The Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture) offered under the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programme (ELP) for the Biomedical Science sector is a 12-month work-study programme leading to the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture).

This ELP is targeted primarily at fresh ITE graduates who want to deepen their skills and knowledge in the Aquaculture industry and operations. With Singapore’s drive towards AgriBusiness, there is a huge demand for graduates with skillsets in these areas.

Upon completing the 2 skills-based Modular Certificates (MC) under this programme, participants should be able to:

a) apply basic scientific knowledge on fish biology and feed requirements for better fish care and feeding management

b) understand the various aquatic culture systems and practices and apply the knowledge for farm operation and management

c) comply with farm regulations and standards adopted by the aquaculture industries

d) perform water quality analyses for water quality management

e) apply basic knowledge in fish diseases and disease prevention for disease identification and biosecurity measures for effective fish health management

f) apply basic knowledge on live and dry feeds for feed and feeding management at their farms.

ELP participants can expect to have attractive salaries upon completion of ELP because their skillsets will be in high demand. Moreover, there are well-defined career progression pathways for this area. Hence, there will be many opportunities to further upgrading and skills-deepening in their careers.

Target Participants

Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are fresh ITE graduates from Chemical-related full-time course of study. Graduates from other Higher NITEC courses in the areas of IT and engineering are also eligible to apply.

Please see Eligibility Criteria for more information.

Career Opportunities

At the entry level, the job positions are Junior Aquaculture Technician (Trainee)1.  Upon completing the course under the Earn and Learn Programme, a trainee can move on as a Junior Aquaculture Technician and finally as an Aquaculture Technician after completion of the diploma. They can also look forward to upgrading their knowledge and skills through further CET and executive programmes offered by local Institutes of Higher Learning.

1 Job titles may vary across companies

Academic Progression

ELP DIP (Aquaculture) participants have the option to take up the remaining 3 skills-based Modular Certificates (MCs) to obtain the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture).

Please see Course Structure for more information.

Course Details

Course Commencement 

The Earn and Learn Programme will commence in every April and/or October.

Course Duration

Participants will undergo a 12-month structured training programme, including facilitated learning, and on-the-job training.

Application Period

Application for ELP is on-going. Please contact us to find out more.

Course Structure

Participants are required to complete a total of 2 skills-based Modular Certificates (MCs). Each MC can be completed in 1 semester, i.e. 6 months. A certificate will be issued once the requirements for each MC are met. Participants must complete the course within 12 months.

ELP programme for ITE graduates

(12 months)




Upon completing the ELP, participants have the option to complete the remaining 3 MCs to obtain the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture):

3 remaining MCs to complete to obtain the Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture)





Modes of Assessment

The assessment will be based on a combination of coursework components such as written and practical tests, case studies, assignments and projects.  

Course Fees


MC in Aquaculture Fundamentals

MC in Aquatic Systems, Practices and Management

SME-employed Singapore Citizens aged below 40



Singapore Citizens aged below 40



Singapore Permanent Residents



Others & Repeat Students



(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 PDC.

The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for ELP Aquaculture

Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation from the ITE or the Operational Ready Date for National Servicemen from the following full-time programmes are eligible to apply.

Feeder Programmes

  • NITEC in Chemical Process Technology
  • NITEC in Applied Food Science
  • Higher NITEC in Chemical Technology
  • Higher NITEC in Biotechnology 

Other Higher NITEC courses in the areas of IT and engineering 

GPA Requirement

  • GPA≥ 2.0 for NITEC graduates
  • No GPA requirement for Higher NITEC graduates

Eligibility Criteria for ELP Sign-on Incentive

Only for Singapore Citizens who are fresh ITE or Polytechnic graduates hired by Participating Companies and officially commenced ELP within 3 years of graduation or ORD.

Apply Now

Please submit your application through the link below.

Please submit the following documents during your submission. Kindly name the files according to the guidelines below. 

1. Resume (filename: Resume-YourName.pdf)
2. Colour-scanned, front & back of NRIC (filename: NRIC-YourName.pdf)
3. Highest Qualification Certificate (filename: Certificates-YourName.pdf)
4. Academic Transcripts (filename: Transcripts-YourName.pdf)
5. NS Completion Certificate, if applicable (filename: NS Certificate-YourName.pdf)

Please note that relevant documents will be forwarded to all participating companies for their selection.

Selection of applicants is at the discretion of the participating companies and participating companies will contact their shortlisted applicants for interview. Applicants have the right to reject the interview if they do not wish to be employed by the company who contacted them.

Only applicants who are hired and placed on the ELP by the participating companies will be invited to submit an online application for the ELP Courses.


Companies who are interested to find out how this ELP can support your organisation’s talent development plan may contact the following personnel for more information:

Mr Tan Ban Soon | 6780 5138 | bansoon@tp.edu.sg

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