ABC Waters Professional Registry

The following are qualified ABC Waters Professionals (ABCWP) under the SILA registration scheme.

Note: Nullified certificates are not shown on the list above.

Download IES List of Approved Activities for Renewal 
(Look under “V. Programmes, Forms & Circulars > Activities for Renewal”)

Background
 

The ABC Waters Programme aims to promote and develop professional expertise in water-sensitive design in urban environments.  It was launched in 2011 by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) with the support of SIA, SILA, PUB, NParks, HDB and LTA.  Refer to PUB’s ABC Waters webpage for more information.

 

 

Role of ABC Waters Professional (SILA)
 

In compliance with the Code of Practice on Surface Water Drainage (Sixth Edition – Dec 2011 with amendments under Addendum No.1 – Jun 2013), a developer/owner who wishes to incorporate ABC Waters Design features in his development is required to engage an ABC Waters Professional (ABCWP).  The ABCWP shall be:

  1. A Professional Engineer registered with PEB[1] and the ABCWP(IES) Registry;
  2. An Architect registered with 2BOA[2] and the ABCWP(SIA) Registry; or

  3. An Accredited Landscape Architect registered with LAAO[3] and the ABCWP(SILA) Registry.

     

The ABCWP (SILA) has the responsibilities to:

 

  1. Design ABC Waters Design features;
  2. Oversee the construction of ABC Waters Design features;

  3. Develop a maintenance plan for ABC Waters Design features; and

  4. Endorse ABC Waters concept designs (drawings) and design calculations for DC submission and ABC Waters Certification application;

     

The ABCWP (SILA) is not expected to endorse the hydraulic calculations (which is different from design calculations) of ABC Waters Design features.  Hydraulic calculations can only be endorsed by a C&S ABCWP (IES) for DC submission.

If an ABC Waters Design feature is designed to comply with the stormwater detention requirement stipulated under Clause 7.1.5 of the Code of Practice on Surface Water Drainage, the developer/owner is required to engage an ABCWP to perform inspection on the feature annually.  If the feature is found to be maintained satisfactorily and functioning well, the ABCWP shall issue to the developer/owner an endorsed certificate of inspection for his onward submission to PUB.

[1] Professional Engineers Board 

[2] Board of Architects

[3] Landscape Architects Accreditation Office

Download ABC Waters Design Guidelines  

Download Code of Practice on Surface Water Drainage

Download application form for Registration (Version 2018-05-11)

Download application form for Renewal (Version 2020-07-14)


Note: Please download the latest version of the application forms for use.  The forms may be updated without notice.  Should you encounter any problem downloading the forms, please contact the SILA Secretariat for assistance.

 
 

Registration Criteria

With effect from 1 July 2016, an applicant who wishes to register as an ABCWP on the SILA ABC Waters Professional Registry shall satisfy the following conditions:

The applicant must

  1. Possess a landscape architectural degree from a university recognised by SILA;

  2. Be a full member of SILA;
  3. Be an Accredited Landscape Architect (Accred. LA) registered with LAAO; and
  4. Have successfully completed 4 core and 2 elective course modules* under the ABC Waters Professional Programme and passed the examinations.

*Search IES Course Listing for course information.

Registration Procedure

An applicant who meets the above criteria shall submit both a printed copy and a scanned copy of the following documents to SILA for review and record:

 

  1. Completed application form for Registration;
  2. Landscape architectural degree certificate;

  3. SILA membership certificate;

  4. Accreditation certificate; and

  5. Result slips of 4 core and 2 elective course modules of the ABC Waters Professional Programme.  After the completion of a module, a result slip for the module will be issued by IES via email.

     

The applicant shall indicate in the application form the year in which he wishes to begin his registration.  If the applicant wishes to begin his registration in the year of his application, he may submit his application any time in the year.  For instance, if the applicant is submitting his application in 2019 and wishes to begin his registration in the same year, he may submit any time in 2019.  If the applicant wishes to begin his registration in the year following his application, the application shall be submitted no earlier than 3 months before the year of registration.  For instance, if the applicant wishes to start his registration in 2019, he shall submit his application no earlier than October 2018. 

The applicant is required to enclose a cheque payment of S$321.00 in his application submission.  The payment includes an application fee of S$107.00 and a 2-year subscription fee of S$214.00.  

Cheque(s) shall be made payable to “Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects”.  Application fee is not refundable.  Subscription fee will be refunded if the application is unsuccessful.  The applicant is advised to submit the application before or in the beginning of the year of registration.

The application documents and the cheque payment shall be sent to the following address:

 

Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects
Attn: Secretariat (MCI Group Office)
20 Bendemeer Road, BS Bendemeer Centre, #04-02, Singapore 339914

The scanned copy of the application documents shall be emailed to the following email address:

secretariat@sila.org.sg

Successful applicants will be issued the ABC Waters Professional Certificate in softcopy via email.  

 

Download application form for Registration (Version 2018-05-11)

Renewal Criteria

With effect from 1 July 2016, an applicant who wishes to renew his ABCWP certificate shall satisfy the following conditions:

The applicant must

  1. Be a full member of SILA;
  2. Be an Accredited Landscape Architect (Accred. LA) registered with LAAO; and
  3. Have attained a minimum of 12 PDUs* before current certificate expires.

*Refer to ABCWP Continuous Professional Development

 

Renewal Procedure

An applicant who meets the above criteria shall submit both a printed copy and a scanned copy of the following documents to SILA for review and record:

  1. Completed application form for Renewal; and

  2. Documentary proof of attendance of events that are eligible for PDUs (if there is no attendance list to sign during events)

 

The applicant is required to enclose a cheque payment of S$214.00 for the 2-year subscription fee in his application submission.  Cheque(s) shall be made payable to “Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects”.  Subscription fee will be refunded if the application is unsuccessful.  The applicant is advised to submit the application 2 months before the expiry of the existing certificate.

The application documents and the cheque payment shall be sent to the following address:

 

Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects
Attn: Secretariat (MCI Group Office)
20 Bendemeer Road, BS Bendemeer Centre, #04-02, Singapore 339914

The scanned copy of the application documents shall be emailed to the following email address:

secretariat@sila.org.sg

Successful applicants will be issued the ABC Waters Professional Certificate in softcopy via email.

 

Download application form for Renewal (Version 2018-05-09)

Application Review Process

The average processing time for an application is 6 weeks.  After an application is received, the submitted application documents will be checked for completeness before review.  SILA may contact the applicant to verify the submitted information or request for more details.

For an application (registration or renewal), if SILA is satisfied that the application has met all the requirements, the application will be recommended via IES to the ABC Waters Monitoring Committee for review and approval.  SILA will issue the ABCWP certificate to the applicant once the application is approved by the committee.  Unsuccessful applicants will be notified. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Certificate Validity Period

With effect from 1 July 2016, the validity period of an ABCWP certificate is two consecutive years typically from 1 January of the first year to the 31 December of the second.  

For registration applications, the ABCWP certificate is valid for the year of registration and the subsequent year.  The applicant may indicate his preferred year of registration in his application.  If he wishes to begin his registration in the year of his application, the validity period of his certificate will begin on the date of approval in the year of registration.  For instance, if an applicant submits his application on 1 February 2018 and indicates that he wishes to begin the registration in 2018, and if the application is approved on 15 March, the validity period of his ABCWP certificate will begin on 15 March 2018 and expires on 1 January 2020.  If the applicant indicates that he wishes to begin his registration in 2019, then upon approval, the validity period of his ABCWP certificate will only begin on 1 January 2019 and expires on 1 January 2021.

For renewal applications, the certificate is valid for two consecutive years subsequent to the expiration of the current certificate if the current certificate has not lapsed.  

 

 

ABCWP Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The ABCWP Continuous Professional Development aims to encourage the ABCWP to:


• Maintain, improve, or expand technical skills and knowledge;
• Keep abreast of changing procedures and standards;
• Understand and apply advances in technology;
• Better serve the profession, community and environment; and
• Broaden exposure to related fields. 

The unit of measure for effort spent in pursuing continuing professional development as an ABCWP is called the Professional Development Unit (PDU).  PDUs are obtained through participation in CPD activities.

1) Minimum of 12 PDUs required for renewal

 

To be eligible for renewal, the ABCWP must attain a minimum of 12 PDUs before his current certificate expires.

2) Maximum of 12 excess PDUs can be carried forward

If the ABCWP has attained more than 12 PDUs for the current renewal, he may carry forward up to 12 excess PDUs for his next renewal. Excess points cannot be carried forward over more than one validity period.

 

3) Maximum shortfall of 4 PDUs are allowed

 

A renewal application with insufficient PDUs will still be considered if the shortfall does not exceed 4 points. If the application is successful, the applicant must make up the shortfall by the next renewal application. A renewal application with a shortfall of more than 4 PDUs will be rejected and the certificate will lapse.

 

4) Lapsed Certificates 

 

An ABCWP certificate is considered to have lapsed if it is expired before renewal application is submitted or the renewal application for the certificate has been rejected due to shortfall in PDUs.  No shortfalls of PDUs are allowed for the renewal of certificates that have lapsed for one validity period (i.e. 2 years) or longer.

5) Nullified Certificates 

 

A certificate that has lapsed for 3 years or more will be nullified and can no longer be renewed. The ABCWP with a nullified certificate is required to submit a new registration application subject to conditions should he wish to be registered again.  

6) Structured Activities 

 

Refer to the List of Approved Activities (Look under “V. Programmes, Forms & Circulars > Activities for Renewal”) provided by IES for structured activities that are awarded PDUs for renewal.  PDUs awarded for the elective modules of the ABC Waters Programme may be used for renewal if the modules have not been already taken for the purpose of registration.  PDUs awarded for core modules cannot be used for renewal.

7) Unstructured Activities

 

Maximum of 2 PDUs per renewal are allowed for self-study related to ABC Waters Design. Self-study material shall be submitted via email for review. Self-study material excludes the ABC Waters Programme course material.

 

Updated 14 July 2020

 
 
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