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Grants, Subsidies and Awards

Course Fee Funding (with effect from 1 October 2015)

If you are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident (PR), you can enjoy a 70-90% course fee subsidies on all WSQ courses at  You will only need to pay the net fee (course fee after SSG’s grant).

  Type of Course All Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents
Courses offered by SSG-appointed CET Centers such as Non-PME-level Courses Up to 90% of course fees
PME[1]-level Courses Up to 70% of course fees

1 Professional, Managers and Executives (PMEs) refer to workers who (a) Have a highest education qualification of a Diploma and above; and/or (b) Have been employed and have had work experience in a PME job.

SkillsFuture Credit

Effective January 2016, Singaporeans aged 25 years and above who received their SkillsFuture Credit account activation letter will be eligible for an initial credit of $500 which can be used to pay for all WSQ courses at The credits can be used on top of existing course fee funding.

Only self-sponsored Singaporean applicants can use this credit and application must be submitted via SkillsFuture Portal within 30 days from course commencement date.


SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy

Type of Course Singapore Citizens
Aged ≥ 40 years2
Courses offered by SSG-appointed CET Centers such as Non-PME-level Courses Up to 90% of course fees
PME*-level Courses

2 Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit

The SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy supports and encourages lifelong learning and helps Singaporeans stay responsive to a changing workplace. Recognising that mid-career individuals may face greater challenges in undertaking training, the Government has implemented this programme to encourage mid-career Singaporeans to upskill and reskill.

All Singaporeans aged 40 years old and above are eligible for this enhanced subsidy. They will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% of course fees for all WSQ courses at

Students are not required to submit an application for the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. They will be accorded this enhanced subsidy when they submit enrolment for the WSQ course with their NRIC.

More information about SkillsFuture programmes and initiatives are available at:


Post Secondary Scheme Account (PSEA)

The PSE scheme is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete his post-secondary education. PSEA is not a bank account. It is administered by MOE and is opened automatically for all Singaporeans based on the following criterion.

If a Singaporean is eligible for a Child Development Account (CDA) and has unspent balance in his CDA, a PSEA will be opened for him:

In the year he turns 7 years old for a child born between 2001 and 2005, or

In the year he turns 13 years old for a child born in or after 2006.

Singaporeans who are pursuing WSQ courses at can use their own or their siblings’ PSE funds to pay for the approved fees at
You can check your PSE account balance using the MOE Autophone Service below and your NRIC number:

Tel: (65) 6260 0777

More information is available at:


Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme

WTS encourages you to attend training to upgrade your skills and improve your chances of being employed. All 35 years old and above Singaporeans who earn not more than $1,900 per month, can benefit from the WTS Scheme with effect from 1 July 2013.

  • Course Fee Funding
Type of Course Singapore Citizens
Aged ≥ 35 years and earning ≤ $1,900/month3
Courses offered by -appointed CET Centers such as Non-PME-level Courses 95% of course fees
PME[2]-level Courses

Under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme. For more information on the scheme, visit

2)   Training Allowance

Training allowance was introduced to help Singaporeans to take up training on their own without their employer’s support. If you are under the Workfare Training Support Scheme you may be eligible for training allowance at $4.50 per hour in addition to course fee subsidies.

How to apply – If you meet the WTS eligibility criteria and are taking up skills training on your own, you have to apply before you can claim for your training allowance.

You can apply for Training Allowance 180 days before or no later than 30 days (including weekends and public holidays) after course commencement, at any one of the WTS Service Touchpoints which are namely:

SSG Career Centres at the different regions;

For more information, go to

3)   Training Commitment Award (TCA)

The Training Commitment Award is a cash incentive which serves to motivate and reward individuals for undergoing sustained training. Individuals who meet the qualifying criteria can enjoy a cash award of $200, up to a maximum of $400 per year.

You do not need to apply for TCA as it will be paid together with Workfare Income Supplement. If you are eligible, you will receive a Workfare letter with TCA and WIS payment details.

For more information, go to


Skills Future Qualification Award (Formerly known as the CET Qualification Award (CQA)

From 1 January 2016 skill future credit award given to –

  • Singapore Citizens who attain a WSQ Diploma, WSQ Specialist Diploma, WSQ Graduate Certificate or WSQ Graduate Diploma will be eligible for a cash award of S$1,000.
  • Those who attain a WSQ Certificate, WSQ Higher Certificate or WSQ Advanced Certificate are eligible for a cash award of S$200.

Your eligibility for the award is based on the date of attainment of your WSQ full qualification. Please refer to the table below:

Date of Attainment
Between 1 March 2011 and 31 December 2015 From 1 January 2016
First-time attainment of one of the following WSQ full qualification ($200 Award):
Higher Certificate
Advanced CertificateFirst-time attainment of one of the following WSQ full qualification ($1,000 Award): 
Specialist Diploma
Every attainment of the following WSQ full qualification ($200 Award): 
Higher Certificate
Advanced CertificateEvery attainment of the following WSQ full qualification ($1,000 Award): 
Specialist Diploma
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma

You can apply for your CET Qualification Award through the website by logging in with your SINGPass.