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

Course Introduction:

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.

Course Duration and Training Mode: 

Date of Course Commencement:
Oct 2022

Course Duration: 
600 hours (18 months)

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

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

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


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.

Minimum Entry 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 gradation or ORD on a case-by-case basis.

Past/Current Participating Companies:

- Admaterials Technologies Pte Ltd

- CCIC Singapore Pte Ltd

- FMC Agro Singapore

- Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd

- Intertek Testing Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd

- Labtechnic Testing Service Pte Ltd

- Matex Holdings Pte Ltd

- NSL Oilchem Waste Management Pte Ltd

- Pride-Chem Industries Pte Ltd

- SGS Testing And Control Services Singapore Pte Ltd

- Sunward Pharmaceutical Pte Ltd

Award / Certification / Accreditation

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

* SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding and Enhanced Training Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Click here for more details
S/NCertificate NameSingapore Citizens Singapore Permanent ResidentsEnhanced Training Support for SME scheme (For Singapore Citizens)Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme (For Singapore Permanent Residents)
1Certificate in Core Chemistry I and Safety$310.57$828.18$213.82$247.68 
2Certificate in Core Chemistry II and Instrumentation
3Certificate in Laboratory Management and Statistics
4Certificate in Core Chemistry III and Data Analytics
5Certificate in Chemical Technology 
 Total Course Fees:$2,028.32$5,408.85$1,396.44$1,617.60

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.

Other Fees Payable 
(Incl. GST)
Singapore CitizensSingapore Permanent Residents
and Others
Examination Fees-$16.05
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.01
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70$1.70

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

Refund Policy: 
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of the paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after the date of semester commencement, no refund of the paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

For interested applicants, please click here to submit your application.

Only candidates who are shortlisted by SP and hosting companies will be notified to attend interviews. Successful candidates employed by the hosting 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

Payment Mode

a) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

b) For payment via Telegraphic Transfer, details will be provided in the invoice to companies.

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