Hawkers Development Programme

Hawkers Development Programme

Hawkers Development Programme


The Hawkers Development Programme (HDP) is an initiative by National Environmental Agency (NEA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to equip aspiring hawkers with the fundamental entrepreneurship skills and foundational culinary skills to embark on their Hawkerpreneurial journey.

In this programme, candidates will graduate with a "Core Hawker Entrepreneurship Fundamentals" certificate from ACI, after stage 1. The entire programme involves three stages:

Stage 1, 5-day TRAINING AT ACI

Stage 1 training titled "Core Hawker Entrepreneurship Fundamentals" involves 5 days of training at ACI (9am to 6pm) and covers the following 2 modules:

- Hawker Business Fundamentals, 2-day module
- Hawker Culinary Fundamentals, 3-day module

Stage 2, 8-week APPRENTICE

Trainee will undergo 8 weeks of apprenticeship at a Hawker Mentor’s stall.  Trainee will learn skills of running a hawker business. This stage is available only to Trainees who sign up for the full HDP (stage 1, 2 and 3).

The Hawker Mentor will guide the Trainee to prepare for Stage 3 - preparation of a commercially viable hawker dish or dishes and business plan for eventual business, through either:
(i) NEA Hawker Stall Tender Scheme followed by
(ii) NEA Incubation Stall Programme.

Stage 3, 12-week START OF BUSINESS

At this stage, Trainee will start their business at their own hawker stall. For the first 12 weeks during this stage, Hawker Mentor will maintain regular communication with the trainee, checking in and advising on areas of improvement, to help Trainee transit seamlessly into a steady state of viable business operations.

Stalls sourced through NEA's Incubation Stall Programme will enjoy rental rebate of up to 40% for 15 months and the stall is pre-fitted with basic fixtures and equipment. Stalls sourced through NEA Hawker Stall Tender Scheme does not enjoy rebate or pre-fitting.

This stage is available only to Trainees who sign up for the full HDP (stages 1, 2, and 3)

Training Allowance

Trainees who commit to ALL 3 stages spelt out above are eligible for Training Allowance of up to $50 per training day in Stage 1, up to $1,000 per training month in Stage 2 & 3*.

Training Allowance for stage 1 & 2 will be disbursed only after stage 2 is completed, and all logbooks are duly signed and submitted to NEA.

Training Allowance for stage 3 will be disbursed only after stage 3 is completed, and logbooks are duly signed and submitted to NEA.

*Terms and conditions applies*

If you have further queries on the Hawkers Development Programme:

NEA Contact Details
Please email NEA at hdp@nea.gov.sg or contact 1800-2255-632 (1800-CALL-NEA). Visit NEA website at www.nea.gov.sg/programmes-grants/hdp.

ACI Contact Details
Please email info@aci.edu.sg or contact 6417-3318.

At the end of Hawker Business Fundamentals 2-day module, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the key features and characteristics of being a Hawker in Singapore
  • Define the Unique Selling Point (USP) of the food items
  • Understand basic financial concepts - Revenues, Expenses, Profits & Loss
  • Understand customer profile to modify food taste to local clientele
  • Build loyalty and retain customers for long-term sustainability
  • Acquire new customers through both traditional and digital platforms
  • Learn the essential digital Apps, including e-Payments and marketing tactics via practical hands-on session (e.g. e-NETS, SGQR, Google Street View, Grab Food, Deliveroo, Food Panda, etc.)
  • Learn to set prices for revenue maximisation
  • Get familiar with available government funding schemes
  • Write a simple Business Plan


At the end of Hawker Culinary Fundamentals 3-day module, learners will be able to apply various cooking techniques to create these hawker dishes from scratch:

  • Basic Rempah (Chili Paste / Sambal Chili Belacan)
  • A full Nasi Lemak Meal (Basmati Rice, Fried Chicken Wing, Fried Fish, Ikan Bilis with peanuts and Cucumber)
  • A full Hainanese Chicken Rice meal (fluffly fragrant rice, juicy poached chicken with chicken stock/soup, spicy chili and pungent ginger)
  • Char Kway Teow
  • Fried Hokkien Mee

* You must have a valid Food Safety Course Level 1 Certificate (valid for 5 years) before you are allowed to proceed to Stage 2 of this Programme.


One intake every three months. Upcoming intakes for 2023:

MonthCourse DatesRegistration Start Date 

19 to 23 February 

9 December 2023Register Your Interest Now
May13 to 17 MayTBATBA

Class confirmation is subject to sufficient Trainee sign-ups for the intake, and after payment is made.

No intakes available

Please check back later.

Stage 1, 5-day TRAINING AT ACI, total course fee of all 2 modules



S’pore PR

Programme Fee



Less 70% SSG Subsidy



Nett Course Fee



GST rate before 1 Jan 2023



Add GST charge



Less 1% GST absorbed for S'poreans only*



Payable Course Fees



For S'poreans aged 40 & above

Additional 20% MCES subsidy of Programme Fee



Payable Course Fees



* The increase of 1% GST on fees will be absorbed for Singapore Citizens in 2023. 

Payment accepted via:

  • AXS 
  • NETS at ACI counter
  • SkillsFuture Credit (For Singaporeans aged 25 and above) 

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Subsidy


  • Enjoy 70% SSG subsidy for all Singaporeans and PRs aged 21 and above


Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) Subsidy 


  • Eligible for Singaporeans aged 40 years old and above


  • Enjoy 90% SSG subsidy

    享有90% SSG津贴

SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)

未来技能培训补助 (SFC)

  • For Self-Sponsored Individuals only 


  • All Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive an opening credit of S$500 from January 2016. 


  • You may utilise your SkillsFuture Credit to offset the course fee payable after subsidy/funding.



Target Audiences:

English speaking Singaporeans and PRs who aspire to be a hawker.

 Entry Requirements:

Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, 18 years old and above;
Minimum Secondary Education or Workplace Literacy and Numeracy [WPLN score: Level 4 for Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Numeracy]
All applications will be evaluated to determine their suitablity for admission into our relevant level of programmes. This is subjected to submission of the required supporting documents and the minimum enrolment to start a class.

Please note that our kitchens are designed to accommodate 24 Trainees with 3 Trainees sharing one work-station. With relaxation of Covid measures, we have reverted to conducting classes at full capacity of 24 pax. 请注意本学院的厨房可容纳 24 名学员。其中 3 名学员共用一个工作站。随着 Covid-19 措施的放松,本学院已恢复为 24 名学员上课。


Strictly no refund allowed. 严禁退费



Period of Withdrawal^

Refund Policy (Effective 1 Dec 2023)

Withdrawal 14 days or more before course starts.

100% refund of paid fees

- include course fees and exam / assessment fees (if applicable)

- insurance / application fee (if applicable) is not refundable

Withdraw from course less than 14 days before course starts.

50% refund of paid fees

- include course fees and exam / assessment fees (if applicable)

- insurance / application fee (if applicable) is not refundable

Withdrawal on or after course starts.

No refund of paid fees

– include course fees and supplementary / application fees (if applicable)

^The date of withdrawal will be based on the date the request for withdrawal is lodged by the trainee.

Absent with valid reason

  1. With documentary proof of valid reason for less than 75% attendance and on very exceptional cases, an appeal can be submitted for transfer to the next class run (valid for 4 months or until 1 Feb, whichever is earlier).
  2. For leave of absence with valid medical reason of trainee accompanied by documentary proof (not applicable to family members), an appeal can be submitted for max 75% refund of paid course fee. 

Appeals under the above scenerio are subject to ACI's management approval. Such request must be submitted within 2 working days from the missed class date, after which paid course fee will be forfeited.

For courses that are more than 1 day, trainee will not be allowed to attend remaining sessions if trainee missed Day 1 of class. 

Absent without valid reason

Trainee who are absent WITHOUT valid reason will have the paid course fee forfeited and not allowed to attend day 2 and 3 of the course (if any). Initial claims for the payable course fee from SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) or Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) cannot be processed and trainee will be liable to pay for this amount of payable course fee. Please note that STEP system will not allow trainee to apply for further courses until this amount is paid.

NB: To enjoy SkillsFuture funding, trainees must achieve 75% attendance and be rated Competent in assessment.

ACI reserves the right to assess/reject Leave of Absence reasons that are not relevant to the course missed (e.g. internet service disruption does not affect kitchen classes in person).