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National Registration and Grading Scheme for Construction Contractors
Different client organizations had been registering contractors during the past using different criteria. To avoid anomalies and to maintain uniformity, the government decided to register contractors centrally. In 1989 Central Registration scheme was started by ICTAD and it was revised in 1993, 1995 and 2008. Registration and grading is a screening process for the capabilities of prospective contractors to determine their general ability to undertake different types and sizes of projects without reference to any specific contract. Registration and grading will be determined by evaluating a contractor mainly on his financial capability, the technical ability with staff and plant & machinery, and the experience gained in relevant fields. Initially under this scheme the contractors were classified under 10 grades (M1 to M10) on financial terms. This M grading system was revised in 2008 and new grading system C1 to C10 was introduced. Meanwhile ICTAD registration is a requirement for obtaining government contracts and there are over 2500 Construction Contractors registered with ICTAD. Database of contractors is maintained.
(1)  Purpose / benefits of Registration Scheme
  The client organizations can select the right contractor to the project by following the grading system. But this registration scheme is not intended to replace the pre-qualification for major contracts.
The Grading system motivates the contractor for self development, for upgrading while preventing contractor’s from under taking project beyond their capabilities.
To ensure the contractors to complete projects within the set times, cost and quality targets.
(2) For whom is this applicable

Contracting organizations registered in Sri Lanka for the purpose of carrying out the business of Building/Civil Engineering construction either with the Registrar of the Companies under the Companies Act or with the Provincial Secretaries.

Having minimum 60% ownership by Nationals of Sri Lanka.
(3) Validity of Registration
Once granted the registration is valid for 03 years & needs to be renewed, thereafter
(4) Grades and Financial Limits of the Contractor Registration Scheme
Financial Limits of the Contractor Registration scheme have been set to suit the present position of the Construction Industry. The ‘Point System’ for the evaluation of contractors have also been adjusted accordingly. The Guidelines for Grading of Construction Contractors - (ICTAD/ID/10) is available for sale at ICTAD Information Centre. A Record Book in purple colour is being issued for the convenience of all the parties. The ‘abbreviations’ for the ‘Grades’ of schemes “C" (Building & Civil Engineering), "EM" (Electrical Mechanical Services), "SP" (Specialized Constructions) & GP ” (Piling), and the ‘Financial Limits’ are given below.
However, the previous ‘M’ system is no more effective from 1st September 2010.
As such the client organizations are requested to call bids for their projects specifying the relevant “Financial Limits” of the new ‘C’ scheme.
Financial Limits (Effective from 1st September 2008)
Main Contractor :
Financial Limit (Rs. Million)

Building Construction



Water Supply & Drainage

Irrigation & Land Drainage

Dredging & Reclamation

Storm Water Drainage

Groynes & Revetments & Reclamation

         X ≥ 600
600 ≥ X > 300
300 ≥ X > 150
150 ≥ X > 50
50 ≥ X > 25
25 ≥ X > 10
10 ≥ X > 05
05 ≥ X > 02
02 ≥ X
01 ≥ X
Financial Limits (Effective from 1st June 2012)
Specialist Contractor :


Sub Speciality


Financial Limit
(Rs. Million)

Electrical & Mechanical Services (EM)

Mechanical Ventilation and Air Conditioning (MVAC)
Refrigeration (RF)
Electrical Installations (Low Voltage) (EI-LV)
Plumbing & Drainage (PD)
Elevators, Escalators & Travellators (EET)
Generators (Gen)
Electrical Installation (Medium Voltage) (EI-MV)
Extra Low Voltage Installations (Data, Telecommunication and Security Systems, Public address systems, Pipe music systems (ELV)
Fire Detection, Protection & Suppression (FDPS)
Medical Gas Systems (MG)
LP Gas Systems (LPG)
Heavy Steel Fabrications (HSF)

EM 1

X ≥ 50

EM 2

 50  ≥ X > 25

EM 3

25  ≥ X > 10

EM 4

10  ≥ X > 02

EM 5

 02  ≥ X

Specialised Construction Contractors (SP-C)

Aluminium & Finishes (A&F)
Floor, Wall & Ceiling Finishes (FW&C) [must specify the finish]
Carpentry & Joinery (Carp)
Light Metal Work (ME)
Landscaping (LA)
Furniture, Fittings & Equipments (FF&E)
Water Proofing (WP)
Swimming Pools (SP)
Soil Nailing & Stabilization (SN)


X ≥ 50


50  ≥ X > 25


25  ≥ X > 10

10  ≥ X > 02


02  ≥ X


Pre Cast Piles
Bored Cast Insitu Piles


X  ≥   50


X ≥ 150


150  ≥ X  >   50


50  ≥ X  >   10


10  ≥ X

For further information you may contact Development Division of ICTAD. Information on contractors who possess valid ICTAD registration can be searched from the Website.
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