Community Outreach and Support Services

In Conversation with AEs: Should I Become a Freelance AE?

Singaporean/PR: S$16.05 | Others: S$21.40 w/GST

AEN Member

Singaporean/PR: S$16.05 | Others: S$21.40 w/GST

Non-AEN Member

AE Career Advisory


7:00pm – 9:00pm


This is a fully online session conducted via ZOOM.  Participants can participate in the session from any venue of their convenience with a laptop / device that is compatible with ZOOM.  More details on participating in the session will be send to the confirmed registrants.


What is this programme about?


“The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.” Robert Pirsig

The idea of becoming a freelance Adult Educator (AE) can be exciting, rewarding yet daunting. It may be a potential career option for exploration to develop a business, fulfil personal aspiration and/or meet work-life arrangements. The motivation varies from individuals.

As potential freelance AEs plan and find a footing in this field, being aware of the nature of work, realities of being a freelance AE and its challenges are important. In this 2-hour session, the facilitators will relate their personal journey, share information on the current Training and Adult Education landscape, and facilitate a discussion to explore the readiness of individuals in becoming a freelance AE.


What does it cover?


This session aims to:

  • Offer perspectives to individuals who aspire to become freelance Adult Educator; and
  • Provide a platform to share information pertaining to Adult Educator landscape.


Who is it suitable for?


This session is meant for individuals who are considering becoming a freelance Adult Educator.


Fees & Funding

AEN Member Singaporean/PR Non-AEN Member Singaporean/PR Others

Total programme fee




The fee is inclusive of prevailing GST and subject to changes. 

AEN member rates are only applicable for Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents. Foreigners will not be entitled for AEN members rates regardless if he/she is an AEN member. To register for AEN membership, please click here.


Please proceed to make payment via eNets/credit card (VISA or MasterCard) at the end of the registration process. Kindly note that the system will automatically cancel the registration if full payment  has not been successfully processed by 11.59pm (Singapore Time) on the same day of the registration. You will have to reapply for the course, subject to availability of vacancy at the point of your re-registration.  

Rescheduling and withdrawal

Request for rescheduling and withdrawal will not be allowed for this programme. 

Corporate run

For dedicated corporate runs with a contract signed with IAL, billing and payment will follow the terms of the signed contract. Otherwise, payment would be expected upon registration.


About the speaker(s)

Clare Poon (Ms)

Adult Educator | Institute for Adult Learning

Ms Clare Poon is a freelance Adult Educator with the Institute for Adult Learning.  In her fifteen years of experience in the retail, healthcare and training industry, her work involves frontline retailing; deliver customer service programme locally and overseas; design and develop curriculum; conduct stand-up training; audit training programme; provide consultancy; facilitate workplace learning project; and provide career development guidance.  Clare enjoys meeting people and creating meaningful opportunities to enable learning.  Progressing from projects that revolve around the Workforce Skills Qualification, her recent focus is skewed toward workplace learning and career development facilitation.  Clare holds a degree in Master in Training and Development (MTD) from the Griffith University.  Professionally, she holds a Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) and Advanced Certificate in Career Development Facilitation (ACCDF) from the Institute of Adult Learning; and Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) from the Singapore Institute of Management.

Cynthia Lau (Ms)

Adult Educator | Institute for Adult Learning

Ms Cynthia Lau is best known for her ability to design and deliver engaging, results focused and practical learning experiences. Other than facilitating learning and organisation change, Cynthia has been involved a broad spectrum of capacity development projects ranging from developing workplace learning facilitators to training other trainers.

Cynthia’s unique combination of expertise in innovation, capacity development and learning design has also served her well as an international trainer/facilitator. She has worked as a consultant for the public service in reforming training programmes for emerging economies like Cambodia, Laos, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 

Cynthia holds a Masters in Education (Training & Development) from the University of Sheffield. Her more recent professional certification include ‘What Motivates Me Engagement Training’ Facilitator and the Certificate in Hope Action Theory. 

Patrina Loo (Ms)

Adult Educator

Ms Patrina Loo is an accomplished freelance Adult Educator (AE) in learning facilitation, coaching and consultation. Having worked with a diverse profile of learners both locally and overseas, she has designed and facilitated training in Service Excellence, Service Quality and Team Building. She engages with clients from a broad spectrum of industries to address training needs, design and contextualises programs to build capacities and sustain team performance. Known for her vibrant style of engaging learners, she is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences. Patrina's involvement with Institute of Adult Learning's (IAL) spans from initiatives in sectoral research and interventions in Learning and Performance Transformation (LPT), to enhance Continuous Education and Training (CET) effectiveness for the security and retail sector, to career development facilitation in support of Developing Freelance Adult Educators.

Patrina holds a Master in Training and Development (MTD) from Griffith's University, a Diploma in Adult and Continuous Education (DACE) and Advance Certificate in Career Development Facilitation (ACCDF) from IAL and Advance Certification in Training and Assessment (ACTA).

Kang Yam Lee (Mr)

Chief Learning Curator | The Flame Centre Pte Ltd

Kang Yam specialises in curriculum and instructional design, competency development and career coaching. Life in the training and development field brought him to many companies and countries in the Asia Pacific. KY has conducted workshops for companies such as First Data Corporation (China, Singapore and South Korea), Schneider Electric (China), Rio Tinto (Australia), Sabre Technology (India) and Swiss Re (Australia, China and Singapore). Kang Yam holds a Master of Business Administration (Strategy) from Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University and a 2nd Upper Honours in Economics, Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. He also has an Advanced Designing Learning Certificate by Association of Training and Development (ASTD) and is qualified to administer/interpret DISC Profiles. Kang Yam speaks English and conversational Mandarin.

Kris Loy (Ms)

Adult Educator

Kris Loy specialises in HR Development, Business Process Management, Business Development & Marketing in the retail, F&B and Hospitality sectors and has over 20 years of experience working with all levels within organisations in the field of Human Resource Development (including courseware design and development, training management, organisational learning, workplace learning and facilitation) at national and industry levels. In the last 12 years, she has worked closely with the retail industry in Singapore to support its people development needs by offering education and training programmes that help to enhanced their professional capabilities.

Kris holds a Master of Arts in Lifelong Learning from UCL-IOE, a Graduate Diploma in System Analysis from NUS-ISS, a Bachelor of Science in Management from UMIST, a Diploma in Marketing from Singapore Polytechnic and a Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education from IAL. She is also appointed as a SkillsFuture Mentor and Business Advisor to SMEs by SPRING Singapore and a certified Workplace Learning Specialist with IAL.