Meet Occupational Progressive Wages (OPW) Training Requirements for Administrators and Drivers with WSQ Courses

Is your company hiring foreign staff and employing Singapore citizens/permanent residents (PRs) as drivers and/or administrators? Are you aware that these hires are required to attend a WSQ course to meet the mandatory training requirement under OPW?


What is OPW?

Occupational Progressive Wages (OPW) was developed by the National Wages Council (NWC) to improve workers’ skills, productivity, and minimum wages. Administrators and drivers fall under this OPW category and must undergo training (from WSQ or in-house courses) as an OPW requirement.   

From 1 March 2023, it is mandatory for companies to meet OPW requirements in order to renew existing work passes or apply for new work passes.

OPW Training Requirements for Administrators and Drivers

Employers must ensure that their Singapore citizens and PR administrators and drivers meet the OPW training requirements by attaining:

  • At least 1 Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) Statement of Attainment, with no restriction on which WSQ course can be taken; or
  • Completion of an in-house training program.

Who Does It Cover?

The OPW requirement covers all Singapore citizens and PRs who:

  • Work full-time or part-time in administrative or driving roles on a contract of service, and
  • Are employed by companies that hire foreign workers.

A grace period is given to employers to meet the OPW training requirements:

  • For new hires: six months from the new hire’s date of employment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The OPW, established by the National Wages Council is a three-tier career advancement structure for administrators and a two-tier career progression model for drivers.

Your company will be unable to apply for or renew the work passes of current employees.

You can refer to the OPW job descriptions on MOM's website to see if your employee’s job scope is covered.

For more information, please visit MOM's website.

Employers can conduct in-house training if they are an Approved Training Organisation (ATO). In-house training must also follow training objectives, modality, key tasks, and duration to meet training requirements.

For companies who do not possess the time or resources to conduct their own in-house training, they can opt for WSQ courses to meet OPW training requirements. Any WSQ course will qualify.

Info-Tech's WSQ courses are designed to equip workers with the solid foundation, up-to-date knowledge, and practical skills needed to perform in their roles. View our WSQ courses to know more.