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APPLICATION GUIDE FOR PART-TIME DIPLOMA & POST-DIPLOMA COURSE-Admission process

Application Need To Know

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

 

  • Go through the course details carefully on the course webpage.
  • Find out the minimum entry requirements for your course.
  • Ensure you have your Singpass and 2-Step Verification (2FA) ready before you apply.

  • Have the following documents/information ready before you apply:

    • Your NRIC/Passport/Employment Pass/Work Permit
    • Your academic and professional qualifications
    • Your employment data
    • Your employer’s contact details (if you are sponsored)
    • Supporting documents formats for upload (.JPEG, .JPG or .PDF)

      1. NRIC for Singapore Citizens and SPRs
      2. Work pass and passport [for Work Pass holders)
      3. Immigration pass, passport, marriage certificate and spouse’s personal identification documents (if married), birth certificate and parent’s personal identification documents (if below 21 years old) [for Immigration Pass holders)
      4. Passport size photo (only 1 file required in .JPEG/.JPG format. Your photograph image must be

        • in colour taken against a plain white background without shadows
        • taken within the last 3 months;
        • show the full face and without headgear (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide the facial features)
           
      5. GCE 'O' level certificate/transcript/result slip
      6. Nitec or/and Higher Nitec certificate(s) and transcript(s)
      7. Certificates and transcripts if you hold other relevant qualifications (e.g GCE 'N' level, GCE 'A' level, Diploma, Degree etc.)
      8. Holders of foreign qualifications, please provide certificates and transcripts with translation in English where appropriate
         
  • Apply at https://apps.tp.edu.sg/cetoas/

Course Fee

Please refer to individual course pages for course fee information. Student Group Personal Accident (GPA) Insurance is applicable to Part-time Diploma, Post Diploma and Skills-Based Modular Course (stackable) students.

Payment Methods

 

  • 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.

Funding & Subsidies

 

There are various funding & subsidies available for individuals and organisations to encourage skills upgrading.

From 1 July 2020, the Workfare Skills Support (WSS) Scheme will replace the Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme. There will be no course fee subsidies for WSS.

 

To qualify for the scheme, individuals must fulfil the following criteria:

 

  • Singapore citizen
  • Aged 35 years old or above on 31 December of the work year
  • For Persons with Disabilities, the age criterion is 13 years old or above
  • Employed and earning a gross monthly income1 of not more than $2,300 for the month worked2 ; and
  • Fulfils the WIS eligibility criteria of housing annual value (AV), property ownership and spousal income. The WIS criteria of housing AV, property ownership and spousal income are as follows:

    • Lives in a property with an annual value of $13,0003 or less assessed as at 31 December of the preceding year
    • Owns less than two properties
    • If the individual is married:

      • The individual and his/her spouse own less than two properties together; or
      • The assessable income of the individual’s spouse for the preceding Year of Assessment is $70,000 or less.
         
    • If the individual is a Self-Employed Person, s/he must have also declared his/her net trade income for work done in the Work Year and made Medisave contributions.

1 Gross monthly income includes basic salary and additional wages such as overtime pay and bonuses.
2 In addition, you must earn an average gross monthly income of not more than $2,300 in the past 12 months.
3 Annual value is the estimated gross annual rent of the property if it were to be rented out, excluding furniture, furnishings and maintenance fees. It is determined based on estimated market rentals of similar or comparable properties.

 

Components under WSS Scheme:

 

1) Absentee Payroll (AP) and Training Allowance (TA)

 

For employer-sponsored trainees:


Employers will be eligible for AP support at 95% of hourly basic salary.

 

  • Only certifiable courses listed on the MySkillsFuture portal will qualify for AP.
  • For employers to be eligible for AP, their sponsored trainees must pass their course with an attendance rate of at least 75%.

For self-sponsored trainees (i.e. paying for their own training):


Trainees will receive TA of $6 per training hour.

 

  • The TA applies only to selected courses under the cleaning, security, landscape and lift sectors. Please visit WSG's website for more details.
  • To qualify for TA, individuals must pass their course with a minimum attendance rate of 75%.
  • Trainees under the WSS Scheme may claim up to 180 hours of TA during their WSS eligibility period.

 

2) Training Commitment Award (TCA)

 

TCA is a cash award given to eligible workers after achieving the required certifications. No application is required by the trainees.

 

For more information about the WSS Scheme, please visit WSG website or call 1800 536 8333.

Higher Course Fee Funding

 

  • SMEs will enjoy subsidies of 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their Singapore Citizen employees for certifiable courses supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and academic CET courses offered by five Polytechnics/Institute of Technical Education. For more information, click here

Increased Absentee Payroll Cap

 

  • In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour, a significant increase over the current cap of $4.50 per hour.

MOE provides generous subsidies for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents* to help working Singaporeans to upskill or re-skill through part-time learning at the polytechnics. This includes part-time diploma, Specialist Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Diploma (Conversion) programmes. Currently, an individual is subsidised only for his/her first advanced diploma or first specialist diploma. To allow Singapore Citizens to stay current in the sector they are in, or switch careers into another sector, MOE will extend the subsidies to their subsequent diploma, Specialist Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Diploma (Conversion) programmes.

 

* Singapore Permanent Residents must not have previously attained a qualification at the diploma or higher level that was subsidised through a MOE subsidy or Government sponsorship.

The SkillsConnect system is an e-portal which serves as a central gateway for the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG’s) business partners and customers to apply for accreditation and training incentives.

For enquiries, please contact:

 

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
No 1 Marina Boulevard
#18-01 One Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018989

 

Contact
 6785 5785

 

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm    

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

 

Temasek Polytechnic strives to provide a conducive environment for students to acquire the skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the world of work. Towards this end, all students are to bring their own notebooks for lessons. They will be able to:
 

  • access e-resources such as e-text books, videos, and educational apps;
  • conduct online research and work on their assignments using their own devices;
  • use their own devices in school and at home, thus enjoying convenience and accessibility to course-specific software whenever feasible; and
  • contribute towards a greener environment.


For information on the required technical specifications for notebooks and the list of supported Antivirus software, click here.

 

If you already own a notebook, you are not required to purchase a new one (subject to your notebook meeting the minimum specifications required for your course).

 

 

Students who are having technical issues, are encouraged to contact TP’s IT Service Management Centre at 6780 5933 or email at itsm@tp.edu.sg. The centre is located at East Wing Building, Blk 1A, Level 4, Unit 02. The operating hours of the centre are from Mondays to Fridays: 8.00am – 9.30pm (except for September vacation period where closing time will be at 6.30pm) and Saturdays: 8.00am - 1.00pm.

Adult Learner Academic Calendar

CET Academic Calendar for 2020/2021

Main
April Semester
Term 1 20 April 2020 - 28 June 2020
10 weeks*
Term 2 29 June 2020 - 12 September 2020
11 weeks^
Vacation                13 September 2020 - 18 October 2020 5 weeks
October Semester
Term 1 19 October 2020 - 03 January 2021 12 weeks#
Term 2 04 January 2021 - 21 February 2021 7 weeks
Study Week 22 February 2021 - 28 February 2021 1 week
Examination 01 March 2021 - 06 March 2021 1 week
Vacation 07 March 2021 - 18 April 2021 6 weeks

*Includes term break of 1-3 weeks prior to the start of term 2

^For subject with examination, week of 31 Aug 2020 is the Study Week, followed by examination in the week of 7 Sep 2020 

#Includes term break of 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term 2

CET Academic Calendar for 2021/2022

Main
April Semester
Term 1  Monday, 19 April 2021 – Sunday, 27 June 2021 10 weeks*
Term 2  Monday, 28 June 2021 – Sunday, 22 August 2021 8 weeks
Study Week Monday, 23 August 2021 – Sunday, 29 August 2021 1 week
Examination Monday, 30 August 2021 – Saturday, 4 September 2021 1 week
Vacation Sunday, 5 September 2021 – Sunday, 17 October 2021 6 weeks
October Semester
Term 1 Monday, 18 October 2021 – Sunday, 2 January 2022 11 weeks*
Term 2 Monday, 3 January 2022 – Sunday, 20 February 2022 7 weeks
Study Week Monday, 21 February 2022 – Sunday, 27 February 2022 1 week
Examination Monday, 28 February 2022 – Saturday, 5 March 2022 1 week
Vacation Sunday, 6 March 2022 – Sunday, 17 April 2022 6 weeks

* Includes term break of 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term 2

The course timetable will be made available to students before the commencement of a new semester. Depending on the course structure, some courses do not adhere to the Academic Calendar. Students are also advised to refer to the course timetable issued. Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the Academic Calendar.

FAQ on Revised CET Diploma Qualifications Framework

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.

FAQ on Revised CET Post-Diploma Qualifications Framework

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

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

It is to provide more flexibility for adult learners to pursue continuing education & training (CET) by making the Academic CET courses more compact and modular, without compromising on the quality and rigour of these programmes.  This would allow adult learners to customise the pace of training according to their learning needs.  The end in mind is to raise the productivity and competitiveness of Singapore’s workforce.

What is the difference between the new Post-Diploma programmes under the revised qualifications framework and the previous ones?

What is the difference between the new Post-Diploma programmes under the revised qualifications framework and the previous ones?

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

Why are there three types of Post-Diploma programmes offered by the polytechnics? What are the differences between the three types of programmes?

Why are there three types of Post-Diploma programmes offered by the polytechnics? What are the differences between the three types of programmes?

Under the revised CET Post-Diploma Qualifications Framework, there are three types of Post-Diploma courses i.e. Advanced Diploma (AD)Specialist Diploma (SD) and Diploma (Conversion) courses. AD and SD courses are both designed to enable existing diploma or degree holders to deepen their knowledge and skills and develop specialisations within their trained discipline areas.

  • SD courses will have a shorter duration of between 240 and 300 hours and can generally be completed in about a year (or two 6-month semesters).  They will consist of two Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs). 
  • AD courses have a broader scope of training and hence will have a duration of between 480 and 600 hours and can generally be completed in about a year and a half to two years (or three to four 6-month semesters).  They will consist of three or more Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs).
     

On the other hand, Diploma (Conversion) courses seek to prepare existing diploma or degree holders to undertake jobs in a different discipline area, i.e. for career conversion. These courses will have a duration of 240 hours or longer, depending on the amount of time needed to effectively equip an adult learner who possess a diploma/degree qualification with the requisite knowledge and skills to undertake a job in a different discipline area or industry. These programmes are generally completed in a year and offered as  two Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs)  for a one-year course. Unlike CET Diplomas which are more broad-based, these Diploma (Conversion) courses are focused and directed towards specific job requirements and therefore can be completed in a much shorter duration.

Why do these Post-Diploma programmes require a minimum entry requirements (MER)?

Why do these Post-Diploma programmes require a minimum entry requirements (MER)?

The Post-Diploma programmes seek to prepare existing diploma or degree holders to undertake jobs in a different discipline area, i.e. for career conversion or to enable existing diploma or degree holders to deepen their knowledge and skills and develop specialisations within their trained discipline areas. The curriculum of the Post-Diploma programmes builds on the polytechnic diploma curriculum and hence the MER include a polytechnic diploma. You may refer to the MER specific to the course 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 minimum entry requirements but are assessed by Temasek Polytechnic as potentially suitable candidates may, at the discretion of the Polytechnic, be considered for admission after clearing interviews/assessments.  TP reserves the right to accept candidates based on their performance at the 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 new modular Post-Diploma programmes?

What is the course duration of the new modular Post-Diploma programmes?

The table below gives an overview of the course duration for the various Post-Diploma programmes:

Post-Diploma Programmes Number of Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs) Total Course duration
Diploma (Conversion) 2 Up to 1 year
Specialist Diploma 2 Up to 1 year
Advanced Diploma 3-4 1.5 to 2 years

Upon successful completion of the relevant PDCs prescribed of a Post-Diploma course, the participants will be conferred a full qualification of a Diploma (Conversion), Specialist Diploma or Advanced Diploma respectively.

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 Post-Diploma (I,e, Diploma (Conversion)/ Specialist Diploma / Advanced 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 Post-Diploma (I,e, Diploma (Conversion)/ Specialist Diploma / Advanced Diploma)

To obtain a full qualification of a Post-Diploma course. i.e Diploma (Conversion)/Specialist Diploma/ Advanced Diploma, you are given up to two times the normal course duration to complete the course.

What is the frequency of the course?

What is the frequency of the course?

The duration of each PDC is approximately 6 months, with lessons being held 1-3 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.

Will these Post-Diploma programmes help me to gain admission into universities?

Will these Post-Diploma programmes help me to gain admission into universities?

The Post-Diploma programmes are intended for existing diploma or degree holders who either have entered or wish to enter sectors different from what their prior diploma courses trained them for, and for those who want to deepen their knowledge and skills and develop specialisations within their trained discipline areas. The focus of these courses is on the needs of industry and not on university articulation. However, individual universities may, at their own discretion, take these additional qualifications into consideration when assessing your application. 

When will the application for Post-Diploma courses begin?

When will the application for Post-Diploma courses begin?

Courses are run in April and/or October of each year. Application for 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 registration?

What documents are required for the registration?
  • NRIC/ Passport/ Work Permit
  • Academic qualifications (Certs/Dips) and transcripts of results
  • 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 Post-Diploma?

Is there course fee subsidy for Post-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 dhe 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 eligibility, when you are offered admission to the course.

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

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

As the new qualifications framework is based on Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs), you will be billed based on the PDC or any repeat subjects you are taking for the semester. Fee are payable on a PDC basis and before the start of the PDC 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 info 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.

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?

Training Allowance (TA) of $6 per training hour is applicable for selected outcome-based courses offered by SSG-appointed CET centres and courses under the cleaning, security, landscape and lift sectors. Please visit WSG’s website for more details.

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 of the semester when you are offered a place in the course. 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:

  1. subject(s) from course applied for which applicant is seeking exemption from
  2. name of course(s) previously attempted/completed by applicant
  3. title, syllabus and total duration of the subject(s) that applicant has completed
  4. institution and year of study
  5. results transcript
  6. certificate, where applicable
  7. 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 on an online media (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 examination?

Can I choose not to sit for examination?

Examination is 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 in each academic year.

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 PDC if I fail any subject(s) within the PDC?

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

No, you will only need to repeat the failed subject(s) upon completion of the second PDC.  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 PDC if I fail any subject(s) within my current PDC?

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

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

What qualification do I get if I complete a PDC?

What qualification do I get if I complete a PDC?

You will receive a Post-Diploma Certificate in name of the particular PDC if you pass all the subjects within that PDC.

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

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

You are required to pass all prescribed subjects under every PDC in order to graduate and obtain a full qualification of a Post-Diploma course. i.e Diploma (Conversion)/Specialist Diploma/Advanced 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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