This Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) is a work-study programme designed to give fresh full-time Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Nitec/Higher Nitec graduates in Singapore a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.

Who is it for?

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents who are Fresh Nitec/Higher Nitec graduates from one of the ITE in Singapore.

Working adults in the Power industry who wish to pick up specialised skills and knowledge should consider our non-ELP courses like the Diploma in Engineering (Power Engineering)

How does it work?

You will be matched with a job related to your discipline of study and undergo a 18 months structured training programme, depending on the sector and job requirements. The programme includes facilitated learning, on-the-job training and work-based projects, to allow you to deepen your skill sets at the workplace. Assigned mentors at the company will guide you and provide support in your continual skills development. You will also enjoy a well-structured career progression pathway, in line with the company’s talent development plan. At the end of the programme, you will receive an industry-recognised certification.


Diploma course in Engineering (Power Engineering) will comply with the revised CET Diploma Framework. The revised CET Diploma Framework specifies that each CET diploma course consists of five 180-hour modular certificates (MC). Each MC is designed to be completed in one academic semester and is made up of 150 contact hours and 30 flexible learning hours. The flexible learning hours are non-timetabled curriculum hours set aside for self-paced learning activities like eLearning or project assignments.

Students are expected to have access to computer and internet during your study at SP eg. e-learning, writing report, etc.

Course Objectives

The Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) aims to provide relevant knowledge and skills training to participants to perform installation, operation, testing and maintenance of electrical, instrumentation, automation and control systems of companies in Energy & Chemical, Power & Energy and other process manufacturing industries.

Suitable for

The course is suitable for Nitec or Higher Nitec graduates from Institute of Technical Education who wish to pursue a career in the Power Sector.

Skillsfuture Study Awards

This is only applicable for Academic mode. ELP students are not eligible. For more information, please refer to Diploma in Engineering (Power Engineering)

BCA-Industry Built Environment Sponsorship programme
This is only applicable for Academic mode. ELP students are not eligible. For more information, please refer to Diploma in Engineering (Power Engineering)

Minimum Entry Requirements

• Applicants must not suffer from serious colour appreciation deficiency.

• Applicants should have an ITE Nitec with GPA ≥ 2.0 or Higher Nitec qualification in technology or engineering discipline.

• Applicants must be hired by one of the participating companies for this Earn and Learn Programme.

• Applicants must be a Full-Time ITE graduate within 5 years of graduation or within 5 years from his last day of National Service (ORD).

Course Outline

This course consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MCs).

The first 18-month of the course is a SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (comprising 3 Modular Certificates) where trainees go through classroom facilitation and On-the-Job Training (OJT) to deepen relevant occupational and industry knowledge and skills. The first 3 modular certificates comprise of academic modules conducted by Singapore Polytechnic and on-the-job-training (OJT) programme conducted by the participating companies for their respective employees.

Participants have the option to complete two additional modular certificates after the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme to obtain a Diploma in Engineering (Power Engineering). The course structure for the ELP and DEPE programme is shown below.

Diploma in Engineering (Power Engineering)
30 months or 2.5 years

Earn and Learn Programme
18 months

Two more MC to complete DEPE
12 months

MC1 + MC2 + MC3




The assessment for all the 5 MCs will be based on coursework (e.g. written tests and practical work).

Earn and Learn Programme (MC1, MC2 and MC3)

MC 1 - Certificate in Electrical and Digital Circuit Fundamentals
Module 1 - Electrical Principles
Module 2 - Digital Principles


MC 2 - Certificate in Electronics
Module 1 - Analog Electronics
Module 2 - Digital Electronics


MC 3 - Certificate in Power Distribution
Module 1 - Electrical Installation Design
Module 2 - Power Transmission and Distribution


For Participant who wish to continue and obtain the Diploma in Engineering (Power Engineering)

MC 4 - Certificate in Electrical Circuits and Systems
Module 1 - Circuit Theory and Analysis
Module 2 - Photovoltaic System Design


MC 5 - Certificate in Power Systems
Module 1 - Power System Analysis
Module 2 - Power Electronics and Drives


The synopsis of the modules can be found here.


Award / Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of ELP and 2 additional  Modular Certificates within a five-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Which universities can I apply to after I complete my CET Diploma? You can apply to part-time undergraduate programmes which are relevant to your diploma course at NUS and UniSIM.

Please click here for more information on NUS, Bachelor of Technology (Btech)


2. Will I need to take any bridging programme? The revised part-time diploma is intended to be more accessible to the workforce, and is made shorter in duration compared to the full-time diploma because broad-based interdisciplinary modules, final year projects and internships, as well as academic modules such as Mathematics and Sciences, are omitted. As such, most part-time undergraduate programmes would require you to go through a bridging programme to prepare you adequately before admission.

3. If I need to take the bridging programme, how much will it cost and how long will it take? While the bridging programmes are currently being worked out by the polytechnics and universities, the duration will depend on the type and nature of the part-time degree course that you apply for, and are expected to be between six months to a year. The fees will not be more expensive than undergraduate modules of comparable duration.

Course Fees

Earn and Learn Programme leading to Diploma in Engineering (Power Engineering)



Certificate in Electrical and Digital Circuit Fundamentals$595.13$1,587.02$409.73
Certificate in Electronics$595.13$1,587.02$409.73
Certificate in Power Distribution$595.13$1,587.02$409.73
Total Course Fees:$1,785.404,761.07$1,229.20


Other Fees Payable:

Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$0.94$0.94
Examination Fee$-$16.05
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.49
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70$1.70
Students' Union Entrance Fee
(one-time payment upon enrolment)
Students' Union Subscription Fee$4.50*

*Not subjected to GST

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

- 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.


Date of Course Commencement:
Oct 2019

Application Procedures:
Please download and complete the ELP Participation Form and submit together with your resume.

Class schedule:
2-3 evenings a week
6:30pm - 10:30pm

ELP - 18 Months
Diploma - 900 hours (2.5yr)

MC to start with:


Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

For course specific detail, please contact the course manager:

Name: Dr Thian Boon Meng

Email: THIAN_Boon_Meng@sp.edu.sg

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