1 year full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
30 January 2024
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Start your journey to becoming a technology expert with the Certificate IV in Information Technology ICT40120! Develop technical skills in animation, basic cloud computing, cyber awareness, digital media, generalist IT support services, networking, programming, systems and web development. This course is specifically designed as a blended model to focus on digital technology and programming skills.

Throughout this course you will also build industry essential skills that are transferable across multiple sectors. Skills such as problem solving, effective communication, database maintenance, gaming development, networking, programming, systems administration support and web development.

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

  • installing and configuring secure network and cloud environments
  • identifying and evaluating emerging technologies
  • developing full-stack web applications
  • maintaining and analysing data stored in SQL databases, and
  • working effectively in teams and with clients.

Unique to the Certificate IV in Information Technology ICT40120 is the co-design with industry as well as access to modern facilities and equipment at the Sunshine Skills Hub. You will gain opportunities to network with industry, join industry bodies, and apply for internships.

This course is an ideal next step for anyone who has completed the Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120.

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 and 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.

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Careers in IT

Australia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry is a dynamic and rapidly growing market, with the sector showing very strong growth in the last 5 years (Labour Market Insights). The Certificate IV in Information Technology ICT40120 prepares you for a range of roles across IT, government, banking/finance, retail, education, health, media, logistics and manufacturing. Upon completion, you will have gained the skills to pursue a possible career in:

  • General technical support
  • IT customer support
  • Information systems operator
  • Junior System Support
  • Web application developer.

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 ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty (20) units of competency, comprising of:
- seven (7)  core units plus
- thirteen (13) elective units, of which: 
  * at least nine (9) units must be selected from the elective units listed in the training package qualification, and up to four (4) 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 3, 4 or 5 approved by VU Polytechnic.

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 D Networking Specialisation

Group E Programming Specialisation

Group G Web Development Specialisation

Group H General electives - Cloud Computing

Group H General electives - Networking

Group H General electives - Systems and Software Design

Group H General electives - Web Design and Development

Imported Units

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.

Graduate capabilities can be located within the employability skills specific to industry requirements, which include: communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology.

Application of knowledge and skills:

Graduates of the Certificate IV in Information Technology will have a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied work contexts, using problem solving skills effective communications.

Volume of Learning

The Certificate IV in Information Technology incorporates structured, with face-to-face and facilitated learning through a blended model.

The volume of learning for this qualification is typically 0 - 2 years.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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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.

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.

Available start dates:

  • 30 January 2024

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