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22610VIC Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security

National ID: 22610VIC State ID: BGT52
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Malicious cyber activity is growing worldwide, driving a dramatic increase in demand for cyber security solutions. Over the next decade the Australian cyber security industry is forecast to almost triple in size. This growth translates into an additional 11,000 jobs.

Study our para professional qualification designed to deliver job-ready skills leading to specialisation as a cyber security expert. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills that will equip them to provide a comprehensive set of technical services beyond networking.

Specialist facilities on-campus

Our state-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) provides a secure training environment designed to simulate realistic cyber-attacks relating to attack, defence and monitoring. The TCSOC provides a multi-campus centre based in Murdoch with ‘nodes’ at Thornlie and Rockingham campuses in order for all IT students to experience this leading edge training.

The Murdoch campus is centrally located to the Murdoch health and knowledge precinct, making it the ideal location for cyber security training. SM TAFE has networks with industry associations such as the Australian Computer Society, Australian Information Security Association and Health Informatics Society of Australia, ensuring our students have access to industry expertise and networking opportunities.


  • perform security risk assessments for an organisation
  • implement best practice for identity management
  • evaluate an organisation’s compliance with relevant cyber security standards, laws and codes of practice
  • evaluate and implement security protection devices and software
  • manage a cyber security environment
  • assess and secure cloud services
  • perform digital forensic investigations on workstations and mobile devices


In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • good team work skills and the ability to work independently 
  • respect for other people and their role within the work team
  • good problem solving skills and ability to analyse information
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • an eye for detail

This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The tuition fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training. Tuition fees are free, but resource fees may be payable for some courses

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

This qualification is a progression pathway for students who have studied the Certificate IV in Cyber Security or is an ideal advanced qualification for those who have had two year's cyber security industry experience. For those who have CISCO certification, or have studied at Diploma level in Networking, Computer Systems Engineering, or Electronics and Communications, or who have studied a Computer Science bachelor degree or higher qualification, the Advanced Diploma can broaden your skills and expertise for the growing job market in cyber security.

Make a course enquiry at the end of this page to start a discussion with us as to how your work experience or past studies may assist your entrance into this cyber security qualification.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week across two semesters.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete 25% extra of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

There is no work placement required for this course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, exercise book).

All students will need to supply 1 Terabyte (1 TB) USB 3.0 external drive for storing software images and virtual machine files that are too large for storing on cloud storage.

In addition, the following uniform is required to be worn at all classes:

  • Normal business/computing office attire

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Become a specialist in your field with university study

The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.

Murdoch University

This course has a study pathway to Murdoch University(opens in a new tab)  as of January 2022.

Select your preferred campus and apply

Click on your preferred campus and study mode below to get started with your application. 

Semester 1, 2024

Murdoch - Full time - On Campus

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Murdoch
How On Campus

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