Develop the knowledge and skills to work in one of the fastest growing sectors, the cyber security and IT industry.
You'll develop skills that involve a blend of problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, data analytics, penetration testing, cloud-based networking, scripting, privacy and ethics. With exposure to leading industry platforms such as Amazon Web Services, Splunk and Cisco, your training will ensure you gain the skills for the technologies industry demand.
As a cyber security practitioner you will develop practical skills to:
- monitor the risk of cyber security attacks
- implement appropriate software
- use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats
- protect an organisation from insider security breaches
- develop systems to minimise network vulnerabilities and risks
- maintain security control
- provide information on security implications
- highlight legal implications, including ethical behaviour
- monitor security events and report on security issues
- respond to security events
- work within teams and communicate clearly
- apply security concepts
- identify security weaknesses proactively
- maintain business relationships.
Unique to the Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22334VIC are connections to industry that are embedded early on in your training. You will have access to expert panel discussions, inspirational story-telling and industry events. With access to our Cyber Security Training Centre, 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.
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Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.
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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 Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22334VIC 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 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.
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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 Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22334VIC 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.
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the 22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, comprising of:
- ten (10) core units, and;
- six (6) elective units.
Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
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).
- BSBWHS401 - Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
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 course is aligned with Level 4 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in that graduates will have:
- cognitive skills to identify and analyse risk of security attacks and recommend appropriate strategies to mitigate the attacks;
- cognitive, technical and communication skills to implement and use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats in a wide variety of contexts;
- specialist technical skills to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems by methodically verifying compliance of all aspects associated with network security;
- broad knowledge base of relevant Australian standards, codes of practice and industry guidelines on network security;
- ability to evaluate information from a variety of sources and analyse the data gathered on the network security to assess compliance, and;
- ability to take responsibility for own outputs and contributions as part of a team to maintaining an organisation's cyber security system and incident response plan.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
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).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
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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.
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.
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:
- 11 July 2022
- 18 July 2022
- 26 July 2022
Before you apply
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
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