Specified Skilled Worker

What Is A Specified Skilled Worker (i) In Nursing Care?

In response to the growing labor shortage, the “Specified Skilled Worker” residence status was newly established in April of 2019 to allow foreign workers with certain specialties and skills to work across 14 industries, including nursing care. There are two types: Specified Skilled Worker (i) and Specified Skilled Worker (ii), but only Specified Skilled Worker (i) is available for nursing care.

Tests for a Specified Skilled Worker (i) in Nursing Care

There are three tests for Specified Skilled Worker jobs in nursing care: Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test, Nursing Care Japanese Language Evaluation Test, and a test to measure the level of Japanese language proficiency. The Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test and the Nursing Care Japanese Language Evaluation Test set the standard for workers to be an immediate asset in each field by measuring professional skills and knowledge of Japanese used on-site in nursing care. The level of Japanese language proficiency can be measured by the Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese or the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (N4 or better is required).

How to Study for the Japanese and Nursing Care Tests

To study for the tests to get the Specified Skilled Worker (i) in nursing care residence status, you can either study by yourself using textbooks/other materials or enroll in a Japanese language school. This article will introduce some recommended textbooks and websites for those who will primarily study on their own.

Substantial Support System from the Japanese Side

The country of Japan, local governments, industry organizations and facilities all offer support in various ways in an effort to make foreign nationals feel comfortable coming to Japan to be care workers. They not only provide support for you as a care worker, but also offer a wide range of comprehensive support ranging from language issues to information for daily living.

Our Voice

We interviewed some foreigners who are working in Japan as care workers.
Please use this as a reference for living in Japan, being a care worker, and studying Japanese.

Indonesia Dio NATABAGUS ARIF WIJAKSONO

Country of origin :  Indonesia
Year of arrival in Japan :  October 2016
Qualification :  Specific skill Nursing care No. 1
Japanese ability : N2

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Yes. The Specified Skills Evaluation Test consists of three tests: the Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test, the Nursing Care Japanese Language Evaluation Test, and a test to measure the Japanese language proficiency level. The Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test and the Nursing Care Japanese Language Evaluation Test measure specialized skills and Japanese language skills that are used in the field of nursing care, with the standard being the level that someone is work ready. The Japanese language proficiency level is measured by the Japan Foundation’s Test for Basic Japanese or the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N4 or better is required).
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare homepage introduces the Specified Skilled Worker system and shares information on the application process for the tests (external link to the website for Prometric Japan Co., Ltd., who conducts the tests).

Prometric Japan Co., Ltd. accepts inquiries by email and phone. There is an external link on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website.

Foreign nationals who came to Japan as an EPA Candidate for “Kaigofukushishi” (certified care worker) and who have been appropriately engaged in work/training at a nursing care facility for four years or who have completed “Technical Intern Training (ii)” in nursing care are determined to satisfy the necessary skill level and Japanese proficiency level to be exempt from the previously mentioned skills test and Japanese language tests and can move on to “Specified Skilled Worker (i)”. Foreigners who have completed “Technical Intern Training (ii)” in a field other than nursing care are exempt from a portion of the test to measure their Japanese proficiency level. (The Nursing Care Skills Evaluation Test and the Nursing Care Japanese Language Evaluation Test are still required.)

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