Sound governance and administrative knowledge and skills are critical in sustaining and running an arts company with professionalism.


Several courses for the Non-Profit sector are available on the following topics and many of these are highly subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).


If you are interested to develop your knowledge and skills, click on the programme titles, and check directly with the training providers concerning the application process.




Charities Act and Code of Governance for Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs)

Code: NGOV5410

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current legal and governance issues in the administration of their respective institutions.
  • Guide charities on their internal organisation and activities so that they may properly comply with the Code of Governance for Charities and IPCs.
  • Highlight the various duties of Charity Trustees.
  • Provide guidance for individuals who may be interested in setting up or managing charitable institutions.

Understanding the Regulations and Code of Governance for Charities and IPCs

Code: NGOV5401

  • Explain the Charities Act, Regulations and the Code of Governance for Charities and IPCs (Code).
  • Identify the possible implications of non-compliance.
  • Identify relevant principles and guidelines from the Code that can be adopted.
  • Identify challenges encountered by the Charities in complying with the regulations.

Roles and Responsibilities of Executive Secretaries and Administrators of Charities and IPCs

Code: NGOV5722

  • Explain the role of an executive secretary in a charity and IPC.
  • State the various legislations and codes governing charities and IPCs.
  • Explain the importance of complying with various statutory returns and statutory records.
  • State the duties and responsibilities of executive secretary in regard to board meeting and general meeting.

Board Roles: Functions and Responsibilities

Code: NGOV5219

  • Define the fundamental roles of a non-profit board.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of individual board members.
  • Establish appropriate board committees.

Non-Profit Organisation’s (NPO’s) Board Structure and its Term of Reference

Code: NGOV5545

  • Establish the traits of an effective non-profit board.
  • Explain the importance of board composition and practices.
  • Apply skills in developing the terms of reference for board appointments, board committees and senior management staff.

Financial Oversight and Governance of Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) Boards

Code: NGOV5214

  • Discuss the current regulatory and governance environment and the implications on the financial management of NPOs.
  • State the key responsibilities in the financial management process of NPOs.

Legal Duties and Responsibilities of Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) Boards

Code: NGOV5101

  • State the legal duties of a non-profit board.
  • Define the powers of board members.
  • Identify potential liabilities arising from the course of the board’s work.
  • Learn to manage disputes lawfully.

Introduction to Fraud Detection and Management for Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs)

Code: NGOV5455

  • Implement controls and procedures to detect and prove fraud.
  • Manage the risk of fraud by applying a fraud risk management model.
  • Manage suspected or discovered fraud by responding to it comprehensively.




Employment Act

The following are covered:

  • Definition of ‘employee’ vs ‘executive/ manager’.
  • Basic vs Gross rate of pay.
  • Salary computation formulae.
  • Hours of work, shift work and overtime.
  • Rest days and public holidays.
  • Annual and sick leave.
  • Medical expense liability of the employer.
  • National Wages Council’s recommendations and its implications.
  • Annual wage supplement and variable bonus.
  • Retrenchment and retirement benefits.
  • Salary deductions and time of payment.
  • Various types of statutory pro-family Leaves.
  • Unfair dismissal protection and Labour Court.
  • 2014 Employment Act amendments.
  • Dos and Don’ts for employers.

An Introduction to the Fundamentals of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) for Non-Legal Personnel

The following are covered:

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements under the PDPA.
  • The nine obligations under the PDPA.
  • Definition of key terms such as ‘personal data’, and ‘business contact information’.
  • Assess the organisation’s internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Appointment of Data Protection Officer.
  • Develop data inventory map and a process for handling complaints.
  • A training and communications plan for staff.

WSQ Diploma in Arts Management

The following are covered:

  • Leading an arts organisation
  • Legal basics and intellectual property
  • Developing and managing budgets
  • Arts marketing
  • Fundraising and sponsorship
  • Projects and events management
  • Systems and procedures for arts organisations

WSQ Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship

The following are covered:

  • Strategy and entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Legal basics
  • Financial basics
  • Marketing
  • Managing and implementing projects
  • Recruitment and selection




Financial Basics

  • Plan and manage cash-flow
  • Plan for and monitor profitability
  • Understand basic financial statements and common terms
  • Consider different sources of business funding and consider the pros and cons of loans versus equity.

Budgeting for Charities

Code: NFIN5450

  • Identify a charity’s financial statements and its components.
  • Describe the process of budgeting in a charity.
  • Prepare a simple budget for a charity.

Charities Accounting Standard and its Application

Code: NFIN5652

  • Interpret the different applications of Charities Accounting Standard (CAS) and Financial Reporting Standards (FRS).
  • Examine the purposes and uses of various types of funds.
  • Prepare the statement of financial activities based on CAS.

GST: What This Means for Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs)

Code: NFIN5405

  • List the basic GST concepts.
  • Describe the requirements and obligations of GST-registered entities.
  • Distinguish issues specific to NPOs.

Financial Accounting for Non-finance staff

Code: NFIN5090

  • Identify the recommendations of the Accounting Standards Council (ASC) for Committee for Charities (CAS).
  • Categorise financial resources, obligations and transactions in a balance sheet.
  • Explain the financial ratios of a NPO’s financial statement.

An Overview of Charities Accounting Standard for Board Members and Senior Management

Code: NFIN5732

  • Understand the objectives, structure and applicability of Charities Accounting Standard (CAS).
  • Define the role of governing Board members and key officer’s vis-à-vis CAS and the relevant sections of the Charities Act and its regulations.

Internal Controls (I): An Introduction to its Guidelines and Applications

Code: NFIN5466

  • Identify management’s responsibility for implementing effective internal controls.
  • Explain internal controls practices listed in the NCSS Guide on financial irregularities.
  • Describe the components of a control environment when implementing internal controls.
  • Describe control activities used to manage control weaknesses.

Internal Controls (II): Implementing Internal Controls for Revenue to Receivable Process, including Fundraising

Code: NFIN5629

  • Identify sub-processes of revenue sources that form the revenue to receivable process.
  • Explain key risks when managing revenue sources.
  • Explain key control objectives of the revenue to receivable process.
  • Identify key control activities and supporting documentation of the revenue to receivable process.

Internal Controls (III): Implementing Internal Controls for Procurement to Payment Process

Code: NFIN5630

  • Identify sub-processes of the procurement to payment process.
  • Explain key risks of the procurement to payment process.
  • Explain key control objectives of the procurement to payment process.
  • Identify key control activities and supporting documentation for procurement to payment process.




Fundraising and Sponsorship

  • Understand distinct concepts of sponsorship, grants and donations.
  • Learn steps to developing a fundraising and/or sponsorship programme including developing a proposal, and implementing and managing the programme if the proposal is successful.

Making Sense: An Introduction to Fundraising

Code: NFRE5103

  • Identify the concepts and principle of fundraising.
  • Examine the fundraising output of the various non-profit sectors in Singapore.
  • Illustrate the donor engagement plan for specific fundraising methodologies.
  • Analyse the fundraising code of governance prescribed by the Charity Council.

Making Sense II: Fundraising Strategy Development

Code: NFRE5766

  • Relate developing of fundraising strategy to the organisational strategy.
  • Differentiate the five fundraising partners to consider when developing a fundraising strategy.
  • Analyse the components in developing a fundraising strategy.
  • Determine outputs expected over the course of the strategy planning process.

Building a Fundraising-Savvy Board: Understanding the Regulations, Principles and Practices of Fundraising

Code: NFRE5409

  • Categorise the compliance requirements for each phase of fundraising activity.
  • Analyse the responsibilities of the Board and the role distinctions within the organisational structure related to fundraising.
  • Relate the stages of a donor journey to psychology of giving.
  • Examine the fundraising landscape of the various non-profit sectors in Singapore.

Donor Outreach through Social Media

Code: NFRE5508

  • Interpret the barriers of using social media in donor engagement.
  • Use Web features for public communication.
  • Select social media platform that matches the donor outreach objectives.
  • Develop a social media plan to present your organisation online.

Steps to Successful Fundraising Social Media Campaigns

Code: NFRE5765

  • Recognise the benefits of Peer-to-Peer Fund-Raising can bring to their organisation.
  • Identify the essential components of successful Peer-to-Peer Fund-Raising campaigns.
  • Create Peer-to-Peer Fund-Raising campaigns for their organisation.





  • Understand the fundamental principles of marketing.
  • Consider different marketing and communications tactics and tools.
  • Learn how to track efficacy.
  • Consider how to acquire and retain customers or clients.




Legal Basics

  • Understand the legal system in Singapore, relevant portions of basic contract law and Intellectual Property (IP) protection and exploitation.
  • Learn the pros and cons of selecting a company, partnership or sole proprietorship as the business vehicle.




Developing your Human Resource Policies for Staff and Volunteers

Code: NHRM5074

  • Identify appropriate Human Resource (HR) policies to support the organisation’s services.
  • Construct the framework and crucial components of HR policies.
  • Identify ways to obtain buy-in from employees and managers for new policy or revision.
  • Describe how policies should be summarised in the Employee Handbook.