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WHAT IS SKILLSFUTURE?

SkillsFuture is a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop their fullest potential throughout life, regardless of their starting points.

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WHAT IS WSQ?

The Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) trains, develops, assesses, and recognises individuals for key competencies employers look for in potential employees.

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FUNDING AND ACCREDITATION TRAINING QUALIFICATION SKILLSFUTURE PRIVATE EDUCATION

Becoming a WSQ Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and WSQ Approved Training Organisation-Private Education Institution (ATO-PEI)

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: 

Public ATO

or

Public ATO-PEI

Both ‘Public and In-House’ ATO

or

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.

View prerequisites and documents to submit>>

Public and in-house ATO refer to an institution that offers training to the general public and its own employees

View prerequisites and documents to submit>>

In-house ATO refers to a company that conducts training for its own employees only

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What are the requirements and how do I apply?

Steps to becoming a WSQ Approved Training Organisation

Click here to watch a short video that will give you an overview of becoming a WSQ ATO. For further enquiries, you may wish to refer to the FAQs here.

Before proceeding to the next step, you need to decide on the following:

  • The type of ATO your organisation wants to apply for
  • WSQ Framework your organisation is keen to apply for Organisation Accreditation (OA). View the WSQ Frameworks.

(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.)

  • Your organisation will need to ensure that your adult educators meet the Qualification Requirements. Click here to learn more.

 


 

[IMPORTANT] Incorporation of Blended Learning Requirement in WSQ Qualifications

  1. To promote lifelong learning efforts and make learning more accessible, engaging and effective for individuals and organisations, all training providers offering WSQ qualifications will have to incorporate blended learning.

  2. The requirements will be implemented in two phases to give the industry time to adjust. The details of the requirements are in Table 1.

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

Note:

  1. Blended learning can comprise any of the followings:
    • Classroom learning + workplace learning
    • Classroom learning + technology-enabled learning
    • Technology-enabled learning + workplace learning
    • Classroom learning + technology-enabled learning + workplace learning

  2. New WSQ Qualifications refer to qualifications newly submitted for accreditation, or newly formed qualifications through modular basis
  3. All WSQ Qualifications refer to both new and existing accredited qualifications
  4. Non-compliance will lead to expiry of the training provider’s WSQ qualification validity

 


 

Step 1

Overview

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:

  • Public Only
    Learn more about the prerequisites and documents to submit.

  • Both
    Learn more about the prerequisites and documents to submit.

  • In-House Only
    Learn more about the prerequisites and documents to submit.

NB: Existing ATOs who are going into new frameworks will also need to get their organisations accredited for the new frameworks.

Step 2

Overview

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.

Please note:

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.

Step 3

An ATO is required to deliver training and/or assessment and to issue certificates.

Step 4

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:

  • Instill the practice of seeking continuous improvement in the design and delivery of WSQ training and assessment.
  • Identify best practices and role models amongst the WSQ providers. 
  • Deliver high-quality continuing education and training programmes.

All WSQ providers are subjected to the following eight areas for CIR audits:

  • Course Quality Assurance System
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) system
  • Outcome Evaluation System
  • Adult Educator Management System
  • WSQ Related Administrative System
  • Viability of Organisation

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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 quarterly CIR Q&A sessions are lined up to build up the ATOs’ readiness and capability. Kindly register your attendance with Quality Management Division at ssg_tpg@ssg.gov.sg if you wish to attend the session.

CIR Q&A schedule

Session

Date

1

20 January 2017

2

21 April 2017

3

21 July 2017

4

13  October 2017