Specialist Diploma in Underground Construction (SDUC)

Event code: 79014


This programme can be taken as separate stackable modular certificates. The certificates can be taken in any order (within 3yrs). Upon completion of all modular certificates, you will be awarded the Specialist Diploma.


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.

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] : January to March

• 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


• 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] : September to November

• 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.


Duration: 3 months per modular certificate (66 hrs)
                 (Assessment: 3 hrs)

Frequency: 2 to 3 evenings per week (some courses may be held on Saturdays)

Venue: BCA Braddell Campus and Online Learning

Fees* (inclusive of GST) :
S$2,000 (per modular certificate)

*SSG funding may be available for selected modular certificate(s). Details of SSG’s funding can be found in https://www.enterprisejobskills.gov.sg/content/upgrade-skills/course-fee-and-absentee-payroll-funding.html

Assessment: Continuous and Project Based

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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.

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Course codes:

79014A - Module A
79014B - Module B
79014C - Module C


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 whom are interested/ involved in underground construction works.


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).


1) For the Specialist Diploma Student Handbook, please click HERE.

2) For the Terms & Conditions for Enrolment under School of Executive & Continuing Education, please click HERE.



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