The Mental Capacity (Registration of Professional Deputies) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 1 September 2018 allowing professional deputies to act for persons who lose mental capacity (known as 'P') for remuneration. Professional deputies must be unrelated to P.
The Professional Deputies and Donees (PDD) scheme aims to serve individuals, in particular elderly singles or childless elderly couples who may not have family members or close friends to rely on to be their proxy decision-makers.
Professionals registered under this scheme come from selected professional groups (i.e. lawyers, doctors, accountants, allied health professionals, nurses and social workers). Their role is an important one, in which the professional deputy must be prepared to make key decisions affecting P's property & affairs and/or personal welfare.
This course was developed to train professional deputies to discharge their legal obligations under a Court order. The course consists of 3 modules, and aims to provide professionals with the knowledge and understanding of their roles as professional deputies and to implement key decisions affecting the personal welfare and property & affairs of Ps.
Passing this course is a prerequisite to being registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) as a professional deputy. 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 organisations of their intentions to become professional deputies prior to signing up for the course.
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 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 to assess their suitability to be registered as professional deputies.
- For those taking 2 modules, the written examination will last 2 hours.
- For those taking all 3 modules, the written examination will last 3 hours.
In addition to passing the examination, the eligibility criteria to be registered as a professional deputy includes the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- Not a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt who is still on Official Assignee’s records.
- Good credit rating from Credit Bureau.
- 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.
- Not facing or found liable in any civil proceedings for breach of fiduciary duties.
|Module Code / Title||Course Date|
|GSP203 - General Principles of Deputyship (Compulsory)||1 March 2019 (9am - 5pm) & |
2 March 2019 (9am - 1pm)
|GSP205 - Personal Welfare||8 March 2019 (9am - 3pm)|
|GSP204 - Property and Affairs||9 March 2019 (9am - 3pm)|
|Written Examination||16 March 2019 (9am - 11am/12pm*)|
(*depending on number of modules taken)
- Course fee for 2 modules GSP203 + GSP204/GSP205, including exam fee: S$1,200
- Course fee for all 3 modules GSP203 + GSP204 + GSP205, including exam fee: S$1,680
- Exam fee only (upon failure of first exam; only one re-take allowed at next sitting): S$168
SUSS Campus, 463 Clementi Road, Singapore 599494
Dr Teo Poh Leng is currently with the S R Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences. She holds a doctorate in social work, a master’s in public policy, and a bachelor's degree (second class upper in social work) from the National University of Singapore. She has more than 20 years of social work experience. She has held leadership positions in a variety of settings that include marriage matters, rehabilitation of juvenile offenders and youths-at-risk, destitute persons, family and child protection and welfare, social research and elderly services.
- Download the application form.
- Fill in and email a scan copy of the completed application form with all the supporting documents to Y2V0QHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn by 1 February 2019.
- Successful applicants will be contacted by SUSS-CCPE office by 12 February 2019.
- Course fee to be paid to SUSS-CCPE by 21 February 2019.
- Course fees are non-refundable.
- Full attendance is required and deferment is not allowed.
- 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 for the exam.