Certificate IV in Cyber Security


Course Length

Full time:

6 Months

Contact Hours

Part time:

3 Days a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - William Orr

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Course Overview

Expand your IT skill set and become a qualified Junior Security Analyst. The Certificate IV in Cybersecurity will give you the skills to strategically manage cybersecurity for a range of organisations and industries.

You'll learn how to monitor the risk of cyber security attacks, implement appropriate software, use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats, and protect an organisation from insider security breaches by developing systems to minimise network vulnerabilities and risks.

You'll also get the chance to work on a cybersecurity workplace project so you can practice skills as you go and learn in a real workplace situation.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare you for a variety of roles across the Cybersecurity and IT industry, including:

  • Junior Security Analyst
  • Help Desk Officer
  • IT Support
  • Network Support

Working in this industry will give you exposure to a broad range of people and operations. You may be dealing with software and hardware issues, specialist software packages, and problem solving.

Armed with these essential business skills, you'll have the chance to work across different industries and locations.

The 2016 Australian Cyber Security Strategy paper estimates that demand for qualified cyber security professionals will grow by 21 per cent over the next five years, with a significant increase in employment and career opportunities across this field.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Diploma of Information Technology.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

On Campus - 6 Months, 3 days per week, Starts February - Semester 1/2020

On Campus - 6 Months, 3 days per week, Starts July - Semester 2/2020

Wangaratta - Tone Road

On Campus - 6 Months, 3 days per week, Starts February - Semester 1/2020

On Campus - 6 Months, 3 days per week, Starts July - Semester 2/2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,838.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $764.00

3. Full Fee: $5,585.00

Course Materials: $156.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

- Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
- E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
- Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

There are no Training Package entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document your previous work experience and qualifications and assess your suitability for the course
  • Complete a CSPA test to ensure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy levels required for the course

The selection criteria for this course are:

  • Ability to undertake training at this qualification level
  • Literacy and numeracy skills of an appropriate level
  • Keen interest in this Industry sector
  • Ability to communicate with others
  • Computer skills in Word to a basic level and use of the Internet to an intermediate level
  • Ability to organise study and work independently
  • It is preferred that students have successfully completed ICT30118 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology or previous studies in the IT area or have competency to this level before entry into this course

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBRES401 - Analyse and present research information
BSBWHS401 - Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
ICTICT418 - Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
ICTPRG407 - Write script for software applications
RIICOM301D - Communicate Information
VU21988 - Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security
VU21989 - Test concepts and procedures for cyber security
VU21990 - Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation
VU21991 - Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation
VU21992 - Develop a cyber security industry project
Elective Units
ICTNWK401 - Install and manage a server
ICTNWK502 - Implement secure encryption technologies
ICTNWK503 - Install and maintain valid authentication processes
ICTNWK531 - Configure an internet gateway
VU21994 - Perform basic cyber security data analysis
VU21996 - Evaluate and test an incident response plan for an enterprise
VU21997 - Expose website security vulnerabilities

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Class room activities and observation
  • Role plays
  • Assignments
  • Short answer questions
  • Supervised tests
  • Portfolios

Course Co-ordinator

Lynne McGregor-Carroll and Michelle McNab
Location: Shepparton

Robert Squires
Location: Wangaratta

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students will be required to attend the timetabled on-campus classes totaling 3 days per week and undertake a minimum of 6 hours per week of self-directed learning, researching, studying and completing the required exercises and assessments.

If you are unable to attend the timetabled on-campus classes you will be required to contact your teacher and catch up before the next class.

Where to From Here

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Student Support

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.