Singapore Bus Academy

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The Singapore Bus Academy (SGBA) was launched on 17 October 2016 as an anchor initiative of the Public Bus Industry Manpower Plan. The SGBA is a centralised academy that offers enhanced training to the public bus sector workforce through foundational and refresher courses. Advanced-level modules are also offered for continuous training and deepening of skills. 

SGBA is also a dedicated career resource centre for the public bus industry, offering information on career options and proficiency requirements for interested applicants.


Enhanced Vocational Licence Training Programme

SGBA offers a five-day Enhanced Vocational Licence Training Programme to standardise the foundational core skills training for all new public bus captains applying for an Omnibus Driver’s Vocational Licence (ODVL).

The programme draws upon industry best practices and comprises six modules conducted by in-house trainers as well as trainers from the National Transport Workers’ Union, SBS Transit and SMRT Buses:

• Overview of the public transport industry

• ODVL rules and regulations

• Sectoral tripartism

• Overview of new on-board bus equipment and common fleet management system

• Service literacy

• Safe driving techniques
    - Hazard awareness training and test
    - Scenario-based simulator training


Other Training and Certification Programmes

• Operator Maintainer (OMer)

• PT Officials
    - Certificate Programmes for bus and rail sectors
    - Train-the-Trainer Programmes for bus and rail sectors

• Certification for Technical Specialist Level 1

• Assessment for IES Chartered Engineering Technician (CETn) and Chartered Engineering Technologist (CETg) 

• Training Programme on eBus System 

• Masterclasses


Bus technicians play an integral role in ensuring public buses perform optimally for safe and reliable journeys. Jointly organised by the SGBA and the NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), the Singapore BusTech Grand Challenge was launched on 15 November 2021. The Challenge aims to promote a culture of technical excellence across the bus industry, raise technical skills and standards, as well as elevate professional recognition for our bus technical workforce.

The 2nd Singapore BusTech Grand Challenge was held on 26 November 2022 at the Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza. The event attracted more attendees and showcased exciting technical and engineering opportunities in the bus industry. A new category was launched for students from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to showcase their interest in automotive engineering and inspire them to consider a technical career in land transport. The new students’ category comprised eight teams with participants competing from six IHLs – Institute of Technical Education, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and Singapore Institute of Technology.

Click here to read more about the Singapore BusTech Grand Challenge 2022 Event Booklet (PDF, 13MB) or watch the below Event Highlights Video.


Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability
80 Jurong East Street 21
Singapore 609607


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