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Course Overview

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and SkillsFuture SG, has worked with Temasek Polytechnic (TP) to set up a new 3-month Molecular Diagnostic Training Programme to recruit and train suitable candidates to become entry-level Lab Assistants. This programme is to train up more lab manpower to meet the increasing demand for molecular diagnostic work with the ongoing pandemic and future healthcare needs. The nation is ramping up testing capacity to support further opening up of borders and economic recovery.


This course comprises a 1-week foundation training followed by 11 weeks of on-the-job work attachment (OJT) at a host laboratory.


Funding Support*


Candidates under this training programme will be supported with course fee funding and Trainees are provided with S$1,300 training allowance# per month during the course (total of $3,900 over 3 months).


Trainees under this training programme are NOT required to serve bond upon completion of programme.


*Terms and Conditions apply
# Training Allowances do not attract CPF contributions


Job Placement after completion of Programme:


  • Candidates will assume different positions that commensurate with their qualification and working experience in a company.
  • Selection of candidates is at the discretion of the participating companies and participating companies will contact their shortlisted candidates for interview.


Candidates who are enrolled into programme successfully are to sign a training agreement with TP.

Application/Entry Requirement


Candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident;
  • Fulfilled National Service obligation (for Males);
  • Applicant should not be holding a bond obligation with any organisation
  • No professional qualifications required, minimum O-level or NITEC qualification or equivalent.

Who Should Attend


Aspiring Medical Laboratory Assistant

What You'll Learn

Week 1

Classroom and practical lessons. 

Topics include laboratory safety, PPE, fundamental techniques in aliquoting lab specimens, RNA extraction technique and operation of relevant laboratory equipment.

Week 2-12

On-the-job training (OJT) via work attachment at a host laboratory.


The OJT work attachment offers a real-life work experience at the host laboratory where trainees will follow the work schedule of the laboratory staff. The work hours may include day/afternoon/overnight shifts across days of the week including weekends and public holidays.


The Laboratory Assistant supports day-to-day laboratory operations by assisting with basic calibration and simple troubleshooting of laboratory equipment, preparation of stock solutions and reagents, and sample labelling, in strict accordance with laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and under close supervision. He/she will performs housekeeping in the workplace and also does admin support for laboratory operations.


Work Functions:

[May differ dependent on Host Laboratory]


  • Administer Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) and Environment Management Systems (EMS)
  • Perform Laboratory Operations
  • Manage Sample Collection and Analyses
  • Manage Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA & QC)

Modes of Assessment


Written & Practical Test

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Closing Date Course Duration

26 Mar – 18 Jun 2021

05 Apr – 25 Jun 2021

21 Mar 2021

12 weeks
Week 1: 9am – 6pm
Week 2 – 12: [Dependent on Host Laboratory, may include night, weekend shift & PH]


Registration may be closed earlier due to overwhelming response.


Application Procedures


Click on the Apply button above to submit your application online. Steps to follow in your application:

Step 1 - Enter NRIC/ Passport No.
Step 2 – Select ZOU and course commencement date.
Step 3 - Enter personal, qualification, employment and sponsoring details (if applicable).
Step 4 (if applicable) - Select, rank your preference for the selected subject(s) and indicate the number of subject(s) you wish to take. Please note that the subject start date(s) denotes the semester start date.
Step 5 - Make declaration and submit online application.ssary)

Course Fees

Course fees will be payable by the participants for this programme.


Fee Type Item Course Fees (w GST)
Full Course Fee S$2,354.00
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 years old / Singapore Permanent Residents S$706.20
Singapore Citizens aged 40 years old and above S$266.20


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Course Contact

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    8.30am – 5.30pm (Fri)

    Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

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    Please call or email us your enquiry.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • Website: https://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa
  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing Block 1A,
    Level 3, Unit 81
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757


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

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