Registering as a Professional Deputy
Professionals are required to pass a certification course and meet the following eligibility criteria to be registered as a professional deputy:
a) Being from one of the eligible classes of persons:
- Singapore Qualified Lawyers, admitted as Advocates and Solicitors under the Legal Profession
- 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.
Professionals attending the course should have the intention of providing the services of a professional deputy in his or her employment, or as part of the practice of his or her profession. Professional deputyship may require significant time commitment and will involve receiving professional fees. Therefore, interested professionals are strongly encouraged to notify their organisation of their intention to become professional deputies prior to signing up for the course.
The certification course is administered by the Singapore University of Social Sciences' Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (SUSS-CCPE) for professionals who intend to be registered and act as a professional deputy. The passing of this course is a prerequisite to be registered with OPG as a professional deputy. Professionals who pass the course will be invited to register 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/or property & affairs of a person who has lost mental capacity (known as 'P').
There are 3 separate modules available:
Module 1 is a compulsory module as it contains important information about the deputy's role and responsibilities. It 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 what is expected of a deputy when managing P's personal welfare and property & affairs matters.
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. This includes 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. This includes passing the relevant written examination.
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.
Course Dates & Fees
(i) GSP203 - General Principles of Deputyship
|1 March 2019 (9am - 5pm) & 2 March 2019 (9am - 1pm) |
|(ii) GSP205 - Personal Welfare
||8 March 2019 (9am - 3pm)|
|(iii) GSP204 - Property and Affairs
||9 March 2019 (9am - 3pm)|
|(iv) Written Examination
16 March 2019 (9am - 11am/12pm*)
*depending on number of modules taken.
SUSS Campus, 461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491
2. Fill in and email a scanned copy of the completed application form with all the supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 February 2019.
3. Successful applicants will be contacted by SUSS-CCPE office by 12 February 2019.
4. Course fee to be paid to SUSS-CCPE by 21 February 2019.
Terms & Conditions
1. Course fees are non-refundable.
2. Full attendance is required and deferment is not allowed.
3. Students are allowed to re-take the exam once at the next sitting without having to go through the course modules. However, if they fail a second time, they will have to go through the entire programme again (and pay the relevant fees) if they wish to re-sit the exam.