All Singaporeans aged 25 and above would have received an initial S$500 SkillsFuture credit from January 2016. Its purpose is to encourage individuals to develop new skills and engage in lifelong learning. The credits can be used to claim back approved training course fees.
While the credits will not expire and you can accumulate them, don’t procrastinate and start thinking about how you can use them!
As pet owners, there are a couple of approved pet-related courses you can go for.
Use your SkillsFuture credits on these 5 pet courses
Note: We found these courses on SkillsFuture’s website and picked them out based on their course descriptions. We have not gone for any of the courses.
1. Canine first aid
The Canine First Responder course teaches you crucial canine first aid skills, which include scene and primary assessment, canine communication, rescue breathing and CPR, and injury management.
2. Pet care and management
This course at Temasek Polytechnic caters to people working in the pet retail industry or who are interested in joining it. It covers animal care, management, and welfare. You will also learn to do physical health checks.
3. Basic dog grooming
Knowing how to do basic grooming for your dog is helpful to every owner. We held a basic grooming workshop for Latte’s birthday and had so much fun. Although that fun workshop isn’t on SkillsFuture’s course directory, there is a basic dog groomer course from DogHaven where you will learn canine basic first aid and basic pet grooming skills.
For something more relevant to grooming at home, check out this 1-day dog grooming course from Ngee Ann Polytechnic that covers things like clipping nails, anal glands expression, cleaning ears, etc..
4. Therapeutic Massage for Dogs
This short 1-day course from Paws Fur Life & Ngee Ann Polytechnic teaches you how to use gentle and soothing massages to help your dog relax, relieve pain and improve joint flexibility. Massaging your pup also strengthens the bond between you and your animal companion.
5. Reliability and behaviour training
Does your dog run off and not come back when she’s off the leash? Or does she get too distracted outside to listen to your cues? You can train your dog’s reliability through science-based methods and techniques at this 3-day Udemy course.
You can also learn how to resolve common dog behavioural problems like excessive barking, separation anxiety, destruction with this dog training course on Udemy.
Note that some Udemy courses may cease to be SkillsFuture eligible. Look out for “SkillsFuture Credit eligible” on the course page.
For more information on SkillsFuture Singapore, visit SkillsFuture.sg.