Career Conversion Programme for Agritech Operator

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About the Course

The Career Conversion Programme (CCP) for Agritech Operator is a Place-and-Train programme aimed at individuals seeking career transition opportunities in the agritech sector. It aims to help jobseekers reskill and acquire the necessary competencies to embark on a successful career conversion in an agritech-related job role.

Facilitated by Republic Polytechnic (RP), candidates are hired by participating employers before undergoing training.

Successful applicants can look forward to placement, progression, and fully-sponsored training opportunities.

These are some key job functions of an Agritech Operator:

  • Cultivate vegetables to meet output targets
  • Prepare nutrients and other supplies for cultivation
  • Prepare equipment and systems for operational needs
  • Ensure quality of produce by inspecting abnormalities
  • Conduct post-harvest inspection
  • Filing of process records and quality check records

Republic Polytechnic (RP) is the programme manager of the three-month programme, which consists of facilitated/classroom training by RP and structured on-the-job training (OJT).

For candidates who are interested in the programme, please click on the "Register Interest" tab. You will be directed to the mycareerfuture webpage. Kindly apply by clicking on the 'Click here to Apply' link on mycareerfuture webpage. 

For companies who are keen to participate in the programme, please drop us an email at

Republic Polytechnic (RP) is the programme manager of the three-month programme, which consists of facilitated/classroom training by RP and structured on-the-job training (OJT).

Participants will be awarded the Certificate in Certificate in Food Production and Farming Process Management upon successful completion of the programme.

Module Synopses 

Certificate in Food Production and Farming Process Management

Modules will consist of onsite lessons (80 hours) at RP and asynchronous eLearning (100 hours).

Agro-Ecosystems and Farming

Participants will be introduced to different types of agricultural farms, providing a relation between fresh produce, their growth requirements, and building of an ecosystem that is best suited. This module provides a general overview of the need to understand the different ecological factors and parameters that affect farm production, and how some of the key concepts, principles, and parameters can be used in understanding the farm ecosystem and for farm planning process. Attention will also be paid to managing farm externalities such as pesticide or fertiliser runoff and their effects on the wider ecosystem.

Agriculture Nutrient Management

This module provides a broad understanding of the basic principles of nutrition as applied in farms. It will identify the essential nutrients required by plants for growth and how plants in return provide nutrients to animals and humans. Participants will learn about basic principles and concepts of nutrients required by plants and its application for human nutrition. They will gain an understanding of how balanced nutrition can not only assure proper growth and maintenance but add value to the farm produce.


Breeding Techniques and Seed Stock Management

General anatomical and physiological basis of reproduction will be discussed as a foundation to facilitate the understanding on various modes and mechanism of reproduction for plants. Participants will learn concepts and methods of selective breeding and propagation for improving quality and yield. The module will also provide an overview of germplasm collection, maintenance and propagation for sustainable farms. In addition, participants will be introduced to different principles, concepts and methods for selecting, collecting, cataloguing, and maintaining seed stock for future. A range of traditional and modern methods for plant propagation will be discussed.


Disease: Causes and Identification

This module will provide an overview of the diseases and its causative agents that inflicts damage to local and/or regional leafy vegetable production. A range of disease-causing agents including pathogens and pests will be discussed. Participants will study various disease symptoms and their causes. Disease identification through visual observations and modern diagnostic methods for early detection will also be discussed.

Growth and Development of Agricultural Produce

Participants will be introduced to the organisation of cells into tissues and organs, and how they interact in terms of their anatomy and physiological function. Through this module, participants will be able to compare and contrast mechanisms of nutrient intake and energy production in living systems. The integration of all major metabolic systems will also be studied, with emphasis on physiological functions. Examples of green leafy vegetables will be discussed to assimilate theories and concepts in this module.

Integrated Pest Management

The module will provide participants an understanding of the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and its use in farm setups. Participants will be able to appreciate IPM as an approach for selection and use of pest control actions that will ensure favourable economic, ecological, and social consequences. Various methods to manage pests, such as, traditional preventive practices, mechanical, and biological controls, and the responsible use of synthetic pesticides will be taught. Participants will also be made familiar with the concepts of pest acceptance levels and economic injury levels that will enable them to carry out risk assessment and identify appropriate controls to be used conscientiously.

Course Date

CCP commencement to be determined based on date of hire 

Course Duration

3 months

Course Venue

Participants will undergo 3 months of structured OJT with their respective companies, inclusive of training by RP. The facilitated training by RP will be a mixture of Online Learning and physical lessons on RP campus at Woodlands. 

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview by the hiring company.

To qualify for the CCP for Agritech Operator, the following criteria must be met:

For Employers

  • Registered or incorporated in Singapore with a UEN registered with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
  • Engaged in the Agritech sector, such as agriculture farms growing vegetables and fruits or companies providing farms with system and technology solutions
  • Able to offer employment directly related to the job for which the CCP is for, with a minimum fixed monthly salary of $2,000 that is aligned with the market rate
  • Offer the new hire a full-time employment contract on permanent terms or contract terms that is no less than one (1) year
  • Willing to consider new hires who were not in a similar job role prior to joining the programme
  • Be committed to the CCP training arrangements and provide structured OJT training for the new hires
  • Be committed to work with Workforce Singapore (WSG) and RP on the necessary administrative matters related to the CCP

For Individuals

  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • At least 21 years old
  • Graduated or completed National Service for at least two years1 at the point of application
  • Possess basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • New job role should be substantially different from previous job role(s), hence require training for career conversion
  • Must not be a shareholder2 of the company, or its related companies
  • Must not be immediate former staff of the participating company or its related entities
  • Must not be related to the owner(s)3 of the company

1 Counted from the date of graduation of the latest qualification, or date of completion of National Service, whichever is later
2 Does not apply to shareholders who hold publicly traded shares in listed companies
3 Refers to individuals with shareholding per ACRA profile for non-publicly listed companies



 This course is fully sponsored by the employer.

Last updated on 07 Jun 2022

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