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Specialist Diploma in Underground Construction (SDUC)

Event code: 79014



Land-scarce Singapore has historically looked to build both upward with taller buildings and outward by reclaiming land from sea. Another area that Singapore could do more with, is its underground space. The underground space holds possibilities for creating additional subterranean transport hubs, pedestrian links, cycling lanes, utility plants, storage and research facilities, industrial uses, shopping areas and other public spaces. Developing competency in the area of underground construction is critical to realizing such subterranean construction projects.

You will have the flexibility to take the modular certificates in any order and at your own pace*. The certificates can be stacked up towards the Specialist Diploma.
*Maximum of 3 years to accumulate the certificates for an academic qualification


The Specialist Diploma in Underground Construction aims to equip Contractors and Consultants at the supervisory level with the knowledge in geotechnical design concepts, considerations and construction techniques so as to support increasingly complex and challenging underground construction projects.

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Certificate in Basic Geotechnical Engineering
Modular Certificate A

• Engineering Geology, Soil Mechanics and Rock Mechanics
This course covers the engineering geology, soil mechanics and rock mechanics.

• Geotechnical Investigation and Monitoring
This course introduces the geotechnical investigation techniques and monitoring scheme.

• Underground Development
This course covers the potential usage of underground spaces, rules and regulations of underground construction and the health and safety aspect consideration for underground development.

Certificate in Underground Excavation
Modular Certificate B

• Construction Techniques for Basements
This course provides students with essential knowledge in underground construction design for earth retaining systems and reinforcement as well as construction techniques. It also covers the mechanical and maintenance aspect of underground development, use of building information modelling in underground construction and case studies.

Certificate in Tunnelling Technique
Modular Certificate C

• Construction for Tunnels and Caverns
This course introduces the concepts and principles of various tunnelling techniques such as tunnel boring machines, drill and blast, New Australian method and immersed tunnel plus the relevant case studies.


January - March (Commences on 9 January 2024) [Modular Certificate A - 79014A]
May - July (Commences on 7 May 2024) [Modular Certificate B - 79014B]
September - November (Commences on 3 September 2024) [Modular Certificate C - 79014C]
: 3 months per modular certificate (66 hrs)              
Frequency: 2 to 3 evenings per week (some courses may be held on Saturdays)
Venue: BCA Braddell Campus and Online Learning (Classroom + Synchronous + Asynchronous)

Note: Registration closes 2 weeks prior to modular certificate commencement or when the class is fully subscribed, whichever comes first. Registration can remain open until course commencement date if training spaces are still available.


Applicants who do not wish to complete the Specialist Diploma programme are not subject to the entry requirements.

The applicant must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident or holder of valid employment pass/ work permit; and possess one of the following qualifications:
• Degree / Diploma in Civil or Construction
• Degree / Diploma with minimum 3 years of working experience in the built environment

Note: Applicants with relevant working experience but do not fulfil the above requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must have their own computers/laptops with minimum specifications to run BIM software and access student portal.

Applicant with degree or diploma qualification where English is not the medium of instruction is required to achieve the ESS Workplace Literacy Test Level 6 issued by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).


This Specialist Diploma Programme is designed for all built environment professionals who are interested/ involved in underground construction works.


Assessment format will be Continuous and Project Based.
A participant must attain at least 75% of physical attendance and complete all assignments to acceptable standards to be eligible to be awarded each modular certificate. Participant who did not complete the assignments to acceptable standards but attained at least 75% of physical attendance will be issued with a certificate of attendance. The successful achievement of all modular certificates will lead to the awarding of the Specialist Diploma in Underground Construction (SDUC).


Modular Certificate Title

Course Fee


(inclusive of 9% GST)

Singaporeans and Singapore PRs, including those sponsored by non-SME companies.

Fee payable after 50% funding support

Singaporeans 40 years old and above OR SME company sponsored Singaporeans or Singapore PRs.

Fee payable after 70% funding support

Certificate in Basic Geotechnical Engineering (Modular Certificate A - 79014A)



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Certificate in Underground Excavation (Modular Certificate B - 79014B)



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Certificate in Tunnelling Technique (Modular Certificate C - 79014C)



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^ The fees are inclusive of 9% GST and are subject to change.

Participant must achieve at least 75% attendance and pass all assessments. BCA Academy reserves the right to recover the funded amount from the participant (self-sponsored) or employer (company sponsored) if participant did not meet the eligibility criteria. Details of SSG’s funding can be found on Home (skillsfuture.gov.sg)


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