Got a question for us? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why learn with Bike School Asia (BSA)?
Our carefully created curriculum features dynamic, clear and detailed teaching with demonstrations and practical, guided hands-on sessions that are the result of the culminative experience of years of riding, racing and coaching.
We keep current with the latest industry developments and our rider-centric focus means we know what works and what’s just clever marketing. We then teach objectively and responsibly so you’ll be able to tell facts from fads.
We cover different types of bikes – Road, Mountain, and Foldables – for a better learning experience, making this the most complete course out there!
With effect from January 2016, all Singapore citizens aged 25 year and older automatically received S$500 credit to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses.
We’re pleased to announce that you can now use your S$500 SkillsFuture Credit (or the balance you have in your account) to offset the fees for our courses.
Companies sending their employees can claim a training grant of S$70 through SkillsConnect.
How do I claim my SkillsFuture credit?
(Updated 12 June 2017)
If you intend to use SkillsFuture credit to attend any of our courses, here’s what you need to do:
- Decide on the course you would like to attend, and the date of the course.
- Go through the checkout process, ensuring that you enter your name exactly as it is in your NRIC for SkillsFuture verification purposes. When you get to the payment page, you will be asked to pay a $100 deposit.
- Complete the booking. You will receive an email confirmation, which will serve as an invoice for your SkillsFuture claim.
- Wait till it’s 60 days or less to the start of your course as you can only make a claim in this time frame.
- Go to the SkillsFuture page for the course you have chosen: Certified Bike Mechanic Course, Certificate in Bike Maintenance, Certificate in Wheel Building
- Log in to your SkillsFuture account. Your credit balance will be displayed in the main page.
- Upload a screenshot of the email confirmation you received and proceed to pay for the course using your available credit. SkillsFuture will credit us the amount you have claimed within 7 days of the course start date.
- Email email@example.com with your full name, course you are attending, course date, and a screenshot of your claim amount from the SkillsFuture website.
- We will then send you an email for the outstanding amount to be paid.
- You can pay the outstanding balance directly to us via PayPal to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, or bank transfer (OCBC Account # 6260 1987 1001). We do not offer PayPal installment plans for courses paid using SkillsFuture credit.
- Your booking will then be confirmed as you have paid in full. You will receive an email confirmation.
- Please note that your attendance is only confirmed when we receive payment of the class fee less the SkillsFuture claim amount before the course commences. As each class has a limited number of places, prompt payment will ensure that you will be able to attend class on the dates you have chosen.
If you experience any problems, please contact SkillsFuture directly through the SkillsFuture feedback portal or call them at 6785 5785 as we don’t have any control over the claims process.
If you booked a course before 19 May 2017 and have not made your SkillsFuture claim, visit the WSG Career Centres to collect manual forms for submission of claim via pay-to-self. You must provide the BSA course confirmation email indicating that the course had commenced on or before 19 May 17.
Workforce Singapore (WSG) Career Centres
Telephone: 6883 5885
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays
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What do I need to bring?
Bikes, supplies and tools will be provided for your use during the course. There is space to park your bike in the workshop should you choose to cycle here.
You may bring your own bike for discussion, but do note that you’ll only be able to work on it during the lunch break (after you’ve had lunch, of course).
As part of our initiative to reduce our carbon footprint, all course notes are online. This would require the usage of a smart device such as smart phone, tablet or laptop. Do bring along your smart device for the theory test on the last day of class. WIFI is provided.
What do I need to wear?
Tools and components have a tendency to fall onto your feet when you least expect, so proper footwear is mandatory; that means no flip-flops, slippers or open-toed sandals. Proper footwear can also provide additional protection against slips, trips and falls when going for lunch. As for attire, as long as you smell nice, you are free to wear what you want — yes, even lycra.
Getting to BSA by train
The closest MRT station to the school is Tai Seng MRT station.
- Take the Circle Line to Tai Seng MRT (CC11) and step out from Exit B
- Cross the road to Breadtalk IHQ, then cross again to Oxley Bizhub 1
- It’s an approximately 5-minute walk
Getting to BSA by bus
Bus services: 8, 22, 24, 28, 43, 58, 70, 70M, 76, 80, 158
- The bus stops directly in front of the building, opposite Trinity Church
- Walk up the steps to the first block on your left and turn left to find lift lobby 6
- Take the lift to Level 10
Getting to BSA by taxi
Get the driver to drop you at the bus stop along Paya Lebar Road, opposite Trinity Church.
- Walk up the steps to the first block on your left and turn left to find the lift lobby 6
- Take the lift to Level 10
Getting to BSA by car
If you’re driving, expect delays along Paya Lebar Road due to construction of the MacPherson MRT station.
- Driving along Paya Lebar Road, turn into Ubi Ave 3
- Turn left to Ubi Road 1, the carpark entrance is on your left
There is ample parking in the Oxley Bizhub development. Park on Level 4 or in the basement car park.
Driving up to Level 4 (2.5m height limit)
- Enter Oxley Bizhub from Ubi Road 1
- Drive through the gantry on the extreme left, next to the car park office
- The ramp up will be on your right
- As you drive up, keep turning left to get to the higher floors
- Turn right when you arrive at Level 4
- Park near lift lobby 6 and take the lift to Level 10
Parking in the basement (2.1m height limit)
- Enter Oxley Bizhub from Ubi Road 1
- Drive straight into the basement carpark
- Park in the Orange Zone (Lobby 6)
- Take the lift to Level 10
International Students: Visas
With effect from 1 June 2004, foreigners who enter Singapore on Social Visit Passes may take up a short course of 30 days or fewer during their stay here in Singapore. There is no need to apply for a Student’s Pass, as long as the following conditions are fulfilled:
(i) The course must be a complete and stand-alone module on its own. Courses with multiple programme modules are excluded from this Student’s Pass exemption scheme; and
(ii) The course must not involve hands-on practical occupational training and/or industrial attachment which have interaction with walk-in customers or be conducted at premises that are also the places of business, e.g. hair salons and beauty salons.
Bike School Asia will provide you with a confirmation letter stating the duration of the course that you have registered for. However, your entry into Singapore is subjected to the prevailing immigration entry requirements as follows:
(i) passport valid for at least 6 months;
(ii) confirmed onward/return tickets;
(iii) sufficient funds to maintain themselves during their stay in Singapore;
(iv) visa, if applicable; and
(v) entry facilities, including visas to their onward destinations.
The grant of Social Visit Passes to visitors will be determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints officers at the Singapore checkpoints.
As the validity of Social Visit Passes granted can be 14 days, 30 days or 90 days, it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities such as the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore embassy or consulate in your home country, as to whether you could be granted a Social Visit Pass with a validity long enough for you to complete the course you have registered for.
Should you need to extend your Social Visit Pass, you can apply to do so at the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority’s Visitor Services Centre at 4th Storey, ICA Building at 10 Kallang Road Singapore 208718 (next to the Lavender MRT station). Each application will be assessed on its own merit.
For more information on entry visas and Social Visit passes, please visit the ICA website.
International Students: Singapore
Getting around Singapore is easy on a bike. We strongly recommend helmets. Singapore’s road system is right hand drive, so slower vehicles such as bicycles should keep to the left. Gothere.sg is a handy website for finding your way around Singapore.
There is a comprehensive network of park connectors which takes you between residential estates – a great way to see parts of Singapore that most visitors often miss. There are also several mountain bike trails – if you need any advice on where to ride, just ask!
Singapore can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be – it all depends on your tastes!
A meal at an air-conditioned food court will set you back about S$5 without drinks, while hawker centres are generally cheaper. On the other end of the spectrum are swanky restaurants, where meals can cost upwards of S$200 per head. Canned drinks cost about S$1.20 per can, and a bottle of Tiger beer at the kopitiam (coffee shop) is S$6.
Transport is generally cheap in Singapore if you go public. Train fares are about S$2 per trip. Taxis are metered by law and start from S$3.20 per trip – more if you flag one down in the Central Business District and/or peak hours. You can calculate taxi fares here.