The Certificate IV in Cyber Security provides in-depth learning into protecting organisations from data breaches.
As a student of this certificate, you will learn to use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats, and how to minimise network vulnerabilities to meet the growing needs of industry.
Through your studies you will develop knowledge and skills in the cyber security industry, and learn to:
Please note: this certificate is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.
You will be actively involved in the learning process and the application of the learning content in the classroom, tutorials and labs.
Learning activities include presentations, group discussions, portfolio development and working collaboratively on practical activities. You will further develop skills and knowledge through access to industry events, guest speakers and facilitators’ guidance and feedback.
Assessment in this certificate consists of a range of methods including projects, assignments, teamwork, role-plays and knowledge tests.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
As a student in this certificate, you will learn to solve problems and become connected to the cybersecurity industry through opportunities to visit industry conferences and hear from guest speakers.
You will be given an opportunity to complete a variety of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) simulated workplace activities throughout the curriculum in the networking and cyber security operations labs, using industry-standard equipment.
As a full time student in this certificate you can expect to undertake 20 hours of structured learning per week, plus additional study time.
The Certificate IV in Cyber Security is made up of 8 core subjects and 8 electives across two semesters of full-time study.
In your first semester you will develop fundamental skills in network and cyber security concepts and procedures. You will also explore cyber security legislation, privacy and ethical practices within security infrastructure, and introductory scripting.
In your second semester you will tackle more complex challenges. You will learn to analyse and present research information, design and implement security perimeters, expose website security vulnerabilities, configure cloud services, and carry out a semester-long cyber security industry project.
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Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.
As a graduate of the Certificate IV in Cyber Security, you will be qualified to seek employment as cyber security practitioners in a range of commercial and government organisations.
Job titles may include:
You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.
You must meet the entry requirements to gain access to this course. Please contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.
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.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
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**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
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 2024 is $351.
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.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.