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Basic Manual Wheelchair Maintenance

Topic:Applied & Health Sciences

Course Type:Short & Modular Courses

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  • Course Date:

    01 Apr 2023 to 11 Apr 2023
  • Registration Period:

    30 Jan 2023 to 06 Mar 2023
  • Time:

    09:00 AM to 05:00 PM,
    40 hours
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (F2F)
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Safety and optimal performance are paramount considerations for wheelchair users. This course helps users and their caregivers to perform periodic maintenance and servicing to ensure their mobility aids are in the best performing, and safest condition.

Course Objective

The objective of the course is to equip participants with the basic knowledge and skills to service and maintain manual wheelchairs to ensure they are roadworthy and safe.

Course Outline

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the history and evolution of wheelchair design.
2. Identify the different types and purposes of wheelchairs.
3. Identify the different parts of the wheelchairs and their functions.
4. Identify the different tools used to service and maintain wheelchairs.
5. Use appropriate tools to service and maintain wheelchairs according to the organisations’ operating procedures.
6. Evaluate the status of wheelchair conditions by conducting pre-service inspection and post-service quality and functional inspection.

Topics to be covered

1. Introduction, Objectives and relevance
2. Clinical & Engineering Fundamentals
3. Caring for a wheelchair at home

Minimum Requirements

O Level or current wheelchair users.

Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate

Suitable for

Wheelchair users, care givers, hospital staff, nursing home staff, VWOs, etc.

Course Fees

Full Fees (before GST): $1,080.00

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above¹ $972.00 $25.92 $133.92
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $756.00 $25.92 $349.92
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $756.00 $25.92 $349.92
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders² $972.00 $25.92 $133.92
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $86.40 $1,166.40

*As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023. Also, as per SSG’s policy, the GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants is calculated based on prevailing GST rate after baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

1 Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
2 Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

Please click here for more information on funding incentives.

Course Trainer(s)

Dr Chris Lee
Dr Chris Lee

Dr Chris Lee is currently a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic. He is the Coordinator of the Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering module. 

Chris has been educating and training both pre-employment (PET), and continuing education and training (CET) students in Singapore Polytechnic, particularly in Assistive Technologies, final year student projects, etc.

Kelvin Chan
Kelvin Chan

Mr Kelvin Chan is the Senior Manager of Kampung Senang Mobility Aids Services and Training Centre. He was the appointed Trainer for Temasek Foundation Cares – Kampung Senang WHEELS Program training active seniors.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University with more than 15 years experience in Precision Engineering industry. He is also a qualified trainer with WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and is conducting National Silver Academy (NSA) course on Introduction to Wheelchair Servicing. 
Kelvin regularly trains volunteers to repair wheelchairs, organise community wheelchair servicing events to support low-income families and happy to share his knowledge with others.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
One-Stop Service Centre

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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