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Diploma Programmes

What are the different types of courses offered by CET Academy?
CET Academy offers the following types of courses:
  • CET Diploma
  • CET Post-Diploma
  • Short courses
  • Customised courses for companies
  • WSQ courses
  • National Silver Academy courses

How are the CET Diploma and Post-Diploma courses structured?
CET Diploma courses are conducted over 5 semesters while CET Post-Diploma courses are conducted between 2 to 4 semesters. You will take between 2 to 4 modules in each semester.

A Modular Certificate (MC) or a Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) will be awarded upon completion of all the modules in the semester.

A Diploma or Post-Diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of all the MCs or PDCs within a validity period.
What is the difference between Modular Certificates (MCs) and Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs)?
MCs and PDCs refer to the Certificates awarded afte r the successful completion of a number of modules at the end of the semester. MCs are the certificates awarded in the CET Diploma courses while PDCs are the certificates awarded in the Post-Diploma courses.
What are the key features of the CET Diploma/Post-Diploma Qualifications Framework?
The CET Diploma and Post-Diploma courses have the same modular structure which offers flexibility for you to learn at your own pace. This framework is adopted by all polytechnics in Singapore.
The key features are:
  • You may enroll for individual modules or a group of modules under a Modular Certificate, a Post-Diploma Certificate, a full Diploma, or a Post-Diploma.
  • Obtaining a Modular or Post-Diploma Certificate acknowledges that the you have gained a new set of expertise that will enable you to perform in a certain job function.
  • Modules are stackable towards a Modular Certificate or Post-Diploma Certificate.
  • Modular Certificates are stackable to a full CET Diploma and Post-Diploma Certificates are stackable to a full Post-Diploma.
What are the differences among the three different types of Post-Diploma courses offered?
Advanced Diploma (AD) and Specialist Diploma (SD) courses enable existing diploma or degree holders to deepen their knowledge and to develop specialisations within their trained disciplines.
  • SD courses have a shorter duration of between 240 and 300 hours and can be completed within a year. They consist of two Post-Diploma Certificates.

  • AD courses have a broader scope of training, takes between 480 and 600 hours, and can be completed in about 1.5 to two years. They consist of three or more Post-Diploma Certificates. Certain courses such as those in nursing and early childhood care & education may have a longer course duration due to regulatory bodies/accreditation agencies requirements.

     
  • DC Diploma (Conversion) courses prepare existing diploma or degree holders for a career switch. These courses have a duration of 240 hours or longer and can be com pleted in about eight months to a year. They are offered via two Post-Diploma Certificates for a one-year course.
Unlike CET Diplomas which are more broad-based, DC courses are focused towards specific job requirements and can be completed faster.
What is the duration of the CET Diploma and Post-Diploma programmes?
ProgrammesNumbers of MCs/PDCsTotal Cour se Duration
DiplomaFive2.5years
Diploma
(Conversion)
Twoup to one year
Specialist DiplomaTwoup to one year
Advanced DiplomaThree to four1.5 to two years

Note: Certain courses such as those in nursing and early childhood care & education may have longer course duration due to requirements from the regulatory bodies/ accreditation agencies
What are the differences between Polytechnic Diploma programmes and WDA’s WSQ Diploma programmes?
Polytechnic Diplomas are developed in consultation with industries and economic agencies. They equip students with a broad level of industry-oriented skills with some focus on relevant content training.

 
WDA’s Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Diplomas are developed with industries and focus on the existing and future needs of specific occupations. They equip students with more practical, work-oriented skills that employers have identified as important in the workplace.
What is the attendance requirement for each subject?
The minimum attendance requirement is 50% of the course contact hours. A reminder will be sent if you are approaching this threshold.
What if my attendance falls below 50%?
If you fail to meet the 50% attendance requirement without acceptable reasons, you may be debarred from assessments and exams and will be deemed to have failed the module.
What is the maximum deferment that I can have to obtain a full qualification, in the event that I have work or family commitments and need to take a break from my studies?
You can be given up to two times the normal course duration to complete the programme.

 
For example, in the case of an Advanced Diploma programme, you can take up to three to four years (the normal course duration is 1.5 to two years) to complete the various Diploma/Post-Diploma certificates and be conferred a full Advanced Diploma qualification.
Is there a certain date by which I must submit my deferment request?
Deferment requests have to be made by Week 12 of the semester. Late submissions will not be considered.
Can I get a refund on my school fees if I apply for deferment?
No refund on course fees will be given once a student is enrolled in a semester. Students who are eligible for funding subsidy will be deemed to have enjoyed the funding subsidy for that module enrolled and will not receive further funding subsidy in the same module.
What are the modes of assessments for this course?
The assessment modes are usually through written examinations, assignments, practical tests, and presentations. For more details of the modes of assessment for each course, please visit the course websites.
If my assessment/examination dates coincides with my work assignment, can I arrange for an alternate date and time?
You are advised to plan your work commitments around your course time-table to avoid clashes. If that is not possible, you are advised to defer your studies.

 
NP may be prepared to re-schedule assessments and examinations if sufficient notice is given and subject to logistical constraints, failing which you will have to defer the affected module(s) to another semester.
Do I have to repeat the whole MC if I fail 1 module within the MC?
No, you will only need to repeat the module that you failed. However, you will only be awarded the MC after you have passed all the modules.
Is there supplementary exam for the failed module?
There will be no supplementary exams for any failed module in a MC.
Is there funding subsidy for the repeat modules?
There will be no funding subsidy for a repeat module and students are required to pay full fee for repeat modules.
Can I progress to the next MC if I fail any module(s) within my current MC?
We advise you to repeat that failed module(s) in the following semester while the learning is still fresh. You may also take modules from other MCs if the timetable and scheduling permits.

 
However, you may also delay the failed module until you have completed all the MCs in the course. If there are more than one failed module outstanding, it may not be possible to take all the outstanding modules in the same semester, depending on timetabling and scheduling arrangements.
What are the criteria to be eligible for graduation in a Diploma/Post-Diploma course?
You are required to pass all modules in all MCs/PDCs in order to graduate.
Will I be able to apply for undergraduates studies in the local autonomous universities after I am awarded my Diploma?
SIM University will accept CET graduates into most of their undergraduate programmes. Some programmes may require applicants to undertake an assessment test/interview. Please refer to SIM University website 

 
NUS will accept CET graduates from relevant disciplines into the B.Tech programme if they undertake and pass a bridging programme. For more details, please refer to http://scale.nus.edu.sg/admission/admission-requirement.html

 
The polytechnics are working out an arrangement with NTU for CET graduates from relevant disciplines to be admitted to the part-time B.Eng programmes.
Will Post-Diploma programmes help me to gain admission into Universities?
The Post-Diploma courses are for existing diploma or degree holders who are planning to enter into a different industry, or wish to develop specialised skills within their trained disciplines. They focus on the specific industry needs and not for progression into a degree programme.

 
However, universities may take these additional qualifications into consideration when assessing your application.
What are the policies that I need to take note of?
Please refer to the information in the student handbook
What must I know about student conduct in NP?
Please refer to the information in the student handbook which can be downloaded on the intranet.
What are the facilities in NP available for my use as a student?
You may use the library and wireless internet.
How do I report the loss of my CET Student Card?
You will need to lodge a police report and pay a $10 application fee. Please bring along the following documents to CET Academy Office for your card replacement.
  1. NRIC
  2. Police Report
  3. Replacement Form - download here .
Is there any guidance from MOE on Continuing Education Training?
Please visit MOE website on CET at : http://ifaq.gov.sg/moe/apps/fcd_faqmain.aspx#FAQ_46728
How else can I contact CET Academy other than calling the hotline?
You may send us an email enquiry.
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WSQs

What is the WSQ framework?
The Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) framework is a national credentialing system under the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). It trains, develops, assesses and recognises individuals for key competencies that companies look for in potential employees.

 
What WSQ programmes does NP offer?
NP offers WSQ programmes under two frameworks. Under the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) framework, four levels of qualifications plus an Assessment Only Pathway for the Specialist Diploma level are offered. Under the Occupational Hygiene (OH) framework, four standalone modules are offered.
NP also runs three Bridging Modules which provide admission to both the WSH and OH frameworks. More details on NP’s WSQ programmes can be found at the following link: http://www.np.edu.sg/cet/courses/Pages/wsq.aspx
What is the attendance requirement for each subject?
You will need to achieve 75% attendance and be certified to be competent through all assessments.
What are the modes of assessments for this course?
The assessment modes may include case studies, role play, presentations and oral and written assessments.
If my presentation/assessment dates coincides with my work assignment, can I arrange for an alternate date and time?
You are advised to plan your work commitments around your course timetable to avoid clashes.

 
However, NP recognizes that you may face last minute change of work schedule and trainers will work with you to explore alternative dates.
What are the criteria needed to receive a WSQ Certificate/Diploma?
You will need to achieve 75% attendance and be certified to be competent in all assessments.
If I have work or family commitments and need to take a break from my studies, am I allowed to request for deferment?
Deferment requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Can I get a refund on my fees if I apply for deferment?
No refund will be given once you are accepted into a programme. If you are eligible for funding subsidy, you will not receive further funding subsidy when you resume and will have to pay full fees.
What if I wish to withdraw from the course? Will I be able to get a refund of my fees?
Please refer to the Withdraw page
What are the differences between Polytechnic Diploma programmes and WDA’s WSQ Diploma programmes?
Polytechnic Diplomas are developed in consultation with industries and economic agencies. They equip students with a broad level of industry-oriented skills with some focus on relevant content training.

 
WDA’s Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Diplomas are developed with industries and focus on the existing and future needs of specific occupations. They equip students with more practical, work-oriented skills that employers have identified as important in the workplace.
What are the facilities in NP available for my use as a WSQ course participant?
You will have access to wireless internet. Short course participants will not have access to NP sports facilities nor be able to loan books from the NP Library.
How else can I contact CET Academy other than calling the hotline?
You may send us an email enquiry.

Short Courses

What are short courses?
Short courses impart a specific set of skills and knowledge and may be completed faster than a diploma.
What is the typical duration of a short course?
Short courses may be completed in 2 full days, or 36 to 60 hours spread over a period of up to 10 weeks.
How are short courses different from those under the National Silver Academy (NSA)?
Short courses offered under the National Silver Academy (NSA) are enrichment courses for seniors focusing on life skills (Health & Wellness, Humanities, Financial Planning and Home Maintenance). They consist of 3 afternoon sessions (3 x 4hr sessions = 12 hours).

 
For more details on NSA, please refer to www.nsa.org.sg
Will there be assessments/tests in the short course?
Some short courses will have assessments.
What certification will I receive at the end of a short course?
If you achieve 75% attendance, you will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

 
For courses with assessments, you will be awarded a Certificate of Performance if you pass the assessments. You will be awarded a Certificate of Participation if you are unable to pass but has achieved 75% attendance.
Are the short courses accredited to any professional organisations?
Certain short courses are accredited to professional organisations or statutory agencies. Please refer to the individual courses for more details.
Are the short courses stackable towards a CET Diploma or Post-Diploma or one of their component certificates e.g. Modular Certificate or Post-Diploma Certificate?
Presently, short courses are non-stackable.
What if I wish to withdraw from the course? Will I be able to get a refund of my fees?
Please refer to the withdrawal page: http://www.np.edu.sg/cet/studentservices/Pages/withdraw.aspx
How else can I contact CET Academy other than calling the hotline?
You may send us an email enquiry.