How to Start a Private Education Institution in Singapore

Start Your Own Private Education Institution in Singapore for $395

Committee for Private Education (CPE) protects student welfare and quality of education
Private School Minimum Paid-up Capital = 100K
Established Learning Infrastructure and Social Stability in Singapore
Good demand for Both Academic and Vocational/Skills-based Courses in Singapore

Potential Abounds for Singapore's Education Industry

Human capital is considered Singapore’s most valuable asset, and Singaporeans from all walks of life hold education in high esteem, not only because of the traditional prestigiousness associated with being well-educated, but also for its indispensible role in improving social mobility. The country’s well-regulated public and private education sectors, as well as its overall social stability, has given its education industry a strong backing, attracting operators from many different regions to set up both academic and skills training schools. The government’s recent push for lifelong active learning for senior citizens, reskilling of adult workforce and better accessibility to pre-school education has opened up even more possibilities in expanding different sectors of the country’s education industry.

Private Education in Singapore

Schools offering private education are business entities that must be registered on Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) before proceeding to obtain other required licences and permits. They are classified into four general categories:

Child Care Centres

Child Care Centres are licensed by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), under the Child Care Centres Act (Cap. 37A) and Regulations. They, at any one time,  care for and supervise more than 5 children, aged 7 and above.

Preschools/Kindergartens

Preschools/Kindergartens also fall under the supervision of ECDA. They consist of nursery, kindergarten 1, and kindergarten 2 , providing a structured 3-year pre-primary education for children aged 3 – 6.

Academic Schools

Academic Schools are registered with both Ministry of Education (MOE) and Council for Private Education (CPE). They offer formal education and structured courses that lead to certificates, diplomas or degrees.

Non-academic Schools

Non-academic Schools do not have to be registered with any regulatory authority, other than ACRA, to offer courses. They provide practical and hands-on training in different skills, such as cooking, dance, hairdressing and sports.

VentureHaven will not only get your private school incorporated in Singapore but also assist you to procure all necessary permits and credentials to make your education venture a success.

Legitimacy and Quality Supervision

To protect the interests of students and also the country’s reputation as global education hub, Singapore enforces strictly the obligations and requirements of private schools through several government-affiliated agencies.

Committee for Private Education

Under the Private Education Act, the Committee for Private Education (CPE) was appointed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to regulate Singapore’s private education sector so as to upkeep and improve its quality. Private Education Institutions (PEIs) offering full-time programmes leading to a degree, diploma, certification or external examination are required to register with CPE under the Enhanced Registration Framework.

EduTrust

Introduced by the Ministry of Education, EduTrust is a quality certification scheme in Singapore to further strengthen the regulation of the private education sector. Based on their various strengths and weaknesses, PEIs earn awards of 1 or 4 years, the 4-year EduTrust Star being the ultimate mark of recognition for a school that excels in all key areas of management and the provision of quality education services. Students and parents and other stakeholders are able to evaluate a private institution’s performance based on its EduTrust rating.

Singapore Quality Class (SQC) Certification

A school that earns an SQC certification joins other national organisations that have attained a high level of performance in education and business excellence. Leadership, strategic planning, administrative efficiency, staff and student welfare and development are key attributes in the evaluation framework.

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