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Powered Pleasure Craft Driving Licence (PPCDL Course)


Course Type:Short & Modular Courses

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  • Course Date:

  • Registration Period:

  • Time:

    20 hours / 3 days
  • Mode of Training:

    Classroom Theory & Practical (out to sea)
  • Venue:

    PolyMarina 50 West Coast Ferry Road
  • Funding:


*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest, and would be notified if there is a new run.

Course Objective

The course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills in the safe handling of powered pleasure craft within Singapore port limits.
All pleasure craft must be licensed by MPA Singapore and prefixed with the following letters:
• SZ (for private use)
• SZH (for commercial use)

Under MPA (Pleasure Craft) Regulations 1997, drivers of powered pleasure craft must possess a valid PPCDL or an Advance PPCDL (APPCDL) issued by Port Master. The classes of pleasure craft driving
licence are as follows:
• Boat length <24m for PPCDL holders
• Boat length >24m for APPCDL holders

To prepare participants with the theory and practical knowledge for safe handling of pleasure craft as per MPA syllabus requirement prior taking assessments for the issuing of MPA Powered Pleasure Craft Driving Licence (PPCDL).

Course Outline

This course places emphasis on the theory and practical aspects of good seamanship and navigation to meet MPA regulatory requirements.
The course covers the common nautical terms, essential boat equipment, pleasure craft and Singapore port regulations, regulations for preventing collision at sea (Rules of the Road – ROR), emergency procedures, general chart information, chart work, practical boat handling such as berthing and unberthing, and rescue of survivor from the sea (man overboard recovery – MOB).

Minimum Requirements

At least 16 years of age with good eyesight

Certification / Accreditation

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate

Suitable for

The course is ONLY opened to SP staff and  current SP Students who are interested in handling a Powered Pleasure Craft.

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Course Fees

Full Course Fees (before GST): $335.00

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above¹ $301.50 $8.04 $41.54
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $234.50 $8.04 $108.54
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $234.50 $8.04 $108.54
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders² $301.50 $8.04 $41.54
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $26.80 $361.80

*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.


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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