FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Q1:What is Tripartite Engineering Training Award (TETA) Programme?

TETA is an initiative that enables Singaporeans to join the maritime industry as Marine Engineering Officers with Certificate of Competency Class 5 (CoC Class 5).

This is a joint initiative by Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), Workforce Singapore (WSG), NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), and supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and shipping companies.

The pilot programme is conducted by SMOU’s training arm, Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI). Cadets are offered training berths by a shipping company even before they embark on their training, receiving between S$1,200 – S$1,400 training allowance during the approximately 31 months’ programme.

Q2: How much has been invested into this programme?

S$1.2 million has been invested into this pilot project to train the cadets. The pioneering project has close to 10 Singaporeans undergoing training with Wavelink Maritime Institute to pursue this seafaring engineering career opportunity.

Q3: How is the training programme like?

Under this initiative, cadets undergo 8 months of pre-sea training, before sailing on board commercial ships for approximately 15 months, and returning ashore thereafter for 8 months of study at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) before sitting for their Certificate of Competency Class 5 (CoC Class 5) Examinations for Marine Engineers.

Q4: What is total training duration?

Approximately 31 months or 3 years.

Q5: Who can apply?

Those with engineering background of at least ITE Nitec or Higher Nitec can apply.

Q6: After subsidies, how much does a cadet pay for the training course?

The breakdown of the training course fees is 80% by WSG & e2i; 10% by SMOU and 10% by the cadet.

Q1: What is Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA) Programme?

In 2010, the Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA) was a ground-breaking programme that is jointly initiated by Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), Workforce Singapore (WSG), and NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to train Singaporeans for the Certificate of Competency (CoC) Class 3 qualifications issued by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), thereby allowing the trainees to pursue a nautical career at sea as nautical deck officers. This programme is supported by MPA, Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and various shipping companies.

The programme has since been awarded to about 270 cadets and is into its 12th batch (as at Oct 2016). It is conducted by SMOU’s training arm, Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI). Cadets are employed by a shipping company even before they embark on their training. Cadets will receive between S$1,200 – S$1,400 training allowance during their training.

Q2: How Much Has Been Invested Into This Programme?

Thus far, more than S$28.6 million have been invested in this initiative.

Q3: How Is the Training Programme Like?

Under this initiative, cadets undergo 6 months of pre-sea training, before sailing on board their employer ship for approximately 18 months, and returning on shore thereafter for 7 months of studying at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) before sitting for their Certificate of Competency Class 3 (CoC3) Examinations.

Q4: What Is the Total Training Duration?

Approximately 31 months or 2 ½ -3 years.

Q5: Who can apply for TNTA?

Those with the following entry requirements:

  • Minimum GCE ‘N’level passes in English, Mathematics and Science or Workplace Literacy 5 (WPL5)
  • Post-NS (for men)
  • No night and colour blindness
  • Physically & medically fit
  • Highly disciplined and motivated
  • Able to commit to at least 3 years of training
  • Prepared to work on shifts when out at sea (usually 6-9 months onboard)
Q6: After subsidies, how much does a cadet pay for the training course?

The breakdown of the training course fees is 80% by WSG & e2i; 10% by SMOU and 10% plus GST by the cadet.

Q7: How much does a cadet pay for the course?

Total course fees is $28,125 (excluding GST). With the subsidies of 80% from WSG & e2i and 10% from SMOU, a cadet pays 10% plus GST of the total course fees. ($2,812.50 + $1,968.75 = $4,781.25) 

Q7: How much does a cadet pay for the course?

Total course fees is $32,970 (excluding GST). With the subsidies of 80% from WSG & e2i and 10% from SMOU, a cadet pays 10% plus GST of the total course fees. 

Q8: What is the wage scale of a Marine Engineer?

Progressive Wage of Marine Engineering Officers

4th / 3rd Engineer 2nd Engineer Chief Engineer
(CoC Class 5) (CoC Class 2) (CoC Class 1)
S$3,000 – S$5,800 S$6,400 – S$7,400 S$8,300 – S$12,000
This is based on average wage. Exchange rate:US$1.35
Q9: What are the components of TETA cadet training?

TETA cadet training comprises:-

Phrase 1 – 8 months Pre-sea Training (classroom lessons conducted by WMI),

Phrase 2 – 15 months Sea-time Training (onboard the shipping company providing the training berth),

Phrase 3 – 8 months Preparatory Course & Exam (conducted by Singapore Maritime Academy)

Q10: I am interested in the TETA programme. How can I register for it?

Please apply via link @ “Register your Interest Today” or log in to: https://e2i.com.sg/individuals/job-opportunities/register-interest-for-maritime-industry.

Q8 What is the wage scale of a Seafaring Officer?

The progressive wage of a Seafaring Officer

3rd Officer 2nd Officer Chief Officer Captain
(CoC Class 3) (CoC Class 3) (CoC Class 2) (CoC Class 1)
S$3,000 – S$4,000 S$4,000 – S$4,500 S$5,000 – S$7,000 S$7,500 – S$25,000*
This is based on average wage using exchange rate of US$1.35
Q9: What are the components of TNTA cadet training?

TNTA cadet training comprises:-
Phrase 1 – 6 months Pre-sea Training (classroom lessons conducted by WMI)
Phrase 2 – 18 months Sea-time Training (onboard their employer’s ship)
Phrase 3 – 7 months Preparatory Course & Exam (Conducted by Singapore Maritime Academy)

Q10: I am interested in the TNTA programme. How can I register for it?

Please apply via link @ “Register your Interest Today” or log in to: https://e2i.com.sg/individuals/job-opportunities/register-interest-for-maritime-industry.

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