Membership and Admission FAQ

Q1. What are the functions of the Admissions Committee?
A:The Admissions Committee was formed in May 1985 to
  • screen applications for SPA membership to ensure that only physiotherapists with recognized qualifications are admitted into the SPA. Review and advise the SPA Council on the admission criteria for membership.
  • provide information for prospective employers regarding the eligibility of potential applicants to gain membership into the Association, based on their academic qualifications and clinical experience.
  • conduct Safety and Professional Ethics Test for invited overseas trained potential members.
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Q2.I am an overseas-trained Physiotherapist, can I be a SPA member?
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For overseas applicants who are keen for SPA membership, the Admission and Membership Committees have proposed a new category of membership type – Associate Membership. 

 
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Q3.Who can apply for the Associate membership?
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Category 1 (AM1)
Physiotherapists based outside of Singapore and are keen to take up membership with the Association.

Applicants must prove that they are qualified as physiotherapists. They must be registered physiotherapists in the country that they are practicing and/or members of the physiotherapy association in the country they based or their native country.

Category 2 (AM2)
Physiotherapists based in Singapore whose qualification does not meet the Allied Health Professions Council’s requirements and are working as therapist associate/aide/assistant.

Applicants must prove that they are qualified physiotherapists in their native country and their membership applications must be endorsed by their local Head of Department (HOD), Human Resource Dept or a Senior Physiotherapist.
 
 
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Q4.I am a non-Singaporean who was trained overseas. Does being an SPA member automatically qualify me to work in Singapore?
A:Being an SPA member would help you to be in a better position to gain an offer of employment. It does not automatically qualify you to work in Singapore.

To work in Singapore, you are required to be offered employment. Your employer would have to make a work pass application to the Ministry of Manpower.

The Allied Health Professions Act was passed in parliament on 10th Jan 2011. The Ministry of Health recently announced that the first phase of the Act implementation has taken effect on the 15th April 2013. Physiotherapists who wish to practise actively will have to be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC). Physiotherapists are given a year (grace period) to be registered with the AHPC.
For more information on AHPC, please visit http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/content/hprof/ahpc/en.html.

 
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Q5.How long does it take for my membership application to be processed?
A:2 to 3 weeks if documents submitted are complete.
 
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Q6.How can I go about seeking employment as a physiotherapist in Singapore?
A:Job vacancies are advertised on our website, newsletters and our national newspapers. You can also make direct enquiries with the various hospitals and institutions in Singapore. The contact details of hospitals in Singapore can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health at http://www.moh.gov.sg/
 
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Q7.Is my overseas qualification recognised in Singapore?
A:There is a list of recognized overseas physiotherapy universities on Allied Health Professions Council website.  Here is the link http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/content/hprof/ahpc/en/leftnav/lists-of-recognised-qualifications.html
 
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Q8.I am a Singaporean currently studying physiotherapy overseas and am interested in looking for a one month internship. I would like to have more clinical experience with healthcare in Singapore. Is there anyone that I can contact? Or a specific website that I can go to? I have tried some job recruitment sites but can't quite find anything that seems appropriate for me to apply for.
A:You can either write to the manager of Physiotherapy department from the various restructured hospitals/community hospitals/other step down care. If you are interested in having intership in a particular area i.e Neurology/Cardiopulmonary/Muscuoloskeletal/Peadatrics, you can write to us at secretary@physiotherapy.org.sg and we will advise accordingly.
 
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Q9.Are there any scholarships offered to Physiotherapy courses both locally and overseas?
A:There are scholarships out there from the various hospitals and healthcare organizations. You can look up MOH website as well. http://www.moh.gov.sg/mohcorp/careers.aspx?id=276
 
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Q10.Does SPA provide sponsorship to people aspired to be a Physiotherapist?
A:SPA does not offer sponsorship however if you can look up MOH website for application of scholarship at http://www.moh.gov.sg/mohcorp/careers.aspx?id=276
 
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Q11.I'm interested in Physiotherapy and I currently hold a credentials in another field.Is there any part time Physiotherapy course in Singapore which I can take ?
A:There is no part time course in Singapore for Physiotherapy. There is a full time course in Nanyang Polytechnic. You can check up the website http://www.nyp.edu.sg/SHS/pt_main.html. You can check with NYP the education equivalents to qualify for the course here as it is a GCE 'A'level entry course.
 
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Q12.I wish to start up my own practise. Can you guide me what licenses and approvals I need and from whom?
A:You will need to register the business with ACRA. pls visit http://www.acra.gov.sg/ for more info. You will need to apply for the necessary work permit if you are employing non-singaporeans or PR. Pls also ensure that the employed PT has the correct qualification in accordance to MOH. If you have ultrasound machine, you will need a license from NEA.
 
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Q13.

What are the rights and benefits of the Associate membership?

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  • Rights to join Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • Enjoy full benefits for SPA educational series
  • Can convert to Ordinary membership when member’s registration to practice in Singapore is approved
  • Not eligible to vote at the association’s Annual General Meeting
  • Not eligible to run for office of council
 
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Q14. How much is the membership fee?
A:$140 for 2 years membership with $40 (non-refundable) admin fee for new application.
 
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Q15. How do I apply and what documents do I need to submit?
A: You can download the Associate Membership Application form here. The required documents are listed on the application form.
 
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