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Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Free TAFE Code: 22603VIC CRICOS: 112445F



12 months full time / 24 months part time


1 year

Next Intake

February, April, July, October

Next Intake

February, July

Join the fight against cybercrime

Develop the skills to protect organisations against data breaches and malicious cyber attacks with our Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC course. With cybercrime on the rise, skilled cyber security professionals are in high demand. Australia’s cyber security industry is expected to face a shortage of 3000 cyber security workers by 2026. During the same time, the number of cyber-attacks in Australia is expected to double over the next five years. Read more.

Gain specialised skills with a cyber security course

You’ll learn to use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats and minimise network vulnerabilities and risks. Taught by industry-based experts, this technician level qualification helps you gain practical skills you can apply to any workplace. This includes securing a networked PC, networking concepts and protocols, IoT scripting, managing network security, penetration testing and recognising threats, risks and vulnerabilities to cyber security in an organisation. This course is designed to be flexible and cater to both new students and working professionals looking to upskill. If you work in IT industry and want to take on a new role or change careers, you can study Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC through either full-time or part-time classes depending on what suits you best.

Begin your cyber security career

Once you complete this course, you can seek employment as an entry-level cybersecurity analyst or cyber security practitioner or cyber security incident response practitioner in a range of commercial enterprises and organisations. Current industry skill shortages have seen experienced and skilled cybersecurity experts promoted from entry-level jobs and quickly advancing in their career.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22603VIC take me?

Current industry skill shortages have seen experienced and skilled cybersecurity experts promoted from entry-level jobs and quickly advancing in their career.

  • Cybersecurity Practitioner
  • Cybersecurity Incident Response Practitioner
  • Cybersecurity Analyst

Study Pathways

On completion of this qualification you can progress into the Diploma of Information Technology ICT50220.

Teamwork has been very important during study. You have to learn to bounce ideas off each other. Sometimes someone else will come up with the solution to a very difficult problem.
Bart Kubiczek
Certificate IV in Cyber Security Graduate and Vocational Student of the Year 2023
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Course Details

Delivery methods

Hybrid delivery (combination of on-campus and virtual classroom) where the evening classes are delivered from campus. You have the option of either attending the classes on campus or joining them remotely via Zoom.

How you will study

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

On-campus / Virtual classroom / Self-paced online learning

A blend of scheduled on-campus and virtual learning, with additional activities completed outside of the classroom through Melbourne Polytechnic’s digital platforms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

The course can be completed in 24 months (four semesters) as part time. The classes are offered in the evening.

The course can be completed in 12 months (two semesters) 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
BSBINS401 Analyse and present research information Core 40
BSBWHS309 Contribute effectively to WHS communication and consultation processes Core 30
ICTCLD401 Configure cloud services Elective 60
ICTICT443 Work collaboratively in the ICT industry Core 30
ICTPRG435 Write scripts for software applications Elective 40
VU23213 Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security Core 80
VU23215 Test concepts and procedures for cyber security Core 60
VU23217 Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation Core 60
VU23218 Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation Elective 80
VU23220 Develop and carry out a cyber security industry project Core 100
VU23221 Evaluate and test an incident response plan for an enterprise Elective 40
VU23222 Expose website security vulnerabilities Elective 40
VU23223 Apply cyber security legislation, privacy and ethical practices Core 30
VU23224 Identify the implications of cloud based security systems Elective 40
VU23225 Investigate Windows security features Elective 40
VU23226 Test concepts and procedures for cyber exploitation Elective 60

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 $860 $4300 $11000
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $1035 $4550 $11250
Per year $19600
Per semester $9800

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)

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This direct entry course is open to post-Year 11 students and/or mature aged applicants. It is possible to undertake this course if it is deemed that the applicant has had sufficient relevant vocational experience to enable them to cope with the course. It is recommended that applicants have some previous IT experience.

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.

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency.
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with no individual band below 5.0, or equivalency.

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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