Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management


About the Course

The World Bank ranked Singapore as Asia’s top logistics hub for 10 years in a row. Logistics is a key pillar contributor to Singapore's GDP and remains a critical growth area for the years to come. Logistics sector has employed more than 8% of Singapore workforce.

Today, Singapore is a prime location for major logistics firms, with the top 25 global players conducting operations here. With an expansive base of leading global logistics players, world-class infrastructure and excellent global connectivity, Singapore is the preferred logistics and supply chain management hub for companies.

This course aims to equip participants with specialised knowledge and skills in the field of supply chain management, including warehouse and inventory management, transportation operations and freight services, lean process, pharmaceutical and bio-chemical supply chain, and cold chain management and etc.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in simulation software, TradeNet application, Warehouse Management System (WMS), ERP System, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), cold chain packaging and equipment, and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).

Through the Specialist Diploma, participants will enhance their knowledge in the logistics sector, as well as upgrade and deepen their skills so that they are well-placed to take on new or larger job scopes and progress in their careers, either vertically or horizontally.

What is so unique about this programme?

The course is designed in alignment with Skills Framework for Logistics, to equip the participants with the knowledge, existing and emerging skills required in logistics industry:

  • Manage inventory, improve and optimize supply chain processes, and apply info-comm technologies in supply chain management
  • Plan, implement and manage integrated supply chain and specialised logistics, in particular, pharmaceutical and bio-chemical supply chain, and cold chain management.
Upon completion, the participants will be ready for various job roles in the logistics industry and any industries with logistics functions.


How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held twice a week at RP ACE @ Woodlands.
Course commences in October.

Day of Lessons Duration
Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-10pm
Note: Some lessons will be conducted via online learning.


What will I get out of this course

The programme opens a gate for lifelong learning and enables people to deepen the knowledge of the Supply Chain Industry
Ms Margaret Liew
Graduate of Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Participants will undergo a 12 months structured training programme including facilitated/e-Learning training, lab activities, and project work leading to a Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management.

Module Synopses

1. Post-Diploma Certificate in Supply Chain Operations

The Post Diploma Certificate (PDC) aims to equip participants with the foundation of supply chain operations. Participants will learn inventory management, warehouse operations, transportation operations, freight services, and specialized logistics in cold chain management and pharmaceutical/bio-chemical supply chain management. 

This PDC consists of the following 6 modules: 

E2289C Warehouse Management and Operations

This module covers the principles of warehouse operations and its importance in supply chain management. These include warehouse planning and processes, material handling system selection, labour and cost requirements. Through these lessons, the module equips participants to be able to effectively manage the warehouse and distribution operations with benchmarking tools and awareness of the latest technology and development in this industry.

E1809C Transportation Management and Operations

This module aims to provide an understanding on the concepts behind the practical and theoretical applications of transportation management and operations at local context, and the efficient management of industrial and transport logistics. Participants will learn concepts such as transportation management, last mile delivery, and hands-on use of IT tools for track and trace. 

E1819C Freight Services and Operations

This module aims to build student’s knowledge on various aspects of international freight services through a structured, consultative and interactive learning process using relevant case studies from the industry. It intends to equip participants with fundamental industrial knowledge as well as the practical skills needed to function effectively as a specialist in the international freight service industry.


E1829C Inventory Management

This module covers the basic principles in inventory management and aims to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of inventory control techniques, practices and technologies commonly adopted in the industry. This module enables and equips participants with the expertise to control and manage the inventory operations of different types of stocks.


E1839C Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


This module aims to build on participants’ knowledge of ERP fundamentals by providing the overview of ERP system as well as system navigation. Participants will also be introduced to the major business processes in the ERP system. Through the hands-on practices on Material Management (MM), Sales and Distribution (SD) and Production Planning (PP) modules in ERP system, participants will be equipped with the expertise necessary to perform the procurement, inventory management, sales and production related transactions. 


E2299C Pharmaceutical and Cold Chain Management

Through this module, participants will be introduced to Cold Chain management and Pharmaceutical/Dangerous Goods (DG) supply chain management. The topics in Cold Chain management cover cold chain operations, suitable technologies applied in Perishable and Temperature Sensitive Products logistics, and cold chain standards such as CCQI (Cold Chain Quality Indicator), HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and ISO 22000:2005 - Food Safety Management System. The topics in Pharmaceutical/ Dangerous Goods supply chain management cover the applications of regulatory guideline, logistics handling of Pharmaceutical and DG products, and Good Distribution Practices (GDP). 

2. Post Diploma Certificate in Supply Chain Processes Improvement

The Post Diploma Certificate aims to equip participants with integrated logistics solutioning and process improvement. Participants will learn how to apply process improvement techniques and technologies to plan, implement and manage the integrated supply chain. 

This PDC consists of the following 4 modules: 

E2479C Lean Processes and Simulation

This module imparts concepts on process improvement and analysis methods. Participants will learn Lean topics such as value-streamed mapping, setting of SOPs and KPIs and work balancing to effectively improve and balance organizational work processes. In addition, the module introduces the use of simulation to study complex systems. Through hands-on sessions, participants will be taught simulation modelling of service processes, material flow and automation systems. The techniques learnt will enable participants to make effective, data-based decisions on process re-designs and systems implementation.

E2489C Supply Chain IT

This module covers infocomm concepts which are critical to the Supply Chain industry. The module covers the following aspects: information analytics, internet, information architecture and cyber security. Participants will be equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively work in the industry. This module equips the participants with Info-comm concepts, data analysis, visualisation and geo-spatial techniques, cloud computing and e-business technology, collaboration and IOT technology and knowledge in information security.

E2499C Supply Chain Design and Management

This module covers the fundamentals of strategic design and effective management of global supply chain. The participants will learn about the best in class supply chain practices and design strategies being deployed in various industries. This module builds up participants’ knowledge of supply chain fundamentals by strengthening their ability to analyse the current practices and develop improvement alternatives. The participants will develop an understanding on strategies, techniques and best in class practices, which can be adopted to improve the operations in respective verticals. 

E3249C Capstone Project

Participants will undertake an individual project to apply what they have learnt and deepen their understanding in the supply chain management related topics of interest. 

Commencement Date Duration Venue
October 2020 270 hours, ~1 year RP ACE @ Woodlands

The Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for the Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management is a relevant Polytechnic Diploma/Degree in Engineering, Information Technology, Business or Science from recognized institutions. 

For applicants who do not meet the MER, an interview will be conducted to assess applicants’ qualification and working experience.

Singapore Citizen

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) 1 Net Fee Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) 2 Net Fee Course Net Fee
SME-sponsored $291.72 $364.65 $656.37
40 years & above $282.48 $353.10 $635.58
below 40 years old $423.72 $529.65 $953.37

Singapore Permanent Resident

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) 1 Net Fee Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) 2 Net Fee Course Net Fee
Self-sponsored $1,117.08 $1,396.35 $2,513.43
SME-sponsored $291.72 $364.65 $656.37

Non Singapore Citizen/ Permanent Resident

Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) 1 Net Fee Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) 2 Net Fee Course Net Fee
$2,799.12 $3,498.90 $6,298.02

• 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. 


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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.