What is AEP?


The Adult Education Professionalisation (AEP) initiative is a step forward in creating a strong, dynamic and forward-looking Adult Education profession in Singapore. AEP aims to advance the professional standards and identity of Adult Educators as professionals recognised for both pedagogical and professional excellence.

To raise the quality and professionalism of the Training and Adult Education sector, it is important that we enable Adult Educators to continue to deepen their professional skills, and to be recognised for their mastery of skills. This is particulary so, in view of the crucial role that Adult Educators play in supporting the national SkillsFuture movement to impart knowledge and skills to our workforce.


The Adult Education Fellows


On the 24th of October 2017, SkillsFuture Singapore has accorded the highest award of Adult Education Fellow (AEF) to five Adult Education professionals who set the benchmark for quality and excellence, and who serve as role models to the Training and Adult Education sector. The graduation ceremony was officiated by Senior Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information, Dr Janil Puthucheary.

To view who they are, click here.


Who is it for?


ALL Adult Educators (not just trainers of WSQ programmes) who want to develop their Adult Education careers are eligible to apply for AEP.


How does it work?


AEP confers professional recognition to Adult Educators. Participation in AEP is voluntary and Adult Educators who meet the entry requirements will be recognised as an Associate Adult Educator (AAE) or Specialist Adult Educator (SAE), depending on their skills mastery and area of specialisation. The highest recognition will be that of an Adult Education Fellow (AEF), which is invitation-based or by nomination only, based on the Adult Educator's achievements and contributions.


How will I benefit?


The Benefits

  • Job and practice engagement opportunities to deepen and enhance your practice as an Adult Educator;
  • Exclusive professional development opportunities such as overseas study tours and company hosted visits;
  • Networking opportunities within the professional community.

The Recognition

  • Professional recognition of your experience, quality and strength as an Adult Educator;
  • Display your professional titles on name cards and in email signatures; and
  • Increased visibility of your public profile where your AEP status and specialisation will be published on IAL website.

Eligibility for SkillsFuture Study Awards

As an Adult Educator recognised under AEP, you are eligible to apply for the SkillsFuture Study Award for the Training and Adult Education sector to propel skills deepening. The monetary award of $5,000 can be used to defray out-of-pocket expenses with a course of your choice relevant to your work.

To find out more, visit www.skillsfuture.sg/studyawards.


How can I apply?



 AEP Entry Requirements: Click here (PDF, 0.3MB)

To Apply:

Application as an Associate Adult Educator (AAE) or Specialist Adult Educator (SAE) will require you to provide evidence of the following:

  • Relevant professional pedagogical qualification;
  • Practice hours and currency; and
  • Performance references.

Depending on your area of specialisation, application as a SAE can be in curriculum development or facilitation.


How do I renew?


AEP Renewal Requirements: Click here (PDF, 0.2MB)


To ensure that AEPs continue to maintain quality in their Adult Education practice, a continual review of status will be conducted on a three-yearly basis. Renewal of AEP status will require you to provide evidence of the following:

  • Continued practice hours with currency; and
  • Clocking of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.


AEP Renewal Declaration Form: Click here (Word, 0.1MB)


AEP maintains a list of Learning Programmes recognised for CPD renewal requirements. AAEs and SAEs are encouraged to refer to the programmes listed here.

Programmes outside the list will be evaluated for eligibility using the following criteria:

  • Aligned to the competency areas under the Skills Framework for Training and Adult Education, addressing new and emerging skills needs and developing vertical and horizontal competencies spanning across the three job categories in Adult Education, Training Management, and Human Capital Management.
  • Formal (Certifiable/Assessable) or Informal (non-Certifiable/non-Assessable). Formal programmes are typically assessable and lead to qualifications or certifications. Informal programmes are typically non-assessable and do not lead to any qualification or certifications. Examples would include Special Interest Groups/Communities of Practice, Professional Events such as Conferences and Symposiums and Continuing Professional Development workshops.