New Singapore accreditation scheme for organisations that certify professionals

Various professionals in Singapore, from business consultants to welders, receive certificates that recognise their skills in the chosen field.

Now, a new scheme will ensure that the bodies which hand out those certificates are themselves of high quality and adhere to international standards.

The accreditation scheme for personnel certification will be administered by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC), which is managed under the aegis of Spring Singapore, the national accreditation body.

"To recognise the competence of individuals in their respective fields, certification programmes are already in place for a wide range of professions," said SAC chairman Renny Yeo in a statement on Wednesday.

"With the new Accreditation Scheme for Personnel Certification, there will be greater assurance of the credibility of the certifications given by personnel certification bodies."

To achieve accreditation by SAC, a personnel certification body needs to satisfy various criteria that address the structure and governance of the certification body, its quality management system, as well as the characteristics of the certification programme it operates.

The certification programme must also undergo continuous quality review and improvement.