The SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) have jointly developed three Emergency Response and Crisis Management competency units under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) system. These courses prepare CERT members with the knowledge and application skills to function as a member of an emergency response team in order to implement the emergency response skills during an emergency incident in buildings.
The CERT (Company Emergency Response Team) Scheme was expanded to include a broader group of Public and Industrial premises with the amendments to the Fire Safety Act on 01 September 2013 and 01 March 2014.
In the updated Fire Safety Act (Chapter 109A), all premises with Fire Safety Managers are required to set up a CERT. In addition, all premises with a Fire Certificate are required to develop an Emergency Response Plan (ERP).