 to R 55,750 depending on the grade you are applying for. They include the application as well as the annual fees payable upon registration.

R 450 (Grade 1), R 700 (Grade 2), R 1,100 (Grade 3), R 1,650 (Grade 4), R 2,500 (Grade 5), R 4,250 (Grade 6) R 9,750 (Grade 7), R 29, 750 (Grade 8) R 55, 750 (Grade 9). Prices include registration & annual fees.

Financial Statements

Financial Statements are required for applications of grades 3 & higher. They are required by the CIDB to determine your financial capability.

They must be signed off preferably by a registered auditor in good standing with the IRBA or SAICA.

Fixonate is a registered accounting firm in good standing with both bodies & can assist you with the preparation of financial statements as required by the CIDB.

The financial statements are used by the board to qualify you for the financial capability score.

Financial Capability

Financial Capability refers to the company’s financial abilities to carry out future construction projects based on the company’s best latest historical annual revenue figures in conjunction with the net assets value.

For this reason, that’s why the latest set of financial statements is always required by the CIDB.

Please note that the assessment of financial capability is only applicable to grades 3 & higher cidb applications only.

Works Capability

Works capability is measured based on the single largest construction project ever carried out by your construction company within the past 5 years. It is used for assessment for applications of grades 2 & higher, the board will look at the value range of your historical construction projects carried out in order to determine the CIDB level.

For example, for grade 1, the works capability is none however, for grade 2, the required works capability must have been a construction project performed by your company for a value of not less than R 130,000.


There are 2 application forms issued by the board depending on the grade you are applying for. The application form for grade 1 is completely different from the application form for grades 2 & higher.

Cidb financial sponsorships

In layman’s terms, a financial sponsorship is a cash guarantee or capital resource available to your company by a third party to carry out potential future construction projects.

A financial sponsorship can be used to boost a contractor’s financial capability score thus qualifying for a higher CIDB grading than they would have qualified for, had they not applied the financial sponsorship in the first place.

For more information on financial sponsorships, please click here.


Did you know that 2 or more companies registered on the CIDB’s database can combine by means of a joint venture to qualify for a higher CIDB grading. The CIDB has a joint venture calculator which can be used to determine the new cidb level of the joint venture agreement. You can use the JV grading calculator by clicking here.

How long does it take to get a cidb certificate?

Between 1 to 21 working days dependent on the grade applied for. For grade 1, it will take about 1 to 3 days, however, for the remainder of the other grades, it will normally take within 21 days. Some applications can be shorter than even the 21 working days.


In essence, the CIDB registration process starts off with the collection of the required application documents, determining the grade for which you qualify for, completing the correct application form as well as submitting it in person to the construction & industry development board.

We facilitate the entire process regardless of which grade you are applying for. To assist you with your application, please fill in our online application form and we shall take it from there.


Applicants can check on the progress of their application status by clicking on the CIDB’s website here.

SO, What is a Cidb certificate?

In conclusion, a CIDB certificate is a certificate issued by the Construction & Industry Development Board to certify a construction company’s capacity to carry out a specific government construction tender. The certificate determines the type of construction project as well as the value that a company can bid for in a government construction tender.

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