WSQ Identify And Analyse Leather And Materials For Footwear

­­Leather brings a touch of luxury and prestige to footwear. As a natural material, each hide comes with its unique characteristics. Learn how to appreciate leather and its qualities; its anatomy, sources, grades and the tanning process from raw hide to a finished material.


  • Identify and analyse different materials and leather types
  • Compare the differences between genuine and synthetic leather
  • Apply the various footwear materials used for upper, bottom and lining
  • Determine the material suitability for different types of shoes and different footwear manufacturing processes
  • Conduct a risk analysis of selected leather used for selected footwear and provide recommendations for alternatives

Entry Requirement

Singapore/PR Students:

  • GCE ‘O’ Level with 3 credits including English and Mathematics OR
  • WSQ Advanced Certificate OR
  • WSQ ES WPLN Level 5 and above

International Students:

  • High School Diploma equivalent to GCE ‘O’ Level with 3 credits including English and Mathematics OR
  • Qualifications from professional institutes may be considered on a case-by-case basic 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

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

  • Footwear Designer
  • Footwear Technical Designer
  • Footwear Product Developer
  • Footwear Technician
  • Footwear Merchandiser / Purchaser / Buyer
  • Footwear Materials Purchaser / Leather Purchaser
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant

Key Learning Areas

  • Types of leather, synthetics and textiles
  • Tanning and finishing process
  • Anatomy of leather
  • Sources of leather
  • Grades of commercial leather
  • Types of shoes and its components
  • Footwear production process

Course Duration

E-Learning Hours 10 hours
Training Hours 10 hours
Assessment Hours 2 hours
Total Hours 22 hours

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WSQ Course Fee Singaporean
(WTS a)
(SSG Grant c)
(ETSS d)
International Students
Full course fee S$ 1,120.00 S$ 1,120.00 S$ 1,120.00 S$ 1,120.00 S$ 1,120.00
Less: SSG Grant (S$ 784.00) (S$ 784.00) (S$ 784.00) (S$ 784.00) -
Course Fee after SSG Grant S$ 336.00 S$ 336.00 S$ 336.00 S$ 336.00 S$ 1,120.00
Add: Application Fee - - - - -
Add: 7% GST* S$ 23.52 S$ 23.52 S$ 23.52 S$ 23.52 S$ 78.40
Course Fee including GST S$ 359.52 S$ 359.52 S$ 359.52 S$ 359.52 S$ 1,198.40
Less: WTS (S$ 280.00) - - - -
Less: SFMCES - (S$ 224.00) - - -
Total Nett Course Fee Payable S$ 79.52 S$ 135.52 S$ 359.52 S$ 359.52 # S$ 1,198.40

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