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Advanced Diploma in Process Control & Instrumentation (Revamped Curriculum)


Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    16 Oct 2023 to 30 Sep 2024
  • Registration Period:

    17 Jul 2023 to 10 Sep 2023
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM,
    480 hours (1 year)
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified with there is a new run.

Class schedule:
3-4 evenings a week
6.30pm to 10.30pm

Course Duration: 
480 hours (1 year)

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Mr Wong Weng Yew

For other enquiries, please email to

Are you planning to venture into the Process Control and Instrumentation industry? If you are already in this industry, are you getting ready to deepen your skills to meet the demands brought about by the rapidly evolving process control technologies, the increasing use of industrial networks in Distributed Control Systems and the increasing importance of cybersecurity in these systems? 

The Advanced Diploma in Process Control & Instrumentation offers post diploma training in the area of Process Control and Instrumentation. The curriculum is flexible, designed for self-paced learning, and has e-learning components.

This course offers relevant modules in response to the evolving needs of the industry. Apart from fundamental technologies like dynamics and control theory, computer control, process control and instrumentation, this course also covers advanced topics in the modules highlighted below:

  • Advanced Programmable Logic Control, which provides participants with advanced concepts in the areas of control system design, advanced instruction sets, intelligent I/O modules, local area networks, supervisory control and data acquisition in PLC systems
  • Distributed Control System Applications, which equips participants with the skills needed for the configuration, operation, testing and monitoring of Distributed Control Systems.
  • Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity, which addresses both the needs of the industry in the use of industrial networks as well as the increasing importance of cybersecurity in networked systems. The use of the popular industrial communication platform, OPC UA, will also be covered in this module.
  • AI for Automation, which addresses the rapid integration of AI technologies in control systems. This module introduces the basics of AI and machine learning and their application in control systems

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to gain hands-on training in our laboratories, which are equipped with facilities from leading industrial suppliers including Siemens, Yokogawa, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs, Bosch, Festo and National Instruments.

This course has received endorsement from the Instrumentation and Control Society, Singapore (ICS):

The Instrumentation and Control Society, Singapore (ICS), believes that the Advanced Diploma in Process Control and Instrumentation (NAPCI) offered by Singapore Polytechnic provides an excellent upgrading opportunity for our engineering workforce in the process control and instrumentation industry. The course offers extensive foundational training in control system basics as well as in advanced topics on PLC, Distributed Control System, AI and Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity which makes this course highly relevant to the control industry.

Dr Yang Zhizong
Instrumentation and Control Society, Singapore”

Participants are required to bring their personal computer notebook when attending lessons, as they may need it to access the e-learning materials, write reports, etc.

Course Objective

The primary objective of this Advanced Diploma course is to provide working adults with the necessary skills and knowledge relevant to the Process Control and Instrumentation industry. The specialised technical modules will give a deeper understanding of knowledge and skill sets required for a graduate to work in the Process Control industry.

Course Outline

There are 4 separate modular Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC). Each PDC is designed to be completed in one academic semester and is made up of two 60 hours modules. Upon completion of four PDCs (a total of 480 hours) within a maximum period of 2 years, the participant will be conferred a qualification in the Advanced Diploma in Process Control and Instrumentation.

Participant can decide to complete 1 or 2 PDCs in an academic semester. This is to allow participants the flexibility to complete all the 4 PDCs in a minimum period of 1 year or at the maximum period of 4 years.

The details of the two modules in each PDC are as follows:

Please click here for Module Synopsis

Semester One

PDC 1 Certificate in Control & Advanced PLC
Module 1 – Advanced Programmable Logic Control 
Module 2 – Dynamics and Control 

PDC 2 Certificate in Instrumentation & AI for Automation
Module 3 – Instrumentation & Measurement System
Module 4 – AI for Automation 

Semester Two

PDC 3 Certificate in Distributed Control System & Computer Control
Module 5 – Distributed Control System Applications 
Module 6 – Computer Control Systems 

PDC 4 Certificate in Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity & Process Control
Module 7 – Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity 
Module 8 – Process Control Engineering

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must possess a relevant engineering Polytechnic Diploma in electrical, electronics, mechanical, mechatronics, control, automation, energy systems, infocomm, computer or chemical, from a recognized institution or an equivalent qualification. Preference will be given to those with relevant working experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or 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.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of four Certificates within a four-year validity period, the participant will be conferred an Advanced Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Suitable for

Graduates seeking employment in manufacturing, petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, oil and gas, petrochemical plants, refineries, power plant, research & development, maintenance and servicing industries.

The qualification equips them for positions such as Assistant Equipment Engineer, Senior Maintenance Technician, Engineering Senior Technician and Maintenance Senior Technician, instrumentation and process control technologists, supervisors and management executives.

Course Fees

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Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Control & Advanced PLC Certificate in Instrumentation & AI for Automation Certificate in Distributed Control System & Computer Control Certificate in Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity & Process Control Total Course Fees:
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $377.50 $377.50 $377.50 $377.50 $1,509.98
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $251.66 $251.66 $251.66 $251.66 $1,006.66
SINGAPORE PR $1,031.62 $1,031.62 $1,031.62 $1,031.62 $4,126.46
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for SC)* $259.90 $259.90 $259.90 $259.90 $1,039.58
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for PR)** $315.22 $315.22 $315.22 $315.22 $1,260.86
REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $2,516.64 $2,516.64 $2,516.64 $2,516.64 $10,066.56
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $2,579.04 $2,579.04 $2,579.04 $2,579.04 $10,316.16

*SC - Singapore Citizens

**PR - Permanent Residents

Other Fees Payable:

Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.56
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.02
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.25$2.27


- The fees shown (inclusive of 8% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:

- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 50% refund of paid course fee.

- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Application Procedure

Please click here for application procedures.

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