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WSQ Approved Training Organisation (ATO)

A training organisation who wishes to offer WSQ courses - has to meet the accreditation criteria established by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

WDA has established various mechanisms to help training providers' better design quality curriculum and assessment.

A training organisation that is approved for WSQ training and assessments is considered an Approved Training Organisation (ATO).

Types of WSQ ATOs

 

arrow There are 3 types of WSQ ATOs:
 
Public ATO   Public and In-house ATO   In-house ATO
Public ATO refers to an institution that offers training to the general public, including corporate clients and/or public walk-ins.
  Public and in-house ATO refers to an institution that offers training to the general public and its own employees
  In-house ATO refers to a company that conducts training for its own employees only
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arrow_2 Steps for conducting WSQ courses
 

Before proceeding on to the next steps, you'll need to decide the following:

a) The type of ATO your organisation wishes to be

b) WSQ Framework your organisation is keen to offer courses in. View WSQ Frameworks

c) Your organisation will need to ensure that your adult educators meet the Qualifications Requirements. Click here for further information.

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Overview

Applicants will need to identify the WSQ framework they are would like to offer courses in. View a list and learn more about WSQ frameworks.

Applicants will need to ensure that their adult educators meet the Qualifications Requirements. To learn more click here.

Applicants will need to determine the type of ATOs they are applying for.

The types of ATOs include:

Public Only

Learn more about the prerequisites and documents to submit.

Both

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In-House Only

Learn more about the prerequisites and documents to submit.

NB: Existing ATOs who are going into new frameworks will also need to get their organisations accredited for the new frameworks.

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Overview

To submit a course to WDA for accreditation under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications System (WSQ), an organisation must first obtain WSQ ATO. Learn more about becoming a WSQ ATO.

Upon becoming a WSQ ATO, you may then submit courses to WDA for accreditation.

Please note:

a.     You can only submit courses under the WSQ framework(s) and/or sub-sector(s) that your organisation has been approved for. WDA will reject courses that your organisation is not approved to offer.

b.    You are to ensure that your developed course(s) meet the WSQ course accreditation (CA) requirements before submitting for accreditation.  WDA will determine your organisation's subject matter expertise and internal quality assurance capabilities from your course submission. The quality of your course submission(s) will affect the outcome of your course accreditation. View CA self-assessment checklist.

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ATO is required to deliver training and/or assessment and to issue certificates.

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Every ATO is expected to maintain and upkeep the standard of delivery in training and assessment.

WDA will periodically validate the WSQ internal quality assurance system and capability of ATO under the Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) audits.

The main objectives of CIR audits are to:

  • Encourage the practice of continuously improving the design and delivery of WSQ training and assessment
  • Identify best practices and role models among WSQ providers 
  • Deliver high-quality continuing education and training programmes

All WSQ providers are subjected to the following eight areas for CIR audits:

  • Course Quality Assurance System
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) system
  • Outcome Evaluation System
  • Adult Educator Management System
  • WSQ Related Administrative System
  • Viability of Organisation
  • Free from Breach of Terms and Conditions

In addition, ATOs will be evaluated on their achievement of the two-year plan. Other than CIR audits, WDA reserves the rights to also conduct other checks including additional audits.

The results of the Continuous Improvement Reviews (CIRs) will determine the renewal of the ATOs.

For more details on the evaluation areas and processes, please download the "External Guide for Continuous Improvement Review".

View CIR Q&A schedules, or kindly register your attendance with Ms Sally Han at sally_han@wda.gov.sg if you wish to attend the briefing.


 
 
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