Cyber security is one of the fastest growing fields in the information technology industry and with our cyber security course, you’ll maximise your career opportunities.

Gain the skills and knowledge needed for a career as a cyber security paraprofessional.

During this cyber security course, you will develop the comprehensive technical skills and knowledge to:

  • monitor the risks of cyber security attacks
  • prepare and implement appropriate risk management plans
  • prepare and implement appropriate mitigation solutions
  • use a range of tools and procedures to identify and block cyber security threats
  • protect an organisation from insider security breaches
  • develop and implement risk mitigation solutions for cloud systems
  • implement privacy and compliance policies in accordance with Australian Cyber Law

As a cyber security paraprofessional, you’ll work closely with the security systems analyst and chief security officer within a company to detect and determine breaches in a company’s network and security systems. You’ll lead a team of security practitioners to develop, monitor and maintain cyber security policies, security procedures and operations for medium to large organisations.  

Study scholarships are available if you already hold higher qualifications.

A panel of Australian cyber security industry leaders developed our course. The panel included cyber security specialists in the security, banking, information technology and telecommunications industries. 

National Code 22445VIC
Study Areas Cyber Security
Study Level Advanced Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 12 months
PT: flexible

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill, City

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $10,545.00
Full Tuition Fee $16,815.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $348.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Full time: 12 months

Part time: flexible (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in) 

Evening: selected units are offered in the evening each semester

Box Hill, City

You must:

  • have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • have completed a Certificate IV or Diploma in Information Technology with a specialisation in cyber security or
  • be a mature age applicant who has worked in the cyber security industry. You may be required to attend an interview to establish that you have the necessary cyber security skills and knowledge to undertake advanced diploma level learning.
  • have a current Working With Children Check and a National Police Check if you wish to participate in work placement activities


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for entry to our Bachelor of Computer Systems or degrees at other higher education providers.

VTAC or direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 6

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in designing, installing, administering and maintaining a secure computer systems network for SME and large organisations. The qualification has a strong information technology base of core units with inclusion of a range of Cyber Security industry specific units.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • network security administrator
  • cyber security systems administrator
  • cyber security systems coordinator
  • enterprise cyber systems administrator
  • cyber security operations administrator
  • cyber network services administrator
  • cyber security network support administrator
  • cyber operations analyst

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security participants must complete a total of twenty (20) units consisting of:

    • nine (9) core units, plus
    • eleven (11) elective units

A minimum of two units must be selected from each of the four (4) elective streams (General, Intrusion Analyst, Penetration Testing and Security Engineering streams). The remaining three (3) units may be selected from the four (4) elective streams or from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Diploma level or above where they are consistent with the vocational outcomes of the course.

Units selected from other training packages or accredited courses must not duplicate units selected from the core or elective streams.


Implementing Cloud Security
Securing IOT devices
Cyber Incident Reporting
Programming for Cyber Security Practitioners
Implement best practices for identity management
Virtual Management
Security Governance
Analysing Threat Data
Advanced PEN Testing of Websites


Evaluating Cyber legal compliance in an Organisation
Workstation Forensics
Securing critical Infrastructure
Cyber Security Industry Project
Configuring network security devices
Design and Manage a Virtual Security Infrastructure
Mobile Forensics
Cyber security operations
PEN testing the security infrastructure





This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation.

It applies to individuals working at a managerial level who facilitate work teams and build a positive culture within their work teams. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures requiring the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement, using a range of problem solving and decision making strategies.

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:54pm