Basic Sports Science Course Waiver

The Basic Sports Science (BSS) course is a pre-requisite for Sport Singapore's Sports Trainer and Fitness Instructor courses. It is also a requirement for the Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme.

Direct Waiver for the BSS course is given to those who have graduated from the following local courses:

  1. Nanyang Technological University's Degree in Sport Science and Management
  2. National Institute of Education's Diploma / Postgraduate Diploma / Degree in Physical Education
  3. Republic Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science
  4. Republic Polytechnic’s Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
  5. Republic Polytechnic’s Diploma in Sports Coaching
  6. Republic Polytechnic’s Part-Time Diploma in Sports (Coaching)
  7. Nanyang Polytechnic’s Diploma in Sport and Wellness Management
  8. Institute of Technical Education's Higher NITEC in Sport Management
  9. Institute of Technical Education's NITEC in Fitness Training*

*The waiver takes effect for January 2016 intake of students onwards.

Applicants who graduated from the above institutions holding similar certifications, but higher than the above listed courses (e.g. Masters) may also be given direct waivers on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are granted BSS Direct Waiver are exempted from paying the administrative fee.

For other certifications:

Individuals with a Diploma / Postgraduate Diploma / Degree in “Sports Science” or “Sports and Exercise Science” or “Sports Coaching” from other institutions will be reviewed by an accreditation panel.

The accreditation panel will review application for waiver of Sports Science certification based on the submitted degree, diploma, and post-graduate programmes. Based on the evaluation, the applicant will be given either a waiver from BSS course attendance, the option to pursue an examination pathway to demonstrate proficiency, or be required to attend the course itself (at full cost).

If you are interested in seeking for accreditation for BSS via recognition of prior learning, please send an email to with the following. Please note that all submitted documents must be in English or translated to English:

  1. Application Form
  2. Diploma / Degree / Postgraduate in “Sports Science” or “Sports and Exercise Science” or “Sports Coaching” and the course transcript
  3. Any other supporting documents

There is no cost for the evaluation BUT please note that a certification fee of S$53.50 (including GST) will be charged If a BSS waiver is granted. For unsuccessful applications, no administrative fee will be charged and applicant encouraged to enrol in the BSS course.

Examination-Only Pathway. In the event that the BSS examination-only pathway is granted, there will be a charge of S$80.25 (including GST) – this test fee includes a BSS course manual which will be mailed to the applicant 2 weeks before the examination. Please note that only one attempt can be made. This is a closed-book examination and reference to the BSS course manual is not allowed during the examination. Individuals who do not pass the examination will have to go through the BSS course.

Should applicants have further queries, please e-mail

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