HMTA leverages the Foundation’s direct services to elders, and its research and collaborations to develop its own ‘signature’ training courses from the ground up.

Professional Development

The Hua Mei Training Academy (HMTA) is a dedicated provider of training in community-based eldercare, supporting the urgent need for capacity building in that service sector. We offer a diversified range of training programmes from higher certificate to professional diploma levels to equip and empower Health Care Attendants, Health Care Assistants, Home Care Helpers, Programme Executives, Programme Co-ordinators, Executives, Administrators and Managers for the eldercare sector.

In 2008, HMTA was appointed as the Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centre for the Community and Social Service (Senior Services) Sub-Sector by the then Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), which has since re-launched as SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).The CET agenda is to raise the standards and competencies of the sector through a structured competency-based training roadmap. 

HMTA was registered by the Council for Private Education under the Enhanced Registration Framework in 2011 and received a 6-year licence for its operations. The regulatory body, now renamed the Committee for Private Education, awarded HMTA another 6-year licence in 2017. 

In 2012, the Academy launched the first of its in-house developed ‘signature courses’ to offer a Community Gerontological Nursing Certificate to experienced, registered nurses that they may enhance their skills at providing cutting edge, person-centred care to elders living in the community. It takes into account the position of the community nurse who is required to think on her feet amid variable home environments and resource availability to take a care management approach and pull together the care needed to help the client maintain optimal health and wellness. 

In 2016, the Academy launched Singapore's first training course in community-based gerontological counselling. Using a practice-based, holistic, bio-psychosocial and person-centred approach, the Specialist Diploma in Gerontological Counselling aims to train counsellors and social workers in the essential gerontological psycho-therapeutic knowledge, skills and attitudes for helping older persons in a community setting. The training emphasizes the role of the counsellor or social worker as an adult learner and professional who uses a multitude of learning tools and resources in the implementation of their clinical work.

The unique characteristic of HMTA’s ‘signature courses’ is that they draw on the two decades of expertise in community eldercare accumulated at the Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, and are enriched by the collaborative work and research findings conducted by ILC Singapore.

As such, the courses are developed and delivered by practitioners for practitioners – and support ageing-in-place, an on-going objective of the Foundation’s activities.

During the same year, 2016, Tsao Foundation collaborated with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to jointly develop the Specialist Diploma in Community Gerontology Nursing for registered nurses to acquire the knowledge and skills to make informed clinical decisions to support the health of elders living at home.  For more information, please go to :, for more information and registration.

HMTA offers these WSQ programmes:

 • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Community and Social Services (Senior Services)
 • WSQ Diploma in Community and Social Services (Senior Services)

Course previews are conducted on every Tuesday at 4pm. Please call 6593 9554 or 6593 9546 to register your interest.

Find out more about the WSQ trainers in The Academic Team.