CPD Programmes

Adopt the Skills Framework to Design Curriculum and Courseware

Full Fee: S$2,140.00 w/GST

Programme Fees:

AEN Member: S$107.00 | Non-AEN Member: S$642.00 w/GST


AEN Member: S$107.00 | Non-AEN Member: S$642.00 w/GST

Permanent Resident

Others: S$2,140.00 w/GST


Continuing Professional Development


15 hours


Cynthia Lau (Ms)





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?


Challenging economic conditions, rising competition, and disruption from technological advances, have led to the drive for greater competitive advantage and increased productivity across 23 priority sectors in the Singapore economy. The Industry Transformation Map (ITM) is a national level masterplan launched in 2015 to address the skills gaps and develop competencies in vital areas. A core element of this masterplan, the Singapore Skills Framework (SFw) is an integral component within the ‘Jobs & Skills’ pillar, serving as a common skills reference framework to facilitate manpower skills development across priority sectors.

Learning and Development (L&D) professionals across Singapore need to be able to apply the SFw component documents such as career maps and skills maps to their work, especially when they are operating in industries where the ITM is implemented. Using the respective SFw component documents helps L&D professionals to identify skills gaps, and design and develop learning and assessment. L&D professionals operating in industries without the ITM implementation can still benefit from the knowledge and application of the SFw to significantly improve the productivity of front-end L&D activities like job mapping, skills analysis, and competency profiling exercises.

This intensive, hands-on workshop is a non-WSQ blended learning session, combining both real-time and asynchronous content delivery, and is designed to give learners a concise and comprehensive understanding of  the components and constructs of the SFw. L&D professionals will get the opportunity to explore and practice the application of SFw documents regardless of the sectors they are operating in, and learn how to shorten the ‘Analyse’ and ‘Design’ stages of curriculum and courseware design.

This programme is designed to allow learners to choose whether to embark on the ‘Facilitated Learning and Assessment’ pathway or the ‘Facilitated Learning’ pathway only. For the former, a Certificate of Competency will be awarded to those who have successfully completed the assessment requirements. Participants opting for this track will receive an additional hour of coaching, and will be assessed through the means of a case-study, written assignment, and face to face discussion with the assessor. Completion of this course, including the assessment components, carry a Credit Value (CV) of 1 CV. This achievement can be used to apply for credit exemption with M2: Adopt SFw for Professional Growth under the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), should the learner pursue the WSQ ACLP after completing this CPD programme.


What does it cover?


  • Be able to explain the purpose and intent of the Skills Framework (SFw), identifying the ways in which it can benefit learning designers
  • Be able to describe how the various components of the SFw are used in the design of learning programmes and activities
  • Be able to apply the SFw content and guidelines in designing learning programmes and activities, such as:
    • Determining the skill and performance requirements for a job role
    • Developing a simple curriculum outline
    • Performing competency mapping tasks
    • Developing learning outcomes which are aligned with performance requirements
  • Be able to identify and resolve misapplications of the purpose and usage of SFw in the process of learning design


Who is it suitable for?


  • Adult Education: individuals involved in learning design, curriculum development, learning facilitation, competency assessment, integration of learning technology, or those involved in consultancy and advisory services relating to business performance
  • Training Management: individuals involved in the management or support of learning programmes, systems and technology management and implementation, quality assurance of learning programmes, and business development


Fees & funding

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

Total programme fee


*Savvy September Privileged Price



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.  

Additional funding available, if applicable

Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset the selected programmes’ fees for self-sponsored registrations only.

Please note the submission period for your SFC claim via MySkillsFuture needs to be within 60 days before the course start date (date inclusive). If your course start date is more than 60 days from the date of SFC application, the SSG-SFC portal would reject your application. In this case, you would need to pay the full course fees at the end of your course application.


Request for withdrawal from a programme is subjected to review by IAL and the decision is final. IAL reserves the right to request for supporting document(s). A non-refundable administration fee of S$53.50 (inclusive of GST) is applicable for withdrawal request. If the withdrawal notice is given less than 2 weeks before the programme start date, the paid fees will not be refunded.

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)

Cynthia Lau (Ms)

Principal Learning Facilitator and Designer | Fastrek Learning Pte Ltd

Cynthia Lau is an energetic and enthusiastic facilitator who thrives on creating engaging, inspiring, and practical learning experiences. Her key focus is enabling organisations to achieve sustainable results and performance from learning. Since 1997, Cynthia has been involved in a broad spectrum of work such as capacity development of facilitators and trainers, development of training manuals for business and sales processes, and writing organisation-specific case studies. Her current work looks at:

·       Training of trainers, facilitators, and curriculum developers

·       Facilitating and developing leaders for innovation and change management

·       Developing workplace learning interventions

·       Facilitating employee engagement and growth mindset transformation

·       Providing career guidance to Adult Educators as an Adult Educator Career Advisor with the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), Singapore.

Cynthia has also worked as a curriculum consultant/facilitator for several public service reform training programmes for emerging economies such as Cambodia, Laos, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Her international experience also includes the training of participants from ASEAN, Australia, Africa, India, and the Dutch Caribbean.

Some of Cynthia’s past clients in Singapore include AVNet EM, Becton Dickinson BD Medical, Economic Development Board, Defence Science and Technology Agency, National Computer Systems, Singapore Police Force, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Symrise Asia Pacific, Vopak Singapore, and Zuellig Pharmaceuticals.

Cynthia holds a Masters in Education (Training & Development) from the University of Sheffield and a B.Soc Sc (Hons) in Sociology from the National University of Singapore. She also possesses a Certificate IV in Training and Development (Australia), an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), and a Diploma in Adult Continuing Education (DACE). Her professional certifications include Certified Professional Facilitator (International Association for Facilitators), Edward De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats, and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. She has been a Special Adult Educator (SAE) under the Adult Educator Professionalisation scheme since 2015.

Cynthia’s more recent professional certifications include the Advanced Certificate in Career Facilitation, ‘What Motivates Me Engagement Training’ Facilitator, and IAL Certified Workplace Learning Specialist.