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22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security~

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Next intake October 2022
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

If you are looking to develop a career in the IT industry, love new technology and are seeking employment in Cyber Security – this is the course for you.

The course is a technician level qualification providing graduates with a comprehensive set of technical skills enabling 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

This is a JobTrainer Priority Course. All students who meet the Skills First eligibility criteria can access free or reduced tuition fees for this course. 

Gordon VCE/VCAL students

This course is offered to Gordon VCE/VCAL students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE/VCAL student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE/VCAL studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE/VCAL Students, see Fees section below.

Work placement/industry experience

How often do I attend?

How often do I attend?

FT - 4 days per week | Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm | Wednesday 11.00am - 7.00pm | Thursday  and Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Approx 22 hours per week

Possible career outcomes

Graduates of the course will be able to seek employment as cyber security practitioners in a range of commercial enterprises/organisations and government bodies.

  • Security Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst 
  • Cyber Security Analyst 
  • Networking Security Support officer

~ This course is in transition.

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is superseded as of 29 April 2021. The Gordon is in the process of developing the HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing. Students enrolled in HLT54115 will have until 31 December 2023 to complete their qualification or be required to transition to the new HLT54121. Students enrolling in HLT54115 will be transitioned into HLT54121 where it presents no impact on the training and assessment required to gain the new qualification or where it is in the best interests of students to transition to the new qualification.

No additional fees will be charged, except if students need to repeat or complete additional units due to re-enrolment and course deferment.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2023 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 9 Aug 2022 
Class DayMon, Wed, Thur & Fri 9am-5pm
Full-time: 12 months    
2022 October
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 22 Jun 2022
Close: 1 Oct 2022 
BlendedTues, Wed & Fri 9am-5pm
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  
2023 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2023
Close: 1 Jul 2023 
Class DayTues, Wed & Fri 9am-5pm
Full-time: 12 months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

Students are to be 17 years of age or above and the Gordon recommends that applicants have either completed:

  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • VETDSS program in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • VCE provided they had completed VCE Information, Digital Media and Technology, Units 1 -4

Or demonstrated:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in the ICT industry
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Students are to be 17 years of age or above and the Gordon recommends that applicants have either completed:

  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • VETDSS program in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • VCE provided they had completed VCE Information, Digital Media and Technology, Units 1 -4

Or demonstrated:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in the ICT industry

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Analyse and present research information BSBRES401 40
Communicate information RIICOM301D 30
Contribute to copyright ethics and privacy in an ICT environment ICTICT418 40
Develop a cyber security industry project VU21992 120
Implement and monitor WHS policies procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements BSBWHS401 50
Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation VU21991 80
Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation VU21990 60
Test concepts and procedures for cyber security VU21989 60
Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security VU21988 80
Write script for software applications ICTPRG407 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Configure an internet gateway ICTNWK531 40
Design and implement a security perimeter for ICT networks ICTNWK509 60
Evaluate and test an incident response plan for an enterprise VU21996 40
Expose website security vulnerabilities VU21997 40
Manage the security infrastructure for the organisation VU21995 80
Secure a networked personal computer VU21993 60


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

Assessment for this course will be based on:

  • Hands-on work    
  • Written assignments    
  • Laboratory Journal portfolios    
  • Research projects

This course is eligible for Job Trainer and Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Job Trainer opportunity or their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.78 per hour 920 AUD $718.00 AUD $6,480.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.88 per hour 920 AUD $3,570.00 AUD $6,480.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.33 per hour 920 AUD $12,264.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $400.00 once
Equipment Levy AUD $200.00 once
Education Levy AUD $138.00


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees only. The current years maximum loan cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 10/08/2022 8:01:40 AM