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For Dating Agencies

  1. The applicant agency must be a bona fide dating agency1 that is legally registered with the Government of Singapore.   
     
  2. The applicant agency must be in the business2 of providing dating services to singles comprising at least 80% Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident and not more than 20% Employment Pass 3 holders.
     
  3. At least one of the Directors must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident residing in Singapore. See details below:-

    Company Type:

a) Sole Proprietor - The owner must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident residing in Singapore; 

b) Partnership/LLP/Limited Partnership - At least one of the partners must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident residing in Singapore; or 

c) Private Limited Company / Public-owned Company (e.g. Listed on SGX) - At least one of the Directors must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident residing in Singapore. The Key Manager must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident residing in Singapore.

  1. At least one of the Agency owners / Directors / Key Managers must receive the Statement of Attainment  (S.O.A.) for SDN prescribed competency units under the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Framework 4. See details below:-

    Company Type:

a) Sole Proprietor - The Owner must complete the required course(s);

b) Partnership/LLP/Limited Partnership - At least one of the Partners must complete the required course(s); or

c) Private Limited Company / Public-owned Company (e.g. Listed on SGX) - At least one of the Directors and  the Key Managers must complete the required course(s)5.

   
  Agency owners / Directors / Key Managers:

  1. must be of good reputation, character, and possess the orientation towards accountability, sound business and corporate governance principles, and alignment to SDN’s objectives of upholding the integrity and professionalism of the local dating industry;
     
  2. must be at least 21 years of age;
     
  3. must declare if they have other businesses related to the dating industry;
     
  4. must declare if they currently involved in litigation or criminal suits; 
     
  5. must not have any criminal record6 ;
     
  6. must declare if they are in the process of winding up, liquidation or bankruptcy;
     
  7. must not be undischarged bankrupts;
     
  8. must not have unsecured debts and liabilities of more than 3 months of last-drawn pay; and
     
  9. must not have signed a promissory note or an acknowledgment of indebtedness.
     
  10. The Agency must have at least one SDNTrust certified   7 dating practitioner under its lawful employment.
     
  11. The Agency must have a physical office.

Applicants may apply in writing with strong justifications for the waiver of the criteria stated above. The Secretariat may grant the waiver based on the merits of each case, subject to the compliance of the SDNTrust Accreditation’s Code of Professional Conduct, and Criteria and Standards.

  


1A bona fide dating agency refers to an agency that is acting in good faith without fraud or deceit and is engaged in the business of providing dating services – both offline (i.e. personalized one-to-one introductions and/or the organization of social interaction activities) and online (including Computer Matchmaking and other dating services offered via a website).

2SDNTrust Accreditation allows the accreditation of the specific business division for organizations that are sufficiently large. Applicants may apply in writing to the Secretariat citing relevant justifications. The Secretariat will evaluate and grant the allowance, based on the merits of each case, subject to the compliance of the SDNTrust Code of Professional Conduct, and Accreditation Criteria and Standards.

3Employment Pass holders are defined in accordance to the definition from Ministry of Manpower, Government of the Republic of Singapore, which refers to foreign professionals working in managerial, executive or specialised jobs.

4It is compulsory for at least one of the active owners/ directors/ key managers of the dating agencies to attend the WSQ  modules ‘Establish and Manage a Dating Business’ and at least one of the dating practitioners to attend the two WSQ modules on ‘Organise a Dating Event’ and “Provide Personalised Dating Services’ before they are eligible to apply for the SDNTrust Accreditation.

5If the agency is sufficiently large, the agency may appoint one member of the Senior Management Team to complete the required course(s), subject to the approval of the Secretariat.

6Waiver may be granted on a case by case basis, at the sole discretion of the SDNTrust Accreditation Council.

 7;A certified dating practitioner is defined as any person who directly engages in the provision of dating service to clients and meets the following:

a) Receives the Statement of Attainments (S.O.A.s) for SDN’s prescribed competency units under the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) framework, namely for the “Provide Personalised Dating Services” and “Organise a Dating Business” course;

b) Abide by the Codes and Standards of the accreditation framework, and that there were not more than 3 valid complaints received within a year.