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Certificate IV in Cyber Security

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Overview About this course

Become a highly sought-after cyber security analyst or engineer in an in-demand, growth sector. Train using innovative technologies in a virtual environment, as you learn to identify and manage cyber security threats and protect organisations from threats and harm.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Monitor the risk of cyberattacks

  • Identify and use the right tools to defend against breaches

  • Detect attacks in the network and system security

  • Develop systems to minimise network vulnerabilities

  • Protect an organisation from insider security attacks

Course Outcomes

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

  • Work experience where you will monitor events in the Cyber Security Operations Centre and perform penetration testing

  • Workplace simulation with your class and other students acting as network security analysts, where you will detect, analyse and respond to security breaches

  • Experience with cloud-based virtual labs using full operating systems, software-based IPS/IDS systems, software-based firewalls, as well as SIEM software for an authentic learning experience

  • Foundation for further study in pentration testing

  • Understanding of cyber security incident response plans

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • To be eligible for the fast-tracked 6-month and on-campus course, you must provide evidence that you have completed the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Networking stream), or an equivalent course. (Fast-tracked option not available for TAFE Digital).

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Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A National Police Check

  • A signed ethical conduct agreement that outlines your responsibilities to work within legal and ethical boundaries

Entry recommendations

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

  • A basic understanding of Windows and Linux operating systems

  • A basic understanding of networking protocols, configuration of routers and switches including related protocols, command line configuration and IP addressing

  • Intermediate literacy and numeracy skills

  • A commitment to adhering to the legal framework surrounding cyber security including the Cybercrime Act 2001, the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), and the Cybercrime Act (Cth) which criminalises computer and internet related activities such as hacking, spreading viruses and website vandalism

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:

ICT Support Technicians nec

Other ICT Support Technicians includes jobs like Applications Packager, Computer Systems Technician, and Telecommunications Computer Systems Technician.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    400 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    41 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


  • Gender share

    30% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Computer helpdesk technician, Cyber security intrusion tester, Cyber security support officer, Security penetration tester, Information systems technician, Security support officer, Systems tester, PC support, Network security support officer, Network security trainee and Website security support officer

Study pathways

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

Previous study 0 Courses

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

The Certificate IV in Cyber Security does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate IV in Cyber Security does not have any related courses.

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 Certificate IV in Cyber Security qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 10 core and 6 speciality units.

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.

  • Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation VU21991

  • Develop a cyber security industry project VU21992

  • Test concepts and procedures for cyber security VU21989

  • Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security VU21988

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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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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