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Specified Skills Visa Evaluation Test

Specified Skills Visa Evaluation Test | FAIR Work in Japan

The specified skills visa (tokutei ginou, 特定技能ビザ) type 1 implemented to fill in the labor gap of 14 industries, including construction, industrial machinery, shipbuilding, and marine, fisheries, nursing care, food service, and more others. This working visa category grants foreign nationals to stay in Japan for a maximum of 5 years length.

However, to qualify for the visa, the candidate must pass the two required exams, the skills evaluation exam and the language proficiency test. This article will help you understand the two types of exams necessary for the specified skills visa application, including the exam scope, schedule, and application process. We will learn first about the two (2) qualifying exams for this new Japanese working visa category.

As for the visa applicant, she/he must understand the qualifications before applying for any visa type, such as the specified skills visa. Although this visa will not strictly require you a related working experience, considering passing the two main requirements is significantly important, such as the following:

1. Specified Skills Evaluation Test

This test is used to measure and evaluates the ability of the candidate to perform the duties. Some industries provided the exam in two parts, which are the theoretical and the practical exam.

The theoretical test will mainly assess the applicant’s intellectual capacity while the practical test is on performance.

2. The Language Proficiency Test

A Japanese language test is used to assess each candidate’s comprehension level. Also, to certify the ability of non-native language speakers to converse with their future Japanese employers.

The visa requires the applicant to pass the language proficiency exam for at least JLPT N4 level. Please read the “JLPT: Why Should You Take The Test?” article for more details.

Moreover, in measuring the foreign applicants’ requiring skills, the Japanese government assigned an agency to every sector to take charge of the evaluation process. For example, in the construction industry, the MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism) was assigned to conduct the computer-based exam and the MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) for the nursing care sector.

Please refer to the table below for the full list of designated Japanese agencies for the evaluation examinations.

Agency Field Skills Test





Care Worker Nursing care skills evaluation test
Building Cleaning Management Building cleaning field specified skills no. 1 evaluation test





Machine Parts and Tooling Industries Manufacturing field specified skills no.1 evaluation test
Industrial Machinery Industry Manufacturing field specified skills no.1 evaluation test
Electric, Electronics and Information Industries Manufacturing field specified skills no.1 evaluation test





Construction Industry Construction field specified skills no.1 evaluation test
Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Industry Shipbuilding ship equipment field specified skills no. 1 evaluation test
Automobile repair and maintenance Car maintenance field specified skills evaluation test
Aviation Industry Aviation field specified skills evaluation test (airport ground handling or aircraft maintenance)
Accommodation Industry Accommodation industry skills proficiency test





Agriculture Agriculture skills proficiency test (general crop farming or general livestock farming)
Fishery and Aquaculture Fishing industry skills proficiency test (fishery or aquaculture industry)
Manufacture of Food and Beverages Food and beverage manufacturing industry skills proficiency test
Food Service Industry Restaurant industry skills proficiency test
  • MHLW or Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
  • MITE or Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • MLIT or Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  • MAFF or Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

To know more about other types of visas in Japan, please read the “Japan Visa: How Can I Get a Visa to Work?” article. If you also want to know about jobs in Japan that can sponsor you a working visa, you can read the “What Are The Jobs Eligible For Work Visa Sponsorship in Japan?” article.

Specified skilled workers will be coming from developing countries that have bilateral agreements with Japan. Such countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and more are also the venues for the specified visa evaluation examination besides Japan.

Each designated Government Agency or Ministry for the hiring process for this specified skills visa has also assigned a specific organization to conduct the skills evaluation exam. That means testing schedules, exam scopes, and exam application process for each industry will be different.

When you have successfully passed the skills and language test, you should have to choose a hiring organization or recruitment agency that is accredited by the Government agency to supervise overseas employment in your country.

For those who want to apply for the specified skilled worker (1) category, then check the qualifications below.

  1. Must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Must possess the Japanese Language Proficiency or JLPT N4 certification.
  3. Must possess skills proven through examination or evaluation.
  4. Must possess a valid passport for at least six months prior to the intended date of departure.

*For those who have completed the “Technical Intern Training 2” will be exempted from the number 2 and 3 qualifications.

2 Evaluation Test Need to Take

Skills Evaluation Test Schedule

Nursing Care Worker

For the application on this field, applicants will undergo one skills evaluation test and the other two language proficiency test. It has a total of 3 evaluation tests.

  • Skill test: “Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test”
  • Japanese proficiency test: “Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese” and “Nursing Care Japanese Language Evaluation Test”

MHWL published that the “Nursing care skills evaluation test” and “Nursing care Japanese language evaluation test” will be held in the Philippines on the following scheduled dates.

Test schedule

Philippines (Makati):

  • June 11 (Tue) 
  • June 18 (Sat)
  • June 25 (Mon)

Philippines (Davao)

  • June 16-17
  • June 23-24
  • June 30

For the schedule of exams in other cities in the Philippines, please click the overseas test schedule link below.

Cambodia (Phnom Penh Boeng Keng

  • May 21 (Thu)
  • May 22 (Fri)
  • May 23 (Sat)

Cambodia (Phnom Penh Chamkarmon)

  • June 23 (Tue)

Nepal (Katmandu):

  • June 4-5 
  • June 7-8 
  • June 10 (Wed)

Indonesia (Jakarta)

  • June 4,6

Indonesia (Jakarta Utara)

  • June 6,7,24
Test Schedule for May June and July

Prometric Test Center (check the complete overseas test schedule for this year 2020)

Prometric Test Center (check the complete domestic test schedule for this year 2020)


How to apply for the nursing care evaluation test? You can visit the Prometric Test Center webpage and select the country where to take the exam.

Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry

For the food and beverage manufacturing industry, OTAFF (Organization for Technical Skill Assessment of Foreign workers in the Food industry) was assigned by the Japan Food Service Association (JF) to conduct the exam. The first exam took place last April 25, and the current exam schedules will be as follows:

Test schedule

No Available Updates

Examination application acceptance period

No Available Updates


Examination application acceptance period No Available Updates
Payment of Examination Fee No Available Updates
Sending the Examination Ticket No Available Updates
Announcement of Result No Available Updates

Source: https://otaff.or.jp/

Be sure to apply on time because they will not receive late applications and will close the reception desk once each venue is full.

To know more about the application and the guidelines of the second examination please visit the OTAFF website here.

Restaurant Industry

Test schedule

No Available Updates

Examination application acceptance period No Available Updates
Payment of Examination Fee No Available Updates
Sending the Examination Ticket No Available Updates
Announcement of Result

No Available Updates

Source: https://otaff.or.jp/

*Visit OTTAF website to know more about the exam details.

Accommodation Industry

Test schedule

Test deferred

Testing Venue

Test deferred

Exam time

Test deferred

Exam registration period Test deferred
Payment of Examination Fee

Test deferred

Release of Admission ticket

Test deferred

Announcement of Result

Test deferred

For further details about the skills exam for the accommodation industry, you may visit the CAIPT official website here.

While waiting for the next updates of the skills test schedule, why not looking for part-time jobs in Japan. If you hold a valid visa with eligibility to work part-time, check “Part-time Jobs in Tokyo for Foreign Nationals“ article to learn the in-demand jobs in Tokyo for foreigners.

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    • Alma grace Asio nakashima

    Any job please help. Its really a big help.im here in philippines. Want to work in japan. GOD BLESS

      • tomo

      Thank you very much for contacting!
      Please email us: info@fairness-world.com

        • Aira

        Hello..may i ask when will the skill test for hotel worker here in philippines?

          • nesah

          Hi! There is no announcement yet about the schedule of the skills evaluation exam of the hotel business industry.

        • JosieP Alas

        lookfor a job in japan

      • tomo

      Please contact us on email:


      Thank you!

        • cecille pajaro

        when is the test for agriculture or for a factory worker? … does a housekeeper have test skills?

  1. I need a job industry company factory and driving

      • tomo

      Thank you for commenting our website!
      Can you please sent your resume to our email:


      Thank you!

    • Joseph godwin

    I need a factory job or any job that make use of English

    • emma odon

    may ask if the trainee who finish the 3 yrs and they already have skills 1 and skills 3 exam during the time of there trainee. Are they going to take exam skills test here in the philippines? or are they exempted already

    another thing if i dont have skills exam 3 only skill exams 1? do i need to take skills exam here in the philipppines?

    and last what is the purpose of this skills exams?

      • tomo

      Unfortunately, Trainee visa is not allowed to transfer into Specified Skilled visa.

      If you would like to take a Specified Skilled visa, you would have to take from beginning with Specified Skilled exam and Japanese Language Test (N4 and higher)

      Thank you


    • Prakash Parajuli

    I passed jht basic now hoe can i apply for working visa

    • Prakash Parajuli

    I passed jft basic how can i apply for working visa

      • tomo

      Thank you very much for your comment!

      What is the JLPT level have you passed on the exam.
      Please contact us on email.

      Thank you


        • Mae muana

        Hello there… im currently working here in japan now.. i have my jlpt n4 certificate. My job here is housekeeping services… any opportunities for me in this program?

        • Bernadette Ramos

        How to apply
        Im ex trainee
        Finished 3yrs contract how can i apply

    • donelson

    こんにちは,my name is Donelson,I’m a student in japan ,i would like to know if i can apply for the specific visa with nat test n4 ,jlpt n 4 equivalent

      • nesah

      Yes, if you will qualify for the specified skills evaluation exam. Please watch our new video on Youtube and don’t forget to check the link of the conducting org in the description box.

        • donelson

        thankyou for you video,i have another question ,when is the next exam ?i would like to apply for the building cleaning

          • Dhammika Bandara

          I have completed technical education in Sri Lanka from a recognized institute to the advanced diploma level.
          And already have 6 years of working experience as technician and assistant engineer in Camso Sri Lanka.
          Now I’m studying for JLCT exam. Let me know pls,is JLCT ok for SSWRP ?

          Thank you

    • Bibek karki

    Hello i am from nepal. I have already passed jft and skill in caregiver. Now how to apply for job?

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