Guidelines For The Classification Of Contractors

Purpose of Classification

The classification Register is solely for the use of Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Corporations, National, Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Tender Boards and other Institutions which require the services of Building and Civil Contractors for the execution of projects.

The Classification exercise aims at the proper grading of contractors into categories and financial classes.  The inclusion of a contractors name in the Register is not compulsory, but it should be noted that only contractors who are thus classified would be legible to undertake Building and Civil contracts awarded by the Government of Ghana.

A contractor who wishes to apply for the Ministry’s classification under these guidelines should first satisfy him/herself that he/she can fulfil the basic minimum requirements in this document.

Classification into the appropriate Categories and Classes will be required before a contractor can bid for Government of Ghana Projects.  The appropriate categories and classes are as follows:















How To Apply For Classification In the Register

Prospective contractors wishing to be classified must purchase application forms from the Classification unit Room 39, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, P. O. Box M43, Ministries, Accra.  Completed application forms must be submitted to the officials at the Contractors’ Classification Secretariat, Room 39 on 1st Floor of the Ministry’s Block, who then vet and forward the application forms for consideration by the Contractors Classification Committee.

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Capacity Development Mechanism

The 2011 analysis of the institutional capacity situation of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) revealed that the capacity challenges facing the Ministry were not limited to individual staff training and development but also included organizational development planning and change management as well as implementation of evolving systems.

As such, the Ministry seized the opportunity offered by Government under the Government of Canada funded Capacity Development Mechanism (CDM) to effectively and efficiently respond to some of these capacity challenges to help the Ministry deliver on its key mandate.

The Capacity Development Mechanism (CDM) which was a competitive funding program open to selected public sector institutions is a two (2) year capacity development initiative. Its implementation period from 1st June, 2012 to 31st May, 2014. The actual implementation of the initiative in this Ministry commenced with an inaugural workshop on 5th July, 2012.

The Ministry’s Capacity Development Mechanism sought to undertake the following:

    • Review and Develop a New Organizational Manual
    • Implement Water Directorate Mainstreaming Proposal
    • Develop Comprehensive Sector Strategic Plan and Operational Manuals
    • Provide two (2) orientation programmes on GoG Rules, Regulations, Procedures and Processes
    • Undertake Institutional Skills Assessment
    • Provide Training of Trainers (ToT) in Training Needs Assessment
    • Provide Skills Development training in relevant areas
    • Develop MWRWH Website
    • Undertake Comprehensive IT equipment needs assessment
    • Procure Relevant IT Equipment and Software

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Finance Directorate

The Directorate is responsible for assessing funds approved for the Ministry, by keeping Vote Ledgers, preparing vouchers, cheques and keeping records of payments and commitments.

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The Ministry of Works and Housing (MWH) is a Government of Ghana Central Management Agency responsible for formulating and implementing policies and programmes for the Housing and Works sub-sectors of the economy.

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About Us


A pace setting ministry for sustainable management of public works and housing infrastructure for accelerated development


The Ministry exists to formulate and implement policies, plans, programmes and projects for the sustainable management of public landed properties, coastal protection works, operational hydrology and storm water drainage systems as well as secured, safe, decent and affordable housing for all people living in the country.

Core values

  • Excellence
  •  Transparency
  •  Integrity
  •  Time consciousness
  •  Equity
  •  Accountability
  •  Quality assurance

Core Functions

The Ministry derives its broad functions from Section 13 of the Civil Service Act 1993 (PNDCL 327). The functions are;

(a) Initiate and formulate policies, taking into account the needs and aspirations of the people;

(b) Undertake development planning in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission; and
(c) Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the Sector

Based on the above framework the Ministry of Works and Housing performs the following specific functions:
i. Initiate and formulate housing and works policies taking into account the needs and aspirations of the people.
ii. Collaborate with MDAs to effectively disseminate information about Government policies, programmes and activities of the sector.
iii. Coordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the Works and Housing Sector.
iv. Provide an enabling environment to support government businesses and public private partnerships within the sector.
v. Promote innovation, research and development, training, and investment in the sector.
vi. Support creative and innovative research in the production and use of local building materials.

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