ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology


There are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.

Next intakeMay, 2024
Study modeOnline, RPL/RCC/Credit
Total units20
Fee-Free TAFE course for eligible applicants in 2024
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Are you looking for an advanced IT qualification that provides you with IT technical skills and how to manage ICT projects? The Diploma of Information Technology (ICT50220) course will provide you with an extended understanding and skillset for working in the Information and Communications Technology industry.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a variety of information and communications technology (ICT) roles who have established specialised skills in a technical ICT function.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities

Individuals in these roles carry out moderately complex tasks in a specialist field, working independently, as part of a team or leading a deliverable with others. They may apply their skills across a wide range of industries, business functions and departments, or as a business owner (sole trader/contractor).

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Business Needs Analysis

Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTCYS407Gather, analyse and interpret threat data
BSBCRT512Originate and develop concepts
ICTICT517Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation

Complex Networking

Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTCYS610Protect critical infrastructure for organisations
ICTNWK529Install and manage complex ICT networks

Professional Practice within IT

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBXTW401Lead and facilitate a team
ICTICT532Apply IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments
ICTSAS527Manage client problems

Server Design

Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTNWK536Plan, implement and test enterprise communication solutions
ICTNWK540Design, build and test network servers

Project Management

Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTICT525Identify and manage the implementation of industry specific technologies
ICTPMG505Manage ICT projects

Cyber Security

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBXCS402Promote workplace cyber security awareness and best practices
ICTCYS613Utilise design methodologies for security architecture
ICTSAS524Develop, implement and evaluate an incident response plan

Network Security

Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTNWK537Implement secure encryption technologies
ICTSAS526Review and update disaster recovery and contingency plans
ICTNWK546Manage network security

Virtual computing

Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTNWK557Configure and manage advanced virtual computing environments
ICTNWK559Install an enterprise virtual computing environment

Standard Course Structure

February, 2024Online
May, 2024Online
August, 2024Online

This course has no residential schools.


Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

There are no other mandatory entry requirements for this course. The following are examples of the inherent requirements that are needed to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course:

  • Communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, written and technology): you will need to effectively communicate in English and produce written assessment in a coherent manner with correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Cognitive abilities (knowledge and cognitive skills, literarcy and numeracy): you will need to perfom basic arithmetic.
  • Information and Communcation Technology (ICT) abilities: you will need to competently use a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, an Internet browser, and email client, and competently use productivity software such as Microsoft Office. Althrough some aspects of discipline software willl be learnt as part of your course, you will need to be able to independently learn to use features of software.
  • Sensory abilities (visual, auditory and tactile), strength and mobility (gross motor skills and fine motor skills): you will need to preceive fine detail on a computer screen and interact with a computer through devices such as a mouse, touchscreen or keyboard. Some units might require physical movement and installation of computer equipment such as small network routers and cables. You will be expected to either perfomr or supervise the movement and installation of small computer equipment.
  • Sustainable performances: you will need to be able to concentrate for at least 2 hours at a time.
  • Interpersonal engagement: you will need to be able to work productively in a team, build rapport with future clients and admit mistakes.
  • Ethical behaviour: you will need to demonstrate honesty and integrity in academic and professional practice.
  • Behavioural stability: you will need to interact with people from a wide range of cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficulat situations.
  • Legal compliance: you will need to comply with the policies and practices of the ICT business organisation in which you find employment.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$14,040
Fee for service per unit$702
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$5
Fee-Free TAFE$0
Co-Contribution Fee$10,560
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$9,520
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$528
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$476
RPL Fee for service per Unit$351

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86. The 2023 VET Student Loan Cap for this course is $16,788.

VET Student Loans can be used to pay for all or part of an eligible student’s Tuition Fees. VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students studying diploma level and above qualifications to pay their tuition fees. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is paid. Please refer to VET Student Loan for details and eligibility.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit usi.gov.au to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. You will need to provide confirmation of identity with the following documentation: 

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Apply Online

Our easy-to-use online application system will guide you through the process of applying for a TAFE course. If you need help along the way, call us on 13 27 86.

Click on the Apply button below to start your application.