WSQ Apply Basic Alteration Techniques

­­This course provides a broad-based knowledge of how to conduct basic alteration using various techniques. You will be able to apply the proper methods of alteration to the various types of a garment. This course is highly recommended for people who are involved in the fashion retail service sector and designers to cater to the demands of customers who require clothing alterations or modifications to fit their body.  Participants will be involved in the active learning of garment fit evaluation and pinning for alteration through simulated samples and ready-made clothing.


  • Perform simple alterations on basic woven and knit garments including tops, shirts, skirts, pants and dresses
  • Determine the amount of fabric to take in or release after performing proper pinning for alteration on a garment
  • Transfer the required alteration with proper markings onto the garment
  • Alter the garment based on marking using proper sewing and finishing machines
  • Measure altered garment against the given specification

Entry Requirement

Singapore/PR Students:

  • GCE ‘N’ Level with 3 credits including English and Mathematics OR
  • WSQ ES WPLN Level 4 and above

International Students:

  • High School Diploma equivalent to GCE ‘N’ Level with 3 credits including English and Mathematics OR
  • Qualifications from professional institutes may be considered on a case-by-case basis AND/OR
  • Pass Entrance Test

English Language Requirement –

  • Possess a minimum credit in English at GCE ‘O’ Level or its equivalent OR
  • IELTS score 4.5 or TOEFL score 450

ALL Students are required to have basic knowledge of computer and Microsoft Office

Students need prior knowledge or experience of the following competency:

Student must having basic sewing skills to perform alteration

Graduation Requirements

Student must fulfil the following requirements:

  • 75% attendance rate of total training hours per module
  • Assessed and be competent for every module
Student Pass Holders – a minimum of 90% attendance per month will be required.

Certificate Issuance

Upon succcessful completion of the course, trainee will be awarded the WSQ Statement of Attainment (SOA). WSQ Certification is nationally endorsed and recognised by industry partners.

Who Should Attend

  • Fashion Retail Service Personnel
  • Sales Associates / Advisors
  • Fashion Retail Merchandisers
  • Fashion Store Manager or Supervisor
  • Fit Technician
  • Garment Alteration Sewing Technician
  • Fashion Designers
  • Shop Manager for Tailors
  • Boutique Managers and Assistants
  • Fashion Stylists
  • Customer Service Personnel
  • Fashion Entrepreneurs
  • Managers / Assistants of Uniform Companies
  • Seamstress

Key Learning Areas

  • Points of body measurements
  • Type of fit and ease
  • Types of seams and stitches
  • Pinning techniques on fitted garment
  • Thread, operate & maintain lockstitch (301) and over edge (504/514) and cover stitch sewing machines
  • Marking techniques from the pinning on garment for alteration

Course Duration

Training Hours 11 hours
Assessment Hours 1 hour
Total Hours 12 hours

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WSQ Course Fee Singaporean
(WTS a)
(SSG Grant c)
(ETSS d)
International Students
Full course fee S$ 680.00 S$ 680.00 S$ 680.00 S$ 680.00 S$ 680.00
Less: SSG Grant (S$ 612.00) (S$ 612.00) (S$ 612.00) (S$ 612.00) -
Course Fee after SSG Grant S$ 68.00 S$ 68.00 S$ 68.00 S$ 68.00 S$ 680.00
Add: Application Fee - - - - -
Add: 7% GST* S$ 4.76 S$ 4.76 S$ 4.76 S$ 4.76 S$ 47.60
Course Fee including GST S$ 72.76 S$ 72.76 S$ 72.76 S$ 72.76 S$ 727.60
Less: WTS (S$ 34.00) - - - -
Less: SFMCES - - - - -
Total Nett Course Fee Payable S$ 38.76 S$ 72.76 S$ 72.76 S$ 72.76 # S$ 727.60

a: Workfare Training Scheme (WTS) - Aged ≥ 35 years and earning ≤ $2,000/month
b: SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (SFMCES) - All Singaporeans aged 40 years and above
c: SSG Grant - All Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
d: Enhanced Training Support Susidy (ETSS) - SME with employment size ≤ 200 or annual sales turnover ≤ S$ 100 million

* GST Formula as follows:
Course fee after SSG grant x 7% GST = GST
# SME can claim additional 20% of full gross fee under ETSS where applicable