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Specialist Diploma in Workplace and Career Counselling

Topic:Others, Professional Development & Leadership

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

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  • 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
  • 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:
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
6:30pm - 9:30pm

240 hours (1 year)

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Marissa Teo

For other enquiries, please email to

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

Course Objective

This Specialist Diploma supports the upskilling needs of the current workforce in the human resource industry. Given the rapidly changing employment landscape in Singapore, workplace and career counselling is important as it provides employees in an organisation with socioemotional support to improve their psychological wellbeing. It also helps employees develop greater self-awareness to discover their career interests and preferences, and assess work motivations based on their strengths and capabilities to enable higher employability.

Additionally, in recent years, awareness about mental health at the workplace has grown, both in the public and private sector. More companies have also adopted an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) as part of their welfare benefits. This typically involves access to individual counselling sessions that employees can claim for, as well as other services such as mental health workshops. In view of this, this specialist diploma hopes to develop more managers and para-counsellors in the public and private sectors to be equipped with the hands-on knowledge of the contemporary tools and micro skills used in workplace counselling to support employees in any work context.

Course Outline

The course is a one-year part-time programme. It consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) conducted over 2 semesters. Each PDC comprises three modules and the details are as follows:

PDC 1 - Certificate in Workplace Counselling Fundamentals
• Module 1: Workplace Issues and Job Employment Outlook 
• Module 2: Workplace Counselling Skills
• Module 3: Career Counselling Tools and Interventions

PDC2 - Certificate in Applied Workplace Counselling Skills
• Module 4: Applied Positive Psychology in Workplace Counselling*
• Module 5: Contemporary Approaches to Workplace Counselling 
• Module 6: Workplace Counselling Practice

*Module Exemptions
1. Participants who had completed Specialist Diploma in Enhanced Human Resource Skills will be granted exemption for modules “Workplace Counselling Skills” and “Applied Positive Psychology in Workplace Counselling” when they enrol into this course.

2. Participants who had completed Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology (DHRMP) will be granted exemption for module “Workplace Counselling Skills” when they enrol into this course.

Please click here for the module synopsis.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must be a Polytechnic diploma/ degree graduate, preferably working in the human resource, education, social service, or other related sectors.

Recognition of Prior Learning

An evidence of at least 5 years relevant working experience or supporting information to ascertain their competency readiness. Eligible applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test.

The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist eligible applicants and admit applicants who perform well in the interview and/or entrance test.

Certification / Accreditation

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

In partnership with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), participants will be issued with a Certificate in Apprenticeship by AIC upon completion of Module 6. The Certificate in Apprenticeship may lead towards a full certification as a Silver Generation Ambassador (SGA), should participants choose to continue the programme beyond graduation.

Suitable for

The course is designed for middle level executive, managers and HR professionals working in any industry to acquire further knowledge and deepen their skills within their trained discipline areas to conduct workplace counselling and support employees in career transitions. This would add value to their organisation in a fast-changing labour market and employment landscape.

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. 

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