Frequently Asked Questions
A. SkillsFuture Credit aims to encourage individual ownership of skills development and lifelong learning. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500 from January 2016. Your credit will not expire and the government will provide periodic top-ups, so you may accumulate your credit.
- Eligible Singaporeans 25 years old and above will receive a letter informing them of the activation of their SkillsFuture Credit Accounts in January 2016. It will include a booklet to explain where they can find the list of approved courses and how to use the credit.
- For Singaporeans turning 25 years old in subsequent years, they will receive their SkillsFuture Credit Account Activation letter by the first quarter of each year.
- For new Singapore citizens aged 25 years old and above, they will receive their SkillsFuture Credit Account Activation letter within a quarter after they receive their Singapore citizenship.
You may contact BIMLife University at firstname.lastname@example.org or +65 9017 9347. You are also required to apply in person at our Singapore Office. Please bring your NRIC, payment and other supporting documents stipulated on the course brochure to complete your course registration.
Many courses are already highly subsidized by the Singapore government to ensure that training costs are affordable. The credit can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies provided by the Singapore government. The government will make periodic top-ups to Singaporeans’ SkillsFuture Credit Accounts.
No. Please register for a course with a training provider first before submitting a claim. You will need your course details (e.g. course start date, course ID, training provider) before you can submit a claim.
No. The SkillsFuture Credit supports individual-initiated training. It is not intended to pay for training provided by employers, which should continue to be borne by your employer.
Employers need to invest in job-related skills training of their workers as we restructure towards more capital-intensive and skills-driven growth. We will continue to support the efforts of employers through the substantial subsidies that we provide for employer-supported training. The SkillsFuture Credit complements this by fostering a culture that is supportive of lifelong learning.
In addition, employers will not be eligible for absentee payroll support if they ask their employees to fund or co-fund the course fees.
No. You need to register the course directly with the training provider. You may contact BIMLife University at email@example.com or +65 9017 9347. You are also required to apply in person at our Singapore Office. Please bring your NRIC, payment and other supporting documents stipulated on the course brochure to complete your course registration.
Where possible, you should cancel your claim submission in the SkillsFuture Credit portal before the course start date.
If your course has started and you are unable to complete it, you will need to contact BIMLife University for information about the refund policy.
The full list of approved courses can be found at www.skillsfuture.sg/credit under the SkillsFuture Credit Course Directory from 20 November 2015 onwards.
The Government will make periodic top-ups to Singaporeans’ SkillsFuture Credit Accounts. No decisions have been made on the timing and quantum of the next top-up.
No, it will not expire and can be used throughout your lifetime. Your SkillsFuture Credit Account will only be closed upon death or annulment of your Singapore citizenship.
- Upgrade their professional skills in specific areas
- Pursue a set of skills for career advancement
- Use the modules successfully completed as a pathway to a degree
- Attain a post graduate professional certificate
- Learn for the pure quest for knowledge or to broaden your horizon
- Embrace lifelong learning as a recreational activity
- Develop interests to a professional level
CET modular courses can help you upgrade skills and knowledge in specific areas which will prepare you for the next phase of your career. For example, you are a BIM Modeler and the next position in your career is that of a BIM Manager. You may need to know managerial accounting. You can pick just that particular course which will give you the specific competence you need.
As BIMLife University is a university for professional working adults, to ensure relevance for our students, our courses are developed with input from the industry. Our course development process is rigorous to ensure academic quality. Our courses are also reviewed regularly to ensure its continued relevance. They also prepare you for the priority and growth sectors in Singapore’s economy such as: Construction, Building Information Management, ICT & Media, Smart and Sustainable Urban Solutions and Social Services.
- At least 18 years of age; and
- GCE ‘A’ level with two passes (prior to 2006) or two H2 passes (from 2006), or local polytechnic diploma; or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; SAT1 scores
- If not, at least 5 GCE ‘O’ Level & interview
- Specific programmes will have additional requirements.
- An undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution
- At least 21 years of age; and
- Have 2 years of full-time work experience, or have fully discharged full-time NS liability, or are currently employed on a full-time basis
- Specific programmes will have additional requirements.
- are Singapore Citizens (SCs); and
- are at least 21 years of age; and
- have 2 years of full-time work experience, or have fully discharged full-time National Service (NS) liability, or are currently employed on a full-time basis; and
- are enrolled as credit students.
- are not repeating the same undergraduate degree-level skills-based modular course. This excludes those who have previously received subsidies for the module as part of their full-time or part-time undergraduate degree programmes.
- Approved SkillsFuture modular courses: 55% of course fees
- Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (40 years and above): 60% of course fees payable
For more FAQs, please refer to www.skillsfuture/sg/credit/help.