Course code: HE20545V01

Undergraduate Certificate in Data Engineering

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Overview About this course

The Undergraduate Certificate in Data Engineering provides you with the essential fundamental knowledge and technical skills for the design, implementation and management of ‘big data’, data systems and their infrastructure. There is a growing demand for professionals with the experience and qualifications to build IT solutions and manage big data. At TAFE NSW we have strong industry partnership arrangements such as with Cisco, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Network Development Group. Additionally, the course can be completed in a single semester.

Course duration

6 months full time or 1 year part time

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Extract, transform and load data from a variety of data sources

  • Prepare data sets for analysis and reporting

  • Design, build and manage databases

  • Develop and implement Structured Query Language (SQL) to extract relevant data

  • Apply machine learning tools and techniques to resolve organisational data problems and issues

  • Use statistical software for analysing and visualising real-life data and making conclusions

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with an Undergraduate Certificate in Data Engineering (AQF 5)

  • The skills and knowledge to gain employment as a junior data engineer in a fast-growing and dynamic industry

  • The knowledge and technical skills for the design, implementation, and management of ‘big data’, data systems and their infrastructure

  • An extensive range of established industry contacts and a strong network of peers

  • Recognition of prior learning for the Bachelor of Information Technology (Data Engineering). The 4 subjects studied in the undergraduate certificate will be recognised and credited towards the bachelor's qualification, with a fee deduction.

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

  • Completion of at least one year of full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

You must also:

  • Have General Mathematics knowledge to HSC level or equivalent before entering the course, or you may be required to undertake a bridging program or preparatory course

  • Attend an interview if requested. This additional information will be assessed to determine your suitability for entry. Where there are more applicants than study places available, this information will be used to rank your application


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

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

  • Some experience in and knowledge of information technology

  • A strong interest in information technology and data engineering

  • Computer and digital literacy

  • Some familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Access to a computer with an internet connection

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

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: IT roles where data management is a key focus, depending on qualifications and experience.

Study pathways

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Data Engineering does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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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.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 4 subjects (40 credit points) made up of 4 core subjects.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

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