National code: ICT60220

Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security)

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Overview About this course

Dive into the world of cyber security and gain the knowledge and experience to pursue a career in this increasingly vital industry. Learn specialist skills for success as a cyber security professional, IT specialist or intrusion/penetration tester.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Undertake cyber security risk assessments

  • Analyse digital forensics data

  • Implement secure encryption

  • Design and implement security systems to protect network perimeters

  • Secure networks and related equipment (routers and switches)

  • Embed practises covering the concepts of intellectual property, ethics, privacy and cyber awareness

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Advanced Diploma level

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

  • Experience in cyber security and securing networks

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Successful completion of the Certificate IV Cyber Security (22334VIC or 22603VIC) or equivalent in the last 5 years, as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or transcript, or

  • At least 2 years of recent cyber security industry experience, as evidenced by your resume

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Completed 22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security or a relevant ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology

  • Possess equivalent skills such as prior cyber security work experience or

  • Strong digital literacy skills

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: cyber security para-professional, cyber security consultant, cyber security intrusion/ penetration tester, cyber security support officer and network security support officer.


There are many career pathways and opportunities to choose from when you graduate from the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security). No formal licensing requirements exist for roles in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, but many employers in the industry require security, police and other checks prior to employment.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 3 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 6 core and 10 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply critical thinking for complex problem solving BSBCRT611

  • Manage team effectiveness BSBTWK502

  • Promote workplace cyber security awareness and best practices BSBXCS402

  • Interact with clients on a business level ICTICT608

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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