The local cosmetics industry is fast changing from being a sole importer and retailer of cosmetics and their ingredients to being a manufacturer/product formulator.
However, technical expertise for this industry is lacking. Before the introduction of this specialist diploma in 2008, there is no formal training programme in the region and individuals who wish to learn about cosmetic science need to attend courses/programmes available only in Europe or USA.
The global retail market for fragrances, personal care and cosmetic products is expected to grow. Hence, professionals in this field of expertise can look forward to good career opportunities and job prospects in the cosmetic industry.
This course aims to provide broad-based science knowledge with an emphasis on the personal care sector, such as cosmetic raw materials, formulations, quality control, cosmetic regulations, etc.
Candidates who are expecting to find employment or upgrade their knowledge and skills in the personal care sector and a host of supporting industries (eg. sales and marketing).
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must have the following minimum qualifications from a recognised Institution:
a) Diploma in:
• Chemical Process Technology
• Chemical Engineering
• Biomedical Sciences
• Life Sciences
b) Bachelor of Science in the relevant discipline.
All applicants should preferably have working experience in the relevant fields or in a chemical laboratory. Non-Singaporeans must be working in Singapore and possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Immigration Pass throughout the course duration.
This course is a one-year part-time, evenings-only programme. The curriculum consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) of 6 modules. One PDC of 3 modules will be conducted in each semester. Each module is of 45-hour duration.
Graduates from the programme will be introduced to the current concepts pertaining to the chemistry of hair-care, skincare and perfumery and an in-depth knowledge on dermal pharmacology and cosmetic regulations. The laboratory sessions will provide hands-on experience in formulating hair and skincare products, as well as and practical skills on microbiological testing of cosmetic products.
This course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC comprises a few modules and the details are as follows:
Please click here for Module Synopsis
PDC 1 Certificate in Science in Skin Care Formulation
Module 1 - CP0403 Dermal Pharmacology & Cosmetic Regulations
Module 2 - CP0404 Skincare Raw Materials & Formulations
Module 3 - CP0405 Colloid & Polymer Science
PDC 2 Certificate in Science in Hair Care Formulation
Module 4 - CP0401 Hair-care Raw Materials and Formulations
Module 5 - CP0402 Perfumery
Module 6 - CP0406 Cosmetic Science Laboratory
Award / Certification / Accreditation
Upon completion of all the modules in each PDC, the participant will be awarded Post-Diploma Certificate.
Upon successfully acquiring the two PDCs, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma in Cosmetic Science qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.
1. Course Fee:
For Singapore Citizens (SCs) who are taking first post-diploma qualification, MOE will provide a subsidy of 85%.
For Permanent Residents (PRs) who are taking first post-diploma qualification, MOE will provide a subsidy of 60%.
For Foreigners, fees payable will be the full course fee.
|Specialist Diploma in Cosmetic Science
|Post Diploma Certificates (PDC)
(after 85% subsidy)
(after 60% subsidy)
|Full Course Fees
|Certificate in Science in Skin Care Formulation
|Certificate in Science in Hair Care Formulation
| Total Course Fees:
The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review. Post Diploma Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.
2. Other Fees:
|Class Fee (per academic year)
|Exam Fee (per academic year)
|Miscellaneous Fee (per academic year)
1. MOE Subsidy
Type of Academic CET Programme Enrolled
Prevailing Subsidy Rate
Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SMEs-Sponsored
First Post-Diploma Qualification
Subsequent Post-Diploma Qualification
(provided that 5 years have lapsed since the earlier qualification at the same level was attained)
*Post-Diploma qualifications are Advanced Diploma, Specialist Diploma or Diploma (Conversion).
Under the Enhanced Training Support Scheme, Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will enjoy subsidies of 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their Singapore Citizen employees for the academic CET programmes.
2. Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme
With effect from 1 July 2013, if you are a Singapore citizen aged 35 years or over, have a monthly income of not more than $1,900, you can enjoy 95% course fee for a wider range of courses covering all Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications courses, Academic Continuing Education and Training courses approved by the Ministry of Education, as well as Certifiable Skills Training courses accredited or supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. You may also be eligible for a training allowance* if you sign up for any WTS qualifying courses on your own without the support of your employer and successfully complete it. In addition, you may receive cash awards* for completing training. For more information, please visit www.wda.gov.sg or www.workfare.sg or contact the WTS Hotline at 1800-5368-333.
* Terms and conditions apply.
3. Absentee Payroll Funding
Companies can claim absentee payroll funding when they sponsor their employees for the academic CET programmes.
For more information, please visit www.skillsconnect.gov.sg
1. All applications must be made via Online Registration. There is a non-refundable application fee of $7.00 (inclusive GST) payable. The application will not be processed until the application fee is paid.
The Application Fee of $7.00 can be paid by the following payment modes:
a) For e-payment using Visa/Master cards, please click on the ‘Make ePayment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.
b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Blk T1A, Level 1
Mon-Fri: 8:30am to 8:00pm
Sat: 8:30am to 12:00pm
c) Cheques should be made payable to Singapore Polytechnic. Please cross the cheque and write the Registration Reference ID, Applicant Name and NRIC/FIN number on the back of the cheque. Mail the cheque to:
ATTN: Manager (Academic Programmes)
500 Dover Road
Blk T1A, Level 1
Please note that an administrative charge of $15 will be imposed for any returned cheques from the bank or financial institution.
2. The applicant is required to upload the following supporting documents in separate attachments. Otherwise, he will not be able to proceed with the online registration.
-> Certificates of Educational Qualifications (e.g. Diploma/Degree, etc.)
-> Academic Transcripts
-> Identification Documents
- NRIC (front & back) for Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident
- Identify Card for Malaysian who is not working and residing in Singapore
- FIN Card (front & back) such as Employment Pass/Work Permit/Dependent Pass and Passport for non-Singaporeans
-> Documentary proof (e.g. Deed Poll, Marriage Cert) if your name in the NRIC/Passport is different from the educational documents.
-> Documentary proof of work experience (e.g. Employer’s Letter, etc.)
Applicant can upload a maximum of 10 attachments. Each attachment must not be more than 3 MB in size and must be in the following formats: Word, PDF, BMP or JPEG.
**Identification documents are mandatory. Otherwise the applicant will not be able to proceed with the online registration. If the applicant uploads FIN card, he will also have to upload Passport in order to proceed with the online registration.
Non-Singaporeans must possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Dependant Pass throughout the course duration. They will bear the full risk of non-completion should their pass expire and subsequently lapse within the duration of the course.
3. The applicant will be notified by email on the application outcome 6 weeks after the closing date of application.
4. The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course.
For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Amos Goh
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