Advanced Diploma in Process Control & Instrumentation (Revamped Curriculum)


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.

In response to the evolving needs of the industry, this course has been brought up-to-date with the introduction of 3 new modules:

  • 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.

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, ABB, Bosch, Festo and National Instruments.

This renewed 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 a suitable upgrading opportunity for our engineering workforce in the process control and instrumentation industry. The newly introduced modules on Distributed Control System Applications and Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity will make this course highly relevant to the industry.

Sanjay Bangale
Instrumentation and Control Society, Singapore”

Feedback from one of the course's participants:
“The NAPCI curriculum, coupled with the timely perspectives shared by my lecturers, have bridged the knowledge gaps in my job as a Technical Sales Manager. The practical training in the course has also sparked my interest to work on projects using Arduino during my free time. This is what I believe lifelong learning is all about - practical and having fun!

Liew Fu Jian
NAPCI student currently taking modules in PDC4”

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 Objectives

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.

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 engineering assistants, plant maintenance engineers and service personnel, instrumentation and process control technologists, supervisors and management executives.


Minimum Entry 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.

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:

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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 & Digital Control
Module 3 – Instrumentation & Measurement System
Module 4 – Digital Control

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 

Award / 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.

Course Fees

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(for SC)*



(for PR)**

Certificate in Control & Advanced PLC$377.50$251.66$1,006.66$259.90$301.06$2,516.64
Certificate in Instrumentation & Digital Control$377.50$251.66$1,006.66$259.90$301.06$2,516.64
Certificate in Distributed Control System & Computer Control$377.50$251.66$1,006.66$259.90$301.06$2,516.64
Certificate in Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity & Process Control$377.50$251.66$$1,006.66$259.90$301.06$2,516.64
Total Course Fees:$1,509.98$1,006.66$4,026.62$1,039.58$1,204.22$10,066.56


*SC - Singapore Citizens

**PR - Permanent Residents

Other Fees Payable:

Examination Fee-$16.05
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.01
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70$1.70

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

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

Refund Policy:

- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% 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.



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Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:

To be advised

Academic Calendar

Registration Period:
To be advised

* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up

Class schedule:
3-4 evenings a week
6:30pm - 10:30pm

480 hours (1 year)

PDC to start with:
PDC1 and/or PDC2


For course specific details,
please contact the course manager:
Name: Mr He Yingjie