e-Learning and its Benefits

e-learning aims to enable students to have more flexibility in when and where they learn through the use of technology. Students may also participate in learning activities such as group discussions, attempt online tests and quizzes to check their progress or review what they have learned.

Under e-Learning, the Theory hours will be scheduled into face-to-face and Self-directed Learning (SDL) sessions.

  • During the face-to-face sessions, the lecturer will be present in class to guide the students’ learning.
  • During the SDL sessions, students will access online materials on their own using ITE’s myConnexion system and any other learning resources provided by the lecturer. There will be no classroom lessons. Students may email their lecturers if they need help.

To extend the benefits of e-learning to students, SDL sessions are incorporated for all Higher Nitec and Nitec modules.

Requirements of e-Learning

Students need Internet access to access myConnexion. If students do not have access to the Internet, self-access rooms would be made available at the Colleges. Your lecturer will inform you of the schedule when the term starts.

Attendance Computation

SDL hours are included in the total attendance hours to determine students’ eligibility to sit for the end-of-module examination. However, SDL hours are not claimable under SSG’s Absentee Payroll funding.

Access to Wi-Fi Service

Students may access the Wi-Fi service in ITE Colleges. To login to the Wi-Fi service, simply go to your ITE Student Portal account at https://myportal.ite.edu.sg and click on "myEmail" to obtain your login ID and password.


You may apply for exemption from one or more modules in a course of study based on your relevant prior learning acquired from ITE or other institutions.

Module Exemption Based on Non-ITE Certifications

The number of modules to be granted exemption based on relevant prior learning acquired from other recognised institutions shall not exceed 50% of the total credits required for certification of the course. For example, for a course that requires 72 credits for certification, the maximum module exemption(s) will not exceed 36 credits. For WSQ holders, the number of module exemption(s) granted shall not exceed 75% of the total credits required for certification of the course.

Evaluation Criteria

You will need to produce evidence of your prior learning. Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Whether the certified learning acquired is still relevant and current;
  • Relevant work experience acquired from local companies, if any; and
  • A one-off practical test to be taken by applicant, if deemed necessary at the discretion of ITE.

Application Rules

To be eligible to apply for module exemption, you must observe the following rules:

  • You are to apply for module exemption after registering for a part-time course of study and before the course starts. You will not be able to apply for module exemption after the course has begun.
  • You should not apply for the same module exemption at different Colleges. If you are unsuccessful in your application, you may re-apply for exemption for the same module if you have acquired additional relevant learning and/or qualification(s) during the course of study.

How To Apply?

Application for module exemption must be submitted to the respective Customer & Visitor Centre, before the start of the module training. Take the following steps:

  • Download the application form or obtain a set from the Customer & Visitor Centre of their College of study.
  • Submit completed application form to your College of study, with supporting documents as follows:
    • Certified true copies of relevant certificates. Certificates issued by foreign institutions must be endorsed by the relevant embassies;
    • Detailed results;
    • Relevant syllabus(es) with breakdown of curriculum duration for theory lessons and practical training;
    • Type and mode of assessment of the certified learning;
    • Pre-requisite(s) for the certified learning, if any; and
    • Relevant local work experience, if any, and endorsed by employer(s).

All supporting documents must be in English. Documents in other languages will not be considered in the evaluation. Please pay a non-refundable evaluation fee of $50 per module at the point of submission. Payment may be made by cheque, made payable to “Institute of Technical Education” or "ITE", or using NETS or credit card.

Where required in the evaluation process, you may have to:

  • Attend an interview; and/or
  • Take a practical test of 1 to 2-hour duration for a module applied. An additional test fee of $70 per module is to be paid on the day of the test and the receipt produced before taking the test.

Failure to turn up for the interview or the practical test, which will be conducted during office hours, or make payment for the practical test, will render the application void and invalid.

Notification of Results

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by post within one month from date of application for module exemption.

Module Fee Payable by Successful Applicants

Successful applicants can apply for a refund of module fee if they have enrolled in the module for which exemption is given. The refund application is subject to ITE’s prevailing refund policy.

Module Exemption/Module Transfer Based on ITE Certifications

Students who completed some modules from their previous ITE course under other modes of ITE training (Full-time or Traineeship), may apply to continue their outstanding modules in a related part-time course. To qualify, applicants must be at least 18 years old, and have accumulated at least one year of work experience. They must complete the course within a 6-year time frame from the date of first examination taken.


Higher Education Bursary

The Ministry of Education (MOE) offers a Bursary Scheme for Singapore Citizens pursuing Nitec in Services/Technology and Higher Nitec in Services/Technology courses at ITE.

The annual Higher Education Bursary (formerly known as MOE Bursary) quantum is $140. To be eligible for the bursary, adult learners:

  • Must be Singapore Citizens who are pursuing Nitec in Services/Technology and Higher Nitec in Services/Technology modules at ITE and paying subsidised fees;
  • Should have a gross monthly household income (GHI)1 of ≤ $10,000 or a gross monthly household per capita income (PCI)2 of ≤ $2,500;
  • Must not have been awarded the Higher Education Bursary for the past year; and
  • Must not concurrently hold full scholarship, but may concurrently hold partial scholarships and bursaries. A scholarship with annual and other allowance (excluding course fees payment) of more than $5,000 a year will be deemed as a full scholarship.

Nitec in Services/Technology and Higher Nitec in Services/Technology adult learners may apply online for the Higher Education Bursary via Skills Training & Enhancement Portal (STEP) using Singpass or Student ID (click here for step-by-step guide).  Online application will be open for one month from the course commencement date.

Part-time Nitec and Higher Nitec students who are receiving ComCare financial assistance do not need to apply separately for the Higher Education Bursary.  They will be assessed under the shared eligibility assessment for eligibility for the award of the bursary. 


Adult learners who are successful in their applications will be given the bursary through PayNow or GIRO.

1The GHI refers to the total gross monthly household income of immediate and non-immediate family members.

For unmarried students,

  • Immediate family members include parents who may or may not be living together with the student.
  • Non-immediate family members include grandparents, siblings, spouses of siblings, siblings of parents, and any other relatives who are living together with the student.

For married/divorced/separated students,

  • Immediate family members include spouse and all children who may or may not be living together with the student.
  • Non-immediate family members include parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses of siblings, siblings of parents, and any other relatives who are living together with the student.
  • Income = gross income contributions from self-employment, business or salaried employment (which includes basic salary, allowances, employee’s CPF contribution, overtime pay, etc.) as well as other sources of income (e.g. rent, alimony or
    maintenance allowance). Bonuses declared should be one twelfth of the annual wage supplements and bonuses received in the last 12 months. Payments-in-kind, reimbursement for transport and other expenses and National Service (NS) allowance earned by NS men are excluded.
2PCI is computed based on total GHI divided by the number of immediate family members, and non-immediate family members living in the same household.

Absentee Payroll Funding for Employers

The absentee payroll funding is funded by the SkillsFuture Singapore with the objective of defraying the manpower costs incurred by employers when they send their workers for training. To apply for absentee payroll funding, please go to www.skillsconnect.gov.sg.