Diploma in Security & Fire Safety Studies

The field of private security continues to grow and face greater challenges in the knowledge-based economy. This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills in the area of Management, Computing, Business Communication and Criminal Law.

Target Participants
This course is designed for personnel in the security/estate management industry who wish to upgrade themselves in security and fire safety knowledge and in related generic skills.

 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 - 20 July 2020

 Course Fees

Course Fee Per Modular Certificate

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)
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

Graduates can look forward to career opportunities in the security and fire safety management industry and to move into independent planning roles and more management-related positions.

Holders of the DSFSS are eligible to take up appointments as Fire Safety Managers of buildings under the Fire Safety Act.

Graduates from the following diplomas may be exempted from the mandatory and elective Chief Security Officer training modules in their application for the Security Officer Licence:

  • Diploma In Security & Fire Safety Studies;
  • Diploma In Security & Fire Safety Management.

For exemptions in PWM years-in-service criteria, graduates may write in to SPF_Licensing@spf.gov.sg and submit evidence of relevant experience in the security industry/ uniformed service.

 Contact Us


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

What You Will Learn

To be awarded the Diploma in Security & Fire Safety Studies, participants are required to complete a total of 5 modular certificates (MCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each MC.


Certificate in Business Fundamentals

Subject code Subject

Provides an understanding of the key functions of management and the practical issues confronting managers today. Topics include planning, organising, leading, controlling, international management and ethics and social responsibility.


To equip working adults to be competent in using office automating tools to function and contribute effectively in an increasingly technologically driven workplace. Emphasis is placed on giving participants hands-on training exposure to beef up their competencies in integrating and applying several useful features of commonly used applications software packages for word processing and spread sheets in their work place. The trainings will be reinforced through individual assessments and projects with presentations. The overall aim is to foster creativity in participants in leveraging on the use of computer tools to effectively improve the quality of work and increase efficiency.


This subject will give learners an overview of crafting reports and making oral presentations, skills which are essential in the working world. Students will be taught to select information for case notes, plan and organise it for short reports and cases. Students also will learn how to plan and deliver oral presentations, use visuals, anticipate questions and respond to questions fielded by audiences. To achieve the intended outcomes, students will craft a report given case notes. Another outcome is to enable students to make effective presentations.

Certificate in Management Fundamentals

Subject code Subject

The subject will cover the key functions relating to management of employees performed by line supervisors. Topics include employee recruitment and selection, motivation, people development, performance management, employee counselling, conflict management, employee discipline & grievance handling and team building.


Introduces the participants to the concept of law, to foundational principles and the legal system under which the laws in Singapore operate. Also deals with the Criminal Law of Singapore, covering the main offences and defences in the Penal Code (Cap 224).


This subject will help students learn the communication skills that are vital for their success at the work place. Students will be taught appropriate skills to conduct themselves effectively in a working environment. Students will be taught to write appropriate emails, memos and letters for inter-office and intra-office communication. Students also will learn the skills of conducting themselves professionally. Additionally, students will be taught different types of business documents such as agenda, notice of meeting and minutes of meeting. Through the above learning experiences, students will develop effective professional communication skills that are essential in their working lives.

Modular Certificate in Security Business Studies

Subject code Subject

Covers the risk management function, aspects of risk identification, analysis and prioritization, risk management planning, risk reduction and risk monitoring.


Participants will be given an overview of the law surrounding the handling of building and facility security, including trespass, detention of persons and safety of the public.


Provides participants with an understanding of the basic accounting principles and the general framework of the accounting process. Participants will also be taught financial planning processes and will be able to explain profit planning using pro-forma statement fundamentals.

Certificate in Security Studies

Subject code Subject

Examines aspects of physical barriers in security protection. It will cover an assessment of various materials and products used in controlling access, protection in external and internal areas and a review of building security.


Provides participants with knowledge of the basic principles of electronic protection and the application of various electronic security equipment. The module will cover an assessment of various electronic security devices such as operating principles, cost effectiveness, advantages and limitations.


Criminal Procedure introduces the relevant provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code and the cases interpreting the provisions. Participants will be acquainted with the documents and proceedings leading to a criminal trial and the conduct of such trials. The criminal justice system and the range of penalties will also be covered. The Law of Evidence provides an examination of the Evidence Act. Topics covered include the admissibility of evidence, the burden and the standard of proof and the concepts relating to the competency, comparability and corroboration of witnesses.

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Modular Certificate in Fire Safety Management & Security

Subject code Subject

Covers the various aspects of the security planning cycle from risk management and crime prevention to information planning.


Covers various aspects of security management including the responsibilities of a security manager, the security organisation and security management systems.


A more in depth study from the basic principles taught earlier. Participants will be exposed to procedures adopted in running a fire command center, the use of detection, protection and control systems, and fire investigations. This subject will be the equivalent of the Fire Safety Manager module conducted by the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Modes of Assessment


Class Tests

Written exams 

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