Diploma in Applied Science (Environmental Services and Management)

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About the Course

The Diploma in Applied Science (Environmental Services and Management), or PTD ESM, provides opportunities for fresh ITE graduates to deepen their skills and knowledge needed for a career in the environmental services related industries.  

Participants enrolled in this programme will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the environmental operations through adoption of technology to improve productivity. 

Target Audience

Working adults currently employed within the relevant environmental sector who wish to upgrade their skills and qualifications, and those who are keen to join the relevant environmental industry. 

What is so unique about this programme?

The PTD ESM is supported by the National Environment Agency, Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union, and Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore. Upon completion, you will be ready for a range of careers such as:

  • Operations Executive
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Facilities Manager
  • Product Specialist
  • Cleaning Supervisor
  • Environment, Health and Safety Specialist

How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held two times a week at Republic Polytechnic, Woodlands.

Day of Lessons  Duration 
Wednesday 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Note: Some lessons will be conducted via e-learning. 

What will I get out of this?

The programme helped me to gain employment with a leading home-grown cleaning service company. I’ve learned to operate new equipment and to develop people management skills during my course of work and study.
Mr Shah Razi
Current Student, Diploma in Applied Science (Environmental Services and Management)

Participants will be awarded the Modular Certificate (MC) upon successful completion of each certificate programme. The Diploma in Applied Science (Environmental Services and Management) will be issued upon meeting 50% of attendance requirement and passing all coursework and assessment.

Certification (180 hours) Modules
Environmental Operations
  1. Municipal Solid Waste Handling (30 hours)
  2. Municipal Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal (30 hours)
  3. Recycling and Resource Recovery (30 hours)
  4. Urban Ecology and Biodiversity (30 hours)
  5. Environmental Operations Project / On-Job-Training (60 hours)
Resource Management
  1. Environmental Communication and Outreach (30 hours)
  2. Environmental Statistical Methods (30 hours)
  3. B1719C Essentials of Human Resource Management (60 hours)
  4. Resource Management Project / On-Job-Training (60 hours)
Environmental Sustainability
  1. Environmental Law and Policy (30 hours)
  2. Climate Change and the Environment (30 hours)
  3. Health and Hygiene (30 hours)
  4. Sanitation Standards and Practices (30 hours)
  5. Sustainability Project / On-Job-Training (60 hours)
Environmental Technology
  1. Environmental Analytics (30 hours)
  2. Conversion Technologies (30 hours)
  3. Hazardous Waste Management (30 hours)
  4. Environmental Assessment and Management System (30 hours)
  5. Project Management (30 hours)
  6. Project Scheduling (30 hours)
Health and Safety Management
  1. Environment, Health and Safety Management (30 hours)
  2. Environment, Health and Safety Audit and Applications (30 hours)
  3. Business Continuity Management (30 hours)
  4. Capstone Environmental Services project (90 hours)

Module Synopses 


1. Certificate in Environmental Operations    

Municipal Solid Waste Handling

This module provides participants with an overview in the operations of handling, collection, storage, and recycling of municipal solid waste. It covers the skills and knowledge needed to oversee the operations from the planning of collection route to logistics and manpower deployment.

Municipal Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal

This module introduces participants to the fundamental principles underlying different types of treatment and disposal techniques for municipal solid waste. It covers key issues in operation and maintenance of treatment facilities, and the benefits of value products from the treatment.

Recycling and Resource Recovery

This module provides an overview of the different recycling and resource recovery methods used in solid waste management. It covers concepts such as circular economy, material and energy flow management, and analysis and waste-to-energy.

Urban Ecology and Biodiversity

This module is an interdisciplinary field of study that helps participants recognise the natural processes that take place on Earth and the environmental challenges faced by humanity. It covers fundamentals such as soil, water cycle, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

Environmental Operations Project / On-Job-Training

In this module, participants will embark on a project on waste management or cleaning services. Participants will have the opportunity to work with companies or in-house projects to examine and improve existing processes or practices in the environmental services sector.
 
2. Certificate in Resource Management  

Environmental Communication and Outreach

This module helps participants understand and apply the theories and principles of communication as well as cultural considerations to ensure that the messages are effectively conveyed. Participants will learn to develop outreach plans and strategies, and effectively communicate their ideas to raise public awareness in environmental conservation.

Environmental Statistical Methods

The module introduces participants to basic statistical analysis based on fundamental statistics concepts to describe characteristics of large datasets as well as graphical trends, regressions, and correlations between data variables.

Essentials of Human Resource Management

This module introduces participants to the relationship between human resource management and the organisation’s business strategy. Participants will gain an appreciation of how the various HR functions are interlinked for the smooth operation of the business.

Resource Management Project / On-Job-Training

In this module, participant will embark on a project on resource management, in the process identify, and develop efficient and effective utilization of organization's resources for companies in the environmental services sector. Such resources may include financial resources, inventory, human resource, and production resources.
 
3. Certificate in Environmental Sustainability 

Environmental Law and Policy

This module provides participants with knowledge and understanding of the main principles of environmental law and policies as well as values which underpin them. It covers environmental management system, auditing, risk assessment, and environmental policy and law such as Environment Protection and Management Act, and Energy Conservation Act as well as their subsidiary legislations.

Climate Change and the Environment

This module examines the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the natural environment and to consider how society and existing technologies might be employed to control the sources and responses to deal with the impacts.

Health and Hygiene

In this module, participants will learn about the principles and practices of hygiene in a focus for hygiene promotion. Participants will understand how hygiene education and promotion can be executed in order to help people change their behaviour to use better hygiene practices and prevent health risks.

Sanitation Standards and Practices

In this module, participants will learn about the principles, practices, and standards of sanitation in relation to the protection of public health. It covers the understanding of the science underlying the various cleaning techniques and its application on different surfaces and materials.

Sustainability Project / On-Job-Training

In this module, participants will be involved in a project on sustainability management; on how organisations manage financial, social, and environmental risks, ensuring that their business can continue to operate, regardless of obstacles such as resource shortages, environmental disasters, and social and political events.
 
4. Certificate in Environmental Technology 

Environmental Analytics

This module teaches participants about the importance of good data quality in data mining, and apply appropriate data cleansing and transformation techniques to organize and prepare data for analysis. Participants will learn to process the data using the business intelligence software, Tableau, and effectively use it to generate results on interactive graphics.

Conversion Technologies

In this module, participants will learn about the main conversion technologies such as thermal, thermochemical, biochemical, and chemical conversion. Each conversion technique can be applied to specific biomass waste streams and resulting in specific energy products.

Hazardous Waste Management

This module provides participants with the knowledge on hazardous waste treatment and disposal. It covers hazardous waste identification, basic properties of hazardous waste, classification of hazardous waste, hazardous waste generation and characteristics, hazardous waste storage and transport, hazardous waste treatment, and disposal methods.

Environmental Assessment and Management System

This module provides an overview of managing and accessing the environment through the introduction of assessment tools and system. It examines various assessment required to quantify environmental standards such as life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, ecological valuation, and risk assessment.

Project Management

This module equips participants with a clear understanding of the role played by a project manager and introduce the various components of managing a project. It covers Human Resource Management, Quality Management, Communication Management, and Change Management.

Project Scheduling

In this module, participants will learn the different approaches to successfully map out and execute the essential components of a project management plan. It covers several areas of specializations such as Work Breakdown Structure, project management software application such as Microsoft Excel, Time & Resource Management, Progress Management, Project Evaluation, and Project Closure.
 
5. Certificate in in Health and Safety Management 

Environment, Health and Safety Management

This module covers the examination of environmental, health, and safety challenges in the workplace. It introduces different hazards, as well as their classifications, communications, and the standards set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Environment, Health and Safety Audit and Applications

This module equips participants with the knowledge and skills to lead an organization in developing a Workplace Safety and Health Management. It entails reviewing the organisation’s current Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) policy, risk management plan, objectives and programmes.

Business Continuity Management

This module equips participants with an overview to the requirements of ISO 22301:2012 BCM. Incidents can disrupt an organization at any time and by applying ISO 22301, it will ensure that organizations can respond and continue its operations.

Capstone Environmental Services project

In this module, participants will gain knowledge and skills through facilitated case studies and capstone project which helps to enhance occupational and personal competencies at workplace.
Commencement Date Duration Venue Schedule
June 900 hours Republic Polytechnic, Woodlands To be confirmed

Applicants should possess one of the following combinations of qualification and work experience:

  • 3 GCE ‘O’ Levels passes including English (Grade 1 to 7), Science (Grade 1 to 6) and 1 relevant subject (Grade 1 to 6) with at least 3 years of relevant work experience;
  • NITEC or NITEC in Technology/Services (GPA 3.5 and above) with at least 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • Higher NITEC or Higher NITEC in Technology/Services with at least 1 year of relevant work experience;
  • Relevant WSQ Diploma with at least 3 years of relevant work experience. 

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. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants. 

Singapore Citizen

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
SME-sponsored $ 337.50 $ 1,687.50
40 years & above $ 327.42 $ 1,637.10
below 40 years old $ 481.50 $ 2,407.50

Singapore Permanent Resident

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
Self-sponsored $ 1,290.42 $ 6,452.10
SME-sponsored $ 337.50 $ 1,687.50

Non Singapore Citizen/ Permanent Resident

Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
$ 3,235.68 $ 16,178.40

*Note:

  • Payment may be made using SkillsFuture Credit.
  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • From 1 July 2020, Workfare Training Scheme (WTS) and fee subsidy under WTS will cease. WTS will be replaced by Workfare Skills Support Scheme (WSS). For more information on WSS, please refer to https://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/workfare-skills-support-scheme-individuals.html.


Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice. The commencement of each course is subject to sufficient number of participants. 

All information is accurate at time of publishing.

 

Last updated on 26 Jun 2020

Need more help?

If you are still unsure about which course to pursue, please contact our Academy for Continuing Education.  

Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice.  The commencement of each course is subject to a sufficient number of participants. All information is accurate at time of publishing.