Professionals are required to pass a certification course and meet the following eligibility criteria to be registered as a professional deputy
a) Being from one of the eligible classes of persons:
- Singapore Qualified Lawyers, admitted as Advocates and Solicitors under the Legal Profession Act; or
- Registered Public Accountants under the Accountants Act; or
- Registered Chartered Accountants under the Singapore Accountancy Commission Act (Cap. 294B); or
- Registered Medical Practitioners under the Medical Registration Act; or
- Registered Allied Health Professionals under the Allied Health Professions Act; or
- Registered Nurses under the Nurses & Midwives Act; or
- Registered Social Workers or Registered Social Service Practitioners with the Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board.
b) At least one Mental Capacity Act (MCA) case as a deputy or legal counsel, or practised in his profession for continuous period of at least 5 years.
c) Not a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt who is still on Official Assignee's records.
d) Good credit rating from Credit Bureau.
e) Not facing criminal proceedings or convicted of certain criminal offences involving moral turpitude, offences against persons, offences against public order and offences showing financial dishonesty.
f) Not facing or found liable in any civil proceedings for breach of fiduciary duties.
Interested professionals must have the intention of being a professional deputy, providing the services of a professional deputy in the course of his or her employment, or as part of the practice of his or her profession. Professional deputyship may require significant time commitment and will involve receiving professional fees. Therefore, interested professionals are strongly encouraged to notify their organizations on their intention to become professional deputies.
The certification course is administered by the Singapore University of Social Sciences’ Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (SUSS-CCPE) for professionals who intend to be registered and act as a professional deputy. The passing of this course is a prerequisite to being registered with OPG as a professional deputy. Professionals who pass the course will be invited to register as a professional deputy.
The course was developed to train professional deputies in discharging their legal obligations under a court order. The course consists of 3 modules, and aims to provide professionals with the knowledge and understanding to execute the roles of a professional deputy and to implement key decisions affecting the personal welfare and property & affairs of a person who has lost mental capacity (known as 'P').
There will be 3 separate modules available:
- Module 1 - General Principles of Deputyship (compulsory)
- Module 2 - Property & Affairs (PA)
- Module 3 - Personal Welfare (PW)
Module 1 is a compulsory module which will provide a brief introduction to the general principles of deputyship and the considerations a deputy has to apply before taking on deputyship, as well as when managing P's personal welfare and property & affairs matters. It contains important information about the deputy's role and responsibilities and what is expected of the deputy.
Module 2 equips candidates with the requisite knowledge in handling P's financial matters in a way that is consistent with and promotes the proper care and protection of P. Professionals who intend to be registered as a professional deputy with PA powers must complete Module 2, including passing the relevant written examination.
Module 3 provides an in-depth guide on how a deputy should manage for P's personal welfare to ensure that P's needs and preferences are met. Professionals who intend to be registered as a professional deputy with PW powers must complete Module 3, including passing the relevant written examination.
There will be a written examination at the end of the course to test candidates' knowledge and assess their suitability to be registered as professional deputies.
- For those taking 2 modules, the written examination will be 2 hours.
- For those taking all 3 modules, the written examination will be 3 hours.
Course Dates & Fees
(I) GSP203 - General Principles
of Deputyship (Compulsory)
14 August 2020 (9am – 5pm) &
15 August 2020
(9am – 1pm)
(II) GSP204 – Property and Affairs
21 August 2020 (9am – 3pm)
(III) GSP205 – Personal Welfare
22 August 2020 (9am – 3pm)
(IV) Written Examination
5 September 2020 (9am – 11am/12pm*)
[*depending on number of modules taken]
(V) Written Examination Re-Sit
3 October 2020 (9am – 11am/12pm*)
[*depending on number of modules taken]
- Course fee for 2 modules GSP203 + GSP204/GSP205, including exam fee: $1,200
- Course fee for all 3 modules GSP203 + GSP204 + GSP205, including exam fee: $1,680
- Re-examination fee only (only one re-take allowed at next sitting): $168
SUSS Campus, 461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491
We wish to inform that the Certification Course may be conducted online, if required. SUSS will inform all candidates if this happens.
1. Download the application form from www.suss.edu.sg/docs/default-source/contentdoc/ccpe/deputyship-signup-form.pdf
2. Fill in and email a scan copy of the completed application form with all the supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by 22 Jun 2020.
3. Successful applicants will be contacted by SUSS-CCPE office by 18 June 2020.
4. Course fee to be paid to SUSS-CCPE by 15 July 2020.
Terms & Conditions
For terms and conditions of the certification course, please refer to SUSS’ website at: www.suss.edu.sg/courses/types/certificate/professional-deputyship-programme.