The Committee for Private Education (CPE)
The Committee for Private Education is a statutory board established under the Private Education Act 2009 to regulate the private education industry in Singapore. Besides being the regulator of Private Education Institutions (PEIs) in Singapore, the CPE also facilitates developmental efforts to continuously improve the standards in the education industry in Singapore. For more information on the CPE, please refer to the CPE website www.cpe.gov.sg.
Enhanced Registration Framework
The Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF) spells out the registration requirements and legal obligations which all PEIs, operating in or from Singapore, must meet. Through the ERF, the CPE aims to ensure that such schools meet the strengthened requirements in the areas of corporate governance, provision of quality services, student protection and information transparency in order to protect the interests of all their enrolled students.
As part of regulatory efforts stipulated by the Private Education Act 2009, it is mandatory for all PEIs to be registered with the CPE under the Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF). All private schools need to register with CPE and comply with the Enhanced Regulation Framework (ERF), which ensures that they are of a certain standard in order to protect the interests of their students.
JE Educational College’s registration number with CPE is 200300756Z and is valid from 3rd June 2014 to 2nd June 2018.
EduTrust Voluntary Certification
CPE also administers the EduTrust certification scheme which is of higher standards than the ERF. All private schools wishing to enrol international students need to be EduTrust certified. The emphasis of EduTrust is on Student Protection and Academic Quality and as a mark of having achieved a higher and more comprehensive standard in their corporate governance, financial viability, administration, and student-related services and processes. Under the Private Education Act 2009, only PEIs that are EduTrust certified will be able to enrol International Students requiring a Student Pass from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.
As of 07 September 2011, JE Educational College received the EduTrust certification. Read more about EduTrust certification of JE College at the CPE website. JECollege’s EduTrust Certificate No: EDU-3-3056. All JE Educational College courses are registered with the Committee for Private Education (Registration No. 200300756Z) and our operations are governed by EduTrust.
Requirements for EduTrust Certification
The EduTrust Certification Scheme has five critical requirements. Failure to meet any of these critical requirements or their violation will lead to immediate non-award of EduTrust Certification for new applicants or award suspension/ termination for private education institutions already EduTrust-certified:
1. Credit Rating – the Private Education Institution must obtain a credit rating report from one of the participating credit rating companies, and meet at least the minimum credit rating requirements.
2. Fee Protection Scheme with Committee for Private Education-appointed banks and insurers.
3. Implementation of Fee Protection Scheme – the PEI must demonstrate full compliance with the Fee Protection Scheme implementation.
4. Provision of Medical Insurance – the PEI must purchase medical insurance coverage for all its students to cover them for hospitalisation and related medical treatment throughout their course duration. Medical insurance is not applicable to part-time students and students taking courses with a duration of not more than one month or 50 hours.
5. Fulfilling all EduTrust Terms and conditions – the PEI must fulfil all EduTrust terms and conditions, e.g. it must not make false declaration or misuse the EduTrust Mark.
For more information on the EduTrust Certification Scheme, please refer to the EduTrust Guidance Document at CPE website www.cpe.gov.sg
An EduTrust-certified PEI is one that has been assessed by CPE and found to have:
• academic processes that are of high quality and meet the needs and expectations of its students and the industry;
• appropriate methods of assessment to achieve desired learning outcomes;
• appropriate teaching staff to deliver the courses;
• provided comprehensive support services and medical insurance and created a conducive environment for learning;
• managed its resources, facilities, infrastructure and environment optimally to support its educational goals and provided for continual improvement and growth;
• effective mechanism in place to select, manage and monitor its agents to ensure they continue to deliver quality and ethical services;
• provided student protection through clear and transparent contracts;
• set clear and fair refund policies;
• provided protection of students’ fees;
• maintained reasonable financial health and credit rating;