0.5 years full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
2 February 2024
16 April 2024
16 July 2024

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Start your journey to becoming a technology expert with the Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120 at Victoria University.

Develop your technical skills in programming, database and web development, basic cloud computing, cyber security, digital media and generalist IT support services.

You will develop industry-essential and transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills. Plus, you'll gain customer service skills to support a range of technologies, processes, policies and clients.

Upon completion of this course you will have knowledge and skills in:

  • writing basic programs for software applications
  • developing basic web applications
  • producing digital images for the web
  • protecting privacy and intellectual property rights
  • working effectively in teams and with ICT clients.

Our information technology course is co-designed with industry experts and you'll use modern facilities and equipment at the Sunshine Skills Hub. You will also be able to network with workplaces, join industry bodies, and apply for virtual internships.

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Eligible students currently won’t pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

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VU Polytechnic’s industry connections let you make professional contacts and gain practical experience before you graduate.

We have links with companies including Cisco, Amazon, Microsoft and Inspur. You'll also learn from industry guest lecturers, as well as our expert staff.

Past students training in IT at VU Polytechnic have had the opportunity to network with industry and gain employment at organisations including:

  • Drive Agencies Pty Ltd
  • Australian Unity
  • Claytons Group Pty Ltd.

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.

The Sunshine Skills Hub provides flexible training solutions that focus on developing the skills industry demand. Skills that involve a blend of creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and specialist technical skills in emerging fields such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • 3D printing
  • drone surveying
  • construction robotics
  • data analytics
  • e.health
  • cybersecurity.

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 Sunshine Skills Hub

Our state-of-the-art Sunshine Skills Hub won Best of Year Award for Higher Education in 2020.

Careers in IT

Australia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry is a dynamic and rapidly growing market.

The Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120 prepares you for a range of entry-level roles across IT, government, banking and finance, retail, education, health, media, logistics and manufacturing.

You will gain the skills to pursue a possible career in:

  • general IT/technical support
  • web application support
  • web developer 
  • database and systems administrator
  • network administration support
  • ICT security specialist
  • ICT support technician.

You can find information on job growth and salaries on the government job-data site Labour Market Insights.

Course structure

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.
To be awarded the ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:
- six (6) core units, and;
- six (6) elective units, of which:
  * at least 4 units must be selected from the elective units listed
  * up to 2 units may be selected from the remaining listed elective units or from this or any other currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 2, 3 or 4.
Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).  Elective units must be relevant to the work environment 
and the qualification, maintain the overall integrity of the AQF alignment, and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome approved by VU Polytechnic.

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

Group F IT Work Ready Skills

Group H Programming

Group J Web Development

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers: Previous completion of units at the VU 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 the Victoria University Polytechnic.

ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology learning outcomes are as follows: Knowledge: Graduates at this level will be competent in a wide range of general information and communications technology (ICT) technical functions and to achieve a degree of self-sufficiency as an ICT user. Individuals working at this level will be able to support information technology activities in the workplace across both a wide range of ICT areas, including technical support, network administration, web technologies, software applications and digital media technologies as well as utilising ICT skills in other areas of a business such as administration, customer service or support roles. ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology is a foundation pathway course in the ICT field, providing a bridge to future higher level training options or entry-level skills to assist individuals looking to upskill and return to the workforce. Skills: Graduates of Certificate III in Information Technology will be able to perform a range of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roles, including animation, basic cloud computing, basic cyber awareness, digital media skills, generalist IT support services, networking, programming, systems and web development. Most jobs today involve technology and nearly all jobs of the future will revolve around technology. Employment: Upon completion of the Certificate III in Information Technology, students will be equipped to work across varying entry-level roles within the ICT industry, including but not limited to: - technical support - network administration - web technologies and development - software applications - digital media Students will also be able to apply their broad digital knowledge to wider sections of a business outside of IT, e.g. working in administration and updating/building a company website.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
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Admission & pathways

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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

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 could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Available start dates:

  • 2 February 2024
  • 16 April 2024
  • 16 July 2024
  • 24 September 2024

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