1. What is ACI ? Is ACI a private commercial school? Where is ACI located?

The Asian Culinary Institute (ACI) of Singapore is a CET (Continuing Education & Training) Institute of Nanyang Polytechnic. It is the first Anchor Provider set up in April 2015 as a partnership between the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

ACI aims to:

  • Build a pipeline of local chefs for Asian cuisines
  • Strengthen continual professional development for existing workers
  • Facilitate innovation and productivity enhancement through R&D

ACI is located at 11 Eunos Road 8, #03-01 Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore 408601. Please use Lift Lobby A to reach our office.

2. What are the programmes and services offered by ACI ?

ACI offers the following programmes and services 

  • WSQ Full certification and modular certification training programmes in culinary arts
  • Short customised and public training programmes in culinary arts, service excellence, teambuilding and supervisory programmes
  • Seminars/masterclasses 
  • Consultancy services for employers in the food & beverage services sector 
  • Applied Research and Development services for employers in the food & beverage services sector
  • Placement services for Singaporeans/Singapore Permanent residents into the food & beverage services sector

3. What are WSQ programmes?

The Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) is a national credentialing system. It trains, develops, assesses and recognises individuals for the key competencies that companies look for in potential employees.

As an Anchor Provider for the food & beverage services sector, ACI offers Culinary Arts WSQ programmes from Certificate, Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma levels and Specialist Diploma levels. The programmes focus on the skills, knowledge and competencies (i.e. having the abilities to do the job well) that encompass employability, occupational and industry skills.

4. Are WSQ qualifications recognize by employers?

Yes, WSQ qualifications are recognized by employers of Singapore. WSQ qualifications are developed jointly by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and employers. WSQ qualifications are endorsed by employers, unions, and industry associations in the industry.

5. What is the difference between a Diploma offered by Polytechnics and WSQ Diploma?

The WSQ programme is a competency-based training programme. These competencies are developed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and endorsed by employers, unions and industry associations in industry. They are translated into training modules to enable an individual to develop the required skills, knowledge and competencies to do his job well.

The WSQ Diploma also recognises past training and current credentials in addition to academic achievements. In the case of Polytechnic diploma courses, these are targeted at secondary school leavers with entry requirement of minimum GCE 5 ‘O’ levels. The polytechnic courses are full time courses which are longer, and where academic focus takes prominence, unlike WSQ qualifications which competency and skills take the centre stage.

6. Who should enrol for ACI Programmes?

ACI programmes are targeted at the following:

  • School leavers and new entrants into the F&B services industry 
  • For working professionals in the Food & Beverage services industry who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge to obtain a certificate 
  • Individuals who wish to change their career and enter the Food & Beverage services industry

7. Must I complete the full programme or can I choose to do certain module(s)?

You can sign up any module(s) as desired to raise required skill levels and competencies or complete a full qualification programme.

This open and easy accessibility to training is the key feature of the CET training model. ACI encourages an open access approach to public wanting to enrol in WSQ modules / units or full programmes.

For each competent module, you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment (SOA). Upon completion of the necessary modules in each qualification level, you will be issued a Full Qualification Certificate issued by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency.

8. What are the modules offered in the various programmes? Where can I get detailed information on courses, course fees and course schedule?

Please check the ACI website at www.aci.edu.sg to view modules offered in various programmes. In the near future, you may also download ACI Mobile App Jobs/Courses, available in IOS and Android, for your convenience to view and apply for courses on the move.

9. Will I be awarded certificate if I were to take another non-prescribed module?

Yes, the Statement of Attainment (SOA) is issued on a modular basis; a participant will be awarded the relevant SOA if they were to be assessed as competent.

10. Do I need to be sponsored by my company to enrol for ACI courses?

No. Sponsorship is not a must. You can join the course on a self-paying basis.

For company sponsored, we can also arrange for a contextualised class with a minimum class size of 20 participants. Please contact us via our website for enquiries.

11. Can I get a food & beverage services job after I complete my WSQ qualifications?

The chance of getting a job with training in WSQ qualification is good.

The Statement of Attainment (SOA) that you obtained certifies that you are competent in the relevant unit. Coupled with relevant experience, ACI’s Career Services Centre will make recommendation to respective employers for their consideration

12. Can ACI help me to look for a job in F&B industry after completion of WSQ course?

ACI assists in job placement for Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents.

Course participants can request for employment assistance by completing an Employment Assistance Request form. ACI will review your application and recommend you to respective employers for their consideration.

13. Will ACI help me to get a job if I have not attended any WSQ courses at ACI?

If you are a Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident, ACI will review your qualifications and work experience to assist you in job placement. Should you possess all the required qualifications and experience, we will recommend you to the respective employers for their consideration.

However, if there are skills & knowledge gaps, we will recommend you relevant WSQ courses which will enhance your employability and upon your course completion, we will recommend you to the respective employer for their consideration.