FAQ - Professional Development and Management Programme 


Eligibility Criteria

Which professions qualify for the Professional Development and Management Programme (PDMP)? 

The PDMP is open to Social Workers, Therapists(Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists)  , Psychologists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teachers and other staff, including those performing administrative and corporate functions.

How many years of working experience in the sector would an applicant be considered for nomination? 

 The recommended guideline is three to seven years of working experience in the sector.

Must psychologists and counsellors be registered with their respective professional bodies to qualify for the PDMP? 

No, they do not. However, they must provide the number of supervised practice and client contact hours they have achieved to date and submit any supporting documents. With this information, the panel can better assess the applicants' level of professional competency and recommend appropriate professional development activities. 

Can I apply for Sabbatical Leave Scheme and PDMP concurrently? 

As the two programmes support different needs, we do not recommend applying for the Sabbatical Leave Scheme (SLS) and PDMP concurrently. 

Can SLS awardees apply for the PDMP immediately after the completion of SLS?

Yes. However, SLS awardees may apply for the PDMP only after they have completed their bond or minimum service period. If the SLS awardee has been awarded a professional advancement grant of more than $10,000, their application for the PDMP will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Components of PDMP

Must the PDMP awardee take both professional development and management training components or does he/she have the option of taking only one component? 
As the aim of the PDMP is to develop an individual professionally and equip him/her for supervisory/managerial roles, it is advisable to complete both the professional and management training components to benefit fully from the sponsorship. 

For professional development, must social service agencies provide information on all available training providers for a particular course or just the selected training provider? 

If there is more than one training provider for a particular course, social service agencies do not have to provide information on all the training providers. However, social service agencies must justify their selection of their training providers. 

Is there salary support for PDMP applicants? 

Yes, salary support is capped at $17,000 per person. This will be disbursed to the social service agencies in March, June, September and December each year. 


Is there a maximum number of nominations that each social service agency can put up? 

There is no limit on the number of nominations that each social service agency can put up for the programme. 


What is the duration of the bond for the PDMP? 

The bond duration for the PDMP is two years, and this is to be served upon completion of the whole programme.

If the PDMP awardee is currently serving a bond with the nominating organisation, can he/she still be sent on courses by social service agencies and be bonded? Can the additional bond be served concurrently or consecutively with the PDMP bond? 

Yes, PDMP awardees who are serving bonds can be sent on courses by the social service agency and be bonded if they agree to it. While the bonds can be served concurrently, NCSS will leave it up to the social service agency to manage the bond period. 



If the PDMP awardee resigns from his/her current social service agency and joins another social service agency, can he/she still proceed with the programme? 

Yes, but only if the PDMP awardee’s new social service agency endorses his/her continual participation in the programme and acknowledges his/her potential for supervisory/management roles and professional development plan. 

Difference between PDMP and LDP

What is the difference between the PDMP and Leadership Development Programme? 

The PDMP is a one-off training sponsorship that seeks to develop professionals and enhance their management capabilities while the Leadership Development Programme is a career development programme that is aimed at training selected individuals to take up top positions in their agencies in the future.