National code: ICT40120

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming)

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Overview About this course

Get the skills you need to launch your career as a software and applications programmer. Develop a range of programming skills, complete practical projects in a simulated workplace environment, and be up to date with emerging trends and technologies.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

    • Use introductory programming techniques
    • Identify and resolve client information and communications technology (ICT) issues
    • Contribute to cyber security risk management
    • Work within IP, ethics and privacy policies
    • Build data-driven applications and basic mobile apps

Course Outcomes

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

    • Programming skills that can be applied to a number of roles and industries
    • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

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

    • A Certificate III in Information Technology – this is not necessary but can be an advantage
    • Experience working with computers
    • Confidence working with different software programs
    • Access to a desktop PC, laptop or equivalent computing device and a strong internet connection
    • 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:

ICT Support Technicians

ICT Support Technicians provide support for the deployment and maintenance of computer infrastructure and web technology and the diagnosis and resolution of technical problems.

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

    87%

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

    26,600 workers

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

    38 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.

    $1,490

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

    41 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.

    High

  • Gender share

    21% 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.

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: - Analyst programmer, - Web programmer, - Software support technician, - ICT technical officer and - Junior developer

Study pathways

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

Previous study 2 Courses

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

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

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

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 Information Technology (Programming) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 Units of competency, including 7 core and 13 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.

  • Apply advanced critical thinking to work processes BSBCRT404

  • Comply with IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments ICTICT451

  • Apply introductory programming techniques ICTPRG302

  • Identify and resolve client ICT problems ICTSAS432

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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