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Applies to allied health professionals who have less than 1 year (as of 15 April 2013) or no prior professional practice experience in Singapore.  Conditional Registration requires an allied health professional to complete a period of supervised practice in an establishment/with an employer whose supervision systems and structures comply with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC)'s prevailing supervised practice guidelines. 

Eligibility Requirements

For allied health professionals who were already practising their profession in Singapore before 15 April 2013 and applied for registration on or before 14 April 2014:

Conditional registration (Pathway to Full registration)

(a) A basic/primary professional qualification that is found on the Lists of Recognised Qualifications; OR Passed the relevant Qualifying Examination (QE); AND

(b) Less than 1 year of professional practice experience in Singapore (e.g. as an Occupational Therapist, a Physiotherapist or Speech-Language Therapist) as at 15 April 2013; AND

(c) Currently employed to practice his profession in Singapore


Conditional registration (Pathway to Restricted registration)

(a) A basic/primary professional qualification that is not found on the Lists of Recognised Qualifications; OR Did not take or did not pass the relevant Qualifying Examination (QE); AND

(b) Less than 1 year of professional practice experience in Singapore (e.g. as an Occupational Therapist, a Physiotherapist or Speech-Language Therapist) as at 15 April 2013; AND

(c) Currently employed to practice his profession in Singapore


Restrictions imposed will depend on the individual's work experience, and postgraduate training and qualifications (if any).

For allied health professionals who have no professional practice experience in Singapore on or after 15 April 2013: 

Conditional registration (Pathway to Full registration)

(a) A basic/primary professional qualification that is found on the Lists of Recognised Qualifications; OR Passed the relevant Qualifying Examination (QE); AND

(b) Have an offer of employment from an employer/establishment that is able to provide supervision as stipulated by the AHPC


Important Note:
  1. Supervision requirements for Conditional registrants during the grace period (15 April 2013 to 14 April 2014) are stipulated in the document: Supervision Requirements (Grace Period).
  2. Applicants who apply for registration on or after 15 April 2014 must be employed by an establishment whose supervision system and structures comply with the AHPC's Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014).
Employment of therapists on Conditional registration

For therapists with no prior professional practice experience in Singapore seeking employment:

During the grace period (i.e. from 15 April 2013 - 14 April 2014), as long as the potential employer is able to provide the required supervision as stipulated in the document: Supervision Requirements (Grace Period), your application for registration will be considered. However, you must submit  Form SF2 (Undertaking by Supervisor) together with your registration application for your registration application to be considered complete.

With effect from 15 April 2014, you are advised to familiarise yourself with the AHPC's Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014) in making a decision on offers of employment as an allied health professional in Singapore.  Your application for registration may be rejected in the event that your potential employer/establishment is unable to comply with the requirements set out in the Guidelines.

During your conditional-registration period, you must notify the AHPC of any changes related to your employment, place of practice or supervisor(s) at least one month before the date of the intended change. The changes may not be supported if they do not meet the supervision requirements set out in the Guidelines. Further information on the procedure for notifying the AHPC of such changes is found here.

For employers/establishments that wish to employ therapists with no prior professional practice experience in Singapore:

During the grace period (i.e. from 15 April 2013 - 14 April 2014), organisations that have completed the Readiness Review and demonstrated their ability to provide the stipulated supervision under the Supervised Practice Framework may continue to hire new therapists. The new therapists are to be provided the required supervision as stipulated in the document: Supervision Requirements (Grace Period).

With effect from 15 April 2014, you must comply with the requirements set out in the AHPC's Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014) if you wish to employ therapists with no prior professional practice experience in Singapore as they will only be eligible for Conditional or Temporary registration.

If you have not completed the Readiness Review of your supervision systems and structures with the AHPC at the time of employment of such therapists (on or after 15 April 2014), you will have to do so at the same time that you submit the application for registration of the therapist.  This may cause delays in the processing of the therapist's registration application.

If you have already completed the Readiness Review with the Council, you will need to demonstrate that shortfalls identified (if any) during the review are rectified at the time of employment of such therapists.

The therapist's registration application will be returned if the potential employer/establishment is unable to meet the requirements set out in the Guidelines satisfactorily.

Supervised Practice Period for Conditional Registrants

The purpose of supervised practice under conditional registration is two-fold. Firstly, it is intended to support therapists’ assimilation and familiarisation with the local health and social care system and practices. Secondly, it allows for the performance assessment of therapists to determine if they had met the standards expected of fully registered therapists practising in Singapore.

The typical duration of the supervised practice period imposed for an allied health professional trained in Singapore or a Singaporean is 12 months of full- time practice.

The typical duration of the supervised practice period imposed for a foreign-trained allied health professional is 24 months of full- time practice.

The supervised practice period may be extended in the event of adverse supervision reports, or leave of absences of more than 1 month.

Part-time practice during Conditional Registration

Part-time practice during Conditional registration is allowed. However, the duration of the supervised practice period will be extended by 12 months, and the registrant is required to maintain a minimum of 20 hours of practice per week to meet the conditions of registration. The minimum hours of practice per week ensures that the purposes of the supervised practice under Conditional registration are met adequately.

A conditional registrant may apply for part-time practice at the point of registration application or any time during his supervised practice period, and the supervised practice period will be adjusted accordingly.

For new therapists (NYP Graduates) pursuing degree conversion 

NYP graduated students will need to be registered before starting to practice in the respective professions.  If you wish to pursue degree conversion within a year of graduation, you need to commit to work for a minimum period of 5 months prior to the commencement of your degree conversion programme in order for the AHPC to recognise this period of supervised practice.  You will need to complete the remaining period of supervised practice required when you return to practice upon completion of your degree programme. If your practising certificate has expired, you will need to apply for a new practising certificate before you start your practice again after you return from your degree conversion.

You do not need to apply for registration if you are not intending to practice your profession prior to the commencement of your degree conversion programme. You can apply for registration after you complete your degree conversion programme. However, you must be registered and have in force a practising certificate prior to starting work as a therapist.

More information on Conditional registration period for NYP graduates can be found here

For registration application requirements for 2014 NYP graduates, please refer to the following circular:

Circular Number: 1401 – C01

Circular Number: 1403 – C03

 

Last Updated :  27 Jun 2014 11:37