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0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming) gives you the necessary skills to become an integral part of the global digital revolution.

In this course, you will develop a range of programming skills to create technical documents, write scripts for applications, use common programming languages, build a user interface and test applications. You’ll also gain an understanding of mobile development using the React Native environment that is used to develop mobile applications.

TAFE NSW provides industry-standard software so you can develop your skills using the same technology as the industry. Our graduates pursue careers as analysts, web programmers, and ICT technical officers.


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

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


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Using software like Visual Studio and PyCharm
  • Programming languages like Python and
  • Using impact analysis to prioritise client problems
  • Applying language syntax and layout
  • Coding using standard programming algorithms


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • An analytical mind
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to collaborate as part of a team
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills


According to research, there were 18.9 million software developers globally by the end of 2018. This number is expected to grow to 45 million by 2030.

Key areas of software development expected to grow through to 2030 include:

  • Multi-cloud management and operations
  • Social media data harvesting and marketing automation
  • Progressive web app development


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants seeking direct entry into Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming) are required to demonstrate the ability to apply language syntax and control structures to create code, use programming standards and test and debug codes. These can be demonstrated by:

These students may be required to attend an Interview. The interview will be conducted online using Microsoft Teams

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Good digital literacy skills
  • A general understanding of computers
  • Basic knowledge of using the internet
  • Confidence in working with different software programs
  • Access to a desktop computer, laptop or equivalent computing device and a strong internet connection

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Petersham Feb , Jul A$11,330
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Petersham Feb , Jul A$11,330


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

You will study in authentic, real world simulated environments that have the relevant industry-standard software and workplace environment.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 20
  • 7 core units plus 13 elective units, of which:
  • At least 9 units must be selected from the elective units listed below
  • up to 4 units may be selected from the remaining listed elective units or from this or any other currently endorsed training package qualification.
  • Core Units
  • BSBCRT404 Apply advanced critical thinking to work processes
  • BSBXCS404 Contribute to cyber security risk management
  • ICTICT426 Identify and evaluate emerging technologies and practices
  • ICTICT443 Work collaboratively in the ICT industry
  • ICTICT451 Comply with IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments
  • ICTPRG302 Apply introductory programming techniques
  • ICTSAS432 Identify and resolve client ICT problems
  • ICTDBS416 Create basic relational databases
  • ICTICT449 Use version control systems in development environments
  • ICTPRG430 Apply introductory object-oriented language skills
  • ICTPRG433 Test software developments
  • ICTPRG437 Build a user interface
  • ICTPRG440 Apply introductory programming skills in different languages
  • ICTPRG431 Apply query language in relational databases
  • ICTPRG434 Automate processes
  • ICTPRG436 Develop mobile applications
  • ICTPRG439 Use pre-existing components
  • ICTPRG441 Apply skills in object-oriented design
  • ICTPRG444 Analyse software requirements
  • ICTSAD501 Model data objects


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Information Technology study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.