Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security (Earn and Learn Programme)


The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is a work-study programme designed to give fresh full-time Diploma graduates from one of the 5 polytechnics in Singapore a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.

Who is it for?

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents who are Fresh full-time Diploma graduates from one of the five polytechnics in Singapore.

Working adults in the infocomm industry who wish to pick up specialised skills and knowledge in infocomm security should consider our non-ELP courses like the Specialist Diploma course in Cyber Security Management.

How does it work?

You will be matched with a job related to your discipline of study and undergo a 12 months structured training programme, depending on the sector and job requirements. The programme includes facilitated learning, on-the-job training and work-based projects, to allow you to deepen your skill sets at the workplace. Assigned mentors at the company will guide you and provide support in your continual skills development. You will also enjoy a well-structured career progression pathway, in line with the company’s talent development plan. At the end of the programme, you will receive an industry-recognised certification.


Enterprises are under virtually constant cyber threats today. Significant cyber-attacks and data breaches at these enterprises have made headlines. Many of the attacks that have been uncovered are increasingly more sophisticated and complex.

The threat is exacerbated by the shortage of cyber security experts needed to counter the attacks. The growth opportunities in cyber security coupled with the increasing uncertainties and complexities in the global environment are driving demand for deeper levels of expertise in the cyber security industry.


Course Objectives


The Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security course is designed with advanced topics to boost the level of Cyber Security skills of participants. This SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) in Cyber Security is designed as a work-study programme to give fresh polytechnic or Post-National Service (NS) graduates in Infocomm Security or Information Technology field, a head-start in careers related to Cyber Security. This is achieved through institutional-based learning at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) augmented by on-the-job training (OJT) with participating employers in the cyber security industry.


Suitable for


Fresh full-time polytechnic graduates from the infocomm security or information technology fields who wish to deepen their skills and embark on a career in cyber security.



Minimum Entry Requirements

The entry qualifications for the Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security (Earn and Learn Programme) are as follow:

a) The participant shall be a fresh full-time graduate of a relevant infocomm security or information technology-related diploma from one of the polytechnics in Singapore.
b) The participant shall be nominated for this Earn and Learn Programme by a participating company.
c) The participant shall be a Diploma graduate within 5 years of graduation or within 5 years from his last day of National Service (ORD).

Course Outline

Participants in this programme will need to undergo a structured 12-month course which comprises of campus-based lessons and on-the-job training at the company’s workplace. E-Learning topics will also be used to aid the participants to learn independently at their own pace. Learning outcomes are tested through practical tests, quizzes, assignments, etc.

This course consists of two post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC comprises of three modules and the details are shown below.

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Semester 1
PDC in Cyber Security and Defences

Equips participants with practical knowledge to:

  • plan and manage penetration tests to gain accurate insights into the organisational security posture;
  • secure computer and network resources to mitigate cyber security risks; and
  • detect, discover and contain cyber security incidents.


  • Infocomm Security & Network Essentials
  • Ethical Hacking and Defences
  • Security Management and Incident Response

Semester 2
PDC in Forensics and Investigation

Equips participants with practical knowledge to:

  • handle the forensics process in computers and mobile devices to discover computer-related crimes in organisations;
  • conduct technical malware analysis and prevent malware attacks; and
  • build secure applications to prevent application attacks and data loss.


  • Digital Forensics
  • Secure Coding
  • Malware Reverse Engineering

All participants are required to attend facilitated classroom training one day per week during term time from 9am to 6pm


Award / Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of the two Post-Diploma Certificates and fulfilment of the skills competency through on-the-job training within the twelve-month validity period, the participant will be conferred the Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security qualification from Singapore Polytechnic


Course Fee


Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security (Earn and Learn Programme)
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC)

Singapore Citizens

Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme
Certificate in Cyber Security and Defences $638.47  $1,702.59 $439.56
Certificate in Forensics and Investigation $585.26  $1,560.70 $402.93
Total Course Fees: $1,223.73 $3,263.29  $842.49

Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49 $7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94 $0.94
Total $8.43 $24.48

The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review. Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.


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Course Commencement:
Next Intake June 2017

Application Procedures

Please download and complete the ELP Participation Form and submit together with your resume

Class Schedule:
1 day per week,
9:00am – 6:00pm

345 hours (1 year)


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For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Eileen Yeo
Email: [email protected]

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