WSQ Specialist Diploma in Advanced Facilitation (SDAF)

Programme Fees:

S$ 1,380.30 w/GST


S$ 1,380.30 w/GST

Permanent Resident

S$ 4,601.00 w/GST




124.5 Hours




The WSQ Specialist Diploma in Advanced Facilitation (SDAF) is a competency-based specialist diploma programme. It provides learners with the skills and knowledge to design and facilitate learning and development to enable sustained and positive change, and gives them exposure and practice in facilitation for different contexts.

Though it is a Specialist Diploma, it covers both vertical and horizontal competencies, from facilitation skills and knowledge to professional branding. To enhance learners’ ability to use technology in training, the diploma requires learners to engage with learning technology throughout the programme.


Learning Outcome

In addition to acquiring basic training competencies, SDAF graduates will be able to:

  • Design and facilitate blended learning experiences that integrate classroom and online activities to enable effective and engaging learning experiences
  • Design and deliver facilitated sessions, lead professional development activities for organisational learning and capability building
  • Establish and refine their professional branding in the digital space to enhance value proposition and professional recognition.

Overall, SDAF graduates will possess deeper and broader facilitation skillsets that will enhance their professional credentials and enable them to distinguish themselves in the increasingly competitive CET sector.


Who Should Attend

SDAF is relevant for those who design and conduct WSQ and non-WSQ training, as well as facilitation interventions for organisations.

It is recommended for practicing Adult Educators who want to:

  • Deepen and expand their capabilities to design and deliver learning facilitation using a blended learning approach
  • Deploy process facilitation to enable sustained learning and change
  • Develop and refine professional branding in a digital age to enhance employability.


Modules & Schedule

SDAF comprises four modules and a total of 16 credit values. It takes approximately seven months to complete.

AF1(A): Facilitate Mindset Shifts for Impactful Change

Learners will acquire learning facilitation competencies, including the design and delivery of blended learning experiences that integrate classroom active learning approaches and facilitation strategies in a digital space.

AF2: Use Blended Learning to Deliver Effective Learning Facilitation

Learners will acquire process facilitation competencies, such as the design and delivery of facilitation intended to address desired outcomes scoped in consultation with stakeholders who commissioned the facilitation engagement. Facilitation skills and techniques that can be used to elicit optimal group participation will be introduced.

AF3: Use Process Facilitation to Achieve Desired Group Outcomes

Learners will undergo an online strengths profiling exercise and one-on-one coaching session to facilitate their development of learning intentions and clarify their desired vision as facilitation practitioners.

AF1 (B): Facilitate Mindset Shifts for Impactful Change

Learners will be introduced to concepts and tools that practitioners can use to surface values, beliefs, assumptions and potentially reframe them to optimise desired learning and change. SDAF learners will gain a deeper appreciation of the critical role that mindsets play in performance and how to facilitate reflection on the impact of mindset in supporting or inhibiting learning.

AF4: Brand Yourself for Professional Success in a Digital Age

Learners will discover the elements of a holistic career development plan and learn how to build professional credibility and visibility by establishing a professional identity and unique branding which showcases their skillsets for better marketability. Learners will also explore the use of online platforms and social media to showcase professional artefacts.


Delivery Mode

Learners will attend face-to-face classroom training for the designated hours for each module, supplemented by e-learning where appropriate. Throughout the programme, learners will:

  • Undertake directed e-learning prior or post classroom training to optimise learning
  • Engage in peer learning and a wide range of facilitated activities to deepen their application of knowledge
  • Engage with digital tools to augment delivery of learning
  • Receive one-on-one coaching from module facilitators for more targeted learning support
  • Receive and share feedback on their learning and application of skills during facilitated activities.
  • Dedicated module to professional branding

The following delivery formats will be applied:

  • Flipped classroom model

To optimise classroom learning time, SDAF is delivered partially through a flipped classroom model where learners are expected to complete e-learning prior to classroom training.

  • Strengths-based coaching to optimise individual performance

SDAF learners start their learning journey by undergoing a global online strengths profiling exercise. This will be followed by a one-to-one coaching session with a programme facilitator to clarify and align the learner’s strengths and passions to optimise the learner’s facilitation practice.

  • Integrated and authentic assessment

Assessment is integrated, with emphasis on real-world application through a practicum.

Learners are expected to bring their own laptops, tablets or mobile devices for training. All learning resources will be made available in the D2L learning management system for learners to download. No hardcopy notes will be provided.


AF 1 and AF 3 are assessed in an integrated manner and the rest of the modules are assessed independently.

Please note that the Personal Learning Journal is an assessment deliverable of AF1. However, learners will be required to input their reflections of their learning throughout AF1, AF2 and AF3. The Personal Learning Journal is assessed only upon completion of AF1(B).

Learners who are assessed to have fulfilled the competency standard requirements of AF1, AF2, AF3 and AF4 will be graded ‘Competent (C)’. Learners who have not fulfilled the competency standard requirements will be graded ‘Not Yet Competent (NYC)’.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed any version of WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), or WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) or an equivalent qualification
  • Is an experienced and active Adult Educator with facilitated training experience from the last three years. The type of training conducted should be targeted at professionals, managers and executives. Applicant should possess professional experience in instructional design and facilitation by deploying an active learning approach, reflection and continuous improvement of learning activities in an array of learning settings such as classroom, workplace and blended learning contexts.
  • Learners must secure a Practicum Host Organization (PHO) before they enrol in the programme. This PHO must allow the learner to conduct a scoping session to design and deliver a facilitated session that achieves stakeholder objectives
  • Possess effective verbal and written communication skills in English (possess workplace literacy skills at the proficiency level equivalent to level 7 stated in the Employability Skills WSQ framework)
  • Possess good working knowledge about technology and reasonable mastery of information and communication technology (ICT) skills to participate in independent e-learning.


Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made online through MyIAL e-services. 

2. Applicants are to ensure that they meet the entry requirements before proceeding to register for the course. 

3. Applicants should have the following ready before proceeding with the online application:

  • Documentary evidence of Level 7 literacy skills in the WSQ Employability Skills System (ESS), or minimum Grade B4 in GCE ‘O’ Level English
  • Completed  Self-Assessment (Word, 15KB)
  • #Documentary evidence to show training engagement by training organisation which can include e-mail correspondence, testimonial, training assignment contract etc
  • CV (with 2 character referees)
  • Write-up of the training(s) conducted in the last 3 years using the Template (Word, 94KB)
  • Video of training delivery with completed Application Form for Video Submission (Word, 18KB) [To be submitted upon IAL’s request after registration]
  • Completed and signed Letter of Consent (PDF, 64KB) by the organisation hosting your practicum i.e. Practicum Host Organisation (PHO)*

           # If the applicant has been awarded with the IAL AEP-AAE status, it can be referred to for meeting the following               item as this has already been verified by IAL as part of the AEP application process.                                                              The rest of the programme’s procedure remains applicable.  

* The PHO should be of a sizeable scale to accommodate the SDAF practicum requirements. As a guideline, there    should be at least one to two stakeholders whom the SDAF learner can engage to scope the deliverables of the    facilitation. The facilitation should also involve at least five learners (not including the facilitator).

4. IAL endeavours to inform applicants of the screening outcome within 5 working days upon receipt of the online application with completed documents and the video. Incomplete document submission(s) may lead to longer processing times or rejection of application.

5. Upon successful enrolment, applicants will receive a course confirmation email.

6. If the screening outcome is unsuccessful, the paid course fees will be refunded.



Fees & Funding

Funding Type Programme Fee

Full Programme Fee

S$ 4,601.00

Singaporeans / Permanent Residents

S$ 1,380.30


(After 70% subsidy) 

Singaporeans (40 years old and above)

S$ 520.30


(After Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy [MCES]) 

Singaporeans (35 years and above with average gross monthly income of S$ 2,000 and below)

S$ 305.30


(With Workfare Training Support [WTS] Scheme)

Programme fee covers training and assessment. The fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and subject to change. IAL reserves the right to amend this information without prior notice.

For full details on the available funding schemes, click here.

Payment Advisory


           For Self-Sponsored Registrations

  • You will be prompted for course payment at the end of the registration process.
  • IAL accepts payment through eNETS.
  • If you intend to use your SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) to offset the course fees, please submit your SFC claim separately at www.skillsfuture.sg/credit.

           For Company-Sponsored Registrations

  • Organisations sponsoring their employees will be prompted for course payment at the end of the registration process. Payments may be made through either of the following:
  1. Interbank GIRO / Bank Transfer - Please credit fees to CITIBANK NA, Bank Code 7214, Branch code 001, Account number 082-173-805-9. Please email the payment details including name, NRIC number and programme name to finance@ial.edu.sg.
  2. Cheque - Payable to “SUSS-IAL”. The cheque may be submitted or mailed to our office at 11 Eunos Road 8, #07-04 Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore 408601. Please email the payment details including name, NRIC number and programme name to finance@ial.edu.sg.
  • Payments for organisations running corporate run will be according to the contract. 

Registrations without payment will be automatically removed within 3 working days. Do note that if you are using SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) for partial course fee payment, your application for SFC will be cancelled if the balance payment is not made via MyIAL within 24 hours.


SDAF is intended to provide a progression pathway for ACTA and DACE graduates to deepen their training and facilitation skills. It provides practitioners with an avenue to develop specialised skillsets in facilitation design and delivery to enhance their value proposition and employability.

The strengths profiling is essential to enable SDAF learners to identify and develop a desired professional vision as an Adult Educator and facilitation practitioner. The profiling instrument and follow-up coaching process is designed to be fit-for-purpose for SDAF. All learners should undergo the process in its entirety for assessment purposes and to optimise their experience learning.

While the SDAF curriculum does absorb some of the facilitation modules in DACE 1st version, the SDAF modules have distinct competency standards that go beyond those covered in DACE 1st version. However, if you already hold a Statement of Attainment (SOA) for the DACE 1st version E6 (Use Facilitation Techniques for Group-based Learning) module, you may undertake an accelerated curriculum when completing AF3 Use Process Facilitation to Achieve Desired Group Outcomes.

If you do not have the necessary qualifications, IAL will channel you to the Workplace Proficiency Level (WPL) test and is prepared to administer a simple written diagnostic test to ascertain your suitability for the programme.

As SDAF is intended for active practitioners who can enrich the peer learning, it is essential that SDAF learners already possess a baseline competency in facilitation and preferably have ongoing facilitation engagements for just-in-time application of learning.

If you do not meet the prior training experience requirement, but are still keen to enrol for SDAF, it is recommended that you undergo a validation of your current facilitation competency. For the validation, you will be required to submit a video-recording of an actual training delivery (can be WSQ or non-WSQ) that you have completed in the last 3 years, lesson plan and other learning resources developed to support the delivery for IAL’s internal evaluation. This will be used as a proxy indicator of your facilitation capabilities to determine your suitability for enrolment into the programme.

Please contact us for more details.

AF4 is intended to enable active Adult Educators to develop and polish their professional branding with the view of enhancing employability. In the increasingly competitive market, it is essential that practitioners develop both their technical skill-sets in facilitation as well as develop their professional branding to build credibility in the industry.

Potential SDAF learners who are currently an employee would also benefit from the module as the competencies covered in this module are meant to be adaptable too for learning and development professionals in a position to influence the branding and substance behind their employer’s training and development strategies and activities.

To help you apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the modules, you are required to complete at least 12 hours of Practicum in a Practicum Host Organisation (PHO).

The PHO can be any business organisation, not necessarily a training organisation. You will be required to locate your own PHO to facilitate your practicum. As such, it will be helpful if you are already working in an organisation or have organisations ready to take you in for the Practicum. Alternatively, if you run your own training business, you may do your Practicum for a client of your company. However, you will need to seek agreement from a representative in the client organisation to act as your Practicum Host Co-ordinator.

During the course of the Practicum, IAL will provide a supervisor to monitor and assess your performance.

For more information, please refer to this presentation which you can share with prospective PHOs.

You are also to complete and get your PHO to sign a Letter of Consent before applying for the programme.

You are strongly discouraged from changing practicum host organisation mid-way during practicum as this will have an impact on your integrated assessment for AF1 and AF3 modules. In the event where there is a need to change your PHO, please inform your IAL supervisor immediately. This is to support you to complete the range of work activities according to the practicum contract.

No, enrolment into the SDAF programme is not automatic. As the assumed skills and knowledge required for the programme are pitched at a fairly high level, it will be necessary to ascertain if you possess the appropriate level of competency to complete the SDAF programme.

Advisory services to guide applicants on the necessary enrolment process are available.

SDAF is designed as a cohort-based programme to enrich the peer-learning and professional connections that could be forged as a result of undergoing a learning journey together. The modules are designed to scaffold the learning for optimal graduate outcomes and all modules should be taken in the prescribed sequence.

There are limited runs of SDAF per year due to the specific requirements of our target learner profile. We strongly recommend that you complete the required modules with the cohort that you are enrolled in. Deferment is granted only on a case-by-case basis and learners are required to complete the programme within three years. In cases of deferment, you will be required to complete any outstanding SDAF modules with the new cohort that you join.