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Therapists from the regulated allied health professions (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech-Language Therapy) whose qualifications are not found on the List of Recognised Qualifications can take and pass the relevant Qualifying Examination (QE) to be eligible for Conditional Registration. Such therapists must first submit a registration application to the Council who will then advise on the applicant's eligibility to take the QE.

Prior to passing the QE and completing their registration with the Council, such applicants are not allowed to practise as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, or speech-language therapist in Singapore.

Purpose and Standards of the Qualifying Examinations

The QE is an assessment of the equivalency of the professional knowledge and skills expected of practitioners in the regulated professions in Singapore.

Eligibility Criteria for the Qualifying Examinations

To be eligible for the QE, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

a) Possess a degree qualification in the relevant discipline of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech-Language Therapy.

i) The entry requirement for the professional course must be A Levels or equivalent.

b) Have an employment offer to practice the profession in Singapore with an organisation who is able to meet the requirements stipulated in the Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014).

For the Speech-Language Therapy QE, candidates must first have met the ELP requirements before being allowed to enrol for the QE.

Candidates will only be allowed a maximum of two attempts to pass the QE.

Qualifying Examinations Schedule

The QE is administered by higher educational institutions in Singapore on behalf of the Council.  The following details the schedule of the upcoming QE:

Date of Examination Closing Date for Application Venue
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
17 - 18 Jan 2014 2 Dec 2013 Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
4 - 5 Apr 2014 24 Feb 2014 Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
11 - 12 Jul 2014 26 May 2014 Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
10 - 11 Oct 2014 25 Aug 2014 Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
Speech-Language Therapy

Written Examination

March/ April 2015

Viva Examination
March/ April 2015

13 Feb 2015 National University of Singapore (NUS)
Scope of the Qualifying Examinations

The scope of the QEs and the recommended reading lists may be found here:


The Council does not endorse or sanction any of the reading materials listed, and neither are the lists complete and comprehensive.

Application for the Qualifying Examination

a) Allied Health Professionals currently practising in Singapore

For Allied Health Professionals who are on Restricted Registration and are keen to take the QE,

  1. They should apply directly to the relevant examination provider in Singapore for the QE which they intend to sit for.
  2. The completed QE application form together with the relevant fees and a certified true copy of the Restricted Registration Certificate must be submitted directly to the examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.
  3. Contact information and the postal address for the examination provider can be found below.
  4. The examination provider will inform them on the venue, date, time and other instructions on the QE.


b) For Allied Health Professionals with no prior practice experience in Singapore

For this group of Allied Health Professionals who are keen to sit for the QE,

  1. They must first apply for registration with the Council.
  2. Upon initial review, they will be informed of their eligibility to sit for the QE.
  3. With the confirmation letter from the Council, they must then apply directly to the relevant examination provider in Singapore for the QE which they intend to sit for.
  4. The completed QE application form together with the relevant fees and a certified true copy of the confirmation letter from the Council must be submitted by the employer directly to the examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.
  5. Contact information and the postal address for the examination provider can be found below.
  6. The examination provider will inform them on the venue, date, time and other instructions on the QE.
  7. Upon receipt of the QE results, they must inform the Council and submit a copy of their results.
  8. The Council will then continue with the review of their applications for registration.

 

Note:

Only work done as an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, or Speech-Language Therapist will be considered professional practice experience.

For all such applications, the Council will hold the registration application for a period of at least 1 year from the date of the letter issued to the applicant advising of their eligibility to undertake the examinations to enable the applicant to fulfil the QE requirement. If the results are not received by the deadline stipulated in the letter, the applicant will need to submit a fresh application for registration with new application fees payable. 

Applicants in the speech-language therapy profession will be given approximately TWO(2) years to complete the QE in view of the annual examination frequency.

Examination Fees

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

The QE fee per candidate is SGD400 (including GST) for each sitting*.

a) For applicants with no prior practice experience in Singapore:

The application form together with the payment and a certified true copy of the confirmation letter from the AHPC to sit for the QE must be submitted by the employer to Nanyang Polytechnic 6 weeks before the QE.

b) For registrants on Restricted registration:

The application form together with the payment and a certified true copy of the Restricted Registration Certificate must be submitted by the employer/candidate to Nanyang Polytechnic 6 weeks before the QE.

The payment may be in the form of Singapore issued cheques or bank drafts in Singapore currency. Payment for the QE is to be made payable to "Nanyang Polytechnic" and sent to:

General Administration Officer
School of Health Sciences
Nanyang Polytechnic
Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 569830

*Please note that the application will not be processed until all fees are paid in full.  There shall be no refund in the event of non-attendance. The QE fees are under review, and may be revised upwards from January 2015.

For questions pertaining to the scope and format of the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy QE and submission of the QE application, please contact the following persons:

1. Ms Sheleen Aw
   
Lecturer/Occupational Therapy
    Email: Sheleen_AW@nyp.gov.sg
    Tel: (65) 6550 1441

2. Ms Bernadine Teng
    Senior Lecturer/Physiotherapy
    Email: Bernadine_TENG@nyp.gov.sg
    Tel: (65) 6550 1355

3. Ms Tan Pey Eng
    
Management Support Officer (Allied Health)
    Email: Tan_Pey_Eng@nyp.gov.sg
    Tel: (65) 65501316

Speech-Language Therapy

The QE examination consists of two parts: a written examination and an oral examination.

Please note that the fee for the qualifying examination is under review and will be revised upwards from January 2015. The acceptable modes of payment are credit/debit card, cheque, or bank draft.  For payment via cheque/bank draft, please make the cheque/bank draft payable to the "National University of Singapore" and indicate your name on the back of the cheque/bank draft.

Please send the completed application form together with payment and;

a) A certified true copy of the confirmation letter from the Council to sit for the QE (only for new registration applicants); OR
b) A certified true copy of the Restricted registration certificate from the Council.

before the closing date, to:

Ms Doris Yeo
SLT QE Examination Secretariat
c/o Division of Graduate Medical Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Block MD5, Level 3, 12 Medical Drive
Singapore 117598
Tel: (65) 65166740; Fax: (65) 67731462
Email: gsmycgd@nus.edu.sg

No refunds of the examination fee will be issued for withdrawals. 

Examination Frequency

The Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy QE are conducted 4 times a year in January, April, July and October.  The examinations are usually held on the 2nd Friday of the stated months and may be conducted over 2 days, Friday and Saturday. Candidates are expected to be present on both days if the examinations are conducted over 2 days.

The Speech-Language Therapy QE is conducted once a year between March and April. The written and oral examinations are conducted over 3 half days in total.

Examination Instructions to Candidates

Candidates sitting for the examination must be present at the stated venue at the stipulated time. 
Candidates will not be admitted into the examination venue 30 minutes after the commencement of the examination. 
Candidates must bring along their NRIC or passport as proof of identity.

Examination Results

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

Results are released 4 weeks after the QE. For candidates with no prior practice experience in Singapore, the examination provider will issue results to the employer and the Council. For candidates on Restricted registration, the examination provider will issue results to the candidate and the Council.

Speech-Language Therapy

Results for the QE will be released approximately 2 weeks after both the written and oral examinations are completed. For all candidates, the examination provider will issue the PASS/FAIL results to the candidates and the Council.

First-attempt candidates who fail the QE will be allowed to sit for a second(final) attempt.

The examination results are final and appeals will not be entertained.

Please note that successful completion of the QE does not guarantee a positive outcome of the registration application with the Council.  Any false declaration/documentation submitted by the applicant to the Council or the examination provider may render the QE results void and invalid.

Last Updated :  01 Jul 2014 10:35