Frequently Asked Questions

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 I'm interested to join ICA as an ICA Senior Officer / Specialist. How do I apply?

You may submit your application via should you meet our entry requirements.

What are the prerequisites of the job?

The basic requirements to be an ICA Senior Officer / Specialist are: 
a) Singapore Citizen
b) Be physically fit
c) Have good eyesight with normal colour vision
d) A pass degree in any discipline for the position of ICA Senior Officer and at least GCE O Levels / Nitec for the position of ICA Specialist

Please refer to ICA Senior Officer page and ICA Specialist page for more details.

 Do I need to do shift work?

Yes, newly appointed officers will be posted to a Checkpoint for foundation posting and will be required to work on cyclic shift.

 Is there any PES requirement?

Candidates need to pass medical examination. Male applicants should preferably have medical fitness 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 go for my reservist and / or IPPT after I join ICA?

Yes. There is no change to NS liability (including IPPT).

 I hold a Diploma from a private institution e.g. Informatics. Is it recognised? 

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

 What are degrees that are recognised by ICA?

For graduate positions, degrees from universities accredited by the home government of the country where the university is located will be considered for appointment into the Public Service. This applies to degrees obtained full-time or part-time, through distance-learning or twinning programs. The Public Service does not solely look at academic qualification when choosing candidates. We also take into account other important factors such as relevant work experience, past performance (e.g. track records), as well as personal attributes like leadership abilities.

 Does ICA sponsor officers for further studies?

Yes, we do. ICA offers Sponsorship programs such as the Home Team (Diploma/ITE) Sponsorship and Home Affairs Learning and Growth (HALO) programs. Find out more about our sponsorship programs here.

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

Newly appointed Sergeants 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 program?

The 10- to 13-week training will be conducted at Home Team Academy. It is non-residential and will be mainly classroom-based training with some site visits to our Checkpoint Commands, Enforcement Division and Service Centres at ICA HQ. For the ICA Senior Officer basic course, there is a 5-day residential "Leadership Challenge & Adventure Program" at Outward Bound Singapore.

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Last updated on 21 Jul 2016