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Advanced Diploma of Network Security

  • National Course Code: ICT60215
  • TAFE NSW code: ICT60215-01V02-21ULT-262

Location – Ultimo


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

20 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Advanced Diploma of Network Security equips you to lock in a career as a network security specialist. Develop a comprehensive understanding of critical network security issues in the industrial and social environments of intranet, extranet and internet connectivity.


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

  • Integrate sustainability in ICT planning and design projects
  • Implement secure encryption technologies
  • Plan, configure and test advanced server-based security
  • Design security perimeters for ICT networks
  • Carry out network security activities in accordance with local and international industry standards


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Good understanding of current and emerging technologies
  • Ability to present ideas in both technical and user-friendly language
  • Expertise in setting and managing customer expectations
  • Ability to prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Experience working in a team orientated, collaborative environment


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Advanced Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Network engineer
  • Network architect
  • Network security specialist


Take your career further with the:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security)

This course is superseded.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.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you have completed the Diploma of Networking, or equivalent course, and can provide a transcript
  • Provide evidence of configuring and installing Cisco Routers and switches via a letter from an employer or Cisco certification


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

  • Prior knowledge of Cisco routing and switching
  • The ability to work independently and in a team
  • A passion for designing and implementing network architecture and security systems
  • An enjoyment of troubleshooting networks
  • A good understanding of Windows Server
  • A good fundamental understanding of IT networking

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • Acquired the knowledge and skills equivalent to the Diploma of Networking ICT50418 including the skills and knowledge of Cisco CCNA routing & Switching, Virtualization & Programming.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Attend classes and complete the assessments.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 2.00pm to 4.00pm Join Information Session Here
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 6.00pm to 8.00pm Join Information Session Here


This is a Full Time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class, over 3-4 days a week, for I8 weeks/ 6 months.

You may also be required to complete approximately 25 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research.

Course is delivered over three to four days per week. Typical delivery sessions duration is about four hours each e.g. 9:00am-1:00pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm during the attendance days. If there is sufficient interest for evenings and Saturdays, the class may be organised accordingly depending on the availability of resources. Timetables may need to be adjusted during the semester subject to availability of resources.


  • This course is for existing workers (career upgrader), students who have skills at Diploma of Networking level and wish to expand their skills and knowledge in planning, designing, managing and monitoring an enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) network individually or as part of a team responsible for advanced ICT network security systems. The key focus is a high-level ICT technical base with appropriate security units and the ability to specialise in a number of areas, including voice, wireless, network infrastructure and sustainability.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Ultimo has multiple weekly CSO targeted support workshops running at different times throughout the week.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled for 3-4 days a week. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
ICTNWK502 Implement secure encryption technologies
ICTNWK509 Design and implement a security perimeter for ICT networks
ICTNWK601 Design and implement a security system
ICTNWK602 Plan, configure and test advanced server-based security
ICTSUS601 Integrate sustainability in ICT planning and design projects
Elective Units
Number Title
CPPSEC5004A Prepare security risk management plan
CPPSEC5005A Implement security risk management plan
ICTNWK606 Implement voice applications over secure wireless networks
ICTNWK608 Configure network devices for a secure network infrastructure
ICTNWK610 Design and build integrated VoIP networks
ICTNWK616 Manage security, privacy and compliance of cloud service deployment
ICTPRG604 Create cloud computing services

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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