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The WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) is a programme under Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications System (WSQ) Training and Adult Education framework. It is relevant to practising adult educators, and is a qualification requirement for Curriculum Developers of WSQ Approved Training Organisations (WSQ ATOs). DACE covers common training-related topics like assessment, curriculum development and instructional design, as well as other areas such as reflective practice and needs assessment. The programme also provides learners with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as e-learning and workplace learning.


Introducing DACE (2nd Version)

IAL has revised DACE and introduced DACE (2nd Version). The first cohort commences in October 2014. The revamped programme features greater emphasis on knowledge and skills required in curriculum design and courseware development.


Who will benefit from the programme?

  • Adult educators with a keen interest in learning and assessment design and development,
  • New and practising curriculum developers who need to design courseware within the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework,
  • Professionals from a wide range of industries with subject matter expertise in a specific domain (e.g. from retail to healthcare to manufacturing) who also take on instructional design and assessment design functions in their workplace.

Programme Aims

Learners will be able to:

  • Foster curriculum design sensibilities, and be able to access big-picture curriculum considerations before embarking on a courseware development assignment,
  • Be adept in a wide range of instructional strategies through knowledge and application of learning strategies for different types of knowledge and skills acquisition,
  • Craft valid and reliable assessment criteria and specifications and be competent assessment developers,
  • Develop as reflective practitioners who will continually engage in activities to professionally upgrade themselves,
  • Apply their learning in real-time workplace projects.
Graduates of DACE (2nd Version) will possess practical curriculum and instructional design knowledge and skills which enable them to design effective courseware that infuses technology where feasible, to meet the needs of the learners.
+  Features of DACE (2nd Version)

Practice- oriented

Learners will embark on a work-based assignment (practicum project) and will practice their design and development skills in the following areas:

  • Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
  • Curriculum Design
  • Courseware Development
  • Assessment Development

Engagement with technology in teaching and learning

Learners will be required to engage with technology by maintaining a reflective e-portfolio, submit assignments and participate in blended-learning experiences. Being exposed to various technologies will help learners stay up-to-date with current technologies and empower them to incorporate them into their own training programmes where appropriate.

Stronger content focus and reduced programme duration

Some modules have been updated and made more practical so that learners are able to apply what they learn to their work. For example, the ‘Review Competency-Based Training Approaches for Adult Workers’ (CBT) module is updated to reflect new developments in the vocational landscape, in Singapore and as well in countries like Australia and UK.

Certain modules have also been removed as they are sufficiently covered in other programmes such as Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), as well as the upcoming Specialist Diploma in Advanced Facilitation (SDAF) , thus shortening the duration of the revamped DACE.


Learners will be developing curriculum, courseware and assessment in a competency-based context.

+  Entry Requirements

Learners are required to possess the following:

  • Strong analytical and communication skills,
  • Completed WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA),
  • Learners must secure a Practicum Host Organization (PHO) before they enrol in the programme. This PHO must allow the learner to conduct a training needs analysis, and then use the training recommendations arising from the analysis to design and develop curriculum and courseware. For more information, please refer to this presentation which applicants can share with prospective PHOs.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in English with at least a B4 for English Language at ‘O’ levels or Workplace Literacy (WPL) skills at the proficiency level equivalent to level 7 and above as stated in the Employability Skills WSQ framework,
  • Good IT and research skills.

The following documents will need to be submitted alongside the application:

  • Completed and signed Letter of Consent by the organisation hosting your practicum i.e., Practicum Host Organisation (PHO),
  • Photocopy of NRIC,
  • Documentary evidence of Level 7 literacy skills in the Employability Skills WSQ framework or minimum Grade B4 in GCE ‘O’ Level English,
  • ACTA certificate.
+  Modules and Duration

DACE (2nd Version) will take approximately 12 months to complete. The following table lists the modules and number of training and assessment hours of the programme:

Core Modules
Module Module Name Training
Credit Value(s)
CM1 Develop Practice Through Reflection (RP) 9 1 1
CM2 Review Competency-Based Training Approaches for Adult Workers (CBT) 15 0.5 2
CM3 Conduct a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) 18 1 2
CM4 Develop Curriculum and Instruction for Adult Learning Programme (DCI) 69 1 7
CM5 Develop and Review Competency-based Assessment (AD) 35 1 4
Core Modules Total 146 4.5 16
Elective Tracks
(Select 1 out of 3 tracks)
ELECTIVE TRACK 1 (T1): Assessment and Evaluation (2 modules)
Module Module Name Training
Credit Value(s)
EM1 & EM2 Develop Assessment Tools 30 1 3
Evaluate an Adult Learning Programme 30 1 3
ELECTIVE TRACK 2 (T2): e-Learning (1 module)
Module Module Name Training
Credit Value(s)
EM3 Design and Develop an e-Learning Programme 56 1 6
ELECTIVE TRACK 3 (T3): Workplace Learning and Training (2 modules)
Module Module Name Training
Credit Value(s)
EM4 & EM5 Develop a Workplace Learning Plan 24 0.5 3
Develop an On-the-Job Training Programme 30 0.5 3
Elective Modules Total Between
54 - 60
1 - 2
(Core + Elective)
200 - 206
5.5 - 6.5
(Training + Assessment + at least 30 hours of Practicum)
At least 235.5 22


+  Mode of Training

Learners will attend face-to-face classroom training for the designated hours for each module, supplemented by technology where appropriate. During training, learners will:

  • Engage in discussions and a wide range of facilitated activities
  • Receive hands-on training on the use of technology tools
  • Gather evidence for their e-portfolio by taking photographs of the activities and records of discussions
  • Receive and share feedback on their learning and skills during facilitated activities
+  Mode of Assessment

Reflective practice (RP) will be assessed as the last module in DACE, so that learners will have the time and space to reflect on their learning journey by submitting their reflections through the e-portfolio throughout all the modules in DACE.

The assessments for the 3 modules [Training Needs and Analysis (TNA), Develop Curriculum and Instruction for Adult Learning Programme (DCI) & Develop and Review Competency-based Assessment (AD)] will be based on the project work done during practicum and learners are assessed by the practicum supervisor. This method of assessment allows the learners to demonstrate the application of knowledge from learning into practice in the real world.

  • The TNA practicum assignment will be assessed before the commencement of the DCI & AD modules.
  • The DCI & AD practicum assignment will be assessed in an integrated manner.

The rest of the modules will be assessed independently.

Learners who are evaluated to have fulfilled the competency standard requirements of the programme will be graded ‘Competent (C)’, ‘Competent with Merit (CM)’ or ‘Competent with Distinction (CD)’. Learners who have not fulfilled the competency standard requirements will be graded ‘Not Yet Competent (NYC)’

+  View Schedule

The three elective tracks available for DACE learners are EM1/2, EM3 and EM4/5.

Choice of Elective tracks have been tied with the intakes. If you would like to select your preferred choice of elective track, please refer to the detailed schedule(s) after selecting the Month range. IAL releases at least one DACE intake on a monthly basis. If your preferred choice of elective track is not available, you may await for the next release of intake.

Please view the available schedules here. Select “Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education” under “*Select Programme”.