1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning, Online
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Get started in one of the fastest growing industry sectors, with the Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC at Victoria University Polytechnic.

The Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC is a technician-level course, ideal for people looking to work in IT support. It provides you with a range of technical skills needed to apply for cyber-security technician roles in government, business, or community organisations.

Unique to Victoria University's cyber security course are the amazing connections to industry that are embedded early on in your training. You can access expert panel discussions, inspirational story-telling, and industry events.

By learning in our Cyber Security Training Centre, you will have the opportunity to get hands-on training in a simulated working environment. In this practical experience you'll learn to collaborate, forming teams to produce solutions to industry-standard problems.

This course is available on campus, a combination of online and in-person classes, and also fully online.

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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 22603VIC 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.

If you have a background in the ICT industry and are familiar with digital technologies you can choose to study 100% online.

Make your course fit around your life with either full-time or part-time study:

  • The full-time online course takes 12 months, with scheduled online classes three days per week.
  • The part-time online course takes 18 months, with scheduled online classes two evenings per week.

Whatever option you choose, you'll have access to a range of cloud-based labs and learning activities so you can practice and re-enforce your skills.

To study online you'll need access to a PC computer or laptop with the following minimum specifications:

  • quad-core CPU with 2 GHz processor or faster
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 250 GB free storage space
  • Windows 10 operating system or later, or a virtual machine with Windows 10 or later installed
  • headset with microphone
  • webcam (optional but preferred)
  • stable internet connection so you can participate in online meetings.

Prior to enrolment you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and pre-training interview to determine your suitability to the course and online delivery.

Before starting the course, you should be able to:

  • turn on a computer and use its operating system
  • save and open files
  • use office-suite software including applications for producing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • connect to the internet
  • send and receive email
  • conduct a web search and navigate a webpage to find information
  • use webinar software.


Australia’s cybersecurity sector will experience a huge worker shortage over the coming years as cyber attacks grow. There is expected to be a shortfall of 3,000 cybersecurity workers in Australia by 2026. At the same time, the number of cyber attacks in Australia is expected to double in the next five years. Read more.

Upon completion of the Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC 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.

Technology is deeply rooted in our professional and personal lives and the need for skilled workers is growing fast.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22603VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security, a total of sixteen (16) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;
  • eight (8) 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.

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.

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).

2024 Delivery



2023 Delivery for continuing students only



Analyst Focus

Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Focus

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers:

Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) approved by VU Polytechnic.

The Certificate IV in Cyber Security is a technician-level qualification that will provide graduates with the knowledge and a comprehensive set of technical skills that enables them 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.

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.

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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.
Applicants will be required to nominate their study preference in the application process: Face to Face and eLearning (on campus/zoom) or fully online (off campus).
Learners intending to study fully remotely online will require to have access to a PC/Laptop with the following minimum specifications: 16 Gbyte RAM and Quad-Core processor, reliable high-speed internet connection, web camera, microphone and headset.

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.

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.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

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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.

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