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I’m interested in joining ICA as a HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector/Sergeant. How do I apply?

If you meet our entry requirements, you may submit your application via Careers@Gov.

What are the prerequisites of the job?

The basic requirements to be a HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector/Sergeant are:

  • Singapore citizenship
  • Be physically fit
  • Good eyesight with normal colour vision
  • A degree in any discipline for the position of HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector, and at least five General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O’ Level passes or Nitec for the position of HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant.

Please refer to the HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector and Direct-Entry Sergeant pages for more details.

Do I need to do shift work?

Yes. Newly appointed officers, upon completion of their training, will begin their foundational posting at a checkpoint and will be required to work on cyclic shifts.

Is there any Physical Employment Standards (PES) requirement?

Candidates need to pass a medical examination. Male applicants should preferably have a fitness level of PES A or B. Those who do not have PES A or B will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Do I still need to serve In-Camp Training (ICT) and/or complete the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) after I join ICA?

Yes. There is no change to National Service requirements (including the IPPT) with your appointment as HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector/Sergeant.

I hold a diploma from a private institution. Is it recognised?

Private diplomas that are assessed to be of the same duration and rigour as our local polytechnic diplomas may be considered.

What degrees are recognised by ICA?

For graduate positions, ICA recognises degrees from universities accredited by the government of the country where the university is located. This applies to degrees obtained full time or part time, as well as through distance learning or twinning programmes. ICA does not solely look at academic qualifications when choosing candidates. We also take into account other important factors, such as relevant work experience, past performance (for example, employment track record) and personal attributes like leadership abilities.

Does ICA sponsor officers for further studies?

Yes, we do. ICA offers sponsorships for diploma, degree and postgraduate studies.

I heard that there is a sign-on bonus. Is it true? Will there be a bond?

Newly appointed HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeants (diploma holders of local polytechnics / NAFA / LASALLE, IB diploma or GCE 'A' Level holders) will receive a sign-on bonus, with $3,000 paid upon signing on and $5,000 upon confirmation after one-year probation. There will be a bond of 2 years for the sign-on bonus, effective from the date of appointment.

What is the training period and where will it be held? Is it a residential programme?

The 16- to 20-week training will be conducted at Home Team Academy. It is largely non-residential training that will equip new officers with the relevant knowledge and skills to confidently fulfil their duties. As part of the ICA Basic Course (Inspector), there is a five-day residential Leadership Challenge Programme and up to 10 days (excluding weekends) of residential Home Team Programme at HTA. Officers will generally not be allowed to take any vacation leave or time-off during the course of the 16-week training.