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Specialist Diploma in Architectural Technology (SDAT)

Event code: 79004



The building industry needs to adopt digital transformation as mapped out by BCA for the Built Environment sector. Architectural assistants and technologists need to be conversant with building regulatory requirements, green and sustainable buildings, principles of Universal Design, knowledge of the various M&E services that interphase with the design. and be equipped with digital skills in order to prepare documentation for authority electronic submission.

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 Architectural Technology will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work as Architectural technologists in this revolutionary changing age of digital design. You will gain essential knowledge and skills on local building development guidelines, building regulations, integrated online submission of plans for approval, architectural detailing, and good practices. You will also be able to explore green building designs and work on creative universal design solutions for the built environment.

Upon graduation, you can look forward to career opportunities in Architectural consultancies, Contractors and technical support sectors, such as Assistant Architects, Technical Officers, Architectural Coordinators, BIM Modellers or Architectural Product Specialists.


Certificate in Architectural BIM Submission
Modular Certificate A

Planning Requirements
• Planning & Development Control
• Other Technical Requirements

Building Plan Requirements
• Building Control
• CD Shelters

BIM Architectural Project
• BIM for Architecture
• BIM eSubmission Project

Certificate in Sustainable Architectural Design
Modular Certificate B

Technical Department Requirements
• FSSD, LTA, NParks

Green Building & Universal Design
• Barrier-free Accessibility & Universal Design
• Sustainable Architecture

Design for Productivity
• Architectural Documentation and Management
• Design for Productivity trends
• Buildable Design

Certificate in Architectural Detailing & Building Services 
Modular Certificate C

Architectural Detailing
• Ceiling systems
• Wall systems and finishes
• Floor finishes
• Stairs and balustrades
• Furniture and fitments
• Windows and doors
• Roofing & Cladding systems

Design for Maintainability
• Design for Maintainability Roadmap
• Case Studies

Building Services
• Electrical systems
• Lighting and Lightning Protection systems
• Vertical Transportation and Telecommunication systems
• Air-conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation systems
• Plumbing and Sanitary systems
• Fire Protection systems


January - March (Commences on 16 January 2024) [Modular Certificate A - 79004A]
May - July (Commences on 2 May 2024) [Modular Certificate B - 79004B]
September - November (Commences on 3 September 2024) [Modular Certificate C - 79004C]
: 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 in a relevant discipline:
a) A diploma (min course duration of 2 years) or equivalent qualification
b) A relevant Advanced Certificate / Higher NITEC / Advanced NBQ with 2 to 3 years of relevant work experience
c) A relevant certificate with 4 to 5 years of relevant work experience
d) NITEC / Higher NBQ with at least 5 years of relevant work experience

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 Architectural assistants and technical support staff. It is also suitable for those who have construction experience but wish to switch to a design-related career.


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 Architectural Technology (SDAT). 


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 Architectural BIM Submission (Modular Certificate A - 79004A)



To be confirmed

To be confirmed

Certificate in Architectural Detailing & Building Services (Modular Certificate B - 79004B)



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To be confirmed

Certificate in Sustainable Architectural Design (Modular Certificate C - 79004C)



To be confirmed

To be confirmed

^ 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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