Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Technology)

This course provides participants with relevant knowledge and skills in process engineering, occupational safety and health, environmental technology, productivity and quality management to support the continued growth of the chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. It provides participants with relevant, practical and applicable knowledge and skills by focusing on the process engineering principles and knowledge relevant to the operational requirements in the chemical and chemical-related industries.

This course will enhance the technical knowledge and skills of adult workers in the chemical and chemical-related industries and enable them to stay relevant in these industries.

Target Participants
Supervisors and process technicians from the chemical and chemical-related industries and organizations.

This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Study Award. For more information, please visit the website below.

 Course Information

Semester Commencement:

19 October 2020

Course Duration:

Part-Time / 2.5 years

This course consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MC)

Course Frequency:

3 times a week, 7pm to 10pm on weekdays

Application Period:

04 May 2020 - 06 July 2020

 Course Fees

Course Fee Per Modular Certificate

Workfare Training Scheme (WTS)1 


SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents


Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above


Singapore Citizens aged below 40


Singapore Permanent Residents


Others & Repeat Students


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(nett fee payable inclusive of GST)
1Please refer to www.workfare.sg for more information on WTS
MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.
Fees payable is based on per MC.
The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

 Career Opportunities

Trained to be versatile, you can work in a broad range of companies in various industries. You can embark on careers in the Chemical or Pharmaceutical Industries, where you can work as process technicians or laboratory technologists. You can also embark on a career in logistics or technical sales for chemical products. For those already working the Chemical/Pharmaceutical Industries, the diploma will open up new opportunities for your career advancement in the supervisory role.


 Contact Us


Temasek SkillsFuture Academy 
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)

What You Will Learn

Certificate in Chemical Plant Unit Operations

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject examines the scientific principles and techniques involved in material and energy balances which are the fundamentals of chemical engineering. Topics include the understanding of units, dimensional analysis and material balance with emphasis on application.


This subject covers fluid flow in pipes as well as fluidisation, filtration and heat transfer. It also covers the principles and operations of pumps, compressors, flow meters, valves and heat exchangers. Practicals are included to enhance understanding.


This subject covers separation processes commonly encountered in the chemical plant. This includes gas absorption, distillation and extraction. Emphasis will be on hands-on practical training.

Certificate in Chemical Plant Safety & Health

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject aims to give students the understanding of the various dangers that exist in the workplace and methods of protection against such dangers. Such knowledge will equip the students with the necessary knowledge to enable them to work in a safe and efficient manner in their workplace. Topics include GHS (Globally Harmonised System) of classification and labelling of chemicals, machine guarding, hazards of fires and explosions, housekeeping and personal protection equipment etc.


This subject provides students with the basic knowledge of occupational health and various occupational diseases. Topics covered include heat stress, noise, ventilation and industrial lighting. Hands-on practicals with necessary tools such as gas meter, heat-stress index monitoring equipment, noise meter etc. will be included to enhance learning.


This subject a deeper understanding of the principles and knowledge of process safety and loss prevention in the industrial setting. Topics covered include safety management system, hazard identification, hazard analysis, safety audit, risk assessment, risk management etc.

Certificate in Environmental & Waste Management

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides the basic scientific knowledge related to water and waste water treatment Topics include water quality and waste water treatment methods. Laboratory tests for water quality will be covered. Students will also learn how to per laboratory tests.


This subject covers the various gaseous and particulate pollutants and air pollution treatment methods. It provides fundamental knowledge on how air pollution arises and its impact on the environment. Students will learn about the characteristics of air pollutants which affect human health and the various treatment technologies.


The subject covers waste sources, characteristics, generation, collection, transfer and transport as well as the various solid waste and hazardous waste treatment methods. Hazardous waste topics such as classification and waste minimization will be covered. Waste minimization through waste recycling, reuse and recovery will be emphasised.

Certificate in Chemical Processes

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of process instrumentation in chemical process industries. Topics include process measuring instruments and basic concepts of process control. Application of process instrumentation systems in different aspects of chemical processes is covered.


This subject covers basic concepts and principles of major chemical processes and operations in the specialty chemical industries. Topics include the manufacturing and applications of industrial gases, detergents, plastics, adhesives and fine chemicals.


This subject covers the production of petrochemicals from various sources, the basic chemistry of petrochemicals, their usefulness and applications. Students will learn about raw materials and their building blocks and the various processes and unit operations involved in the production of petrochemicals.

Certificate in Chemical Plant Optimization

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides students with an overview of basic plant operations management and provides students with broad-based knowledge in the practical considerations involved in optimizing chemical plant operations.  Cost reduction and profit improvement will be discussed.


This subject introduces students to the concepts and principles of productivity, how it is measured, monitored and improved upon. Practical application of the concepts will be emphasised through discussion and projects.


This subject introduces students to the concept of quality and quality improvement. Students explore the various aspects of quality and learn to apply the knowledge learnt through case discussions and projects. The importance of customer focus, employee involvement and continuous improvement will be emphasised.

Modes of Assessment

Laboratory Assignments

Tutorial Assignments

Project Assignments




Minimum Entry Requirements

‘O’ Levels
  • 3 relevant ‘O’ Level passes and 3 years of relevant working experience OR
Higher Nitec
  • 1 year of relevant working experience OR
  • GPA ≥3.5 and 2 years of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services

  • 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Nitec in Technology/Services

  • GPA ≥3.5 with 2 years 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)

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

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Application Procedures & Enquiries

Submit on-line application via: https://cetoas.tp.edu.sg/Account/Logon

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
Temasek Polytechnic
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)
21 Tampines Ave 1
Singapore 529757

Opening Hours
8.30 am to 7.00 pm (Mon to Fri)
Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Contact Details
Tel: 6788 1212
Email: tsa_acadcet@tp.edu.sg
URL: http://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

Last updated 1 November 2017