1 year full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
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Passionate about technology and how it is rapidly changing the way we work? Gain the essential technical skills and understanding to work across a broad range of specialisations in the digital technology industry.

Practical and hands-on, this course will provide you with training in multiple information and communication technology (ICT) disciplines. Exposure to industry leading platforms and programs such as Cisco, Python3, WordPress, Java, Linux OS and Splunk ensure you are working with the latest technologies that industry are asking for. During your course you will gain skills and knowledge in:

  • connecting, maintaining and configuring hardware
  • building, installing and operating networks
  • cyber security
  • introductory programming
  • operating system software
  • troubleshooting system and software faults
  • router set-up and testing
  • client-side script for a dynamic webpage
  • WHS communication and consultation processes
  • client business requirements.

You will also develop highly sought-after skills in teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration, helping you to develop your confidence to step out into the world of work or continue on with further training.

VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our campus libraries offer career advice, academic resources and learning and IT support in relaxed lounge-like settings. You'll have access to photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including databases, e-learning content for courses, student email, student software packages and social networking tools.

VU has one of the best campus-wide WiFi networks. We also have more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Mac) spread across our campuses. A central IT helpdesk is also available for support.

VU Polytechnic student Meena Selvaraj’s studies in IT gave her the skills and confidence to land her dream job in a leading e-learning business.


Skilled workers in computer systems technology are in high demand. When you graduate, you could apply for roles including:

  • network administrator
  • network operations technician
  • network technician
  • tester (networking)
  • tester (websites).

Course structure

To be awarded the ICT41015 Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty (20) units of competency, comprising of:

  • twelve (12) core units, and;
  • eight (8) elective units, of which:
  • all eight (8) units may be selected from the electives listed in the ICT41015 Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology qualification;
  • up to four (4) electives may be selected from elsewhere in ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package, or any other endorsed training package or accredited course at Certificate IV or Diploma level.

Electives chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs as well as be approved by the 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).





The following unit/s will not be offered to prospective students. These units are only available for current/continuing students.

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 the Polytechnic.

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to install and administer simple networks, servers, and client desktop deployments either as an independent information and communications technology (ICT) specialist or as part of a team.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • 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
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and 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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

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Entry requirements

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.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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