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1 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of four (4) teaching periods/one (1) year on a full-time basis. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time


Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine
Not available to international students.

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This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are job ready and competent in a wide range of information and communications technology (ICT) roles and apply a broad range of skills in varied work contexts, using problem solving skills and effective communication with others.

The skills required for these roles may include, but are not restricted to:

  • database development
  • database maintenance
  • networking
  • programming
  • systems administration
  • web development

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Information Technology Support Services, Education Support include:

>Computer Technician
>Client Support Officer (ICT)
>Network Operations Technician
>Software Support Technician
>Technical Officer (ICT)

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

Further training pathways from this qualification include but are not limited to the Diploma of Information Technology or Bachelor of Information Technology. On completion of this qualification, credit(s) may be available into Higher Education courses.
Possible occupations relevant to this qualification include:

  • ICT Support Technicians
  • Desktop deployment technician
  • Level 1 help desk support
  • Network support administrator
  • Network operations technician
  • Network technician


2022 Course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place is $3,465.00, and for students who are not eligible is $19,800.00.

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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

What will I study?

To achieve a ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology a total of twenty (20) units of competency must be completed comprising seven (7) Core and thirteen (13) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 1050

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Core units of competency
BSBCRT404 Apply advanced critical thinking to work processes 50
BSBXCS404 Contribute to cyber security risk management 30
ICTICT426 Identify and evaluate emerging technologies and practices 60
ICTICT443 Work collaboratively in the ICT industry 30
ICTICT451 Comply with IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments 60
ICTPRG302 Apply introductory programming techniques 40
ICTSAS432 Identify and resolve client ICT problems 40
  Total nominal hours for core units 310
Elective units of competency (Select 13)
ICTICT429 Determine and confirm client business requirements 40
ICTNWK311 Install and test network protocols 40
ICTNWK431 Create network documentation 40
ICTNWK542 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise routers 120
ICTPRG431 Apply query language in relational databases 60
ICTPRG440 Apply introductory programming skills in different languages 60
ICTNWK543 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise switches 90
ICTTEN417 Install, configure and test a router 60
ICTTEN434 Install, configure and test internet protocol networks 50
ICTWEB430 Produce server-side script for dynamic web pages 60
ICTWEB441 Produce basic client-side script 40
ICTWEB451 Apply structured query language in relational databases 60
ICTWEB452 Create a markup language document 20
  Total nominal hours for elective units 740
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 1050


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:

  • Completion of ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology, or other relevant qualifications; or
  • Demonstrated vocational experience in a range of IT work environments in a network support role, including administrator, manager, operations analyst, operations engineer/technician, or technician.

A pre-enrolment interview will be conducted where the lecturer will determine whether the student has the required language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) and/or digital literacy skills to undertake the course and to determine any support requirements.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the ICT - Information and Communications Technology Training Package.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

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

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine

Study Mode: On campus, 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 Nfd
Area of study

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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