Skills Framework for Landscape

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What Is it?

The Skills Framework (SFw) is a SkillsFuture initiative developed for the Singapore workforce to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning, and is an integral component of the Landscape Sectoral Manpower Plan.

Jointly developed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG), and the National Parks Board (NParks), together with industry associations, training providers, organisations and unions, the Skills Framework for Landscape provides useful information on:

  • Sector information;

  • Career pathways;

  • Occupations and job roles;

  • Existing and emerging skills; and

  • Training programmes for skills upgrading and mastery.

Who Is It For?

Individuals who wish to join or progress within the Landscape sector, to assess their career interest, identify relevant training programmes to upgrade their skills and prepare for the desired job roles.

Employers will be able to recognise these skills and invest in training their employees for career development and skills upgrading.

Training Providers can gain insights on sector trends, existing and emerging skills that are in demand, and design programmes to address the industry needs accordingly.

How Does It Work?

The SFw for Landscape contains information on trends, career pathways, occupations, job roles, skills and competencies and training programmes.

(i) Sector Information

This section provides information on the SFw for Landscape, including information on trends and workforce profiles in the sector.

Click here to download the Guide to Occupation and Skills for the SFw for Landscape.

(ii) Career Pathways

The Career Pathways show the possible options for vertical and lateral progression for advancement and growth. Five (5) tracks have been identified (i) Landscape Design, (ii) Landscape Implementation, (iii) Horticulture and Turf Maintenance, (iv) Arboriculture and (v) Nursery, which encompass 17 job roles.

Click on the following link to download the Career Pathways for the Landscape sector. [PDF]

(iii) Skills Map

The Skills Maps covers a total of 17 job roles, critical work functions, key tasks and skills and competencies aligned to the five tracks.

(a) View the Occupations/Job Roles under the SFw for Landscape

Click on the tracks listed below to download the Skills Map for each track.

Landscape Design

Landscape Implementation

  • Landscape Project Coordinator [PDF / Word]

  • Landscape Project Manager [PDF / Word

Horticulture and Turf Maintenance 

  • Landscape Worker [PDF / Word]

  • Landscape Technician [PDF / Word]

  • Landscape Supervisor/Assistant Landscape Supervisor/Landscape Team Leader [PDF / Word]

  • Landscape Manager [PDF / Word

  • Managing Director [PDF / Word]


  • Landscape Worker [PDF Word]

  • Arboriculture Technician [PDF / Word]

  • Arboriculture Supervisor/ Arboriculture Team Leader [PDF / Word]

  • Arborist/Arboricultural Consultant [PDF / Word]

  • Managing Director [PDF Word]



(iv) Skills and Competencies

The Skills and Competencies identified for each of the job roles fall under two broad classifications: (i) Technical Skills and Competencies, and (ii) Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies).

(a) View the Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Landscape

Technical Skills and Competencies comprise occupation/job-specific knowledge, skills and abilities that a person needs to have to perform the various tasks.

Click the following link to download the Overview of Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Landscape.[PDF/ Word]

Click here to view the Technical Skills and Competencies for the SFw for Landscape.



Business Management


  • Aesthetic and Design Sensibility [PDF Word]

  • Building Information Modelling Application [PDF Word]

  • Cultural, Heritage and Socio-economic Sensitivity for Design [PDF Word]

  • Design Creation and Development [PDF Word]

  • Design Sketching [PDF Word]

  • Design Standards and Specification [PDF Word]

  • Design Thinking Practice [PDF Word]

  • Digital and Physical Prototyping [PDF Word]

  • Form Giving [PDF Word]

  • Imagination and Exploration [PDF Word]

  • Material Studies and Production Processes [PDF Word]

  • Placemaking and Programming of Open Spaces [PDF Word]

  • Sustainable Landscape Design [PDF Word]

  • Technical Drawing [PDF Word]

  • Visual Communication [PDF Word]


  • Biophilic Design [PDF / Word]

  • Ecology in Landscapes [PDF / Word]

  • Environment Management in Landscape Operations [PDF / Word]

  • Microclimate in Landscape Design [PDF Word]

  • Water Sensitive Urban Design [PDF Word]



Landscape Engineering

  • Automation Research and Implementation [PDF / Word]

  • Landscape Drainage Management [PDF / Word]

  • Landscape Tools, Equipment and Machinery Management [PDF / Word]

  • Skyrise Greenery Design and Implementation [PDF / Word]

  • Skyrise Greenery Maintenance [PDF Word]

  • Water Features Management [PDF Word]

Landscape Implementation

  • Plants and Materials Procurement for Landscape Projects [PDF / Word

Nursery Management

  • Display Creation and Management [PDF / Word]

  • Nursery Operations Management [PDF / Word]

  • Plant Propagation and Production [PDF / Word


  • Hazards and Risk Control, and Policy Management [PDF / Word]

  • Incident and Accident Investigation [PDF / Word]

  • Work at Heights [PDF / Word

  • Workplace Safety and Health Policy Development [PDF / Word

(b) View the Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies) for the SFw for Landscape

Each job role in every Skills Framework developed has Generic Skills and Competencies (GSCs) identified. The GSCs are employability/transferable skills and competencies.


An industry review of the GSCs was conducted in 2019, culminating in the creation of the Critical Core Skills (CCS). Visit this link to access information about the CCS. Users of the Skills Framework can also locate the GSC-to-CCS mapping document and advisory there.

(v) Training Programmes

The Training Programmes provide information on skills acquisition that are available for new entrants and in-service personnel to acquire skills and competencies required for various job roles in the Landscape sector.

(a) View the Training Programmes for new entrants

These are programmes that equip new entrants with skills and knowledge for the specific job role in the sector at their respective entry level.

Click on the tracks below to download the Training Programmes for each job role.

(b) View the Training Programmes for in-service personnel

For in-service employees who work in the Landscape sector and who aspire to take on more challenging roles at work, you can identify and enrol in the training programmes listed here to acquire the relevant skills.

These are programmes for in-service personnel to broaden or deepen specific skills and knowledge for the various job roles in the sector. 

Landscape Design

Landscape Implementation

Horticulture and Turf Maintenance 

  • Landscape Worker [PDF Word]

  • Landscape Technician [PDF Word]

  • Landscape Supervisor/Assistant Landscape Supervisor/Landscape Team Leader [PDF Word]

  • Landscape Manager [PDF Word

  • Managing Director [PDF Word]


  • Landscape Worker [PDF Word]

  • Arboriculture Technician [PDF Word]

  • Arboriculture Supervisor/ Arboriculture Team Leader [PDF Word]

  • Arborist/Arboricultural Consultant [PDF / Word]

  • Managing Director [PDF Word]



(c) View the Training Programmes for Critical Core Skills (previously known as Generic Skills and Competencies or GSCs)

These are programmes through which individuals can acquire the Critical Core Skills (CCS), which are transferable and can be applied across sectors. The CCS facilitate employability by supporting individuals in acquiring relevant Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) for various job roles in different sectors. Please visit this link to access the list of CCS training programmes offered by the Institutes of Higher Learning.


For more information on Training Programmes, please visit the respective training providers’ websites or

Skills Framework Templates


This section helps users to populate Skills Framework content into editable Microsoft Word templates.

Step 1: Select template(s)

Step 2: Select Occupation(s)/Job Role(s)

Step 3: Click HERE to Download

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    HOW you will benefit

    • Understand the intent and purpose of the Skills Framework
    • Comprehend the components of the Skills Framework
    • Enhance HR practices in the areas of talent attraction, performance and career management, learning and development through the Skills Framework
    • Adopt the Skills Framework to improve people strategy and business outcomes


    WHO should attend

    • HR practitioners who: 
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    HOW you will benefit

    • Come with ready problem statements, questions or challenges concerning applying Skills Framework in your enterprise
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    WHO should attend

    • HR practitioners who: 
      • Have attended the Skills Framework workshop or are familiar with the Skills Framework
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