Funding and Award

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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 Centres 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 60 days from the course commencement date.

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

  Type of Course Singapore Citizens
Aged ≥ 40 years2
Courses offered by SSG-appointed CET Centres 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 Education Account (PSEA)

The PSEA 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. Eligible individuals may receive:

  • Course fee subsidy to lower training costs
  • Training allowance for trainees who take up training without employer support
  • A cash reward for completing training


To qualify, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen; and
  • Aged 35 years and above (13 years and above for Persons With Disabilities); and
  • Earn a monthly income of not more than $2,000.


Course Fee Funding
Eligible individuals can benefit from 95% course fee funding when they sign up for any course approved for WTS funding:

  • Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses
  • Approved Academic Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses offered by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and 5 local Polytechnics
  • Certifiable Skills Training Courses accredited or supported by SkillsFuture Singapore


Please visit SkillsConnect to see the list of WTS-eligible courses.

For more information, go to

2) Training Allowance

Training allowance is only available for individuals who pay for their own training. 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. From 1 Jan 2018, individuals are only required to make one trip down to any of their preferred WSG's Careers Connect or NTUC's e2i centres within 120 days after the course end date, to apply and submit the claim application. Individuals are to bring along the following original documents:

  • NRIC
  • WTS notification letter (of the year in which the course was taken)
  • Valid bank book or statement
  • Certification slip (from your Training Provider)
  • Any of the following employment documentation to prove job relevancy:


i. Any one month's payslip / CPF statement showing employer's contribution, dated within 3 months from the date of claim;
ii. Employment Letter / Contract of Service or equivalent, dated within 3 months from the date of claim;
iii. Accounting and Corporate Regulatory (ACRA) business registration and business transaction document, e.g. revenue receipt/ invoice.

With effect from 1 January 2018, Training Organisation will issue a revised training certification slip incorporating information that trainees satisfy all course completion criteria:

  • minimum 75% course attendance,
  • passing of assessment,
  • attainment of qualification.
  • The issuance of the certification slip is mandatory. In return, Training Organisations no longer need to provide trainees with separate documents to show course attendance, assessment(s) attendance and qualification attainment.


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 Skills 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 Certificate First-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 Certificate Every 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.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

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With the course (s) supported under UTAP, you are encouraged to acknowledge the funding support by listing UTAP details on your event/course website. The suggested format below. 

Funding Information:
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Terms and conditions apply.

What Is It?

The NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) is an individual skills upgrading account especially for NTUC members.

Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP") for Period 1 April'2019 to 31 March'2020

  1. Every year, e2i conducts an annual review exercise to review the courses supported under UTAP to ensure that the supported courses remain relevant to our union members.
  2. We have completed the annual course review. Please refer to the outcome below fo courses that will be supported under UTAP from Period 1 April'2019 to 31March'2020.
No. Course Title
1 Interpret Textile Product Knowledge And Provide Advice On Fabric Care For Textile And Fashion Industry
2 Leather Bag Workshop
3 WSQ Construct Athletic Shoes
4 WSQ Construct Men's Shoes
5 WSQ Coordinate Footwear with Fashion Apparel & Trends
6 WSQ Diploma in Fashion Technology (Apparel Design and Product Development)
7 WSQ Diploma in Fashion Technology (Footwear Design and Product Development)
8 WSQ Diploma in Fashion Technology (Merchandising and Marketing)
9 WSQ Fit Evaluation Pinning For Alteration
10 WSQ Identify and Analyse Athletic Shoes
11 WSQ Interpret Leather Product and Care

Please click here to see our schedule


Who Is Eligible

All NTUC union members.

Terms & Conditions:

To be eligible for UTAP, an NTUC Member must meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintained paid-up NTUC membership before course, throughout course duration and at the point of claim.
  2. Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP and training must commence within the supported period.
  3. Unfunded course fee must not be fully sponsored by company or other types of funding.
  4. Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above.
  5. Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any.
  6. UTAP application must be made within 6 months after course ends.


How to apply for UTAP?


Step 1: Click on 'Search Course' under the Skills Upgrade Available tab to find out if your course & training provider is supported under UTAP. You should also check on the SkillsFuture Credit portal if your course is approved for credit use (visit for more information).


Step 2: Register for course with training provider and attend training. For course information and enrolment, please contact the training provider.

Step 3: Login to your U Portal account to submit your UTAP application. Please apply for your UTAP claim within 6 months after course end. Late applications will be rejected.

Please click here to watch the tutorial of UTAP.