Professional Deputyship Programme
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 Professional Deputyship Programme

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament on 14 March 2016 to better protect those who lack mental capacity (known as 'P'). One of the key amendments was the introduction of professional deputies, who are unrelated to P and can provide deputyship services for remuneration. There is an increasing number of elderly singles or childless elderly couples, who may not have family members or close friends to rely on to be their proxy decision-makers. Hence, these professional deputies are intended to address this emerging trend. 

The role of a professional deputy is an important one, in which the professional deputy must be prepared to make key decisions affecting P’s property & affairs and personal welfare. 

This programme 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 Ps. 

This programme 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.


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:
  1. ​​​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. 
  2. ​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. 
  3. Not a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt who is still on Official Assignee’s records. 
  4. Good credit rating from Credit Bureau. 
  5. 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.
  6. Not facing or found liable in any civil proceedings for breach of fiduciary duties.


Course Dates & Fees

​​​Module Code / Title ​Course Date​
​​GSP203 - General Principles of Deputyship​ (Compulsory) ​6 July 2018 (9am - 5pm) &
7 July 2018 (9am - 1pm)
​​GSP205 - Personal Welfare ​13 July 2018 (9am - 3pm)
​​GSP204 - Property and Affairs ​​14 July 2018 (9am - 3pm)​
​​Written Examination ​​21 July 2018 (9am - 11am/12pm*)
(*depending on number of modules taken)
​Fees:
  • 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
 

Venue

SUSS Campus, 463 Clementi Road, Singapore 599494​


Teaching Associates

Patrick TanPatrick Tan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Law Corporation. His areas of practice include wealth management and private client matters such as trusts, asset protection and preservation, setting up of family offices, wills and probate. 

Patrick is a Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths, a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, as well as an accredited Associate Mediator, appointed by the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Primary Dispute Resolution Centre of the State Courts of Singapore. He also currently serves as a Volunteer Mediator for Small Claims Tribunal, State Courts of Singapore as well as the State Courts-SMC panel of mediators for the Volunteer Mediator Programme (Magistrate Complaints). In addition, Patrick also serves as the Legal advisor for the Singapore Estate Agents Association. Some of Patrick’s professional appointments includes sitting as a member of the Inquiry Panel and the Investigative Tribunal of the Law Society of Singapore, and as a member of the Probate Practice and Succession Planning Committee of the Law Society of Singapore.


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.​



Application Process 

  1. Download the application form​. 
  2. Fill in and email a scan copy of the completed application form with all the supporting documents to cet@suss.edu.sg by 10 June 2018. 
  3. Successful applicants will be contacted by SUSS-CCPE office by 15 June 2018
  4. Course fee to be paid to SUSS-CCPE by 22 June 2018.


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 for the exam.
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