Singapore CPD Accreditation

Established in 1996, The CPD Certification Service is the world's leading and largest CPD accreditation service. With over 35,000 CPD providers, courses and events and more than 27 years’ experience, we advise organisations on how to become CPD accredited for training courses and events. 

CPD accreditation in Singapore

Becoming a CPD accredited training provider in Singapore means the training and events that you offer have reached an industry recognised standard for Continuing Professional Development. The CPD Certification Service are the world’s leading CPD accreditation organisation that can assess your learning activities to ensure compatibility for Continuing Professional Development requirements.

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuing Professional Development is a commitment to ongoing lifelong learning. CPD identifies opportunities to learn something new, refresh existing knowledge, improve skills, or simply keep up-to-date with the latest developments within a profession or industry.

In practice, CPD can mean everything from completing training courses or attending educational conferences or events, studying online or going to workshops and seminars to learn new aspects of a job.

Continuing Professional Development enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive, helping individuals to log and record their increasing skills, knowledge and experience gained throughout their career. 

International growth of CPD

Institutional bodies and associations across the world recognise the need for a structured approach to learning following completion of formal education.

At its beginning, Continuing Professional Development was established by a number of established UK professional bodies in the 1980s for key industries such as medical and healthcare, finance, engineering, architecture and law.

In more recent decades, CPD has continued to grow with international globalisation and the ease of new learning technologies in distance and online education.

More and more countries are adopting and encouraging CPD as the concept for professional learning within their remit as a recognised international benchmark. 

The role of CPD in Singapore

Continuing Professional Development is highly regarded in Singapore as the government have implemented various structures to encourage professionals within Singapore to complete CPD and ensure individuals meet the international standards to stay up-to-date with industry developments.

Intro to CPD in Singapore

The common terminology relating to Continuing Professional Development in Singapore reflects the standard terminology used in UK, which includes:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Professional Development (PD)
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Continuing Professional Development hours (CPD hours)
  • Continuing Professional Development points (CPD points) 

Singapore CPD Annual Requirements

Singapore has different annual Continuing Professional Development requirements for professionals in various industries, and some examples of CPD requirements can be found below.

CPD in Education

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) was introduced to improve the early development sector in Singapore. While there are no official requirements regarding CPD, Continuing Professional Development is highly regarded by the ECDA and educators are strongly encouraged to participate in a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year.

CPD for Lawyers in Singapore

The Law Society of Singapore regulates the Continuing Professional Development policies within the legal industry in Singapore.

Practicing law in Singapore automatically enters you into The Law Society and you are expected to complete annual CPD requirements.

The Law Society have also introduced a CPD year, which runs from 1 January to 31 December – this is the period where members of The Law Society are expected to complete their allotted CPD.

The amount of CPD required ranges from 4 to 16 per year depending on experience and whether you are Singaporean or foreign.

More experienced lawyers are required to complete less CPD, while new lawyers and foreign practitioners are required to complete more CPD. 

CPD for Healthcare practitioners

Medical CPD is approved by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). To renew a medical license in Singapore, practitioners must complete a minimum of 50 CPD hours/points every year.

Registered nurses in Singapore are required to complete a minimum of 20 CPD hours or points per year, with CPD activities for nurses being approved by the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB).

For Pharmacists in Singapore and as mandated by the Singapore Pharmacy Council (SPC) to maintain high standards within the profession, pharmacists in Singapore are required to earn a minimum of 20 CPD hours points per year. 

CPD for Accountants in Singapore

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in Singapore are required to complete a minimum of 120 CPD hours over a 3-year period, that is overseen by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).

CPD requirements for Architects and Real Estate Agents in Singapore

Architects in Singapore are required to earn a minimum of 20 CPD points per year that can be earned through attending courses, seminars and conferences approved by the Board of Architects (BOA).

The Council for Estate Agents (CEA) have made it so real estate agents in Singapore are required to complete a minimum of 6 CPD points per year.  

What can be CPD accredited?

Continuing Professional Development accreditation covers a wide range of different learning methods. Our Assessments team review thousands of CPD courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and events every year.

Training Courses

CPD training courses are the most well-known method of completing Continuing Professional Development, vary in length and will often be specific to one subject or offer skills in a particular area of industry


Seminars are a type of short course and typically only a few hours long up to one day. CPD seminars provide an opportunity to focus on a subject matter in detail, conducted in group settings with interactive discussion, to allow individuals to contribute leading to a better retention of knowledge.


CPD workshops are interactive educational group sessions are and similar to seminars, but with a few differences. CPD workshops are less theoretical and tend to offer a more hands-on, practical skills approach to learning.


Webinars are online learning held virtually and attended by an online audience. Often, the main objective of a CPD webinar is to educate and inform professionals in a short and concise manner about new and relevant information.


There are number of different forms of learning that can be considered CPD events. CPD events includes conferences held at venues that may include keynote sessions and breakout learning by topic. Seminars and workshops may also feature as part of wider CPD events.

Online Courses

Online CPD courses are an increasingly popular method of learning, and offer convenience and affordability, in that there is no need to attend an in-person event and course materials can be shared free online.

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Increase bookings for your accredited training

One of the main reasons organisations look to obtain CPD training accreditation is to increase delegate bookings. With over 450 professionals bodies in the UK requiring CPD from their members, accredited CPD providers are able to meet more of the right audience to increase training bookings and event attendance. Training accreditation provides increased appeal and helps develop new & existing client relationships. Becoming an accredited CPD provider with the leading independent UK institution adds significant endorsement for your organisation and greater profile recognition that your training meets the industry- recognised standards.

Marketing support for our accredited CPD providers

The CPD Service provides different membership levels to suit your training accreditation needs and budget. Membership levels are determined by an initial FREE consultation resulting in recommendations for your most effective routes to market. Accredited CPD providers are able to utilise key features of membership which help to support business, marketing and training objectives.

  • Review and advise on organisational CPD requirements
  • Training Accreditation of courses & events, from 1 – 250+ activities a year
  • Licence to use CPD Member logo on company marketing materials
  • CPD Certified symbol on approved CPD course materials
  • Presence in CPD Providers Directory for user validation and searching
  • All accredited training courses listed in the Course Catalogue
  • Ability to publicise certified events on CPD Event Calendar
  • Full administration of delegate CPD certificates post activity

Stand out more from your competitors

Training accreditation allows you to present your knowledge as an industry experts and distinguish from your competitors. Becoming an accredited CPD provider with the UK leading and most recognised association helps organisations to create discernible competitive advantage from others in your market. Create new opportunities with a professionally recognised way to display your industry expertise. Obtain new clients and increase your training and events sales revenue.

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The majority of our customers ask whether our courses are CPD approved and recognise the importance of having courses reviewed by The CPD Certification Service.

ME Learning

Membership of the CPD Certification Service shows our commitment to excellence and to providing CPD for our staff.

Imperial College London

As the market leader in our field, we believe we have the most comprehensive range of CPD certified training courses and seminars available all of which are fundamental to our ongoing marketing strategy.

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