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22603VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Free TAFE Information Technology

Next intake July 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

If you want to develop a career in the IT industry, love new technology and seek 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

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

Applications & attendance

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.

2024 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
BlendedStart: 15 Jul 2024
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  


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. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

Additional attendance information

Classes Schedule:

  • Tuesday 9am to 3.30pm (on campus)
  • Wednesday 11am to 5pm (on campus)
  • Thursday 9am to 12.30 (on campus)
  • Friday 9am to 1pm (remote)

As a part of the course requirements students will need to provide:

  • Portable storage device- solid state drive min 500gig

Its highly recommended that students have internet access at home, access to a home computer or Laptop with a minimum of 16 RAM to undertake self-paced learning.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • Applicants must 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
  • Mature aged entry with significant work experience 
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

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 .

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 BSBINS401 40
Apply cyber security legislation privacy and ethical practices VU23223 30
Contribute effectively to WHS communication and consultation processes BSBWHS309 30
Develop and carry out a cyber security industry project VU23220 100
Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation VU23217 60
Test concepts and procedures for cyber security VU23215 60
Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security VU23213 80
Work collaboratively in the ICT industry ICTICT443 30
Elective Units Code Hours
Automate processes ICTPRG434 40
Configure and secure networked end points VU23214 60
Configure cloud services ICTCLD401 60
Design and implement a security perimeter for ICT networks ICTNWK544 60
Evaluate characteristics of cloud computing solutions and services ICTCLD301 40
Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation VU23218 80
Install and manage servers ICTNWK422 40
Write scripts for software applications ICTPRG435 40


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:

  • Hands-on work
  • Written assignments
  • Team Projects    
  • Portfolios

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their 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 $1.64 per hour 850 AUD $1,394.00 AUD $6,790.00
Standard Tuition AUD $8.19 per hour 850 AUD $6,962.00 AUD $6,790.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.33 per hour 850 AUD $11,330.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $560.00 Once
Equipment Levy AUD $250.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $127.50


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 VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

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

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 9/05/2024 8:00:58 AM