Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security)

National Code: ICT50220
TAFE SA Code: TP01271


Become an IT Cyber Security engineering specialist with this nationally recognised course. Learn foundational skills for aspiring cyber security engineers to promote workplace cyber security awareness as well as designing systems to prepare for and respond to cyber security threats.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

ICT Network Professionals

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
If you do not have relevant qualifications or industry experience, you will be enrolled into a Certificate IV in Information Technology (Cyber Security) before starting this course.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Full time study is around 20 hours of class time a week with 15 to 20 hours of self directed study. Part time study time depends on the units selected.

Industry Conditions and Skills
If you are studying online, you will need a webcam and the hardware to run the class resources. We recommend the following as the minimum needed; Intel i5 CPU or equivalent AMD, 32GB of RAM, 1Tb SSD, internet access.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
$700.00 (approximately)

  • 1TB portable SSD, headset with microphone and a Raspberry Pi kit with PIR motion sensor and camera module, temperature and humidity monitor, and fingerprint sensor.
  • If you have completed the Certificate IV, you only need the Raspberry Pi Kit with PIR motion sensor and camera module, temperature and humidity monitor and fingerprint sensor.
  • You will need access to a computer and a good internet connection as you will be using virtual machines for learning activities and assessments.
  • Virtual machines are obtained from your campus or the internet.
    Virtual machine file sizes vary but are generally above 20GB.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

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

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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 network security specialist or engineer.

    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

    Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security) (ICT50220)
    This course is designed to provide you with training in the skills and knowledge required to identify, confirm and respond to cyber security incidents and implement and evaluate incident response and disaster recovery plans. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 14 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT environments 40
    Lead and facilitate a team 50
    Manage client problems 20
    Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation 50
    Originate and develop concepts 30
    Promote workplace cyber security awareness and best practices 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply intermediate programming skills in different languages 80
    Build and deploy resources on cloud platforms 60
    Design, build and test network servers 50
    Develop, implement and evaluate an incident response plan 30
    Gather, analyse and interpret threat data 40
    Gather, analyse and verify data from different source inputs 60
    Implement cyber security operations 60
    Install IoT devices and networks 50
    Manage network security 80
    Protect critical infrastructure for organisations 40
    Review and update disaster recovery and contingency plans 30
    Undertake advanced penetration testing for web site vulnerabilities 80
    Undertake penetration testing of the security infrastructure for an organisation 80
    Utilise design methodologies for security architecture 40
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
    Bachelor of Information Technology
    Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cybersecurity)
    Bachelor of Information Technology (Games & Entertainment Design)
    Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)
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