SkillsFuture is a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop their fullest potential throughout life, regardless of their starting points.Read more
The Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) trains, develops, assesses, and recognises individuals for key competencies employers look for in potential employees.Read more
Any training organisation that wishes to offer WSQ courses or WSQ and Private Education (PE) courses must meet the accreditation criteria established by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).
A training organisation is considered an ATO or ATO-PEI when it is accredited by SSG to provide WSQ training & assessments, or WSQ training & assessments and PE courses.
For existing ATOs who wish to apply for Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF) as a PEI, existing PEIs who wish to apply to become an ATO or new applicant wanting to apply to become an ATO-PEI, the following pre-requisites apply. Please refer here for FAQ.
More information relating to ERF can be found here.
There are three types of WSQ ATOs:
Both ‘Public and In-House’ ATO
Both ‘Public and In-House’ ATO-PEI
|In-House ATO only|
Public ATO refers to an institution that offers training to the general public, including corporate clients and/or public walk-ins.
Public and in-house ATO refer to an institution that offers training to the general public and its own employees
In-house ATO refers to a company that conducts training for its own employees only
Steps to becoming a WSQ Approved Training Organisation
Before proceeding to the next step, you need to decide on the following:
(Please take note of the launch of Skills Frameworks. Click here for details.)
(Please take note of the WSQ Frameworks/Modules that are currently closed for Organisation Accreditation (OA). Click here for details.)
[IMPORTANT] Incorporation of Blended Learning Requirement in WSQ Qualifications
Table 1: WSQ Qualifications Blended Learning Requirements
|Phase 1||For NEW WSQ Qualifications|
|From 1 January 2017||All new WSQ qualifications must incorporate blended learning|
|Phase 2||For ALL WSQ Qualifications|
|By 1 January 2018||All WSQ qualifications must incorporate blended learning
Applicants will need to identify the WSQ framework they would like to offer courses in. View a list and learn more about WSQ frameworks.
Applicants will need to ensure that their adult educators meet the Qualifications Requirements. To learn more click here.
Applicants will need to determine the type of ATOs they are applying for. The types of ATOs include:
NB: Existing ATOs who are going into new frameworks will also need to get their organisations accredited for the new frameworks.
To submit a course to SSG for accreditation under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications System (WSQ), an organisation must first obtain WSQ Organisational Accreditation (OA).
Upon organisation accreditation, please proceed to submit courses to SSG for accreditation.
a. You can only submit courses under the WSQ framework(s) and/or sub-sector(s) that your organisation has been approved for. SSG will reject courses that your organisation is not approved to offer.
b. You are to ensure that your developed course(s) meet the WSQ course accreditation (CA) requirements before submitting for accreditation.
View the CA self-assessment checklist. SSG will determine your organisation's subject matter, expertise and quality assurance capabilities from your course submission. The quality of your course submission(s) will affect the outcome of your course accreditation.
An ATO is required to deliver training and/or assessment and to issue certificates.
Every ATO is expected to maintain and upkeep the standard of delivery in training and assessment. SSG will periodically validate the WSQ internal quality assurance system and capability of ATO under the Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) audits.
The main objectives of CIR audits are to:
All WSQ providers are subjected to the following eight areas for CIR audits:
Free from Breach of Terms and Conditions
In addition, ATOs will be evaluated on their achievement of the two-year plan. Other than CIR audits, SSG reserves the rights to conduct other checks including additional audits.
The results of the CIR will determine the renewal of the ATOs.
For more details on the evaluation areas and processes, please download the “External Guide for CIR” for reference.
Please note that CIR Q&A sessions are lined up to build up the ATOs’ readiness and capability in preparing for CIR. Kindly register your attendance with Quality Management Division via https://portal.ssg-wsg.gov.sg/content/web/eventdetails.html?eventscode=E-0000265 if you wish to attend the session.
CIR Q&A schedule
31 January 2018