Social Service: PCP for Social Workers
Reskill your competencies to take on new jobs
Accurate as of 26 Jan 2021
Please refer to ‘Contact Details’ below on how to apply for this Programme.
What is it?

Registration for the 2021 intake has closed. Please look out for updates in December 2021 for following intakes.

Objectives of the Programme

WSG has partnered the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) to offer the Professional Conversion Programme for Social Workers (PCP SW) to support mid-career individuals in acquiring knowledge and skills needed to become qualified Social Workers.

Eligible applicants must be selected by a participating employer in order to be selected for the Programme. With this arrangement, trainees can gain valuable experience while studying, and the practicum sessions will enable trainees to be effective in their respective fields upon graduation.

There are two part-time courses offered under PCP SW - Accelerated Bachelor of Social Work and Graduate Diploma of Social Work.

Benefits and Opportunities

The PCP SW offers a myriad of opportunities as Social Workers and Medical Social Workers are highly sought after in organisations such as hospitals, family service centres, special education schools, youth centres and sheltered homes. Social workers perform various job roles beyond direct practice, for instance, administrative, management and policy planning roles.  Social Workers also serve diverse profiles of people such as persons with disabilities, children, low-income households, persons with addictions and mental illnesses, as well as many others, making their job a challenging yet fulfilling one.

Newly graduated Social Workers can potentially draw a starting salary of approximately $3,500. For current salary guidelines for Social Workers, please refer to Upon successful completion of the entire programme, graduates may apply for accreditation with the Singapore Association of Social Workers.

For more information about the Professional Conversion Programme for Social Workers (PCP SW) 2021 intake, please download the Infokit for reference.

Who can apply?

General PCP Eligibility Criteria:

The trainee should:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident;
  • 21 years old and above;
  • Have at least 2 years’ full-time working experience (excluding NS) 

In order to qualify for the 24-month Accelerated Bachelor of Social Work (ABSWK), applicants must be non-degree holders with:

  • GCE 'A' Level with two passes (prior to 2007) or two H2 Passes (from 2007); or
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma/NUS High School Diploma/SSI Diploma in Social Service; or
  • Any other equivalent.

Applicants with acceptable SAT score may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

In order to qualify for the 18-month Graduate Diploma of Social Work (GDSWK), applicants must possess a non-social work undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. 

How does it work?

Application and Selection Process

The table below details the timeline of the application, screening and enrolment process for the PCP-SW Jul 2021 intake. Dates provided are indicative and may be subject to changes.

Details Time-frame

Application Period

The online application portal opens from 4 Dec 2020, and closes on 4 Jan 2021 (11.59pm).

PCP Application Link:

Participating Employers for PCPSW 2021 intake

  • Brahm Centre Ltd
  • Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore)
  • Calvary Community Care
  • Catholic Welfare Services
  • CampusImpact
  • Caritas Singapore
  • En Community Services Society
  • Jia Ying Community Services Society
  • Kampong Kapor Community Services
  • Lutheran Community Care Services Ltd
  • Montfort Care
  • New Hope Community Services
  • PERTAPIS Education and Welfare Centre
  • Teen Challenge Singapore
  • Youth Guidance Outreach Services
  • Changi General Hospital
  • National Skin Centre
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Note: Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early as we are unable to accommodate any late or incomplete submissions.

4 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021(11.59pm)

Virtual Career Preview for PCP SW 2021 Intake

  • Information session to provide individuals with more details on PCP SW
  • Individuals will also have an opportunity to hear graduates share about their learning and working experiences under the programme and find out more about what the employers are looking for in a PCP SW candidate

Virtual Career Preview Registration Link

Note: Registration closes on 10 Dec 2020 (10am)

11 Dec 2020

Networking Session with Participating Employers

  • Networking session for applicants to find out more about the participating employers
  • Employers will also use this session for shortlisting of applicants

This session is strictly for applicants only. No registration is needed.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the safety and well-being of everyone, please note that there will not be any physical networking session this year. The networking session will instead be organised in smaller sessions and hosted directly by the participating employers. The sessions will be held daily on weekdays via the Zoom platform from Friday, 22 January 2021 to Monday, 1 February 2021.

Due to resource and scheduling constraints, only participating employers who are available during this period will take part in the networking sessions. We regret that only shortlisted applicants whose preferred employers are taking part in the networking sessions will be invited through email for the sessions.

For applicants whose preferred employers are not taking part in the networking sessions, please be assured that your applications will still be considered, and you will be invited for interviews if you are shortlisted.

Thank you for your understanding.

Jan 2021

Screening Phase by Employers

  • Participating employers screen the applications and shortlist applicants for interviews
  • Applicants who secure provisional offers from participating employers must apply and enrol into the respective courses at SUSS by 31 Mar 2021.
By 31 Mar 2021
Screening Phase by SUSS Apr – May 2021
Confirmation of PCP SW 2021 Trainees Jun 2021

Signing of Deeds

Trainees to sign respective employment contract and agreements with employers
Jun – Jul 2021
Class Commencement Jul 2021


Contact details

For enquiries, please contact:

Workforce Singapore

1 Paya Lebar Link

#08-08 Paya Lebar Quarter 2

Singapore 408533



Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

461 Clementi Road

Singapore 599491


Accelerated Bachelor of Social Work/ Graduate Diploma of Social Work

Tel: 6248 9777