This page is for those without gino kentei 3 kyu (grade 3) or equivalants for the industry field they want to work in. Certificates of passing both Japanese language tests and skill tests are necessary to prove that you are eligible for Specified Skilled Workers visa (tokutei gino visa).
Passing the tests doesn’t mean you get a visa. It is your company who plays the main role for your visa application
After April, all foreign residents with valid visa in Japan including tourists can take tests. But it doesn’t mean you can change your visa status directly to SSW visa.
Those listed below need
to go back to own country and needs to get COE (Certificate of Eligibility).
students who overworked/kicked out of school/ gave up schooling
trainees who wants to shift the different industry.
The skill test is operated by each industry differently. So what you need to do at first is:
Learning Japanese and decide on which industry you make your target.
★Skill tests have started.
Please visit the website for the field of your target, bookmark the website, and visit there from time to time to get the latest information.
If you are living in Japan, only JLPT, Japanese Language Proficiency Test is available. You need to pass N4. Grades are from N5 to N1, low to high.
The test is held only twice a year in July and December. The application will start in May for the next test.
If you are living outside of Japan, in one of a dozen countries that made agreement with Japanese countries, JFT, Japanese Foundation Test can be substitute for JLPT. It is language test specially for Tokuteiginou.
Try to get latest information by visiting their websites.
A. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
N4 or above is required.
B. Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese
Caregiver SSW must pass Nursing care Japanese language evaluation test, too.
The test schedule is not fixed regularly. So you have to pay attention to the site of your target field in order not to miss the application.
Test schedule in the Philippines
Machine parts & tooling industries
Industrial Machinery industry
Electric, electronics and information industries
For further information, visit https://sswm-exam.go.jp/en/
Details not decided yet
Shipbuilding & ship machinery industry
Automobile repair & maintenance
Japan Aeronautical Engineers’ Association Website
The test is given in Japanese, so information is available only in Japanese.
CAIPT Website: https://caipt.or.jp/
Information is available in Japanese only.
Fishery & aquaculture
Details not decided yet
Manufacture of food and beverages
Food service industry
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