MOM WSH Courses Transition To WSQ Framework – How Should You Prepare?

Dear ATP/ATO Owner,

During the briefing at the MOM ATP 2016 Forum, it was announced that a total of 26 MOM WSH courses would be transferred over to the WSQ Framework. ATPs will have to obtain WDA’s organisation and course accreditation if they want to offer these courses. The specific dates for the transitions were not confirmed but they will be in stages, beginning in the first quarter of 2018.

List of MOM WSH Courses For Transition

2018 (1st Quarter):

  1. SSIC (General Trade)
  2. SSIC (Hot-Work Trade)
  3. SSIC (Painter Trade)
  4. Shipyard Supervisor Safety Course
  5. Formwork Safety Course for Worker
  6. SIC for Ship-Repair Manager
  7. Marine Metal Scaffolding for Scaffolders
  8. Marine Metal Scaffolding for Supervisors
  9. Shipyard Safety Assessor (Hot-Work Certification)

2018 (3rd Quarter):

  1. Metal Scaffold Erection Course
  2. Supervision of Metal Scaffold Erection Course
  3. Suspended Scaffold Rigger
  4. Suspended Scaffold Supervisor Course
  5. Formwork Safety Course for Supervisor
  6. Construction Safety Course for Project Managers
  7. Explosive Powered Tools

2019 (1st Quarter):

  1. SOC (Tunnelling)
  2. Manhole Safety Assessor
  3. Compressed Air Work (Manlock)
  4. Compressed Air Work (Medical Lock)
    21 WAH for Workers
  5. Managing Work-at-Heights (MWAH)
  6. WAH Train the Trainer Course
  7. Logistic & Transport SOC
  8. Occupational First Aid
  9. Workshop to enhance the safety of crane operators

These are tentative timelines. Notification of confirmed timelines will be issued to ATPs at least 9 months before the actual transition.

ATP Status Ending June 2017

MOM/WSHC stated that ATPs who had renewed their ATP status before 1 July 2015 would be given their renewal for the full 2-year period – ending their ATP status in 30 June 2017. After this date, these courses and ATP renewals will cease.

Instead, ATPs will be invited by WDA to the Call-For-Proposals (CFPs) for these transited courses. ATPs who become unsuccessful in the Call-For-Proposals will be terminated six months from the date of the announcement of the successful ATPs in the CFPs exercises.

Important Considerations For CFP Success

WDA’s selection of CFP candidates is based on a list of criteria and the most important among the list is the training organisation’s organisational capability and this refers to the WDA CIR system.

Here are some important actions to take to improve your chances in the CFP selection:

1. ATPs who are planning to continue to offer these WSH courses after June 2017 is advised to put in place their WDA CIR system that is required under the WSQ Frameworks. Evidence of an installed CIR system is a key requirement when submitting your Call-For-Proposals and it is also required for the ATO’s organisational accreditation and course accreditation – the WDA’s 2-stage accreditation process following successful CFP selection.

2. ATPs who are interested in conducting the first group of courses above have between now (March 2017) and the first quarter of 2018 to implement their WDA CIR system – about 9 months.

3. The CIR system implementation will take at least 10 weeks* but it usually takes longer since the ATP may need to consider availability of manpower for the implementation; restructuring of the organisation; reassignment of personnel to WSQ tasks; retraining; modify work processes; managing process gaps; carrying out internal audit and management review to meet the full CIR requirements in time for the CFP submission documentation.

4. In addition, the ATP, in submitting its CFP, would be better off showing real evidence not only of the installed CIR system, but also demonstrating the PDCA cycle over time (the longer the better). So, demonstration of the system on the courses that are independent of the CFP would count towards evidence of system implementation.

5. A 9-month duration for implementation is not exactly a very comfortable timeline, considering the time required for proper design of system, implementation, collection of data, analyses of information, taking corrective actions and demonstrating outcomes that are required in the CIR processes.

6. ATPs may want to note that the CIR is more demanding in various areas than the ISO 29990:2010 given WDA’s 7-year head-start in the CET field over the ISO 29990:2010 standard. Failure to meet any CIR criteria puts you at risk of failure in your CFP. This is an important consideration, especially for ATPs who have installed their ISO 29990:2010 and may be thinking that the ISO standard should be adequate in meeting the CIR criteria. They will not.

7. ATPs who have already installed their ISO 29990 system should not only consider setting up their CIR System but integrating them before the CFP, as this will strengthen their organisational capabilities and improve their chances in the CFP.

8. ATPs who are currently ATOs for courses already transited previously can also improve their future CFP chances by strengthening their system capability by integrating both the CIR and ISO 29990 processes.

“Appointed Training Organisations (ATOs) under the WSQ Framework are required to have strong and sound pedagogical knowledge and instructional design capability, and have the capacity to continually develop progressive adult training courses.” MOM’s Media Release (18 Jan 2017)

Putting your system in place will enable you to demonstrate this.

*(Note: system setup or integration can take anywhere between 8 weeks and 8 months or longer. Actual duration will be dependent on client’s requirements; and time and budget allocation.)