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1 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and units selected and how long individual students take to reach the required competency level.



Not available to international students.

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The Certificate IV in Cyber Security is a technician level course. It provides participants with knowledge and a range of technical skills to enable them to seek employment as a cyber security technician in a range of organisations and government bodies.

The industry outcomes of the course are the ability to:

  • respond to and monitor cyber security events in an organisation
  • use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats
  • protect an organisation from insider security breaches
  • develop systems to minimise network ulnerabilities and risks
  • recognise implications using cloud based services
  • work effectively as a member of a cyber security team.

Career opportunities

The Cert IV in Cyber Security will help to develop the cyber ready workforce and meet industry, armed forces and the government needs in response to strong demand for its critical services.

On successful completion, it will create a pathway and transition to Diploma (Cyber Security - Specialisation), Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity.

Possible occupations relevant to this qualification include: 

  • Junior cyber security analyst
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Security vulnerability specialist
  • Network security technician

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points


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2023 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

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Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster"

Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Northern Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities - Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses"

What will I study?

To achieve 22603VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security a total of sixteen (16) units of competency must be completed comprising eight (8) Core and eight (8) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 830.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
BSBWHS309Contribute effectively to WHS communication and consultation processes30
BSBINS401Analyse and present research information40
ICTICT443Work collaboratively in the ICT industry30
VU23213Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security80
VU23215Test concepts and procedures for cyber security60
VU23217Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation60
VU23220*Develop and carry out a cyber security industry project100
VU23223Apply cyber security legislation, privacy and ethical practices30
 Total nominal hours for core units430
Elective units of competency (Complete 8)
ICTNWK422Install and manage servers40
ICTPRG435Write scripts for software applications40
VU23214Configure and secure networked end points60
VU23218*Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation80
VU23221Evaluate and test an incident response plan for an enterprise40
VU23222Expose website security vulnerabilities40
VU23225Investigate Windows security features40
VU23226*Test concepts and procedures for cyber exploitation60
 Total nominal hours for elective units400
 Total nominal hours for the qualification830

VU23220 has the prerequisites of VU23213 and VU23215
VU23218 has the prerequisite of VU23213
VU23226 has the prerequisite of VU23215

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

If a student wishes to undertake the course and they have limited to no experience in the ICT industry, it is highly recommended the student undertakes Short Course/VTP456 Introduction to Cyber Security. This course will give students the foundation knowledge in networking and Python programming.

There are no compulsory entry requirements however, the preferred pathways for learners considering this qualification may include:

  • Completion of ICT30118 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, now superseded by ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology, Cert IV in ICT or other relevant qualifications, or
  • Demonstrated vocational experience in a range of work environments using information technologies.

Students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills to undertake this program. Students may be required to complete an online LLN assessment to determine:

  • whether the student is in the correct qualification level to be successful,
  • what support a student may require

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Course details

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: online

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
ICT Support Technicians NEC
Area of study

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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