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Course Overview

The SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme for the Energy & Chemicals sector is a 12-month work-study certificate programme leading to the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Technology). It 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.


Upon completing the 2 skills-based Modular Certificates (MC) under the programme, participants will be able to understand and apply the process engineering principles and knowledge relevant to the operational requirements in the chemical and chemical-related industries.


Academic Progression


Participants have the option to take up the remaining 3 skills-based Modular Certificates (MCs) to obtain the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Technology).


Please see Course Structure for more information.

Entry Requirements


Eligibility Criteria


Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation OR the Operationally Ready Date (ORD) for National Servicemen from the following full-time programmes.


The Sign-on Incentive is only applicable for Singapore Citizens.


Feeder Programmes


  • Chemical Process Technology
  • Applied Food Science

Higher NITEC in

  • Chemical Technology
  • Biotechnology

Other relevant chemical-related Higher NITEC / NITEC programmes

GPA Requirement

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

What You'll Learn

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 these 2 MCs within 12 months.


Upon completing the programme, graduates can have the option to complete the remaining 3 MCs to obtain the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Technology).


Work-Study Certificate Programme (12 months)

No Subject
1 Chemical Engineering Principles

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.

2 Basic Unit Operations

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.

3 Separation Processes

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.

No Subject
1 Process Instrumentation

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.

2 Specialty Chemicals

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.

3 Petrochemicals

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.

3 more MCs to complete Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Technology)

No Subject
1 Occupational Safety

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.

2 Occupational Health

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.

3 Process Safety and Loss Prevention

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.

No Subject
1 Water Treatment Technology

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 perform laboratory tests.

2 Air Pollution

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.

3 Solid and Hazardous Waste

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.

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1 Chemical Plant Operations Management

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.

2 Chemical Plant Productivity Improvement

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.

3 Chemical Plant Quality Improvement

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


The assessment framework will include a range of coursework components such as laboratory, tutorial and project assignments, class participation, tests, quizzes and examination.

Career Opportunities

The job role offered under this programme is a Junior Process Technician (Trainee)1.


Upon successful completion of programme, graduates may take on the role of a Junior Process Technician. They may also look forward to wage increment and role expansion in their workplace, subject to their work performance.


Upon successful completion of the part-time diploma course, graduates may look forward to taking up the role of a Process Technician.


¹Job titles may vary across companies

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

17 April 2023

9 November 2022 – 11 January 2023

12 Months


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


1. Resume (filename: Resume-YourName.pdf)
2. Highest Qualification Certificate (filename: Certificates-YourName.pdf)
3. Academic Transcripts (filename: Transcripts-YourName.pdf)
4. 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 successfully hired and placed on the Work-Study Certificate programme by the participating companies will be invited to submit an online application for the courses.

Course Fees

Course fees will be sponsored by company should candidates be placed under the Work-Study Certificate programme.

Fees Type MC in Chemical Plant Unit Operations
(w GST) 
MC in Chemical Processes
(w GST)

Singapore Citizens

Aged 40 and above (Individual or SME-sponsored) S$423.72 S$423.72
Aged below 40 S$616.32 S$616.32
SME-sponsored aged below 40 S$436.32 S$436.32
Repeat Students S$4,140.90 S$4,140.90
Non-Singapore Citizens
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,691.28 S$1,691.28
SME-sponsored (Singapore Permanent Residents) S$443.52 S$443.52
Repeat Students S$4,237.92 S$4,237.92

Course fees payable is based on per Modular Certificate.

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

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.

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Course Contact

  • 67881212
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
    Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Closed during lunchtime, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    and on weekends and public holidays.

  • Website: https://www.tp.edu.sg/wsp
  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)
    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing, Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 4
    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.