Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM)

If you are considering what's your next step after secondary school, here's what you need to know about Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM)!
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Jaideep Patel
publisher for the Malaysia and Singapore offices of GTI Media Asia

Introduction

Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) or Malaysian Skills Certificate (MSC) is a formally recognised skill- and work-based qualification. It is issued by Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK)to students who have shown the competencies necessary to perform tasks and functions for employment in the more practical and technical fields of work.

Duration

The duration of SKM depends on the course and level. Typically, a course can range anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

Intakes

The intakes for SKM are generally in January, May and September each year.

Structure & Assessment

There are five levels within the SKM education framework:

Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 1

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Awarded to candidates who display competency in performing a wide of various job functions or work-related activities.

Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 2

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Awarded to candidates who display competency in performing a significant range of varied work activities in a variety of situations, including autonomy and responsibility.

Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Awarded to candidates who display competency in a wide range of complex and non-routine work-related activities.

Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (DKM) Level 4

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Awarded to candidates who display competency in technical and highly challenging work-related activities coupled with a significant amount of personal responsibility.

Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia (DLKM) Level 5

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Awarded to candidates who display the highest level of competency, responsibility for other members of the team/department as well as aptitude in the allocation of resources.

All Malaysians with PT3 and/or SPM qualifications, aged between 16 to 45 years old and are able to speak and write in Malay or English are eligible for entry. Trainees signing up for a higher SKM level in the same field must have passed the lower SKM level. 

It is RIGHT for you if…

  • You have poor results in your SPM (no credits)
  • You want quick entry into the workforce
  • You have financial restrictions 

It is WRONG for you if…

  • You have good results in your SPM
  • You want to continue your studies to the degree level
  • You are considering a change of majors and/or courses later on in your studies