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Work-Study Certificates leading to part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Laboratory Technology)

Topic:Applied & Health Sciences, Others

Course Type:Work-Study Programmes

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  • Course Date:

    14 Oct 2024 to 13 Apr 2026
  • Registration Period:

    01 Jun 2024 to 14 Sep 2024
  • Duration/Frequency:

    600 hours (18 months)
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (F2F/ Online Synchronous) conducted by SP and structured On-the-Job Training (OJT) with the participating company.
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and participating company (on-the-job training).
  • Funding:

    Other funding

Singapore is one of the world’s leading energy and chemical hubs which has an extensive chemicals value chain spanning from manufacturing to innovation and research. Singapore is well positioned as a global energy and chemicals hub whereby extensive development of Jurong Island has attracted investments in excess of SGD$50 billion and now houses many of the world’s leading energy and chemical companies.


Due to the strong presence of energy and chemical companies in Singapore, the demand for laboratory and process technicians remain high. To better support the demand of laboratory technicians at the diploma level, the Work Study Programme (WSP) targeting ITE graduates is proposed as one of the ways to increase the pool of trained talents in this industry by equipping them with the required skillsets.


WSP-DACL graduates may also be awarded two joint certifications from the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)-UK to recognise knowledge and technical competencies in Good Laboratory Practices and Management, Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis. More information on SAC’s collaboration with SP can be found in this link.

Only applicants who are shortlisted by SP and participating companies will be notified to attend interviews. Successful applicants employed by the participating companies will be placed under the programme. 

For interested participating companies, please click here to submit your participation form.

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Dr Jeremy Tan

For other enquiries, please email to

Course Objective

1. To support the SkillsFuture initiative in strengthening applied education and provide continual academic and career progression pathways for ITE students after graduation; 2. To provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to take on the job responsibilities of a laboratory technician in the chemical industry.

Course Outline

Modular Certificate 1 in Core Chemistry I and Safety

Module 1 - Chemistry I

Module 2 - Chemical Safety and Biosafety


Modular Certificate 2 in Core Chemistry II and Instrumentation

Module 1 - Chemistry II

Module 2 - Instrumental Analysis


Modular Certificate 3 in Laboratory Management and Statistics

Module 1 - Good Laboratory Practice and Management

Module 2 - Applied Statistics and Quality Assurance


The following module runs across 18 months throughout the programme

On-Job-Training (OJT)

For Participant who wish to continue and obtain the Diploma in Applied Science (Chemical Laboratory Technology)

Modular Certificate 4 in Applied Chemistry III & Data Analytics

Module 1 - Chemistry III

Module 2 - Data Analytics & Visualisations

Module 3 - Molecular Biochemistry


Modular Certificate 5 in Chemical Technology

Module 1 - Environmental Sustainability

Module 2 - Petrochemicals and its Applications

Module 3 - Principles of Chemical Processes

Please click here for module synopsis

Class schedule

MC1 - MC3 (WSP) - 2-3 evenings per week, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

MC4 - MC5 (Diploma) - 3-4 evenings per week, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Past/ Current Participating Companies

Minimum Requirements

1. Applicants must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident of Singapore.

2. Applicants must be a graduate with a Full-time ITE NITEC/ Higher NITEC Certificate within 36 months of graduation or from his last day of ORD. 

3. Applicants must be hired by one of the participating companies for this Work-Study Programme.

4. For ITE graduates, applicants must be a Full-time ITE NITEC graduate with GPA ≥ 2.0 or Full-time Higher NITEC graduate in a Chemical-related discipline.

5. The list of eligible NITEC/Higher NITEC are as follow:

  • NITEC in Chemical Process Technology
  • NITEC in Applied Food Science
  • Higher NITEC in Chemical Technology
  • Higher NITEC in Biotechnology 

SP will evaluate individuals who have graduated for more than 36 months but within 5 years from the date of graduation or ORD on a case-by-case basis.

Certification / Accreditation

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

Suitable for

Fresh full-time NITEC/Higher NITEC graduates from the relevant fields who wish to deepen their skills as a chemical laboratory technician via classroom learning and On-Job-Training at the company.

Course Fees


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

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Terms and Conditions 

Application Procedure

1. Apply for WSP by completing the form which is accessible with your SingPass. 

2. Eligible applicants will be notified by SP.  

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. PACE Academy course schedules, including course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change.

5. 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.

6. 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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