course-banner-img ICT-3

Specialist Diploma in Operational Technology Cybersecurity (Industrial Control Systems)

Topic:Engineering, ICT, Media & Design, Others

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

Register interest
Download PDF for print


  • Course Date:

    15 Apr 2024 to 31 Mar 2025
  • Registration Period:

    21 Dec 2023 to 29 Feb 2024
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM,
    240 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 when there is a new run.

Class schedule:
2 - 3 evenings a week 
6.30pm to 10.30pm

Course Duration: 
240 hours (1 year)

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Mr Kwa Teck Poey

For other enquiries, please email to

Course Objective

This course aims to develop students with the competency required for a secured deployment of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) in manufacturing facilities and in critical infrastructure. Upon completing the course, students will be able to make a differentiation between Operation Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) cyber-security, and be equipped with critical knowledge and skills to identify cyber threats to ICS and propose solutions for cyber security.

Course Outline

The course is a one-year part-time programme. This modular certificate course is presented through lectures and practical sessions. Participants will undergo a structured 12-month programme over 2-semester periods. Conceptual knowledge and principles are presented in lectures while practical and mini-projects reinforce the understanding. Learning outcomes are tested by way of written tests, quizzes, assignments, practical tests and projects.

It consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) conducted over 2 semesters, 1 PDC per semester. The classes are conducted in the evening.

Each PDC consists of two modules and the details are as follows:

PDC 1 Certificate in Industrial Control Systems and Cybersecurity Operations
Module 1 – Industrial Control Systems
Module 2 – Cybersecurity Operations*

PDC 2 Certificate in Industrial Control Systems and Computer Network Security
Module 1 – Industrial Control Systems Security 
Module 2 – Computer Network Security

*Cybersecurity Operations is taught via the industry Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate Academy programme. The module prepares students to take this certification examination which is recognised by ICT sector globally.

Click here for Module Synopsis

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should at least have a diploma or higher qualification from local Polytechnics/ Universities in one of these areas: electrical, electronic, mechanical, manufacturing, communication, computer, instrumentation, control engineering, information technology or related field.

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis with relevant working experiences.

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 the modules in each semester, the participant will be awarded one Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC) respectively.

Upon successfully acquiring the two PDCs, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma in Operational Technology Cybersecurity (Industrial Control Systems) qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

*Participants who have completed the course with Certificate of Completion / Certificate of Attendance will be awarded with 18 CPD points, subjected to the course duration and approval by Professional Engineers Board (PEB).

Suitable for

This course is specially designed for graduates from different engineering and technology to be cross-trained for ICS, networks and cybersecurity. Over the years, many have been in manufacturing and plants with traditional ICS without linkages to internet. There are also many in IT fields who are not familiar with ICS. The modules are have been carefully selected to address the necessary skills and knowledge required by professionals to secure ICS from evolving cyber-security threats.

Course Fees


For more information on the course fee or to apply, click on the “Register” button.

Application Procedure

1. For self-sponsored applicant, please click on the “Register” button to apply for the course. You will be directed to STEP portal to manage all your course activities. Please note that you will be prompted to sign in with Singpass/Student ID.
2. For company-sponsored applicant, please approach your company's Human Resource (HR) team to put in the application through the company portal using CorpPass.  You may only apply after receiving the registration link from your company's HR.
3. Your application does not guarantee acceptance into the course. Your acceptance into the course is dependent on meeting the course requirements and course vacancy.
4. Non‐Singaporeans must possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Dependant Pass throughout the course duration. You would need to bear the full risk of non-completion should your pass expire and subsequently lapse within the duration of the course.
5. You will be notified by email on the application outcome 6 weeks after the application’s closing date. 
6. PACE Academy course schedules, including course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change.

7. PACE Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course at short notice; & at its absolute discretion without assigning any reason for such cancellation/postponements. In the event that the applicant’s chosen course is cancelled prior to its commencement, PACE Academy will make a full refund of course fees already paid by the applicant.

8. 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. 

Courses that may also interest you