Basic Laser Radiation Safety

Offered by School of Engineering

Short Course / 2 days / TGS-2020504676

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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 Runs 

Course Date: 15 Jul 2024 – 22 Jul 2024
Time: 9am – 5pm
Test Date: 10 Jun 2024
Test Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Application Period: 16 May 2024 – 24 Jun 2024
Duration: 2 days (Course) + 1.5 hours (Test)
Delivery Mode: Face-to-face + On Campus (Test)
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Course Date: 12 Aug 2024 – 19 Aug 2024
Time: 9am – 5pm
Test Date: 19 Aug 2024
Test Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Application Period: 13 Jun 2024 – 21 Jul 2024
Duration: 2 days (Course) + 1.5 hours (Test)
Delivery Mode: Face-to-face + On Campus (Test)
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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

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.

R. K. Malar

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.

Goh Yeow Whatt

Mr Goh Yeow Whatt is currently a Senior Manager and Senior Lecturer in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), School of Engineering. He obtained his Master of Engineering degree from National University of Singapore. Before joining NP in 2011, he has been working in the Semiconductor, Photonics and Laser-related industries for more than 18 years. He started his career with NUS-A*Star Laser Processing Center, experience in laser setup and optimization, laser processing and applications (cutting, engraving, cleaning, deposition, and emission diagnostics).

Lim Han Leong

Dr Lim Han Leong is currently a Senior Lecturer in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). He obtained his PhD from Nanyang Technological University in 2008 with a thesis in Femtosecond Laser. He has 3 years of experience in machine vision in the semiconductor industry and 2 years in laser barcode scanners manufacturing before joining NP, where he obtained more than $600k research grants in the field of laser research as a Principal Investigator.

Tan Yeow Chong

Mr Tan Yeow Chong is currently a Lecturer in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). He graduated with Bachelor’s degree (hons) in 2008, and obtained Master of Engineering (by research) in 2010, from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  Mr Tan has 6 years’ work experience in the semi-conductor manufacturing industry, where he has worked with optical and laser equipment for wafer process development, process integration, and failure analysis.


A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to learner who achieve at least 75% attendance and pass all required assessment(s).

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

Eligible learners can earn 14 SDUs accredited by WSH CPD Board.

Learners that have attended the course and passed the test can apply for the N3 licence. The licence is not auto-issued after attending the course. For more information on the application of N3 licence, you can find it in the NEA website.

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 SMEs
For enhanced training support for SMEs, 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

GST Increment in 2024
Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024. As such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2024. Please refer to our STEP portal for the updated fees. (Click on STEP.)


  • The fees below are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review and revision.
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Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fee $730.30
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs for Singapore Citizen$85.09
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs - SPR & LTVP+$85.09
SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy for Singapore Citizen aged 40 and above$85.09
SkillsFuture Baseline Funding for Singapore Citizen Aged Below 40$219.09
SkillsFuture Baseline Funding for SPR/LTVP+$219.09