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Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services

National Course Code: CPP40316


The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services qualifies you to work in innovative and rapidly evolving industries. Learn to use geospatial technologies like global navigation satellite system (GNSS), remote pilot aircraft systems (RPAS) and complex geospatial software.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Source and work with spatial data
  • Apply GIS software to solve spatial data problems
  • Use ESRI, Map Info, QGIS specialised software
  • Prepare and present GIS data
  • Digitally enhance and process image data
  • Organise surveying field services
  • Produce computer aided drawings
  • Design and produce maps
  • Design a database
  • Produce visuals to communicate ideas


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An understanding of environmental systems function and translate to digital systems
  • Experience in IT administration and with complex software programs
  • Flexibility to work with different types of technology


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate IV qualification
  • The foundation for further study leading to management careers

Career outcomes

  • Geographic information system (GIS) technician
  • Spatial information technician
  • Cartographer
  • Town planning officer
  • Environmental management officer
  • Asset manager
  • Drone operator


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Spatial Information Services

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course have:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • An understanding of environmental systems function and translate to digital systems
  • Experience in IT administration and with complex software programs
  • Skills using different types of technology

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

For each unit of competency, you will undertake:

  • Theory assessments: Short answer, multiple choice, quizzes
  • Practical assessments: Demonstrations under observation

The Certificate III level course is the entry-level qualification that blends the surveying and spatial information services disciplines. You will gain an understanding of spatial information principles, basic data gathering and operating surveying equipment.

This course, the Certificate IV level, is where you will gain the practical skills to use extensive functionality within spatial information software and data management.

The Diploma builds on your technical skills to work in higher-level analyst and management roles. You will plan and deliver on spatial related projects, develop higher-level spatial analysis skills, and build budgeting, leadership and team management capabilities.

There are no excursions included in this course, but attending the block release camp will provide you with practical experience and exposure to what is expected in industry.

You will gain hands-on skills in:

  • Collecting, storing, quality-assuring and analysing spatial data
  • Using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
  • Using remote Pilot Aircraft System (RPAS) technology
  • Using Geographic Information System (GIS) software

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on projects in simulated environments that are contextualised to real world situations, including:

  • Fire management: Collect data with GNISS, flora and fauna mapping, monitor wildfire activity, annual planning cycles around planned burning
  • Local Government: Incorporate data on property boundaries to plan flood zones and plan urban growth

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

Its important to remember that you will need a suitable study set-up at home that ideally includes dual monitors. You will also need GIS software to complete some course components, which depending on the software you choose, is either free or can be purchased at an educational discount.

You will be provided with IT equipment and spatial technology including GNSS and RPAS to use during your block release periods.

Spatial information deals with where something is located and why it is located there. For this reason, this knowledge is applicable across most industry sectors. We know that our smartphones are equipped to answer a simple query of where the nearest coffee shop is located. We need professionals who can assist with town planning, environmental management, Defence, asset management and real estate in their decision-making around location. Drones are now being used to collect data that is used by spatial professionals.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Combination
  • Variable

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National Environmental Centre: Variable, Combination

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,310.00
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 2 Years

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