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Program your IT career!
Develop career enhancing knowledge and in in-demand skills to design and develop computer programs and Apps via the Certificate IV of Information Technology (Programming) specialisation. Information Technology is one of the fastest growing industries in the country.
An individual with this specialisation could work as an assistant programmer in a team of software developers, or as a support programmer to senior programmers or systems analysts engaged in programming.
This qualification is also offered part-time. Use the get help form below to start a discussion with our training area.
Specialist facilities on-campus
The Centre for IT Excellence (CITE) at both the Thornlie and Rockingham campuses provides state of the art, industry relevant training in information technology and creative media. Available pathways are from foundation studies to advanced diploma with specialist training in networking, cyber security, systems support, cloud engineering and programming.
Our state-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) at Murdoch 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.
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- programming in Java, C#, Python
- developing user interfaces
- object-oriented programming
- database development
- understanding programming methodologies, documentation and testing techniques
- all SM TAFE certificate IV IT qualifications include core skills of ethics and privacy, cyber risk management, critical thinking, new technology research, teamwork and client support
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.
- ability to work well with others and good communication skills
- good time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and meet dealines
- interest in keeping up with new technologies and industry trends
- be technically minded
This course is FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State 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.
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Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 3 days per week across two semesters.
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.
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 project and software install files.
In addition, the following uniform is required to be worn at all classes:
- Normal business/computing office attire applies.
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.
On completion of this course you will have eight units of credit towards ICT50120 Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Programming), significantly decreasing the overall diploma tuition fees with just one additional semester of study after this course.
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