Professional Conversion Programme for Social Workers


  • What is it?
  • Who can apply?
  • How does it work?
  • Contact details


Objectives of the Programme

WDA has partnered SIM University (UniSIM) and Social Service Institute (SSI) to offer the Professional Conversion Programme for Social Workers (PCP SW) to support mid-career individuals to acquire relevant knowledge and skills required to qualify as Social Workers. It is projected that at least 150 social workers are needed annually to meet the rising demand for social services in Singapore.

As the PCP SW is modelled like a Work-Study Programme, eligible applicants must be selected by a participating employer in order to be selected for the Programme. With this arrangement, trainees can gain valuable experience while studying, and the practicum sessions will enable trainees to be effective in their respective fields upon graduation.

Depending on educational qualifications, there are two part-time courses offered under PCP SW - Accelerated Bachelor of Social Work and Graduate Diploma of Social Work.

Benefits and Opportunities

The PCP SW offers a myriad of opportunities as Social Workers and Medical Social Workers are highly sought after in organisations such as hospitals, family service centres, special education schools, youth centres and sheltered homes. Social workers perform various job roles beyond direct practice, for instance, administrative, management and policy planning roles.  Social Workers also serve diverse profiles of people such as persons with disabilities, children, low-income households,  persons with addictions and mental illnesses, provide counselling and many others, making their job a challenging yet fulfilling one.

Newly graduated Social Workers can potentially draw a starting salary of approximately $2,760. Upon successful completion of the entire programme, one can be accredited by the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) as a qualified Social Worker.

(Applications for the 2015 intake will open in first week of December 2014)


go to Top