What is SkillsFuture Qualification Award
The SkillsFuture Qualification Award (SQA) encourages workers 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.
Currently, Singapore Citizens who attain their first WSQ Certificate, Higher Certificate, or Advanced Certificate will receive a one-time cash award of $200. Those who attain their first WSQ Diploma or Specialist Diploma will get a one-time cash award of $1,000.
From 1 January 2016, a SkillsFuture Qualification Award will be given to every Singapore Citizen upon their attainment of a full WSQ qualification. The cash quantum remains at $200 for WSQ Certificate, Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate, and at $1,000 for WSQ Diploma and Specialist Diploma. The award of $1,000 will also be extended to WSQ Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.
Who is eligible for SkillsFuture Qualification Award
All Singaporean workers are eligible for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award. There are no age or income criteria to qualify for the SQA.
How much SkillsFuture Qualification Award am I eligible for?
Eligibility for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award is based on the date of attainment of your WSQ full qualification. Please refer to the table below:
|Award||Eligible WSQ Full Qualifications|
|From 1 August 2019|
|$200||For following WSQ frameworks:|
a. Business Management;
b. Employability Skills;
c. Leadership and People Management; and
d. Service Excellence
|$1000||For all other WSQ frameworks:|
|From 1 January 2016 to 31 July 2019|
|Between 1 March 2011 and 31 December 2015|
If you are a Singapore Citizen and have successfully attained both a WSQ Diploma and a WSQ Certificate, you are eligible for a SQA of $1,000 for the attainment of a WSQ Diploma/ Specialist Diploma/ Graduate Certificate/ Graduate Diploma, and another $200 for the attainment of a WSQ Certificate/Higher Certificate/Advanced Certificate.
The award will be paid in cash to the individual.
SkillsFuture Qualification Award FAQ
Would I be eligible for both WTS payments and SkillsFuture Qualification Award?
Yes. If a worker meets the prevailing eligibility criteria for both the WTS and the SkillsFuture Qualification Award, he will be eligible for both schemes.
What is the difference between the Training Commitment Award (TCA) and SkillsFuture Qualification Award?
To qualify for Training Commitment Award (TCA), trainees must also be recipients of the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS). Trainees must be Singaporeans aged 35 years and above and earning up to $1,900 a month to be eligible.
Unlike the TCA which is targeted at older, low wage workers, there are no age and income criteria for the SkillsFuture Qualification Award. The SQA is similarly limited to Singaporeans only.
On average, how many modules make up a full WSQ qualification? What is the typical training duration?
Depending on the level and the sector, a full WSQ qualification can consist of 6 to 12 WSQ modules, and take from 3 months to 2 years of full time training to complete.
SkillsFuture Qualification Award Application
What do I need for the application?
Before applying, please ensure that you have the following:
- SingPass ID
- Name as in bank account
- Mailing address
- Contact details
- Email address
- Bank account details (bank code, branch code and bank account number)
How long will it take me to complete the application?
It will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete the application in SkillsConnect. The peak periods for accessing SkillsConnect are 9am – 11am and 3pm – 5pm on weekdays. For faster system response, we encourage you to login during the non-peak hours.
How long will SSG take to process my application?
SSG will process your application within 2 weeks. This is subject to the information submitted being accurate and complete.