FAQS (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:

How else can I contact CET Academy other than calling the hotline?

You may send us an email enquiry.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


What is the aim of the skills based modular unit courses?

Skills-Based Modular Courses gives you the flexiblity? to develop new skills or deepen specific skills without the ?need to pursue a full qualification.

Is the Skills-Based Modular Courses based on the modules in the CET Diploma/Post-Diploma Programmes?

There are two categories of Skills-Based Modular Courses:

  • Stackable towards a Diploma or Post-Diploma
  • Not stackable

Stackable Skills-Based Modular Courses are the same modules from Diploma or Post-Diploma courses. They have the same attendance requirements and academic rigour. You will attend the same classes as those enrolled for the Modular/Post-Diploma Certificates and the full Diploma/Post-Diploma.

What if I do not meet the minimum entry requirements of the CET Diploma or Post-Diploma course? Can I still apply for the modular unit course from that Diploma/Post-Diploma?

You may be considered for acceptance if you do not meet the entry requirements but is assessed by CET Academy as a potentially suitable candidate.

How many modular units will enjoy funding subsidy?

There is no cap on the number of modular unit courses that Singapore Citizens can take and be funded for.

Will I be able to take all the modular unit courses I have applied for?

Modular unit cour??s are allocated based on availability and lesson schedule. You may not be allocated all your selected/preferred subjects.

Can I stack up the modular unit courses to the full diploma or post-diploma courses?

Yes, you can stack up modular units towards a Modular Certificate/Post-Diploma Certificate, and subsequently to a full qualification.

Modular unit credits count towards the attainment of the full qualification within the validity period. The validity period is 5 years for a Diploma Course, 2 years for Specialist Diploma and Diploma (Conversion) and 4 years for an Advanced Diploma Course.

You would need to apply for the full time diploma or post-diploma course. Your application will be subject to minimum entry requirements and availability of vacancies.

What qualification will I get upon successful completion?

Name of Course Completed


Full-Diploma or Post-Diploma

Diploma, Diploma (Conversion) , Specialist Diploma or Advanced Diploma

Modular or Post-Dioploma Certificate

Module Certificate or Post-Diploma Certificate

Skill Based Modular Unit

Statement of Results

How do I apply for SkillsFuture Credit?

Please visit the online User Guide http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit/help??????????​


Recognition of Prior Learning

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

RPL refers to the recognition of knowledge and skills acquired or currently held by individuals. The knowledge and skills may be attained through formal and informal training, education or work experiences and recognition is given based on assessment of evidence submitted against endorsed industry or company competency standards.

Who can apply via RPL pathway?

RPL is for working adults who have significant work experience and prior learning to apply for admission to any participating RPL courses. 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.

Which courses are available for RPL Application?

Do refer to the individual course page for RPL availability. Courses relating to nursing and early childhood education are not available for RPL application.

When can I submit the RPL application?

You can submit the RPL application when the course application period opens.

How do I submit an RPL application?

Application for courses are done online. Select the option “ …would like to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)…”.

What sort of supporting evidence do I need to provide during the RPL application?

For the online application, you will need to provide a summary of your prior learning and skills (max 200 characters) in the online application box. Some examples include:

  • Industry Certification (e.g. CAAS, CISCO)
  • Certificates of Learning (e.g. Company in-house training, ITE Certification, Poly CET module certification, WSQ Certification, MOOCs, Online modular assessments)
  • Employer or Association References (e.g. Letter of recommendation or sponsorship)
  • Portfolio (Evidence of skills/special talent/achievement)

After we have received your online RPL application, we will contact you regarding the submission of the required evidence. Details of your prior learning and skills must be clearly stated in the RPL Checklist and all evidence must be attached for submission.

Will there be fees chargeable in the RPL application?

You may be required to attend an interview or take an assessment. A non-refundable administrative fee may be charged for RPL applications and evaluation (e.g. Preliminary test for admission or required assessments for subject/module exemption).

When will I be informed of the outcome of my RPL application?

You can check your RPL application and course application status about 1-2 months after the application deadline.

Where can I find the RPL Checklist

Click here for the RPL Check​list.​​​​​ ​​​