Allied Health Professionals

Q1. I am currently practicing as an allied health professional in another country. However, I would like to work in Singapore. How do I know if my professional qualifications meet Singapore's requisite standards?

Q2. I was informed that the Ministry of Health was implementing qualifying examinations for foreign allied health professionals. Do the qualifying examinations apply to all allied health professions?

 

Qualifying Examinations and Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Radiation Therapists, Radiographers and Speech Therapists

Q3. I already have a job offer in Singapore. How do I apply for the qualifying examinations?

Q4. What is the format of the qualifying examinations?

Q5. What will I be assessed on in the qualifying examinations?

Q6. Will I be able to sit for the examinations again if I do not pass the first time?

Q7. Are there examination fees payable?

Q8. When are the qualifying examinations conducted?

 

Foreign Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Radiation Therapists, Radiographers and Speech Therapists already working in Singapore

Q9. I am already working in Singapore as an allied health professional. Will I have to sit for the qualifying examinations?

Q10. I am currently already employed locally as an allied health professional in one of the 4 identified allied health profession, and am interested to sit for the qualifying examinations. How can I apply for the qualifying examinations?

 

Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Radiation Therapists, Radiographers and Speech Therapists who are members of local allied health associations in Singapore

Q11. I am currently a member of an allied health professional association in Singapore but am not working in Singapore. Do I need to sit for the qualifying examinations if I have a job offer in Singapore lined up?

Q12. I do not have a job offer, but am currently a member of a local allied health professional association. Can I apply to sit for the QE?

 

Therapy Aides and Assistants

Q13. I have a job offer to work as a therapy aide / assistant in Singapore. Do I have to sit for the qualifying examinations?

Q14. I am currently already employed as a therapy aide / assistant. Do I have to sit for the qualifying examinations if I am to be re-designated as a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist?

 

Employers of Allied Health Professionals

Q15. I would like to bring in foreign allied health professionals to provide allied health services in my organization. Where do I submit the S pass or employment pass application?

 

Qualifying Examinations and Foreign Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Radiation Therapists, Radiographers and Speech Therapists

Q16. If my potential employee is required to sit for the qualifying examinations, what do I need to do?

 

Private Non-Medical Establishments

Q17. I am currently operating a non-medical establishment e.g. Spa, wellness centre, and I need to hire AHPs e.g. dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, in the provision of services to my clients. Would qualifying exams apply to my potential employees if they are foreign-trained?

 

 

Q1. I am currently practicing as an allied health professional in another country. However, I would like to work in Singapore. How do I know if my professional qualifications meet Singapore's requisite standards?

Firstly, you have to be assessed by an employer in Singapore to have the necessary experience and skills, and offered a job in Singapore. Your employer would then make a work pass application to the Ministry of Manpower. Your professional credentials and qualification would be evaluated as part of the work pass application, and you will be subsequently advised through your employer on the outcomes of the work pass application.


If you are applying for work in one of the regulated professions of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech Therapy, you should register with the Allied Health Professions Council through your prospective employer in Singapore. Please refer to the Allied Health Professions Council website for more details.

 

Q2. I was informed that the Ministry of Health was implementing qualifying examinations for foreign allied health professionals. Do the qualifying examinations apply to all allied health professions?

No. The qualifying examinations only apply to occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiation therapists, radiographers and speech therapists. For other allied health professionals, the professional credentials and qualifications will also be assessed on submission of your work pass application by your employer to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Your employer will be subsequently informed on the outcome of the work pass application by MOM.

Q3. I already have a job offer in Singapore. How do I apply for the qualifying examinations (QE)?

Registration for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Therapists has started on 15 April 2013 and all therapists in these regulated professions will need to register with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).The Council will assess all applications for registration, and determine the registration status of applicants and whether the applicant would be required to sit for the qualifying examinations (QE). For more information, please refer to the section on qualifying examinations on the Allied Health Professions Council website.

For Diagnostic Radiographers and Radiation Therapists, your employer will submit a work pass application to the Ministry of Manpower. Your professional credentials and qualification would be evaluated as part of the work pass application, and you will be subsequently advised through your employer on the outcomes of the work pass application.

If you are required to sit for the QE, the application for the QE will have to be made directly to Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Health Sciences at least one month before the date of the examinations. Applications may be submitted by you or your employer with the endorsement of your employer.

For more information on the QE, please visit the Nanyang Polytechnic Qualifying Examinations Administration webpage.

 

Q4. What is the format of the qualifying examinations?

Details and format of the Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy exams can be accessed at the Nanyang Polytechnic Qualifying Examinations webpage.

Details and format of the Speech Therapy exam can be accessed at the Allied Health Professions Council Qualifying Examinations webpage.

Q5. What will I be assessed on in the qualifying examinations?

Details and format of the Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy examinations can be accessed at the Nanyang Polytechnic Qualifying Examinations webpage.


The scope of the Speech Therapy exam is available at the Allied Health Professions Council Qualifying Examinations webpage.

Q6. Will I be able to sit for the examinations again if I do not pass the first time?

Yes. All candidates are allowed a maximum of 2 attempts to pass the examinations.

 

Q7. Are there examination fees payable?

Yes. There are examination fees payable to Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). You will find more information on the examination fees at the NYP Qualifying Examinations Administration and the AHPC Qualifying Examinations webpages.

 

Q8. When are the qualifying examinations conducted?

You will find the examination dates for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy  at the Nanyang Polytechnic Qualifying Examinations Administration webpage and for Speech Therapy at the Allied Health Professions Council Qualifying Examinations webpage.

 

Q9. I am already working in Singapore as an allied health professional. Will I have to sit for the qualifying examinations?

The qualifying examinations apply to foreign allied health professionals who are applying to work in Singapore for the first time or for allied health professions who are on Restricted registration with the Allied Health Professions Council

As of 1st October 2006, all allied health professionals will only be employed on S-pass or employment pass (EP). If you are currently holding a work permit (WP), you are required to convert your work permit to an S-pass / EP in order to continue to work as a diagnostic radiographer or radiation therapist in Singapore latest by your next WP renewal. Your employer will be required to make an application to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for the conversion of your work permit to S-Pass or EP, and your credentials and qualifications would be evaluated as part of the application.

We advise for your S-Pass / EP application to be submitted by your employer as early as possible and preferably before your work permit renewal to ensure ample time for you to register and pass the QE should there be a need to do so for the S-Pass / EP application.

For more information on work pass applications, please refer to the MOM website.

For allied health professions who are on Restricted registration with the Allied Health Professions Council and are keen to take the QE, they should apply directly to the relevant examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.

 

Q10. I am currently already employed locally as an allied health professional in one of the 54 identified allied health professions, and am interested to sit for the qualifying examinations. How can I apply for the qualifying examinations?

Unless you are renewing an existing work permit or converting it to an S-Pass / employment pass, you will not be eligible for the qualifying examinations.

For allied health professions who are on Restricted registration with the Allied Health Professions Council and are keen to take the QE, they should apply directly to the relevant examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.

 

Q11. I am currently a member of an allied health professional association in Singapore but am not working in Singapore. Do I need to sit for the qualifying examinations if I have a job offer in Singapore lined up?

It depends on your qualification. If your qualification is approved by MOH, you will not need to take the Qualifying Exam (QE). However, if your qualification is not from an approved school and you intend to work in Singapore, you will have to take the QE. For diagnostic radiographers and radiation therapists, your professional credentials and qualification would be evaluated as part of the work pass application, and you will be subsequently advised through your employer on the outcome of the work pass application.

From 15 April 2013, the Ministry of Health will be regulating occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech therapists governed by the Allied Health Professions Act. The Allied Health Professions Council, the regulatory body, will assess all applications for registration, and determine the registration status of applicants. The Council will then advise formally whether the applicant would be required to sit for the QE.

 

Q12. I do not have a job offer, but am currently a member of a local allied health professional association. Can I apply to sit for the QE?

No. You can only apply for the qualifying examinations if you already have a job offer to practice in Singapore. The application form has to be signed by your employer as well.

 

Q13. I have a job offer to work as a therapy aide / assistant in Singapore. Do I have to sit for the qualifying examinations?

No. The examinations only apply to persons who have job offers to work as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiation therapists, radiographers and speech therapists.

 

Q14. I am currently already employed as a therapy aide / assistant. Do I have to sit for the qualifying examinations if I am to be re-designated as a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist?

Yes. Therapy assistants / aides currently working in Singapore have to sit and pass the qualifying examinations if their professional qualifications are not from schools approved by MOH and are:

a) changing their work passes to work as physiotherapists or occupational therapists, or

b) re-designated to work as physiotherapists or occupational therapists.

From 15 April 2013, the Ministry of Health will be regulating occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech therapists governed by the Allied Health Professions Act. The Allied Health Professions Council, the regulatory body, will assess all applications for registration, and determine the registration status of applicants. The Council will then advise formally whether the applicant would be required to sit for the QE.

Q15. I would like to bring in foreign allied health professionals to provide allied health services in my organization. Where do I submit the S pass or employment pass application?

From 15 April 2013, the Ministry of Health began regulating occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech therapists governed by the Allied Health Professions Act. Prospective employers must ensure that their foreign allied health professions are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council, the regulatory body, before applying for the work pass and commencing work.

The work pass (S-Pass or EP) application must be submitted to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for assessment and processing.

For non-regulated profeesions,the professional credentials and qualification of your potential employee would be evaluated as part of the work pass application. You will be subsequently informed by MOM on the outcome of the work pass application.

 

Q16. If my potential employee is required to sit for the qualifying examinations, what do I need to do?

Registration for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Therapists started on 15 April 2013 and all therapists in these regulated professions will need to register with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).The Council will assess all applications for registration, and determine the registration status of applicants and whether the applicant would be required to sit for the qualifying examinations (QE). For more information, please refer to the section on qualifying examinations on the Allied Health Professions Council website

For occupational therapy, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy, the examinations will be conducted by the School of Health Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. All applications for the qualifying examinations and payment of examination fees should be made directly to Polytechnic at least one month before the date of the examinations.

You or your potential employee may apply to the School of Health Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic for the examinations. However, applications made by your potential employee will not be accepted without your endorsement.

For more information on the Qualifying Examinations, please visit the Nanyang Polytechnic Qualifying Examinations Administration or Allied Health Professions Council Qualifying Examination webpages.

 

Q17. I am currently operating a non-medical establishment e.g. Spa, wellness centre, and I need to hire AHPs e.g. dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, in the provision of services to my clients. Would qualifying exams apply to my potential employees if they are foreign-trained?

Yes. Registration for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Therapists started on 15 April 2013 and all therapists in these regulated professions will need to register with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).The Council will assess all applications for registration, and determine the registration status of applicants and whether the applicant would be required to sit for the qualifying examinations (QE). For more information, please refer to the section on qualifying examinations on the Allied Health Professions Council website

For non-regulated professions (e.g dietitians) the qualifications and credentials of all such professionals will be assessed when work pass applications are made with MOM to work as allied health professionals in Singapore, regardless of their place or sector of practice. MOM will inform employers of the outcome of the work pass applications.