DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
Get started in this ever-growing industry and develop basic skills in programming, databases and internet technology to aid you in an exciting and varied career in IT.
Upon completion of this certificate, you will will have been exposed to recent developments in computer science and information technology and you will be able to accurately examine and critically investigate complex concepts, issues and constraints relevant to the IT industry. You will be able to compare and evaluate software artefacts and IT systems, and have the capability to analyse complex problems and provide, design or implement suitable software solutions based on organisational or user requirements.
Designed for non-computing graduates seeking a career change, or for IT graduates who wish to upskill, this graduate certificate will help you build the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for roles in a range of industries.
Your learning experiences will contain a broad mix of study modes, including lectures, seminars, webinars, virtual classrooms, and online collaborative project work.
As part of your study in this certificate, you will explore essential areas of IT, including the fundamentals of programming, IT infrastructure, security, and more.
Your assessment may include group and independent assignments and projects, reflective journals, assessed tutorials and presentations, and self- and peer-assessment.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this graduate certificate, you will:
- undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice
- interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities
- complete these activities in real work contexts or situations
These interactions and the work context provide a distinctive source of feedback to you to assist your learning.
Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be in a simulated workplace environment.
As part of your studies in this graduate certificate, you will explore topics and key learning areas including:
- programming fundamentals
- database concepts
- IT infrastructure and security
- advanced professional development
- usability engineering
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Program code: GC188
As information technology field expands into almost every industry, your career options as a graduate of this certificate are extensive. You may choose to explore areas including:
- cloud computing
- web and app development
- data management
- cyber security
Possible job outcomes could include:
- IT consultant
- cloud architect
- application or web developer
- system analyst.
You must have:
- An Australian bachelor degree in any discipline or equivalent
- A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in programming (web, application, database); software engineering; system, functional or business analysis; information, system or enterprise architecture; ICT management; administration (network, systems); support (desktop, helpdesk, system); web design/media; business information systems or information systems.
If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.
International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
This program has full-fee places, with a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available for 2021 (only).
Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
2021 indicative fees
- Full-fee places: AU$14,880.
- Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$3,950 to AU$14,500*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2021 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
If you are offered a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
NOTE: Many graduate certificates offer part-time study for flexible delivery. However, Commonwealth funding for this initiative is only available for 2021. Any remaining subjects that are commenced in 2022 may not be Commonwealth supported.
If you defer your offer, any subjects commenced in 2022 would not be Commonwealth supported and the full-fee amount will apply.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package.
The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2021. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2021 for commencing students
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2021
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture
|$3,950 per standard year
$493 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology
$7,950 per standard year
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$11,300 per standard year
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture
$14,500 per standard year
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
Looking for answers or more general infomation?
For frequently asked questions or how to find more information regarding applications and enrolments, fees, student support services, university policies and more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.