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Course Overview

Are you pondering over which industry to grow and progress in your career? Excited to learn how raw materials can be intricately turned into petrochemicals, precise plastics, adhesives or detergents?

Come join us and explore the wonders of Chemical Technology! This course will prepare you for a fulfilling career in the top Energy & Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals manufacturing industries, among others.

This course give you insights into the chemical industry in terms of day-to-day operations, required skills and know-how as well as safety and commercial awareness. You will learn about mass and energy balances, unit operations, plant safety, productivity and quality improvement and more.



Progression Path


TP CET Diploma graduates will receive credit recognition if they complete the following modules, pass a challenge examination conducted by SUSS and sign up for the Part-time Undergraduate Programme in Public Safety and Security offered by SUSS.


  • Singapore Legal Systems
  • Criminal Law in Practice
  • Security Operations & Administration
  • Criminal Justice & Punishment

Application/Entry Requirement


‘O’ Levels

At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes in the following subjects: 

English Language (EL1 or EL2) Grade 1 – 7

Any mathematics subject Grade 1 – 6

Any science subject Grade 1 – 6

and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec

GPA ≥ 2.0 OR

GPA ≥ 1.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR


GPA ≥ 3.5 OR

GPA ≥ 3.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 2.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 3.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
WSQ Qualification Relevant WSQ Qualification with 1 year of relevant working experience and WSQ Workplace Literacy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6) AND Workplace Numeracy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6)
Without relevant academic qualifications At least 2 years of relevant working experience

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Who Should Attend

Supervisors and process technicians from the chemical and chemical-related industries and organisations.

What You'll Learn

To be awarded the Diploma, participants are required to complete a total of 5 Modular Certificates (MCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each MC.

Subject Code Subject
ACT0101 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.

ACT0102 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.

ACT0103 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.

Subject Code Subject
ACT0201 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.

ACT0202 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.

ACT0203 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.

Subject Code Subject
ACT0301 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.

ACT0302 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.

ACT0303 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.

Subject Code Subject
ACT0401 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.

ACT0402 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.

ACT0403 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.

Subject Code Subject
ACT0501 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.

ACT0502 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.

ACT0503 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


  • Laboratory Assignments
  • Tutorial Assignments
  • Project Assignments
  • Participation
  • Tests
  • Quizzes

Career Opportunities

Trained to be versatile, you can work in a broad range of companies in various industries. You can embark on careers in the Chemical or Pharmaceutical Industries, where you can work as process technicians or laboratory technologists. You can also embark on a career in logistics or technical sales for chemical products. For those already working in the Chemical/Pharmaceutical Industries, the diploma will open up new opportunities for your career advancement in the supervisory role.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Closing Date Course Duration

18 October 2021

03 May 2021 - 05 July 2021

2.5 Years (Part-time)


Online application may close earlier for courses with overwhelming response.


For details on Application and Admission Process, please click here.

Course Fees

Course Fees per Modular Certificate

Fee Type Course Fees
(w GST) 
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$338.76
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$327.42
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$500.76
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,309.68
Others & Repeat Students S$3,293.46

SkillsFuture Credit Approved. For more details, please click here

Course fees payable is based on per MC.

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.

With effect from 1 Jul 2020, the Workforce Training Scheme (WTS) will be replaced by Work Support Scheme (WSS), for more information, please visit:


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