Based on my updated list of psychology programs in Singapore, I have been getting emails from students (and some parents) asking whether the programs that they are planning to enroll in are "recognised". My reply is:
Programs conducted in Singapore (in the above list) are recognised by CPE but the accreditation of the programs are done by respective accreditation councils of the various countries. There is no accreditation council in Singapore to verify whether the programs are of high quality training and will suffice for one to move up to the next levels of education and training.
Having an accreditation council to accredit psychology education and training is very important for students, as:
- Having a list of accredited programs will allow you to know which programs are accredited.
- If you have graduated from an accredited program, this will allow you to move on to the next levels of tertiary education and training (e.g. Masters, Phd, etc.).
- There will be no dispute of whether your degree is "recognised" or not, as long as the program is accredited by the accreditation council. With the accreditation, it would mean that the program that you are doing will be able to equip you with the psychological knowledge and skills to proceed to your postgraduate studies.
- Those who complete accredited programs will be "sufficiently qualified and competent to meet the registration requirements" (APAC, 2012). With the registration requirements met out, this accreditation standards could be in line with the registration requirements. This would mean that the program that you are doing will be able to equip you with the psychological knowledge and skills you will need to become a psychologist.