Course Duration

40.0 hr(s)

Mode of Assessment

Written Assessment (Short Answer Question and Case Study)


Who Should Attend

  • Carbon Management Managers responsible for emissions reduction,
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Managers involved in reporting and strategy,
  • Climate Change Analysts focusing on mitigation and adaptation,
  • Corporate Sustainability Professionals driving initiatives,
  • Business Leaders aligning sustainability with strategy,
  • Students and Researchers in related fields,
  • Professionals transitioning to sustainability roles, and anyone passionate about deepening their knowledge of ESG principles and sustainable practices.

Course Overview

The Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner - Basic course provides a comprehensive introduction to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles and practices. Throughout the course, participants will delve into key topics such as sustainability frameworks, ESG reporting, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable business strategies. Through interactive sessions and expert guidance, attendees will gain a solid understanding of sustainability concepts, learn how to integrate ESG considerations into decision-making processes and explore real-world case studies to apply their knowledge effectively. This course not only equips professionals with essential skills in sustainability but also sets the foundation for pursuing advanced certifications in the field.

Course Schedule

Next available schedule

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of actionable sustainability plans and their role in driving initiatives.
  • Set clear and quantifiable carbon reduction targets within sustainability plans.
  • Apply SMART goal-setting principles to develop actionable sustainability objectives.
  • Identify key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to tracking progress toward carbon reduction goals.
  • Develop sustainability action plans using step-by-step guides and tools, including carbon reduction strategies.
  • Integrate sustainability objectives seamlessly into daily business operations.
  • Analyse real-world case studies of successful sustainability action plans with quantifiable carbon reduction targets.
  • Set KPIs for measuring the success of sustainability initiatives, focusing on emissions reduction targets.
  • Implement sustainability and emissions reduction projects, monitoring progress and achieving milestones.
  • Gather relevant data for emissions reductions and sustainability reporting, preparing reports for stakeholders


The admission requirements are: 

  • Hardware & Software
    • This course will be conducted as a Virtual Live Class (VLC) via Zoom platform.
    • Participants must own a Zoom account and have a laptop or a desktop with “Zoom Client for Meetings” installed. Download from zoom.us/download

System Requirement


Please ensure that your computer or laptop meets the following requirements. 

  • Operating system: Windows 10 or MacOS (64 bit or above) 
  • Processor/CPU: 1.8 GHz, 2-core Intel Core i3 or higher 
  • Minimum 20 GB hard disk space 
  • Minimum 8 GB RAM 
  • Webcam (camera must be turned on for the duration of the class) 
  • Microphone 
  • Internet Connection: Wired or Wireless broadband 
  • Latest version of Zoom software to be installed on computer or laptop prior to the class. 


  • Wired internet connection
    Wired internet will provide you with stable and reliable connection. 
  • Dual monitors
    Using a dual monitor setup will undoubtedly improve your training experience, enabling you to simultaneously participate in hands-on exercises and maintain engagement with your instructor. 

Not recommended: 

Using tablets are not recommended due to their smaller screen size, which could cause eye strain and discomfort over the course of the program's duration. 

Course Outline

E-Learning (16 Hrs)

The Definitions of Corporate Sustainability and ESG

  • The definition of Corporate Sustainability and ESG
  • Climate Change
  • The Rise of Sustainability
  • Sustainability Concept and Definitions
  • Historical development of ESG
  • Global Perspectives on ESG
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Sustainability (ESG) and the Business Case for Adoption

  • The Kyoto Protocol
  • Sustainability - a business case
  • Climate Change - A Business Case
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • United Nations Climate Change Conference
  • CSR Cases and Reactions
  • Related Risks
  • Benefits

Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainability Reporting

  • Stakeholders Prioritization
  • Stakeholder's Impact
  • Sustainability Reports

Sustainability (ESG) Guidelines and Reporting

  • Introduction to Sustainability Standards and Guidelines
  • Guidelines, Rating Indexes on Sustainability, and ISO Standards
  • The UN Global Compact
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
  • Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  • ISO 14064 for Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Accounting (K1)
  • ISO 14001 for Environmental Management (K1)
  • The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and ISO Integration
  • ESRS Introduction

Future Trends for the Sustainability Professional (3 Hrs)

  • Applying Sustainability Principles and Values to Your Organization
  • Building a Start-up Business Based on Sustainability Principles
  • Tips for Sustainability Integration
  • Key Questions and Examples for Applying Sustainability

Synchronous Training (3 Days)

Role and Responsibilities of a Sustainability (Carbon) Practitioner

  • Understanding the key responsibilities and duties of a Sustainability (Carbon) Practitioner.
  • Aligning practitioner roles with Singapore's sustainability goals and policies
  • Demonstrating the importance of carbon management within the sustainability framework

Sustainability Policy and Legal Compliance

  • Navigating Singapore's sustainability policies and legal requirements related to emissions calculation and reporting.
  • Ensuring compliance with carbon reporting regulations
  • Case studies: Compliance and legal considerations in sustainability
  • Singapore Carbon Tax

Carbon Footprint Assessment and Calculation Skills

  • Understanding the various methodologies for carbon footprint assessment, including the principles and calculation approaches
  • Exploring the differences between Scope 1 (direct emissions), Scope 2 (indirect emissions), and Scope 3 (indirect value chain emissions) assessments.
  • Analysing the significance of each scope in understanding an organization's carbon impact.
  • Practical Calculation Exercises
  • Case Studies - Real-world Examples of Carbon Footprint Assessments in Singapore

Carbon Reduction Strategies

  • Strategies for developing and implementing effective carbon reduction plans.
  • Identifying carbon reduction opportunities based on calculated emissions.
  • Creating a roadmap for carbon reduction aligned with sustainability objectives.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication

  • Strategies for engaging stakeholders in sustainability and carbon management initiatives.
  • Communicating sustainability achievements and goals effectively, including quantifiable carbon reduction achievements.
  • Building trust and transparency through stakeholder engagement

Sustainability Integration in Business Operations

  • Calculation of carbon emissions associated with specific business operations and activities.
  • Identifying carbon reduction opportunities based on calculated emissions.
  • Analysing the financial implications of carbon reduction strategies through cost-benefit analysis.

Sustainability Action Planning and Project Management

  • Developing actionable sustainability plans with quantifiable carbon reduction targets.
  • Setting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for measuring the success of sustainability initiatives, including emissions reduction targets.
  • Project management skills for tracking and reporting on sustainability and carbon reduction projects, including tracking emissions reductions.

Sustainability Reporting Frameworks

  • In-depth understanding of sustainability reporting standards in Singapore (e.g., SGX, GRI).
  • Practical application: Preparing sustainability reports and disclosures, including calculation-based emissions reporting.
  • Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements

Certificate Obtained and Conferred by

  • Certificate of Completion from NTUC LearningHub

Upon meeting at least 75% attendance and passing the assessment(s), participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from NTUC LearningHub.

  • External Certification Exam

Upon completing the course with 100% attendance, students will be given the opportunity to submit a two-year sustainability plan. This plan will make them eligible to earn the prestigious Sustainability ESG Certification, which is recognized worldwide. Once certified, students will hold the title of Certified Sustainability ESG Practitioner. However, to submit the certification assignment, students need to pay an additional $550.00. It is important to note that the certification assignment must be submitted within 14 working days after the course completion date.

Additional Details

Medium of Instruction: English
Trainer to trainee ratio: 1:25

Mode of Delivery: 16.0 hr(s) E-Learning + 24.0 hr(s) synchronous training


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Funding Eligibility Criteria

Individual Sponsored Trainee

Company Sponsored Trainee

  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • From 1 October 2023, attendance-taking for SkillsFuture Singapore's (SSG) funded courses must be done digitally via the Singpass App. This applies to both physical and synchronous e-learning courses.​
  • Trainee must pass all prescribed tests / assessments and attain 100% competency.
  • NTUC LearningHub reserves the right to claw back the funded amount from trainee if he/she did not meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • From 1 October 2023, attendance-taking for SkillsFuture Singapore's (SSG) funded courses must be done digitally via the Singpass App. This applies to both physical and synchronous e-learning courses.​
  • Trainee must pass all prescribed tests / assessments and attain 100% competency.
  • NTUC LearningHub reserves the right to claw back the funded amount from the employer if trainee did not meet the eligibility criteria.


Individual Sponsored Trainee

Company Sponsored Trainee

SkillsFuture Credit: 

  • Eligible Singapore Citizens can use their SkillsFuture Credit to offset course fee payable after funding.


  • This course is eligible for Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP).
  • NTUC members can enjoy up to 50% funding (capped at $250 per year) under UTAP.


  • To check for Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) eligibility for this course, visit:
    SkillsFuture (TGS-2024043521) for Virtual Learning Class (VLC)​
  • Scroll down to "Keyword Tags" to verify for PSEA eligibility.
  • If there is “PSEA” under keyword tags, the course is eligible for PSEA.  
  • And if there is no “PSEA” under keyword tags, the course is ineligible for PSEA. 
  • Not all courses are eligible for PSEA funding.

Absentee Payroll (AP) Funding: 

  • $4.50 per hour, capped at $100,000 per enterprise per calendar year.
  • AP funding will be computed based on the actual number of training hours attended by the trainee.
  • Note: Courses / Modules under Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) will not be eligible for AP funding claim.

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