SkillsFuture Qualification Award (SQA)

(Formerly known as the CET Qualification Award - CQA)

Singapore Citizens who attain a WSQ full qualification will be eligible for a cash award of $200 or $1,000 disbursed by PayNow.

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

Eligibility

From 1 March 2011 to 31 December 2015

First-time attainment of one of the following WSQ full qualification ($200 Award):
Certificate, 
Higher Certificate, 
Advanced Certificate.

 

 

First-time attainment of one of the following WSQ full qualification ($1,000 Award):
Diploma, 
Specialist Diploma.

From 1 January 2016 to 31 July 2019

Every attainment of the following WSQ full qualification ($200 Award):
Certificate, 
Higher Certificate, 
Advanced Certificate.

 

 

Every attainment of the following WSQ full qualification ($1,000 Award):
Diploma, 
Specialist Diploma, 
Graduate Certificate, 
Graduate Diploma.

From 1 August 2019

For following WSQ frameworks:

 

 

a. Business Management;
b. Employability Skills;
c. Leadership and People Management; and
d. Service Excellence.

Every attainment of WSQ full qualification ($200 Award)

 From 1 August 2019

For all other WSQ frameworks

Every attainment of the following WSQ full qualification ($200 Award):
Certificate, 
Higher Certificate, 
Advanced Certificate.

 

 

Every attainment of the following WSQ full qualification ($1,000 Award):
Diploma, 
Specialist Diploma, 
Graduate Certificate, 
Graduate Diploma.

 

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SkillsFuture Qualification Award (SQA)?

  • The SkillsFuture Qualification Award (SQA) encourages Singaporeans to attain WSQ full qualifications, which equip them with comprehensive and robust sets of skills to perform their jobs competently, pursue career progression and explore new job opportunities. 

 

What is the difference between the Training Commitment Award (TCA) and SkillsFuture Qualification Award (SQA)?

  • To qualify for Training Commitment Award (TCA), trainees must also be eligible for Workfare Skills Support (WSS). 
  • Unlike the TCA which is targeted at older, low wage workers, there are no age and income criteria for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award. In addition, unlike TCA  which is capped at $1,000 during the validity period, there is no cap to this award; meaning you can attain as many WSQ full qualifications as you like, and still receive the SQA. Do take note that the SQA is for Singaporeans only. 

 

On average, how many modules make up a WSQ full qualification?  What is the typical training duration?

  • Depending on the level and the sector, a WSQ full qualification can consist of 6 to 12 modules, and typically take from 3 months to 2 years of full time training to complete. Our intensive WSQ full qualifications take less than 2 months to complete! 

 

Who are the training providers conducting the courses leading to the WSQ full qualifications that are eligible for the SQA?

  • WSQ programmes are typically conducted by accredited Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and Continuing and Education Training Centres (CET Centres). You may wish to check with the CET Centres on the modules that make up the qualifications. Please visit SSG’s website (www.ssg.gov.sg/cetcentres) to find out more about CET Centres. 

 

What are the WSQ courses eligible for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award?
  • A list of courses is available on the MySkillsFuture portal at www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg/content/portal/en/training-exchange/course-landing.html. You will need to complete a WSQ full qualification to be eligible for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award. The accredited Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and Continuing and Education Training Centres (CET Centres) can also advise you on courses that stack up to a WSQ full qualification.  Please visit SSG’s website (www.ssg.gov.sg/cetcentres) to find out more about CET Centres. 

 

What are the eligibility criteria for SkillsFuture Qualification Award?

  • What are the eligibility criteria for SkillsFuture Qualification Award? 
    • You must have attained a WSQ full qualification within the specified qualifying period based on date of attainment.  
    • You must be a Singapore Citizen when you attained the qualifying WSQ qualification.  
    • You are not a full-time student at the Polytechnics or ITE at the time of attainment of the WSQ qualification. This condition does not apply to adults  who are in the workforce.  

 

  • Note: To apply, you need the following:
  1. SingPass account 
  2. PayNow account linked to your NRIC (not just your mobile number) 

 

What is this error message: “Based on our records, you have not attained any qualification eligible for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award” ?

There are 2 possible reasons why you see this error message:

  1. You do not fulfil the eligibility criteria for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award
  2. Your WSQ qualification has not been uploaded by your training provider.   

Note: 

  • If qualification attainment date is less than 2 weeks ago, please wait for the qualification to be uploaded. The qualification will be updated in SSG’s system at least 2 weeks after qualification attainment date.
  • If qualification attainment date was more than 2 weeks ago, please check with  your training provider if results have been uploaded first before applying online again. 

 

What is PayNow?

  • PayNow is a peer-to-peer funds transfer service available to retail customers of nine participating banks in Singapore – Bank of China, Citibank Singapore Limited, DBS Bank/POSB, HSBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Maybank, OCBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and UOB.  
  • PayNow, launched on 10 July 2017 is provided free to retail customers and is available 24/7, 365 days. 

 

Can I opt for payment via Interbank GIRO or cheque? Why must PayNow be linked to NRIC and not just my mobile number?

  • In line with the Smart Nation Singapore Initiative, SkillsFuture Singapore will tap on the PayNow infrastructure to disburse SkillsFuture Qualification Awards to eligible applicants for their convenience.   
  • PayNow offers an enhanced funds transfer experience. It adopts the same high security standards established by the banking industry in Singapore for funds transfer. To ensure that money is credited to the correct recipient, only PayNow accounts linked to NRICs will be used for government payments via PayNow. 

 

How do I create a PayNow account linked to my NRIC?

You can create a PayNow account linked to your NRIC via:

  1.  SMS (selected banks)
  2.  Internet banking
  3.  Mobile banking app  

 DBS/POSB - How to link PayNow to NRICFor DBS/POSB

OCBC - How to link PayNow to NRICFor OCBC

Should you have any problems, contact your bank directly. 

 

What happens when I click on the “Use MyInfo” button?

Your contact number and email address will be auto populated in the application form when you click the “Use MyInfo” button. 

 

More details on MyInfo: 

https://www.ifaq.gov.sg/Myinfo/mobile/index.aspx

 

Note: The contact number and email address that you submit in your application will be auto populated in your subsequent interactions with SSG/WSG e-services. 

 

When will I receive my SkillsFuture Qualification Award after submitting my application?

  • For successful applications, you will receive the payment for the award within 7 days from submission. A notification will be sent to you when the payment is disbursed to you.  

 

How do I check on the status/details of my SkillsFuture Qualification Award application?

For applications submitted after 29 July 2019, follow these steps:

  1.  Login to MySkillsFuture portal at www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg
  2.  Click on “Applications” in the dropdown list next to your name
  3. View a list of all applications and their corresponding statuses
  4.  Click on the application ID for details  SkillsFuture Qualification Award application statuses for each diploma attainments

 

For applications submitted before 29 July 2019, follow these steps:

  1. Login to SkillsConnect portal at www.skillsconnect.gov.sg/sop/portal/
  2. Click on SkillsFuture QA Enquiry
  3.  View your application list
  4.  Click on the application ID for details 

 

When checking my application status, it said “Unsuccessful”. What should I do?

  • The disbursement of your award has been rejected by the bank. Please ensure that you have a valid PayNow account linked to your NRIC. Contact your bank to resolve the payment rejection. 
  • You can resubmit your application for SkillsFuture Qualification Award subsequently. 

 

WSQ Diploma Programmes

 

How to claim your SQA

 

  1. To apply for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award of $1,000 (or $200), please log in with your Singpass to www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg.
  2. Click on Digital Services at the top of the website.
  3. Click on Apply For Skillsfuture Qualification Award.
  4. Click on Click here to Apply. This button is on the right-hand side of the website highlighted in blue.
  5. Ensure that all particulars are correct. Country code (e.g. +65) is COMPULSORY.
  6. To be eligible for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award, you must NOT be a full-time student at the Polytechnics and ITE at the time of attaining a WSQ full qualification.  Click "No" here.
  7. Check the box below "I acknowledge the above statements by submitting this application form" and Submit.
  8. Participants may try applying for the Qualification Award about 2 weeks after their end of course date. Thanks! 

 

WSQ Diploma Programmes