Requirements to Upgrade Downgrade Your Contractor Registration Category in Kenya

The National Construction Authority (NCA) is a government organisation which regulates, streamlines and builds capacity in the construction industry. Kenya – Upgrade Downgrade Your Contractor Registration Category

Have you been wondering if you’re forever bound to the category you were initially awarded?

The answer is no.

An upgrade application can be sought by a contractor who in their estimation is qualified for a higher category in a given class of works.

The contractor should be able to show verifiable signs of growth in, but not limited to the following areas;

  • An increase in professional experience in the industry,
  • An increase in equipment and assets owned by the firm,
  • Positive financials-increased turnover and cash at hand.

Contractors should note the following:

  • An upgrade application can only be sought after a renewal application has been successfully submitted and a valid practicing license awarded in that financial year.
  • That the final approval decision for the upgrade awardment solely rests with the Authority.

A contractor with good reason can also request to downgrade the category in which they currently operate in.

Required Documents to Upgrade Downgrade Your Contractor Registration Category in Kenya

  1. Academic certificates and testimonials for the technically qualified directors
  2. CR 12
  3. Certified copy of current business license
  4. If applying for Electrical Engineering upgrade/downgrade attach a certificate from Energy Regulatory Commission
  5. Copy of Company registration certificate — Certificate of Registration/Certificate of Incorporation
  6. 3 Years audited accounts and other relevant financial information
  7. Certified copies proving ownership of assets
  8. KRA Tax compliance certificate
  9. Contractors association membership certificate
  10. Any document required by the NCA

How to Apply Online for Upgrade Downgrade Your Contractor Registration Category in Kenya

  1. To make an application for renewal to be a contractor you need to visit the National Constructions Authority’s Website to make the application.
  2. Once you are on the page, on the “contractors” tab on the top of the page, choose “Upgrade/Downgrade Your Category” to go to the next page.
  3. In this page click on the Upgrade/Downgrade Portal which will direct you to the login page.
  4. Log into your account with the National ID/ Passport number and password used during the registration process.
  5. Log into your account with the National ID/ Passport number and password used during the registration process.
  6. Once you have logged in click on the “Contractor registration” tab then click on “Certificate Upgrade/Downgrade”
  7. Enter your registration Number and click on “Load Licenses”
  8. Choose the category you want to upgrade or downgrade to then click submit.
  9. Make sure you have all the required documents needed for the category to want to upgrade/ downgrade to. You can check this by clicking on the required documents section on the page
  10. After submission of the online upgrade or downgrade application, an invoice will be sent to your email address used during registration with the amount to be paid and mode of payment. You will receive a text message notifying you of the sent invoice, and this will be sent via the phone number used during registration.
  11. In your account, you will be required to key in the Bank Slip Transaction Number or the M-Pesa Transaction Number after payment.
  12. After this processing of your registration will begin
  13. After a successful renewal application, an annual practicing license and NCA certificate will be auto generated in your online portal.


  • All applications to be are done to the National Construction Authority. Nowadays this is done online.
  • NCA has provided measures for a registered contractor to upgrade or downgrade his/her contractor registration category
  • List of NCA registration categories can be found using the following link .[ NCA Categories]
  • All applications for upgrade downgrade should be submitted INDIVIDUALLY for each project under execution.

National Construction Authority Contacts.

9th Floor, KCB Towers
Kenya Road, Upper Hill Area
P.O.Box 21046-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 709 126 102/172/173

“Upgrade/Downgrade Your Category – National Construction Authority” (Nca.go.ke2021) <> accessed October 24, 2021.

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