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Certificate III in Information Technology

Free TAFE Code: ICT30120

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6 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Please note that this course may be taught from our Collingwood Campus by 1/07/2024.

Launch your career into the IT industry

Develop the skills that prepare you for entry-level roles such as Level 1 helpdesk support, IT support, junior cloud engineer, junior web developer with our Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120 course. The IT sector in Australia continues to witness significant growth along with continued increase in IT spending. Such intensive growth indicates the robust nature of IT industry in Australia.

Gain technical skills with a Certificate III in IT course

You’ll learn to use a range of industry-essential skills to support a range of technologies, processes, procedures, policies, people and clients in a variety of work contexts. Taught by industry-based experts, this technician level qualification helps you gain practical skills you can apply to any workplace. This includes maintaining and repairing ICT equipment and software, securely managing personally identifiable information and workplace information, providing ICT advice to clients, configuring cloud services, installing, configuring, and securing a small office or home office network, configuring and administering network operating systems, protecting own personal online profile from cyber security threats, building web sites and programming. This course also teaches you skills such as collaboration, open-mindedness, problem-solving, analytical skills, innovation, listening and observing. This course is designed to be flexible and caters to both new students and working professionals looking to enter the information technology workforce. If you want to take on an entry level role or change careers to information technology, you can study Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Information Technology ICT30120 take me?

You will gain the skills required to pursue entry-level roles, such as:

  • Level 1 Helpdesk Support
  • IT Support
  • Network Administrator
  • Junior Cloud Engineer
  • Junior Web Developer

Study Pathways

On completion of this qualification you can progress into the Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

The Certificate III in Information Technology can be completed in 6 months (one semester) as full time. The classes are offered during the day.

Assessment Methods

Units are assessed in a variety of ways including practical demonstrations, observations, written assessments, presentations and practical projects.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills Core 40
BSBXCS301 Protect own personal online profile from cyber security threats Elective 30
BSBXCS303 Securely manage personally identifiable information and workplace information Core 40
BSBXTW301 Work in a team Core 40
ICTCLD401 Configure cloud services Elective 60
ICTICT313 Identify IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments Core 50
ICTNWK309 Configure and administer network operating systems Elective 70
ICTPRG302 Apply introductory programming techniques Core 40
ICTSAS305 Provide ICT advice to clients Core 40
ICTSAS309 Maintain and repair ICT equipment and software Elective 20
ICTSAS310 Install, configure and secure a small office or home office network Elective 50
ICTWEB304 Build simple web pages Elective 40

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $812 $4060 $5950
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $987 $4310 $6200
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Melbourne Polytechnic shall ensure availability of all resources and equipment required to train and assess Units of Competency for this qualification. Details of specific resources, including equipment and materials essential for assessment, are listed in the respective Unit Outlines.

  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Computers
  • Data Projectors
  • Networking equipment including routers and switches
  • Cyber Security software (e.g. Kali Linux, firewalls, security tools)
  • Scripting software (e.g. Python)
  • Server software (e.g. Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019)
  • Virtualisation software (e.g. VirtualBox or VMware)
  • Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Peripheral devices that can be connected to a Grove Pi (e.g. monitors, keyboards)

Learning Resources (Provided to students):

  • Learner guides for all units of competency
  • Assessment guides for all units of competency
  • PowerPoints and videos
  • Online resources and supporting documentation
  • All resources above are through MP’s Learning Management System (Moodle)

Information Technology Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Diploma of Information Technology ICT50220
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
VTAC Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Get ahead in your Information Technology career with us. This general ICT course is designed to expose you to the diverse range of job roles within the industry and teaches the key elements of Information Technology.
Undergraduate Certificate in Network Security
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Complete your Undergraduate Certificate in Network Security in 6 months, ready to start your career in the technology industry.
Bachelor of Information Technology
Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
CSP VTAC Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston
Learn specialist skills to work in a range of exciting roles. A career in business-oriented information technology offers the potential for great financial reward and growth, and demands a wide range of skills and knowledge. If a life in business and ICT is for you, enrol in our Bachelor of Information Technology today.
Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC
Information Technology and Security - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Free Tafe VTAC Information Technology and Security - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Cyber Security is the discipline and practice of securing computer systems and networks to protect valuable services, information and data from a variety of threats.


This direct entry course is open to post-Year 11 students and/or mature aged applicants. All applicants to complete BKSB and must obtain ACSF exit level 2 (working at level 3) in both literacy and numeracy.

Hardware and operating system requirements

The minimum hardware and operating system requirements to satisfactorily complete all the units from the course are as follows:

  • Multicore 64-bit CPU (minimum 2 cores) with virtualisation support enabled
  • 16GB RAM is the recommended amount of physical memory installed
  • At least 256GB of Solid-State Disk (SSD) is highly recommended.
  • Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise or Education 64-bit operating system

IMPORTANT NOTE: All of our teaching resources are based on Windows and software that runs on a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise or Education operating system.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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