1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
7 February 2022
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Gain skills and knowledge required for a career as a cyber security paraprofessional with VU Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security 22445VIC.

Cyber security is one of Australia’s fastest growing fields in the IT industry. This course will equip you with a comprehensive set of technical services such as:

  • performing a security risk assessment for an organisation
  • implementing best practice for identity management
  • evaluating an organisation’s compliance with relevant cyber security standards, laws and codes of practice
  • evaluating and implementing security protection devices and software
  • managing a cyber security environment
  • assessing and securing cloud services
  • performing digital forensic investigations on workstations and mobile devices.

This course is suitable for you if you have a strong understanding of cyber security concepts or you’re looking to pursue a career in the IT industry. You may have completed the Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22334VIC, or already be working in the industry and are interested in upskilling/specialising in cyber security.

Unique to VU Polytechnic’s cyber security courses are the industry connections that are embedded in your training. You will have access to expert panel discussions, inspirational story-telling and industry events. This course offers a blended model with each unit delivered consecutively.

With access to our Cyber Security Training Centre in our St Albans Campus and also to the virtual industry standard lab via Fifth Domain's cloud platform, you will have the opportunity during your course to train in a simulated working environment for collaboration and practical experience, forming teams to produce solutions to industry standard problems.

Located at our St Albans campus, our Cyber Security Training Centre will help prepare you for the unpredictable future of work.

The facility features a Security Operations Centre (SOC), providing a simulated working environment for collaboration and practical experience. Attack and defend rooms put you in the hot seat, allowing you to take on the role of hacker or defender and put your skills to the test.

VU Polytechnic's Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security 22445VIC is supported by the Cisco Networking Academy.

Emma Broadbent, Regional Manager, ANZ & PI, Cisco Networking Academy stated, "globally, there is unprecedented demand for cyber security knowledge and skills that is creating exciting employment opportunities across almost every industry.

The Cisco Networking Academy is supporting VU Polytechnic in being able to drive and develop a new cyber workforce."

Our range of up-to-date technologies will prepare you for future professional practice. You'll have access to extensive computing and networking resources including:

  • a full set of Cisco routers and switches
  • virtualisation (Hyper-V) infrastructure
  • Amazon cloud servers
  • mobile labs
  • graphics and video authoring tools
  • software development kits
  • latest software packages including net and Java integrated development environment.

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TAFE resources

Leading the way with Cyber Security

VU Polytechnic's cyber security students are learning to fight against Australia's cyber crime in the first-ever TAFE vs. TAFE National Cyber Security Challenge.

Careers in cyber security

There is a serious shortage of cyber security skills in the workforce currently. Technology is deeply rooted in our professional and personal lives and the need for skilled workers is growing fast. A recent Government report estimated Australia would need another 11,000 cyber security specialists over the next decade.

Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security 22445VIC you will have gained the skills to prepare you for careers such as:

  • cyber security support officer
  • security penetration tester
  • information systems security support officer
  • network security support officer
  • website security support officer.

Course structure

The course structure has been chosen from the following core and elective units.
To be awarded the Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security participants must complete a total of twenty (20) units consisting of:
- nine (9) core units, plus
- eleven (11) elective units

A minimum of two units must be selected from each of the four (4) elective streams (General, Intrusion Analyst, Penetration Testing and Security Engineering streams).
The remaining three (3) units may be selected from the four (4) elective streams or from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Diploma level or above where they are consistent with the vocational outcomes of the course.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core Units

Elective Units

General Stream

Stream A: Intrusion Analysis

Stream B: Penetration Testing

Stream C: Security Engineering

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by Victoria University Polytechnic.

Graduates will have a specialised and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge with depth in the field of cyber security.

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma will have:
• Cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse and act on cyber security risks, threats and incidents in an organisation
• Cognitive and communication skills to transfer knowledge and skills to others concerning cyber security risks in workplace practices and to demonstrate specialised knowledge in mitigation strategies
• Cognitive and communication skills to formulate responses to complex cyber security problems such as protecting critical infrastructure
• Wide-ranging specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills to express ideas and perspectives on compliance issues and design methodologies to improve an organisation's cyber security

Application of knowledge and skills:
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
• With depth in areas of organisational data security in a context subject to ongoing change
• With initiative and judgement plan, design and manage cyber security projects with some direction
• To adapt a range of fundamental principles and complex techniques to known and unknown cyber security situations
• Across a broad range of technical cyber security functions with accountability for personal and/or team outputs within an organisational context.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however participants are required advanced IT skills to successfully complete the course.
VU Polytechnic requires applicants to have :
Successful completion 22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security (or equivalent)
relevant experience in cyber security work in ICT industry (technical domain)
Applicants will be required to complete a pre-training interview and complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining with eligibility and identify learning support needs.
Students undertaking study part time will take approximately two (2) years to complete depending on subjects undertaken per semester.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

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