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Course Overview

Are you prepared to join a talented pool of versatile professionals with forward-looking and cutting-edge skills, ready to thrive in emerging green jobs or existing jobs roles that are being transformed by sustainability?


As Singapore doubles down on its commitment to the economic growth pillars – the Digital Economy, Green Economy and the Care Economy, the demands for job roles that require green skills across multiple sectors is growing exponentially. To meet this growing need, the Specialist Diploma in Sustainable Built Environment has been developed to train the next generation of paraprofessionals for the Built Environment sector.


The modular, stackable model offers a robust curriculum developed in collaboration with industry partners and responds to market demands. You will learn about the latest trends and innovations in sustainable building practices, as well as the regulatory and policy frameworks that govern sustainable development and be able to apply this knowledge to their work.


Our graduates will be equipped to lead sustainable projects, manage sustainable teams, and advocate for sustainable practices in the built environment sector.

Entry Requirements


Eligibility Criteria


Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation from the polytechnics or the Operational Ready Date for National Servicemen from the following PET feeder diploma courses:


At least an ITE or Polytechnic diploma in relevant architecture, engineering or construction discipline is preferred.


Feeder Programmes

Diploma in

  • Interior Architecture & Design 
  • Environment Design 
  • Retail & Hospitality Design 
  • Spatial Design 
  • Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering 
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Architecture 
  • Interior Design 
  • Landscape Design and Horticulture

Other relevant Design-related Disciplines

What You'll Learn

Participants will be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Sustainable Built Environment upon successful completion of the following:


  • Post-Diploma Certificate in Sustainable Strategies
  • Post-Diploma Certificate in Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment

Subject Code Subject
DCE055Z Human & Natural Capital

The subject introduces the concept of sustainability by seeking associations between people and the planet, inspiring participants to appreciate some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. The subject also introduces international guidelines such as UN Sustainable Developmental Goals to contextualise global issues and their implications for the future of the planet. The subject will apply the notion of Nature as a self-regulating system to analyse current practices of resource production and consumption.

AST0101 Waste Reduction & Reuse

This subject introduces basic knowledge of essential waste reduction from a multidisciplinary perspective. It will focus on reduction through recycling, reuse, recovery, and life cycle assessment. The subject will also cover the current sustainable waste management strategies and their relevance to various industries.

DCE056Z Sustainability & Systems Thinking

The subject will take a systems approach to address sustainability challenges to make a case for holistic, integrated, and interdisciplinary thinking that questions assumptions and worldviews to create a viable, sustainable design solution.

Subject Code Subject
AST0102 Sustainable & Innovative Building Materials

This subject covers relevant skills and knowledge in sustainable and innovative building materials encompassing state-of-the-art processes and technologies for using materials in raw, intermediates and finished forms. The subject will also focus on the properties and performance attributes of alternative, eco-friendly building materials, including an in-depth study of the carbon footprint and life-cycle assessment.

DCE057A Regenerative Design

This subject covers regenerative design and the concept of building as an ecosystem that brings together natural and social habitats. The subject matter will equip students to appreciate how to design whilst respecting planetary boundaries that ensure a net positive impact on the natural systems.

DCE058A Sustainable Building & Green Mark

The subject equips students with the knowledge and skill sets to implement sustainable considerations in the design and operation of green buildings in alignment with prevailing Green Mark criteria.

Modes of Assessment


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

Career Opportunities

Upon completing the course, graduates would have honed the skillset in Green Process or Sustainability Design and enhanced career opportunities listed in the Skills Framework for Built Environment, Facilities Management, and Construction/Project Management.

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

To be confirmed


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 hired successfully and placed on this programme by the participating companies will be invited to submit an online application for the Work-Study Post-Diploma Courses.

Course Fees

Fees Type PDC 1: Sustainable Strategies
(w GST) 
PDC 2: Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment
(w GST)

Singapore Citizens

Aged 40 and above (Individual or SME-sponsored) S$321.00 S$361.13
Aged below 40 S$475.08 S$534.47
SME-sponsored aged below 40 S$331.08 S$372.47
Others & Repeat Students S$3,158.64 S$3,553.47
Non-Singapore Citizens
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,296.00 S$1,458.00
SME-sponsored (Singapore Permanent Residents) S$336.48 S$378.54
Others & Repeat Students S$3,240.00 S$3,645.00

Course fees payable is based on per Post-Diploma 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

  • 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 109
    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.