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Embark into the rewarding industry of IT networking
Take a step towards an industry with great job prospects! Gain in-demand networking skills and acquire valuable experience in current industry standards with the Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking).
All Diploma level studies include: cyber security awareness, working in teams, client management skills, and ethics and privacy.
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
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 Centre for IT Excellence (CITE) provides state of the art, industry relevant training in information technology and creative media. We provide pathways from foundation studies to advanced diploma with specialist training in cyber security, networking, programming and digital media.
- manage complex networks
- develop Cloud Architect skills
- apply advanced Cisco routing and switching
- implement Advanced Virtualisation
- monitor and implement system security
- administer authentication and encryption technologies
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 with an aptitude for design
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.
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.
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Before commencing the diploma you should have these skills:
- able to install and configure servers
- deploy and configure desktop and cloud-based virtual machines; subnet; configure switches and routers
- plan and install small business networks
If you do not have these skills then the Certificate IV in Information Technology should be completed first.
This course is not available to study by applicants outside of WA.
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 and 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 applies.
Students who complete the Certificate IV Information Technology (Networking) can progress to this course and complete in one semester, full time, due to an overlap in units. Other students will require two semesters to complete the diploma.
Depending on staff availability and student numbers, the second stage of the diploma may only be delivered at Murdoch.
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
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.
This course has a study pathway to Curtin University(opens in a new tab) .
- Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications)
- Bachelor of Science (Computing)
Edith Cowan University
This course has a study pathway to Edith Cowan University(opens in a new tab) .
- Bachelor of Information Technology(opens in a new tab) (U67) - 8 units, 2 years
- Bachelor of Computer Science(opens in a new tab) (U65) - 8 units, 2 years
- Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security)(opens in a new tab) (Y89) - 8 units, 2 years
This course has a study pathway to Murdoch University(opens in a new tab) .
- Bachelor of Information Technology(opens in a new tab) (B1390) in Artificial Intelligences and Autonomous Systems(opens in a new tab) , Business Information Systems(opens in a new tab) , Computer Science(opens in a new tab) , Cyber Security and Forensics(opens in a new tab) , Games Technology(opens in a new tab) , Games Software Design and Production, Internetworking and Network Security(opens in a new tab) , Mobile and Web Application Development - 24 credit points
- Bachelor of Science in Internetworking & Network Security (B1317) - 24 credit points
- Bachelor of Science in Mobile & Web Application Development (B1317) - 24 credit points
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