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Certification Course

This certification course is for professionals who intend to be registered and act as a professional deputy. The passing of this course is a prerequisite to being registered with OPG as a professional deputy.

The course was developed to train professional deputies in discharging their legal obligations under a court order. The course consists of 3 modules, and aims to provide professionals with the knowledge and understanding to execute the roles of a professional deputy and to implement key decisions affecting the personal welfare and property & affairs of a person who has lost mental capacity (known as 'P'). 

Course Modules
 
​​​There will be 3 separate modules available: 
  • Module 1 - General Principles of Deputyship ​(compulsory)
  • ​Module 2 - Property & Affairs (PA)
  • Module 3 - Personal Welfare (PW)

Module 1 is a compulsory module which will provide a brief introduction to the general principles of deputyship and the considerations a deputy has to apply before taking on deputyship, as well as when managing P's personal welfare and property & affairs matters. It contains important information about the deputy's role and responsibilities and what is expected of the deputy.

Module 2 equips candidates with the requisite knowledge in handling P's financial matters in a way that is consistent with and promotes the proper care and protection of P. Professionals who intend to be registered as a professional deputy with PA powers must complete Module 2, including passing the relevant written examination. 

Module 3 provides an in-depth guide on how a deputy should manage for P's personal welfare to ensure that P's needs and preferences are met. Professionals who intend to be registered as a professional deputy with PW powers must complete Module 3, including passing the relevant written examination. 

Assessment

There will be a written examination at the end of the course to test candidates' knowledge and assess their suitability to be registered as professional deputies. 
  • For those taking 2 modules, the written examination will be 2 hours.
  • ​For those taking all 3 modules, the written examination will be 3 hours.

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to passing the examination, the eligibility criteria to be registered as a professional deputy includes the following -

           a) Being from one of the eligible classes of persons:
                    - Singapore Qualified Lawyers, admitted as Advocates and Solicitors under the Legal Profession
                      Act; or 
                    - Registered Public Accountants under the Accountants Act; or
                    - Registered Chartered Accountants under the Singapore Accountancy Commission Act 
                      (Cap. 294B); or 
                    - Registered Medical Practitioners under the Medical Registration Act; or 
                    - Registered Allied Health Professionals under the Allied Health Professions Act; or 
                    - Registered Nurses under the Nurses & Midwives Act; or 
                    - Registered Social Workers or Registered Social Service Practitioners with the Social Work 
                      Accreditation and Advisory Board. 
 
           b) At least one Mental Capacity Act (MCA) case as a deputy or legal counsel, or practised in his 
               profession for continuous period of at least 5 years. 

           c) Not a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt who is still on Official Assignee's records. 

           d) Good credit rating from Credit Bureau.

           e) Not facing criminal proceedings or convicted of certain criminal offences involving moral turpitude,
               offences against persons, offences against public order and offences showing financial dishonesty.

           f) Not facing or found liable in any civil proceedings for breach of fiduciary duties. 


The first run of the certification course has concluded. Information on the second run of the certification course will be shared in due course.
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