Basic Laser Radiation Safety Course (Synchronous e-learning)

Offered by School of Engineering

Short Course / 2 days / TGS-2021005107

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Course Fees

Course Information

Lasers are widely employed in various industries from medical to construction. However, the proper use of lasers is imperative to avoid their potential dangerous effects, from mild skin burns to irreversible injuries to the skin and eyes.

Learning Outcomes

Stay safe on the job with the proper understanding on the safe use of lasers and laser radiation protection. You will gain insights on the characteristics and classifications of laser radiation, as well as laser applications in Singapore. This course also prepares you for the N3 licence qualifying test.


Course Date: TBC
Time: 9am – 5pm
Test Date: TBC
Test Time: TBC
Application Period: TBC
Duration: 2 days (Course) + 1.5 hours (Test)
Delivery Mode: Synchronous e-Learning + On Campus (Test)
Venue: TBC

This course may be conducted online subject to Covid-19 guidelines.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

  • Difference between ionising & non-ionising radiation
  • Characteristics and classifications of laser radiation
  • Laser applications in Singapore
  • Demonstration of laser systems and safety measures
  • Laser radiation hazards & safety guides
  • Legislation, Radiation Protection Act & Regulations
  • Radiation Protection (Non-Ionising Radiation) Regulations 1991
  • Types of Non-Ionising Radiation Licences under NIR Regulations
  • Closed book examination (about 10 to 14 days 1 week after the course)

Trainer's Profile

Phua Tan Tee

Dr Phua Tan Tee is a senior consultant in National Environment Agency. He obtained his PhD in 1982 from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA. Dr Phua started his involvement in radiation protection work in Singapore since 1983, ensuring the safe use of ionizing radiation apparatus and radioactive materials. In 1986, he was tasked to look into control of non-ionising radiation in Singapore. Appointed as Head of nonionizing radiation from 1992 till February 2008, he was tasked to oversee the licensing & control for the safe use of non-ionizing radiation apparatus, supervising and enforcing NIR program under the Act. In March 2008, he was back to the Ionizing Radiation Control Unit as Head of the unit in the Radiation Protection & Nuclear Science Department in National Environment Agency. He was appointed as Senior Consultant in RPNSD in 2013.

Cheng Chee Yuen

Mr Cheng Chee Yuen is currently a Senior Lecturer in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). He obtained his bachelor's degree in 1998 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Mr Cheng started his involvement in industrial lasers since 1998. As a Project/Manufacturing Engineer, his involvement included laser alignment, test and integration with automation equipment as well as laser process optimization. After joining NP in 2010, he was tasked to oversee and manage the Centre of Applied Photonics & Laser Technology and the safe use of laser apparatus, which included implementing the laser safety control measures and working with NEA on the laser licencing requirements. Currently, he is the course leader managing the Basic Laser Radiation Safety short course in NP.

Matthew Philip

Mr Matthew Philip graduated with a BSc from the National University of Singapore in 1992.  He joined STMicroelectronics as a Process Engineer at the end of 1992 where he worked in the Etch and Photolithography modules of STMicroelectronics’ MOS Fab in Ang Mo Kio. After 3 years with STMicroelectronics, Mr Matthew left to further his studies in Microelectronics at Newcastle University, UK in 1995. He graduated with an MSc (Electronics) with Distinction in 1996. Mr Matthew joined Ngee Ann Polytechnic as a Lecturer in 1997.  He is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Module Leader of the Photonics module which deals with laser safety.


Ms R.K.Malar is currently a Lecturer in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). She obtained her Msc. Photonics in 2006 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Ms Malar started her career as an Optical Design Engineer to design laser optics and worked as a trainer for ZEMAX, an optical design software. After joining NP in 2008, she was one of the Photonics project cluster members and supervised final year student projects which involved the use of lasers.

Tan Wei Lian

Ms Tan Wei Lian is currently a Deputy Director and Senior Lecturer in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), School of Engineering. She obtained her Master of Science degree in 2001 from the National University of Singapore and Master of Education degree in 2011 from the University of Western Australia. She started her career in 2001 as an R&D Engineer of a photoelectric sensor group, in-charge of the design and development of the optical systems for laser sensors. She joined A*Star in 2004 as a Research Engineer, in-charge of the design of optical variable liquid lenses system and the development of 4th generation optical recording platform. In 2007, she joined NP and was member of the Photonics technology cluster. She supervised many final year student projects which involved laser operations and also secured a TOTE Board funded technology project in the area of photonics. She also taught the Photonics module for Diploma in Engineering.


Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance and pass the written examination.

**Certificates and Test Result will only be released upon payment of full course fee.**

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Jul 2020 to 30 Sep 2024.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Enhanced Training Support
For enhanced training support, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders
Please furnish the following documents to the course administrator to qualify for SSG funding:
Self-sponsored learner (**LTVP+): Copy of your green visit pass card, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
Co-sponsored learner (##LTVP+): Copy of valid and current Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.


(Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 8% GST and subject to review.)

Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2023.

Please refer to our FAQs for more information.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fee $723.60
Singaporeans aged below 40 qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$215.07
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy$81.07
Singaporeans qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs$81.07
Singapore Permanent Residents & **LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $217.08
Singapore Permanent Residents & ##LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $83.08
Others (and Repeat Students)$723.60