Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Course Code 22603VIC

  • Part Time
  • 2 years
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • Mixed Delivery
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students

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Begin a rewarding career in cybersecurity with Certificate IV in Cyber Security. Validated by industry leaders, this program equips you with practical skills to excel in a technical support role within a Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC). As Victoria's IT sector thrives, cyber security emerges as a high-demand field, ensuring abundant job opportunities in this rapidly growing industry.

Career Opportunities

  • cyber security support officer
  • desktop support technician
  • cyber security intrusion tester
  • security support officer
  • security PEN tester
  • network security support officer
  • computer forensics technician
  • website security support officer.

Pathway to further studies

  • 22610VIC Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security
  • ICT50220 Diploma of Information Technology
  • BIS17 Bachelor of Information Systems

Studying the Certificate IV in Cyber Security at Holmesglen

Holmesglen’s Certificate IV in Cyber Security has been developed to provide you with practical skills in identifying and reporting system vulnerabilities, website and system threats, evaluating and reporting cyber security incidents, and securing PC and mobile devices.<p>You'll also gain skills in penetration testing, networking fundamentals, network security basics, and firewall installation, configuration, and management.<p>You'll learn about what's involved in working as part of an incident response team, web security, programming in Python, and organisational policies and processes for cyber security.<p>Holmesglen’s Certificate IV in Cyber Security has been developed to provide you with practical skills in:<br>• identifying and reporting system vulnerabilities<br>• identifying and reporting website and system threats<br>• evaluating and reporting cyber security incidents<br>• securing PCs and mobile devices<br>• Pen testing<br>• networking fundamentals<br>• Network security basics<br>• firewall installation, configuration, and management<br>• Working as part of an incident response team<br>• Web security<br>• programming: Python<br>• organisational policies and processes for cyber security<p>This program is strongly supported by our industry and Academy Partners: Cisco Networking Academy, Microsoft Academy, Amazon Web Services Academy (AWS), LifeJourney, and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).<p>This program is delivered in a hybrid format, enabling learners to attend either in person on campus or remotely through scheduled live WebEx sessions, following the provided timetable. Mandatory attendance is recorded and monitored.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the 22603VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security program must have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent or be of mature age. <p>All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. <p>Have a strong interest in cyber security and possess adequate digital literacy skills. <p>All applicants must undertake a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test. This test will be administered via Holmesglen. You must achieve a minimum exit level three (3), working at level four (4) in Numeracy and Literacy<br> <p>Holmesglen also requires that all applicants possess the following abilities:<br>• turn on a computer<br>• connect to the internet<br>• use a mouse, keyboard, headset with microphone or speakers and webcam<br>• open and close a software application<br>• conduct a search in a web browser<br>• send and receive emails<br>• save a file, and locate a saved file<br>• download and install software application.<br>• use webinar software to participate in remote learning<p>Learners opting to BYOD or intending to learn remotely will require access to a PC computer or laptop with the following minimum specification:<p>A PC/laptop with the following minimum specification:<br>• Quad-Core CPU, 16GB of RAM, internal storage of 512GB, 4GHz or faster processor<br>• Windows 10 OS, or virtual machine installed with Windows 10 OS (available free from https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/virtual-machines/ or https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise)<br>• Headset with microphone and webcam (if learning remotely)<br>• Access to internet connection <p>Applicants will also need to install the following applications at commencement of study in the course. Access to these applications will be provided to you via Holmesglen’s MyHorizon and free access which can be downloaded via the link below:<br>• Brightspace (Learning Management System) - https://holmesglen.brightspace.com/<br>• 365 Microsoft office suite - https://portal.office.com<br>• WebEx - https://holmesglen.webex.com/<br>• Google Chrome – recommended web browser<br>• Repl.it - http://repl.it <br>• Visual Studio Code - https://code.visualstudio.com/<p>You will also receive login access to:<br>• NetLab virtual Cisco lab - https://netlab.holmesglen.edu.au/<br>• VMware workstation - https://itacademy.vmware.com/<br>• Kali Linux - https://www.kali.org/get-kali/<br>• NetAcad (Packet Tracer) - https://www.netacad.com/<br>• AWS - https://aws.amazon.com/training/awsacademy/<br>• Microsoft Azure - https://azureforeducation.microsoft.com/devtools
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a Pre Training Review interview. These will assist with determining your suitability for the course, verify your training plan and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable</strong><br>Monday: Open Lab session from 9am to 12pm (additional support/guidance session to students)<p><strong>1 year - full time </strong><br>Students will study two days per week full time, or, two evenings per week and Saturday. <p><strong>2 years - Part time evening/weekend </strong><br>Classes are scheduled over two evenings and Saturday. Part time students will attend 2 sessions per week.
Unit code Unit name
VU23213 Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security
VU23217 Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation
BSBINS401 Analyse and present research information
BSBWHS309 Contribute effectively to WHS communication and consultation processes
VU23223 Apply cyber security legislation, privacy and ethical practices
VU23215 Test concepts and procedures for cyber security
ICTICT443 Work collaboratively in the ICT industry
VU23220 Develop and carry out a cyber security industry project
Unit code Unit name
ICTPRG435 Write scripts for software applications
VU23214 Configure and secure networked end points
ICTNWK422 Install and manage servers
VU23222 Expose website security vulnerabilities
ICTCLD401 Configure cloud services
VU23218 Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation
VU23219 Manage the security infrastructure for an organisation
VU23221 Evaluate and test an incident response plan for an enterprise


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.<p>To study VU23218 Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation, learners must complete the pre requisite unit:<br>VU23213 - Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security<p>To study VU23220 Develop and carry out a cyber security industry project, learners must complete the pre requisite units:<br>VU23213 - Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security<br>VU23215 - Test concepts and procedures for cyber security

How to apply


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Qualification and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive the 22603VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security qualification.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $10,179
Government subsidised $4,002
Concession $801
Free TAFE eligible student FREE

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