The Internet of Things (IoT) is seen as the next big thing to influence the world and people’s lives in a significant way. The Specialist Diploma in Smart Solutions is a one year Earn and Learn programme targeted primarily at diploma graduates who want to deepen their skills in developing smart solutions by leveraging on IoT technologies. With Singapore’s Smart Nation drive, there is a huge demand for graduates with skillsets in this area. Designed to give you a head-start in your career, this programme allows you to secure full-time employment with industry leaders, tapping on structured on-the-job and institution-based training to deepen both skills and knowledge. 

You can expect to have attractive salaries upon completion of the programme because your skillsets will be in high demand. Moreover, as this area is still evolving, there will be many opportunities for you to further upgrade and deepen your skills in your career.

Target Participants

Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are fresh Polytechnic graduates from relevant full-time IT/technology-related courses of study.

Please see Eligibility Criteria for more information.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to taking up the following types of positions:

  • Software Engineer – IoT1
  • IoT Developer1
  • IoT Mobile Application Engineer

Graduates of this course can look forward to a role expansion in their workplace. They can also look forward to upgrading their knowledge and skills through further CET and executive programmes offered by local Institutes of Higher Learning, like Singapore University of Social Sciences and Singapore Institute of Technology.

1 Job titles may vary across companies

Course Details

Course Commencement 

The Earn and Learn Programme is scheduled to commence in October 2017.

Course Duration

Participants will undergo a 12-month structured training programme, including facilitated learning, e-learning, professional certification, and on-the-job training.  Face to face lessons will be conducted in blocks of weeks over two 15-week semesters within the 12-month period.

Application Period

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

Course Structure

Upon completing of the Specialist Diploma course, graduates should be able to:

  • Develop IoT applications;
  • Design methods to secure IoT applications;
  • Design and manage Application Programming Interfaces;
  • Manage smart IoT projects. 

Participants will be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Smart Solutions upon successful completion of the following:

  • Post-Diploma Certificate in Internet of Things
  • Post-Diploma Certificate in Smart Solutions Integration

Post-Diploma Certificate in Internet of Things

Subject code Subject

In this subject, students will learn how to create their own sensor devices using Arduino or Raspberry Pi kits. Students will build companion apps to monitor and record the sensor activities and control them from mobile devices. Topics covered include sensors and effectors, programmable hardware creation and network connectivity.


This subject covers methods to secure IoT applications and architectures. It will also cover privacy issues pertaining to IoT devices and solutions. Topics covered include design methods for IoT application security, privacy and anonymisation techniques in IoT and sources of risk across IoT architectures.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Smart Solutions Integration

Subject code Subject

This subject equips students with the knowledge and skills to create, assemble, manage and secure web application programming interfaces (API). Students will learn how to use APIs to connect multiple IoT devices and the data they provide through their APIs to execute smart actions. Topics covered include API value chain, design principles for APIs and API security and user management.


This subject aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the course to a project. Students would be required to work in teams, to present and demonstrate their smart IoT solutions and products.

Modes of Assessment

100% Course Work

Course Fees


PDC in Internet of Things

PDC in Smart Solutions Integration

Enhanced Training Support for SME Scheme



Singapore Citizens below the age of 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 ICT

Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation from the polytechnics or the Operationally Ready Date (ORD) for National Servicemen from relevant full-time IT/technology-related courses of study are eligible to apply. 

Eligibility Criteria for ELP Sign-on Incentive

Only for Singapore Citizens who are Polytechnic graduates hired by participating companies and officially commenced ELP within 3 years of graduation or ORD.

Application and Enquiries

Application and Enquiries


Interested applicants may email the following documents with the subject “ELP ICT/ Specialist Diploma in Smart Solutions” to tsa_ELP@tp.edu.sg.  

  1. Resume
  2. Highest Qualification Certificate & Transcripts
  3. NRIC
  4. National Service Completion Certificate (if applicable)
  5. Relevant Supporting Document such as Testimonial (optional)

Please note that all resumes 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 are not comfortable in working with the company who contacted them.

Only applicants who are hired by the participating companies will be invited to submit an online application for the Earn and Learn Programme. 


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:

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