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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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) –
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
4. Paying by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
Refer to below user guide on how to use your SFC to pay for or offset the course fees:
For the correct course code and course title, please refer to:
Please deduct the GPA insurance fee from the total course fee as SFC cannot be utilised for insurance fee.
GPA insurance fee has to be paid via AXS (please refer to Payment Option 1).
Claims can be made up to 60 days before the start of the course till the day of course commencement.
After the SFC claim is approved, please email to your programme officer or email@example.com with the following information:
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.
If you sign up for Post-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.
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 /email to TSA with the following info:
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.
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.
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.
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 second PDC. 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 PDC but you will need to repeat and pass the failed subject(s) in order to be awarded a certificate for the PDC.
You will receive a Post-Diploma Certificate in name of the particular PDC if you pass all the subjects within that PDC.
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.
Please refer to TSA website at http://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa for the latest updated information.