1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
1 February 2021
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


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 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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Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2020.

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.

Our Certificate IV in Cyber Security is delivered through our award-winning Blended Learning Model, allowing participants valuable time to focus on developing specific skills required by industry.

Participants will practice through a combination of simulated working environments and work-placement opportunities.

VU Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Cyber Security 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.

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.

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TAFE resources

A recent Government report estimated Australia would need another 11,000 Cyber Security specialists over the next decade. Read the full report here.

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 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

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.

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved 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.

The Volume of Learning for the Certificate IV in Cyber Security is typically 0.5 - 2 years. This incorporates structured training delivery and opportunities for practice and reinforcement of skills including, self-directed study, research, project work and written assignments.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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Students who enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • 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.

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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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: 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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