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Advance your IT networking skills and expand your career options with a Diploma of Information Technology Networking at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This industry-relevant course will introduce you to systems administration and networking concepts and technologies.

You will get practical training in the following emerging areas:

  • cyber security and infrastructure intelligence
  • next-generation firewalls
  • automation and orchestration
  • machine learning
  • cloud operating systems.

You will also develop a solid understanding of data-centre virtualisation and life cycle service management.

We partner with industry learning vendors to deliver curriculum that helps prepare you to undertake high-demand vendor certifications, including:

  • Cisco (CCENT CCNA)
  • Microsoft (MCT)
  • VMWare (VCA- DCV, VCP-DCV)
  • Red Hat (RHSCA, RHCE)
  • ITIL (foundation)
  • Palo Alto (ACE)
  • Puppet (PPT-PCP)
  • PRTG (PCSP).

We work closely with industry to ensure you are job ready when you finish. You’ll be equipped with the technical skills that employers seek. With Australia’s continued investment in the ICT industry, this course will set you up for a long and rewarding career.

A wide range of the latest 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.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills. This course is underpinned by the latest vendor certified training material, aligned to industry certification.

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 for all students.

Develop a solid understanding of system administration and networking concepts with a Diploma of Information Technology Networking.

Careers in information technology

Australia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry is a dynamic and rapidly growing market. Most industries increasingly rely on technology and require employees with strong ICT skills.

You’ll graduate with the practical and technical skills required to gain employment in technical ICT roles such as technician, coordinator or administrator. You’ll be equipped to work independently or as part of a team to manage to network installation, security and e-business integration. Employment for database and systems administrators is expected to grow very strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook).

Our graduates gain employment in a range of roles in the IT industry and across other sectors including:

  • government
  • banking/finance
  • retail
  • education
  • healthcare
  • logistics
  • manufacturing
  • media.

Potential job titles include:

  • network administrator
  • IT administrator
  • IT operations administrator
  • network services administrator
  • network support coordinator
  • network operations analyst
  • network security coordinator
  • network e-business coordinator.

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 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded ICT50415 Diploma of Information Technology Networking, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, consisting of:

  • five (5) core units, and;

  • eleven (11) elective units, of which:

  • up to eleven (11) units can be selected from the elective units listed in the ICT50415 Diploma of Information Technology Networking qualification, and;

  • up to three (3) units can be selected from elsewhere in the ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package or any other Training Package or accredited course at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Core units

Elective units


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 provides core skills and knowledge, which prepares you to undertake roles in internetworking, virtualisation, operating systems, network services, e-business integration, network monitoring and security.  As an outcome of your study, your learning will help prepare you for various vendor certifications.

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: VET

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

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll 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.

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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