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.
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.
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.
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.
To find out the minimum entry requirement specific to the course, you may refer to the information here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 semsters.
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.
You can apply to part-time undergraduate programmes which are relevant to your diploma course at NUS and UniSIM. The articulation arrangement to NTU part-time degree programmes is still being finalised.
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.
While the bridging programmes are currently being worked out by the polytechnics and universities, the duration will depend on the type and nature of the part-time degree course that you apply for, and are expected to be between six months to a year. The fee will not be more expensive than undergraduate modules of comparable duration.
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.
Interested applicants may register their interest with us and subscribe for email updates. Once the online application is open, applicants will be alerted via email. Please note that registering your interest does not equate to application or acceptance into the course.
You may apply for the course here.
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.
Offering is an ongoing process during and following the period of application.
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 discounts and funding, you may find the information here.
All part-time diplomas will adopt a uniform tuition fee from October 2014. Please refer to this set of FAQ for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Paying via AXS (applicable to Self-paying individuals only)
a. By ATM/Debit card at any AXS station. The location of AXS station can be found at
b. By eNETS/Debit/Credit Card over the internet via AXS e-station http://www.axs.com.sg/axsEstation.php;
c. By eNETS/Debit/Credit Card using your mobile device with AXS m-station app. You may refer to http://www.axs.com.sg/axsMstation.php for more detail.
Receipt issued by AXS serves as the official receipt.
2. Paying via Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) –
Refer to below: http://www.tp.edu.sg/staticfiles/TP/files/centres/PSEA%20adhoc%20application%20form.pdf
3. Paying by Electronic Payment (applicable to Companies only)
For electronic payment, our bank details are as follows:
Bank : DBS Bank Ltd, Tampines One
Branch Bank/Branch Code : 7171-029
SWIFT BIC : DBSSSGSGXXX
Bank Account Number : 029-012706-9
Account Name : Temasek Polytechnic
In order to ensure the payment is processed, please quote our invoice number in the electronic payment when making payment and email the remittance advice to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are various discounts & funding available for individuals and organisations to encourage skills upgrading and Singapore Citizen students who meet the eligibility can also apply for MOE CET Bursary.
If you sign up for CET Diploma on your own (without the support of your employer), you are eligible for training allowance of $4.50 for each hour of training subject to terms and conditions. Please visit WSG’s website for more details.
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 /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
The minimum attendance requirement for students is at least 50% overall attendance for face-to-face sessions for each subject. Leave of Absence (LOA), Medical Certificate and absence without reason are within the 50% allowance.
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.
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.
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
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.
There is no supplementary examination for the failed subject(s).
There is no subsidy for the repeat subject(s). You are required to pay the full fee for the repeat subject(s).
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.
You will receive a Modular Certificate in name of the particular MC if you pass all the subjects within that MC.
You are required to have passed all prescribed subjects under every MC in order to graduate from the Diploma.