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Course Overview

Singapore is one of the world's leading energy and chemical hubs today. With this programme, you can acquire the skills to be a part of this industry's progress and acceleration towards a more sustainable future.


This course provides you with an understanding of the day-to-day operations, safety and commercial awareness required for the industry. You will gain knowledge in chemical engineering principles, water, waste and air pollution treatment methods and how to manage and optimize the productivity of a chemical plant.


Upon graduation, you can look forward to taking on roles such as a process technician, laboratory technologist or even venture into logistics or technical sales for chemical products. For those already working in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, this diploma will also open up new opportunities for you to take on supervisory roles.



All students are required to bring their own notebooks for lessons. You may refer to the required technical specifications for notebooks HERE.

Entry Requirements


‘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

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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.

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Course Contact

  • Mainline 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.

  • https://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa
  • 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 course with low enrolment.