Certificate IV in Programming

National Code: ICT40515
TAFE SA Code: TP00741


This course provides you with the basic skills and knowledge in programming and software development. You will create software products to meet an initial project brief or customise existing software products to meet customer needs. The course has a focus on mobile application development for Windows mobile using C#, Android mobile using Java and iPhone/iPad using Objective C. Additionally, web application development is included in three key approaches: PHP/MySQL, Java and C#.NET (ASP).

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Date of application
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,671 - $1,722
$3,342 - $3,444
$1,121 - $1,155
$2,241 - $2,310

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$3,158 - $3,255
$6,316 - $6,510

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $195.00 for External SSD Hard Drive and headset.

    • Students will be able to complete subjects in common with the Cert III Information, Digital Media and Technology by attending classes at campuses other than Adelaide but will need to study online or attend the Adelaide City campus to complete this qualification.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Possible job roles include assistant applications programmer, assistant software developer, assistant web application programmer, assistant web developer.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Programming (ICT40515)
    This course covers copyright, ethics, privacy, query language, data-driven applications, testing, automation, object-oriented language, user interface, programming and object-oriented design. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 8 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse software requirements 60
    Apply introductory object-oriented language skills 60
    Apply introductory programming skills in another language 60
    Apply query language 60
    Apply skills in object-oriented design 40
    Automate processes 40
    Build a user interface 50
    Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment 40
    Develop data-driven applications 60
    Test applications 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply intermediate programming skills in another language 80
    Apply software development methodologies 20
    Create basic databases 40
    Create dynamic web pages 40
    Create technical documentation 20
    Integrate database with a website 25
    Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes 30
    Use a library or pre-existing components 40
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