Becoming a WSQ ATO


Learners can apply up to 95% course fee funding.What is WSQ Approved Training Organisation (ATO)?
Any organisation that wishes to offer WSQ courses and is accredited by SSG to provide WSQ training and assessments is considered to be a WSQ ATO.

There are 3 types of WSQ ATOs:

  1. Public ATO refers to an institution that offers training to the general public, including corporate clients and/or
    public walk-ins.
  2. Public and in-house ATO refers to an institution that offers training to the general public and its own employees.
  3. In-house ATO refers to a company that conducts training for its own employees only.


As of end March 2014, there are 477 ATOs and 1,158,744 workers trained.
(Sourced: SSG Annual Report for the year 2014)


What are the WSQ ATO Application Process?
There are four steps to become WSQ Approved Training Organisation.

  1. Get your organisation approved (OA application)
  2. Get your courses accredited (CA application)
  3. Understand your roles and responsibilities
  4. Maintain and upkeep the standard through continuous improvement review



What are the Benefits of Being a WSQ ATO?
WSQ Approved training organisations (ATOs) are recognised as providers of quality assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications.

WSQ ATOs can:

1. Provide nationally recognised training

Only WSQ ATOs can deliver and/or assess WSQ courses and qualifications based on national standards developed by SSG in collaboration with various industries. Likewise, only WSQ ATOs can use the nationally recognised SSG and WSQ training logo on all qualifications and statements of attainment they issue.

The logo is a valuable marketing tool which signifies:

  • the training courses are accredited under the WSQ Framework
  • the qualifications issued are nationally recognised

This means learners will be confident the skills they attain are of a high quality and accepted and valued anywhere in Singapore.

2. WSQ courses are eligible for SDF funding

  • Funding for Individuals

Learners can apply up to 95% course fee funding. In addition to course fee subsidies, training allowance at $4.50 per hour is also available for Singapore Citizens aged 35 years and above with earning  $1,900/month under the Workfare Training Support scheme.

For more information on Funding for Individuals, click here.

  • Funding for Employer-Based Funding

Employer is able to get course fee funding up to 95% and absentee payroll funding up to 95% of hourly basic salary.

For more information on Funding for Employer-Based Training, click here.


What are the Additional Benefits of Being an In-House ATO?
Not all in-house ATO are training centres or schools. Many organisations and corporations whose core business is not training choose to become an ATO to deliver nationally recognised training to their employees.

In-House ATO can:

  • Train staff at convenient times

Deliver training at times and places suited to its schedules

  • Customise training to meet specific needs

Through sets of nationally recognised competency standards for specific industry or sector, organisation chooses what new skills the employee gains by providing training that delivers practical skills relevant to its industry. It can also contextualise the training content to increase employee skills and productivity in response to its specific business needs and market conditions.

  • Reduce training cost

Internal delivery of training can reduce costs by removing the profit margin that exists with the hiring of external training providers. Furthermore, organisation may be able to get government funding such as Course Fee funding and Absentee Payroll funding to help meet training costs.

  • Reduce recruitment costs

Offering employees nationally accredited training will enhance the reputation of a business as an employer of choice. This will assist in recruiting staff. In addition, it also sends out a clear message to employees that the organisation is dedicated to staff training and development and it value them enough to invest in them, hence improving loyalty and staff retention, which in turn, retention is a saving to the organisation.


Why is it Important to have a Structured and Systematic set of Systems and Capabilities in Place?
Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) is conducted at least once every 2 years to evaluate ATO’s WSQ management, operations, and internal quality assurance systems and practices. The results of CIR will determine ATO’s continuation in or exit out of WSQ system.



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