Training Requirements of OPW

I would like to gather information on the training requirements for Occupational Progressive Wages (OPW) and how companies are acting on this as well as what the accepted practices are.

Dear HR Community

With regards to Occupational Progressive Wages (OPW) training requirements, employers must ensure that their Singapore citizen and PR administrators and drivers meet the OPW training requirements by attaining:

– At least 1 Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) Statement of Attainment, with no restriction on which WSQ course can be taken; or
– An in-house training programme.

I consider allowing employees to choose their ideal course at a cap amount as I observed that the course fees vary a lot.

I have enquired with MOM and MOM replied that there is no restriction but encouraged the employer to discuss with workers to reach an agreement on the course to be taken.

I have also checked with our trade union and they also have no comment but the Industrial Officer mentioned that we may select a few courses for employees to choose from and then also allow the employee to counter-propose their training needs.

I would like to gather information on how companies are acting on the above. Is this the accepted practice for OPW training?

We are in the construction industry.

Thank you in advance for your views.


Is this the accepted practice for OPW training?

Yes: 14.29%

No: 14.29

Maybe: 14.29

Not Sure: 57.14%


In general, the affected employees should be sent for job-related training to equip them with the skills needed to carry out their job functions. This has been clearly stated on the MOM website. – Chew

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