Frequently asked questions
Q1 – If I have taken similar security training offered by other programs that are not aligned to Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) system, will I be exempted from any of the Security WSQ modules?
Answer – If the security officer is trained in training systems other than the National Skills Recognition System (NSRS), he may seek recognition through the assessment-only pathway. The purpose of the assessment-only pathway is to recognize any relevant training or work experience that may indicate he already has the competencies. The method of recognition through the assessment-only pathway may come in several forms such as a challenge test, interview or submission of a portfolio of evidence. The assessment-only pathway is being developed and is expected to be piloted in the first half of 2008.
Q2 – I am a security officer, I already have the 2 licensing modules under the NSRS. Does it mean I must take these modules again under the Security WSQ to get my Certificate in Security Operations? Will I be exempted and allowed to transit into Security WSQ?
Answer – A security officer who has obtained the two licensing modules under the NSRS will be exempted from taking these aligned Security WSQ modules to obtain the qualifications. In other words, if he has been trained and certified in those NSRS modules and obtained the National Skills Certificates, he is recognized as having already taken these modules under the Security WSQ. Though there will not be retrospective issuing of WSQ Statement of Attainment, the National Skills Certificate previously obtained shall be proof that the security officer has obtained those competencies when seeking to gain the Certificate or Advanced Certificate qualifications.
Q3 – If I have many years of working experience in the security industry and am competent in many of the areas offered under the Security WSQ system, can I be recognized for them?
Answer – Yes. A security officer may take the Assessment Only Pathway or Recognition of Prior Learning which may come in several forms such as a challenge test, interview or submission of a portfolio of evidence. If assessed competent, he would be certified and recognized for the competencies he applied.
Q4 – Is it possible to complete the qualification over any period of time?
Answer – Yes. The modular design of the Security WSQ allows the security officer to take up any modules at any time and accumulate the Statements of Attainment for all the necessary modules, before receiving the relevant certification at the end. The total period of time before attaining the qualification should not be more than 60 months.
Q5 – If I have been previously exempted from training in National Skills Recognition System (NSRS) by the SIRD, can I be exempted from taking the two licensing modules to attain the Certificate level qualification in the Security WSQ?
Answer – The exemption from taking the prerequisite WSQ/NSRS modules to meet licensing requirements for appointment as a security officer is laid down by SIRD’s licensing conditions. Under the Security WSQ, as long as the security officer attains the required core and elective units required for the Certificate level qualification, he will qualify for the full Security WSQ Certificate level qualification.
Q6 – What is the role of the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD)?
Answer – With effect from 2 April 2012, the Security Industry Regulatory Department (SIRD) and the Licensing Division in the Operations Department (Ops Licensing) have been merged to form the new Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD). The single merged regulatory department will allow for greater synergy and ensure greater consistency in the areas of policy formulation, licensing processes and enforcement actions across all the licensing regimes administered by the PLRD. This move will allow all SPF approved licenses currently administered by SIRD and Ops Licensing to be centralised under one department; providing a one-stop service for all licence applicants. The PLRD will administer and regulate the various licensing regimes, namely: public entertainment, liquor, massage establishments, second-hand goods dealers, private lotteries, house-to-house & street collections, arms & explosives and private security industry. To ensure the effective licensing and regulation of the various sectors under its purview, the PLRD will constantly keep abreast of developments in the sectors, formulate clear and consistent regulatory policies, set standards and requirements for the sectors and ensure compliance to them. In short, the PLRD aims to effectively regulate the sectors under the various licensing regimes in support of the Singapore Police Force’s mission.
Q7 – What is the role of the SkillsFuture Singapore(SSG)?
Answer – SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Education (MOE). It will drive and coordinate the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement, promote a culture and holistic system of lifelong learning through the pursuit of skills mastery, and strengthen the ecosystem of quality education and training in Singapore. SSG will strengthen the adult training infrastructure by taking on all existing functions of the Committee for Private Education (CPE) and the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) to enhance the capabilities and professionalism of adult educators. SSG will play a key role in the quality assurance for private education institutions and adult training centres. Together with educational institutions and training partners, SSG will ensure that students and working adults have access to high quality, industry-relevant training throughout life. SSG will also bring together synergies in continuing education and training (CET) and pre-employment training (PET), so skills requirements will continue to meet the demands of different sectors of the economy.
Q8 – Could I just take the Security WSQ Courses in order to qualify as a Security Officer?
Answer – To be a security officer, you need to obtain an approval and license from the Security Industry Regulatory Department (SIRD). Hence, we advise you to first obtain your approved license from SIRD if you have an intention to be a security officer. There could be opportunity cost of time and resources wasted if you decide to enroll for Security WSQ courses without obtaining your approved license from SIRD. Apply for Security Officer’s license by obtaining your sing-pass.
Q9 – Are directors entitled to SDF funding?
Answer – Employees of the company will be entitled to SDF funding. The grant is calculated based on the candidate’s educational level, salary range and age. Upon application by the applicant company, the grant amount will be determined and reflected for the ATO’s perusal.
*Companies are advised to submit their SDF application in www.skillsconnect.gov.sg at least 2 days before the course commences.
Go to https://www.police.gov.sg/e-services/apply/licenses-and-permits/private-security-industry/security-officer-licence for more details.