CPD Programmes

Designing Assessments for Training Outcomes under the Skills Framework (SFw) – An Introduction

Programme Fees:

S$0.00 w/GST

AEN Member

Singaporean/PR: S$96.30 | Others: S$321.00 w/GST

Non-AEN Member

Ives Tay (Mr)


3 hours


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.




Participants are encouraged to bring along (if possible) a copy of their own/self-developed/organisation's assessment plan/tool for evaluation and improvement during the workshop.


What is this programme about?


Accreditation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Adult Education courses is a way of ensuring content is delivered and skills are acquired and developed at a consistent level. However, many trainers, assessors, and curriculum developers struggle when tasked with designing a suitable Assessment Plan, whether because of lack of training or difficulties designing real assessments for actual use. Accredited Assessment Plans  provide the assurance that an individual who has completed a training session or qualification has the knowledge and capabilities related to that course at an appropriate level. This accreditation, within either the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework or the Skills Framework (SFw), comes from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and requires a rigorous approach to assessment with regard to training outcomes. 

Learn how to design innovative competency-based assessments which satisfy the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence which address SSG’s course accreditation requirements. By exploring and discussing the nature and requirements of assessment, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to design an Assessment Plan which contains all of the necessary tools and instructions for gathering and interpreting evidence as required for SSG accreditation.

In this interactive three-hour workshop, you will be walked through the step-by-step guide:


  • What is an assessment tool?
  • The principles of assessment
  • The rules of evidence
  • The context of SSG course accreditation/approval/proposal requirements
  • Four steps to quality assessment tools

Step 1 – Clarifying the evidence requirements

  • Picturing competence
  • Examining the benchmarks
  • Confirming the evidence requirements
  • Identifying your candidates

Step 2 – Select appropriate assessment methods

  • How will you gather the evidence?
  • Considering your candidates’ needs
  • Who will collect the evidence?
  • Where will you gather the evidence?
  • When will you gather the evidence?

Step 3 – Design and develop assessment tools

  • Fit for purpose
  • Instructions for candidates and assessors
  • Tools for direct observation
  • Tools for structured assessment activities
  • Tools for questioning
  • Self‑evaluation tools
  • Knowledge‑based tests
  • Tools for evidence compiled by the candidates
  • Tools for reviewing products
  • Tools for third‑party feedback

Step 4 – Test, refine and review your tools

Through a mixture of discussions and case studies, you will explore this approach in order to better understand the nature of assessment as it relates to SSG accreditation. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the facilitator, Mr Ives Tay, who previously led WSQ Course Accreditation teams in WDA (now SSG) before moving on to consult for Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) on WSQ matters, including development of curriculum and quality audit preparation. 


What does it cover?


By the end of this programme, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of an Assessment Plan and SSG course accreditation requirements
  • Be able to apply the four steps to developing a quality assessment plan:

            o   Clarify the evidence requirements

            o   Select appropriate assessment methods

            o   Design and develop assessment tools

            o   Test, refine, and review the assessment plan

  • Be able to evaluate and improve upon existing assessment plans


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.

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

Total programme fee




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About the speaker

Ives Tay (Mr)

Specialist Adult Educator – Curriculum Development | Institute for Adult Learning


Ives Tay (Mr) is a key architect and influencer of the national Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) and Skills Framework (SFw) systems, having spent seven years as Principal Manager of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), now Skillsfuture Singapore (SSG) where he led quality teams in regulating Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and their courses.


He went on to become Adjunct Faculty with the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL). Here, he worked on building the capabilities of aspiring and in-service trainers, assessors, curriculum developers, and quality assurance managers.


He is highly regarded in the industry and continues to be consulted by schools, training providers, companies, professional organisations, and regulatory bodies on learning and quality matters.


Ives graduated with Masters degrees in HRD and Training from the University of Leicester.