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What is the aim of the revised CET Diploma Qualifications Framework?

What is the aim of the revised CET Diploma Qualifications Framework?

The primary purpose of the revised part-time Diploma is to allow Singaporeans to upgrade their skills so that they may perform their job better, and at a higher level, or even switch to jobs in a different sector. This focus allows us to sharpen the curriculum and content to deliver cutting-edge knowledge and practice to students, while allowing us to make the courses more compact and modular.

What is the difference between the new CET Diploma under the revised qualifications framework and the previous ones?

What is the difference between the new CET Diploma under the revised qualifications framework and the previous ones?

The new framework is based on Modular Certificates (MCs). Each MC for a particular diploma equips students with content and skills in core industry domains, and hence is valued by employers. The MCs are developed in consultation with the industry to ensure greater curriculum-relevancy to the training needs of adult learners.

Will the quality of programmes be affected as a result of a lower number of learning hours leading to a diploma?

Will the quality of programmes be affected as a result of a lower number of learning hours leading to a diploma?

No, the quality of programmes will not be affected. Programmes under the previous framework were modelled after equivalent pre-employment diplomas offered by the polytechnic. Under the new framework, the number of hours required to achieve a diploma (900 hours comprising 5 modular certificates of 180 hours each) is lower.

What are the differences between Polytechnic Diploma and SSG’s WSQ Diploma programmes?

What are the differences between Polytechnic Diploma and SSG’s WSQ Diploma programmes?

MOE’s part-time diplomas, which are determined in consultation with economic agencies and the industries, have a broader scope of training and are more content-focused. SSG’s Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) diplomas are vocational in design, developed with validation from the industries based on a comprehensive set of performance standards around specific occupations and job areas.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

What are the minimum entry requirements?
‘O’ Levels
  • 3 relevant ‘O’ Level passes and 3 years of relevant working experience OR
Higher Nitec
  • GPA ≥ 2.0 OR
  • GPA ≥ 1.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
Nitec
  • GPA ≥ 3.5 OR
  • GPA ≥ 3.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services

  • GPA ≥ 2.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Nitec in Technology/Services

  • GPA ≥ 3.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

WSQ Qualification

  • Relevant WSQ Qualification with 3 years of relevant working experience and WSQ Workplace Literacy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6) and Workplace Numeracy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6)

What is WPLN? How do I know which level I am at? Where can I be assessed?

What is WPLN? How do I know which level I am at? Where can I be assessed?

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG’s) Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Programme (WPLN) which serves as an alternative to traditional qualifications and offers training on generic employability skills to raise a worker's effectiveness and improve his work abilities. The foundational skills attained can be applied across all industries, enabling workers of all levels to better adapt to new job demands, work challenges and changing work environments. For more information, click here.

What if I do not meet the minimum entry requirements? Can I still try to apply for the course?

What if I do not meet the minimum entry requirements? Can I still try to apply for the course?

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements but are assessed by Temasek Polytechnic as potentially suitable candidates, may at the discretion of the Polytechnic, be considered for written and/or oral assessments conducted by TP. TP reserves the right to accept candidates based on their performance at this assessment.

Can I apply for CET courses if I am a work pass/dependent’s pass/long-term visit pass holder?

Can I apply for CET courses if I am a work pass/dependent’s pass/long-term visit pass holder?

Students are required to hold a valid pass for the duration of the course. Students have to bear the full risk of non-completion should their pass expire and subsequently lapse within the duration of the course. 

What is the course duration of the CET Diploma?

What is the course duration of the CET Diploma?

The duration of the CET Diploma is 900 hours including both contact and non-contact (self-learning) hours and comprises 5 Modular Certificates (MCs) and each MC is 180 hours or 6 months. Upon successful completion of the 5 relevant MCs, the participants will be conferred a full qualification of a Diploma. Depending on the pace of learning, students can complete a Diploma in a minimum of 2.5 years.

If I have work commitment and need to take a break from my studies, what is the maximum number of semesters that I can have to obtain a full qualification of a Diploma?

If I have work commitment and need to take a break from my studies, what is the maximum number of semesters that I can have to obtain a full qualification of a Diploma?

To obtain a full qualification of a Diploma course, you are given up to two times the normal course duration to complete the course, i.e. 5 years or ten semesters.

What is the frequency of the course?

What is the frequency of the course?

The duration of each MC is approximately 6 months, with lessons being held 3 times a week, from 7pm to 10pm on weekdays and/or 9am to 1pm on Saturday.  Lesson schedules are subject to change. You will receive your course timetable about 1 month before the course commences.

Which universities can I apply to after I complete my CET Diploma?

Which universities can I apply to after I complete my CET Diploma?

You can apply to part-time undergraduate programmes which are relevant to your diploma course at NUS, NTU and SUSS.

Will I need to take any bridging programme?

Will I need to take any bridging programme?

The revised part-time diploma is intended to be more accessible to the workforce, and is made shorter in duration compared to the full-time diploma because broad-based interdisciplinary modules, final year projects and internships, as well as academic modules such as Mathematics and Sciences, are omitted. As such, most part-time undergraduate programmes would require you to go through a bridging programme to prepare you adequately before admission.

If I need to take the bridging programme, how much will it cost and how long will it take?

If I need to take the bridging programme, how much will it cost and how long will it take?

The duration and cost of the bridging programmes will depend on the type and nature of the part-time degree course that you apply for. The duration is expected to be between six months to a year. The fee will not be more expensive than undergraduate modules of comparable duration. You may wish to check with the relevant institution for more details.

When will the application for Diploma courses begin?

When will the application for Diploma courses begin?

Courses are run in April and/or October of each year. Application for the April intake starts in early November and October intake starts in early May. 

How do I get more information on the next run of the course?

How do I get more information on the next run of the course?

Interested applicants may register their interest by subscribing to email updates to get course updates via email. You may consider following TSA’s facebook page for news and updates on the courses too.

How do I register for the course?

How do I register for the course?

You may apply for the course here

What documents are required for the application?

What documents are required for the application?
  • NRIC/ Passport/ Work Permit
  • Academic qualifications (Certificates and Transcripts)
  • Photo
  • Other supporting documents

Upload ALL required supporting documents via the on-line application portal. We will not be able to consider applicants with incomplete document submission for the application.

When will applicants be notified of the application outcome?

When will applicants be notified of the application outcome?

Offering is an ongoing process during and following the period of application.

Is there course fee subsidy for CET Diploma?

Is there course fee subsidy for CET Diploma?

Eligible students pay net fee after MOE course fee subsidy. You may refer to the course write up of the specific course for the fee payable. For an overview of the funding and subsidies, you may find the information here.

What are the payment procedures if I am eligible for MOE course fee subsidy?

What are the payment procedures if I am eligible for MOE course fee subsidy?

You do not need to apply for MOE subsidy. TP will bill you the subsidized fee amount, depending on your subsidy eligibility level when you are offered admission to the course. 

Do I have to pay the course fee for the full CET Diploma or by individual Modular Certificates?

Do I have to pay the course fee for the full CET Diploma or by individual Modular Certificates?

As the new qualifications framework is based on Modular Certificates (MCs), you will be billed based on the MC or any repeat subjects you are taking for the semester. Fee are payable on a MC basis and before the start of the MC course.

When do I make payment for the course fee?

When do I make payment for the course fee?

You are required to make full course fee payment by the payment deadline when you are offered admission to the course.  This is to enable us to confirm your place in the course. Payment of course fee is taken as acceptance into the course.

Can I pay my course fee by instalments?

Can I pay my course fee by instalments?

Request for instalment payment of course fee will be reviewed on a case-by-case, subject to management’s approval. Applicant needs to write-in, at least 1 week before the stipulated payment deadline, with information on his/her financial situation, indicate reasons for the request and provide his/her latest payslip. Other documents must be produced upon request for the application to be considered.

Can I pay my course fee using Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA)?

Can I pay my course fee using Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA)?

You can use the PSEA to pay your course fee. Applicants should call the Edusave Phone Enquiry System at 6260 0777 and check if you have sufficient funds in PSEA before submitting the request to TP.

What are the modes of payment for the course fee and where to pay?

What are the modes of payment for the course fee and where to pay?
  • AXS (applicable to self-paying individuals only)
  • Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA)
  • Electronic Payment (applicable to sponsoring companies only)
  • SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)

 

The detailed payment instructions are indicated in the invoice issued with the offer letter.

Can I withdraw from the course and get a refund after making payment?

Can I withdraw from the course and get a refund after making payment?

Please note our withdrawal and refund policy below. The course commencement date is the 1st day of the semester.

Withdrawal notices received Refund amount
At least 14 calendar days before commencement of course/subject A full refund less an administrative fee of $50 or 10% of the course fee charged, whichever is higher.
Within 14 calendar days preceding the commencement of course/subject 50% of the fee charged will be forfeited.
After the commencement of the course/subject No refund will be made.

The insurance fee is non-refundable.

Is there any financial aid or incentives that I can apply?

Is there any financial aid or incentives that I can apply?

There are various funding & subsidies available for individuals and organisations to encourage skills upgrading and Singapore Citizen students who meet the eligibility can also apply for MOE CET Bursary.

I am a Workfare Skills Support (WSS) Scheme recipient. Can I apply for Training Allowance (TA)?

I am a Workfare Skills Support (WSS) Scheme recipient. Can I apply for Training Allowance (TA)?

If you sign up for CET Diploma and pay the course fee on your own (i.e. without the support of your employer), you may claim TA of $6 per training hour subject to terms and conditions. Please visit WSG’s website for more details.

To qualify for TA, you will need to meet the minimum attendance requirement of 75% for each module as part of the terms and conditions for Workfare’s scheme. 

If I have completed a similar subject at another institution, will I be granted subject exemption?

If I have completed a similar subject at another institution, will I be granted subject exemption?

The request for subject exemption must be raised with Temasek SkillsFuture Academy within 2 weeks from semester commencement and only 1 application is allowed per student per modular certificate. All subject exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the polytechnic’s discretion.

Students are required to write in an email to TSA with the following info:
a) subject(s) from course applied for which applicant is seeking exemption from
b) name of course(s) previously attempted/completed by applicant
c) title, syllabus and total duration of the subject(s) that applicant has completed
d) institution and year of study
e) results transcript
f) certificate, where applicable
g) reason(s) for not completing a previous course, where applicable

What is the attendance requirement for each subject?

What is the attendance requirement for each subject?

The minimum attendance requirement for students is at least 50% overall attendance for face-to-face sessions for each subject. Medical leave and Leave of Absence (LOA) are NOT considered part of the 50% attendance. Should you be absent for a class assessment, you are required to submit a medical certificate or approved LOA to be eligible for a re-assessment. Examinations are not considered as class assessments.

If you are a WSS recipient applying for Training Allowance or you are under company sponsorship which is applying for Absentee Payroll, you will need to meet the minimum attendance requirement of 75% for each module as part of the terms and conditions for Workfare’s scheme.

What are the modes of assessments for this course?

What are the modes of assessments for this course?

The programme offers a blend of traditional learning methods such as face-to-face classroom interactions, along with self-directed learning and/or e-learning (estimated at 15% of contact hours). Students will be assessed based on assignments, class tests and written exams.

Can I choose not to sit for examinations?

Can I choose not to sit for examinations?

Examinations are compulsory, unless the modules are Continuous Assessment Modules. Examinations are conducted at the end of each semester while the term tests are held in mid-semester.

What happens if I need to repeat a subject?

What happens if I need to repeat a subject?

If you fail any of the subject (s), you will take the repeat subject(s) upon completion of the last MC/PDC.

Repeat of subject(s) is conditional on the following:

-no clash in schedule

-approval by TP

-offered in that semester

-repeat subject (s) is/are within the same MC/PDC

Do I have to repeat the whole MC if I fail any subject(s) within the MC?

Do I have to repeat the whole MC if I fail any subject(s) within the MC?

No, you will only need to repeat the failed subject(s) upon completion of the fifth MC.  Repeat of subjects is conditional on no clash in schedule, approved by TP and offered in that semester.

Is there supplementary examination for the failed subject(s)?

Is there supplementary examination for the failed subject(s)?

There is no supplementary examination for the failed subject(s).

Is there subsidy for the repeat subject(s)?

Is there subsidy for the repeat subject(s)?

There is no subsidy for the repeat subject(s).  You are required to pay the full fee for the repeat subject(s).

Can I progress to the next MC if I fail any subject(s) within my current MC?

Can I progress to the next MC if I fail any subject(s) within my current MC?

Yes, you may progress to the next MC but you will need to repeat and pass the failed subject(s) on order to be awarded a certificate for the MC.

What qualification do I get if I complete a MC?

What qualification do I get if I complete a MC?

You will receive a Modular Certificate in name of the particular MC if you pass all the subjects within that MC.

What are the criteria to be eligible for graduation in the Diploma?

What are the criteria to be eligible for graduation in the Diploma?

You are required to have passed all prescribed subjects under every MC in order to graduate from the Diploma.

If I have further enquiries, what can I do?

If I have further enquiries, what can I do?

You can email your enquiries to tsa_acadcet@tp.edu.sg or call our hotline at: 6788 1212 

You can refer to MOE’s website for the set of FAQ on Continuing Education Training.

Please refer to TSA website for the latest updated information.

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