WSQ Perform Fashion Retail Merchandise Buying For Textile and Fashion Industry

­­In today’s world, buying according to market trends and consumer demands is important to remain competitive in the fashion industry. This course aims to equip you with skills to forecast, budget and plan merchandising assortment with key focus on consumer centric buying and relevancy to market merchandising concept. Conducted in multifaceted manner, get the skills needed to maximize customer satisfaction and create lasting synergy between customer and brand.




  • Understand various concepts, philosophies and theories of retail buying and management of merchandise and inventory
  • Formulate a retail buying strategy with focus on the consumer
  • Managing merchandise assortment through planning of open to buy (OTB)
  • Plan, execute and evaluate of merchandiser to meet consumer needs in a highly dynamic retail setting
  • Benchmark from best practice in retail buying and merchandising management

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 must have basic mathematics skill set to perform project assignment.

Students are required to have basic computing skills i.e. turn on the laptop, use the mouse, drag and drop files, use online search engine for research; and be a competent user of 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

  • Assistant Merchandisers to Merchandiser Managers
  • Assistant Buyers to Buyers
  • Sales Supervisors
  • Store Managers and Owners
  • Fashion Designers
  • Entrepreneur
  • Product Development Executives to Managers Planners

Key Learning Areas

  • Retail categories and retail formats
  • Role of buyer
  • Key performance indicators
  • Central buying system
  • Mark ups, margins and retail price computations
  • Assortment and open to buy plans
  • Merchandising for customer demographics and store profile
  • Create and/or manage fashion brand
  • Supplier selection criteria

Course Duration

Training Hours 32 hours
Assessment Hours 3 hours
Total Hours 35 hours

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WSQ Course Fee Singaporean
(WTS a)
(SSG Grant c)
(ETSS d)
International Students
Full course fee S$ 1,600.00 S$ 1,600.00 S$ 1,600.00 S$ 1,600.00 S$ 1,600.00
Less: SSG Grant (S$ 1,120.00) (S$ 1,120.00) (S$ 1,120.00) (S$ 1,120.00) -
Course Fee after SSG Grant S$ 480.00 S$ 480.00 S$ 480.00 S$ 480.00 S$ 1,600.00
Add: Application Fee - - - - -
Add: 7% GST* S$ 33.60 S$ 33.60 S$ 33.60 S$ 33.60 S$ 112.00
Course Fee including GST S$ 513.60 S$ 513.60 S$ 513.60 S$ 513.60 S$ 1,712.00
Less: WTS (S$ 400.00) - - - -
Less: SFMCES - (S$ 320.00) - - -
Total Nett Course Fee Payable S$ 113.60 S$ 193.60 S$ 513.60 S$ 513.60 # S$ 1,712.00

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