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Specialist Diploma in Operational Technology Cybersecurity (Industrial Control Systems)

Topic:Engineering, ICT, Media & Design, Others

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

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  • Course Date:

    15 Apr 2024 to 30 Sep 2026
  • Registration Period:

  • 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 with 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
Email: KWA_Teck_Poey@sp.edu.sg

For other enquiries, please email to ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

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

The course fees payable above are inclusive of 8% GST rate.

Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Industrial Control Systems and Cybersecurity Operations Certificate in Industrial Control Systems and Computer Network Security Total Course Fees:
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $251.68 $251.68 $503.33
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $377.50 $377.50 $754.99
SINGAPORE PR $1,031.62 $1,031.62 $2,063.23
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for SC)* $259.90 $259.90 $519.79
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for PR)* $315.22 $315.22 $630.43
REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $2,516.64 $2,516.64 $5,033.28
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS $2,579.04 $2,579.04 $5,158.08

*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 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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