Nanyang Polytechnic’s Information Technology Students to Graduate with Additional Industry-Recognised Certification

Published on 09 Nov 2023

As published on AsiaOne on 09 January 2024 

All NYP School of Information Technology students enrolled from 2023 will graduate with both their diplomas and additional industry certifications.


Nanyang Polytechnic has taken another step to advance competency-based learning by equipping all School of Information Technology (IT) students with an industry-recognised certification to complement their diplomas and ensure they are industry-ready.


Technology certifications help learners validate their technical skills and give them a competitive edge in today's dynamic job market. The Asia Pacific Digital Skills Study by Gallup and AWS showed that 77 per cent of Singaporean employers agree or strongly agree that a digital certification or training is an acceptable substitute for a university degree.


Under this new initiative, learners from the School of IT's five diplomas - covering various specialisations, including AI, cybersecurity and analytics, will be given access to additional in-demand industry certifications to enhance their industry relevance and post-graduation career prospects.


"In today's changing environment, employers have moved beyond academic qualifications and are increasingly hiring technology professionals based on digital skills mastery and industry-endorsed credentials. This new initiative empowers graduates from our School of IT to become more relevant to the technology industry and future jobs market through recognised certifications," said Russell Chan, Principal & CEO, NYP.


"This also aligns with our Professional Competency Model – where industry partners co-develop and co-deliver Competency Units to our students, equipping them with both academic knowledge and industry-recognised technology skills. With certification content infused into our curriculum, our students do not need to spend additional time on their own to acquire skills mastery. The time saved can then be used to help them prepare for the industry certifications' respective examinations."


"Professionals with cloud skills are in high demand as more organisations invest in their future with the cloud. We're proud to help Nanyang Polytechnic advance the training and learning opportunities for its students. With AWS Academy, students will be equipped with the in-demand, practical cloud skills they need to land high-quality jobs in one of the fastest growing industries," said Jess Gilmore, Global Program Lead, AWS Academy.


Working with-industry, for-industry, has been NYP's mandate since its founding in 1992. Through this new industry certifications initiative, we will work with leading partners in the technology sector to identify both in-demand and emerging digital skills to ensure that students are always prepared for current and emerging technologies. The inaugural batch of diploma learners enrolled in April this year with the School of IT will be given the option to choose from these industry certifications:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner (ACP),
  • PCEP™ – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer,
  • EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI),
  • Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate, or
  • Professional Scrum Developer™ (PSD) certification.


More certifications will be added progressively.

List of Certifications


 Certification NameDescription


Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner (ACP) The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner validates a foundational, high-level understanding of AWS Cloud, services, and terminology. This is a good starting point on the AWS Certification journey for individuals with no prior IT or cloud experience switching to a cloud career or for line-of-business employees looking for foundational cloud literacy. 
2PCEP™ – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer PCEP™ – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer certification (Exam PCEP-30-0x) is a professional credential that measures the candidate's ability to accomplish coding tasks related to the essentials of programming in the Python language. A test candidate should demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the universal concepts of computer programming, the syntax and semantics of the Python language, and the skills in resolving typical implementation challenges with the help of the Python Standard Library. 
3EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) The EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certification validates the candidate’s skills to identify an intruder’s footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in a court of law. It covers major forensic investigation scenarios and enables students to acquire the necessary hands-on experience with various forensic investigation techniques and standard forensic tools required to successfully carry out a computer forensic investigation leading to the prosecution of perpetrators. 
4Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate 

The Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate certification validates an individual’s skills in preparing, modelling, visualising, and analysing data to maximise organisational value.


This certification measures an individual’s ability to accomplish the following technical tasks:

  • Provide meaningful business value through easy-to-comprehend data visualisations.
  • Enable others to perform self-service analytics.
  • Deploy and configure solutions for consumption.
5Professional Scrum Developer™ (PSD) certificationThe Professional Scrum Developer™ (PSD) certification validates an individual’s knowledge of how to deliver quality software using the Scrum framework while working in Scrum Teams, including the application of modern Agile and DevOps practices. 
6Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Networking The Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Networking certification validates an individual’s skills and knowledge of entry-level networking concepts and topics. The certification demonstrates foundational knowledge and skills needed to show how networks operate, including the devices, media, and protocols that enable network communications. 
7Alibaba Cloud Academy Associate (ACA)The Alibaba Cloud Certification Associate (ACA - Alibaba Cloud Certification Associate) certification is designed for those who can use Alibaba Cloud Computing products. It covers all of Alibaba Cloud's core products from computing and storage to networking and security.
8EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s). The Certified Ethical Hacker credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification will fortify the application knowledge of security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and anyone concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure.
9SAS Certified Specialist: Machine Learning Using SAS® Viya® 

The SAS Certified Specialist: Machine Learning Using SAS® Viya® validates an individual’s ability to perform the tasks listed below using SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning software.

  • Preparing data and feature engineering
  • Creating supervised machine learning models
  • Assessing model performance
  • Deploying models into production
10Certified Tableau Desktop SpecialistThe Tableau Desktop Specialist certification is intended for individuals who have foundational knowledge and skills related to Tableau Desktop. This credential validates the core Tableau knowledge of employees, partners, customers, and freelancers, who need to work with Tableau Desktop.
11Oracle Certified Foundations Associate, Database The Oracle Certified Foundations Associate, Database is a foundational level exam that validates an individual’s ability in demonstrating their understanding of the different types of database models and components. The certification also measures an individual’s knowledge in database components, concepts and design, implementation of business roles, SQL language and queries, and ERD modelling and languages to manage data and transactions.
12Oracle Database SQL Certified AssociateThe Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate validates an individual’s understanding of fundamental SQL concepts needed to undertake any database project. By passing this exam, a certified individual proves fluency in and a solid understanding of SQL language and data modelling, as well as using SQL to create and manipulate tables in an Oracle Database. Qualified candidates know general computing concepts, have knowledge of command line interfaces, and have experience working in the command line.
13L1: Basic Proficiency in KNIME Analytics Platform The L1: Basic Proficiency in KNIME Analytics Platform certification validates an individual’s ability to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics: General concepts of KNIME Analytics Platform, importing/exporting data, data manipulation, and data aggregation.
14Splunk Core Certified UserA Splunk Core Certified User can search, use fields, create alerts, use lookups, and create basic statistical reports and dashboards in either the Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud platforms. This entry-level certification demonstrates an individual's basic ability to navigate and use Splunk software.
15Splunk Core Certified Power UserThe Splunk Core Power User certification is intended for individuals who have a more advanced understanding of the Splunk platform and its features. They are able to perform more complex searches and create more advanced reports and dashboards. The certification focuses on the intermediate-level functionality of the platform.
16Splunk Core Certified Advanced Power UserA Splunk Core Certified Advanced Power User has a greater depth of knowledge and skills in complex searching and reporting commands, advanced use cases of knowledge objects, and best practices for building dashboards and forms.
17Qualified Information Security Professional (QISP®) / Qualified Information Security Associate The QISP® examination enables the professionals in Singapore to attest their knowledge in AiSP’s IS-BOK domains which include Governance and Management, Physical Security and Business Continuity, Security Architecture and Engineering, Operation and Infrastructure Security Software Security, Software Security, and Cyber Defence. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 50-64% (Qualified Information Security Associate), and 65% and above (Qualified Information Security Professional) to pass.