Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Nominations are currently closed.

Thank you for your interest in the program, we have received extremely high interest in this training course and places have been filled. If you would like to explore more about cyber careers, please see Information security | Queensland Government Enterprise Architecture.

We are actively exploring opportunities to increase supply and support the sector’s cyber talent pipeline.

Following the success of the 2019 cross agency pilot of the Certificate IV in Cyber Security, we are providing an opportunity for agencies to participate in supported placements in the 2021 course.

Target audience

Nominations are sought from:

  • Level 1 IT support staff
  • Non-IT staff, who are looking to change careers and take up a role in cyber security.

This program is designed to develop skills and knowledge for entry-level cyber operational roles. It is also a suitable foundation for people interested in moving into other cyber functions (including governance and risk). Staff already working in ICT roles may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. This will be established in the initial panel assessment phase.

Course outline

The course will run over a year:

  • proposed 2 half days per fortnight 
  • some self-study time each week is expected

The program will be run as a combination of face to face and online sessions.

We strongly encourage agencies to consider their cyber capability in the regions. TAFE can deliver this course in:

  • Townsville
  • Toowoomba
  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane

Cairns is also an option later in 2021.


You must:

  • be a permanent or temporary Queensland Government employee
  • be in the target audience
  • have support from your agency for your time and cost commitment.

A panel will interview you to ensure you are placed in the right stream for success.

This will help us understand your background and experience and provide guidance on whether the Certificate IV in Cyber Security OR the bridging program is the best stream. Any recognition of prior learning will also be considered. 

Time commitment

The course will take 12 months, beginning at the end of February 2021 and finishing in February 2022.

If we receive interest from staff with a non-technical background, we may run a separate stream which would incorporate a bridging component. This bridging component would start at the end of February, and then begin the Certificate IV in Cyber Security in June or July 2021.

 If you can’t complete the course or change role

Once you are enrolled and the course has been paid for, it is expected that you will complete the program.

If you take a role in a different agency, we recommend that you make this ongoing time commitment. If the new agency is unsupportive of ongoing professional development, you can discuss alternative learning options with TAFE QLD. We are unable to guarantee that this will be possible, however all attempts to facilitate completion would be made.


The full cost of the Certificate IV in Cyber Security is $9,490, however costs will be split:

  • agency pays $3,500
  • individual learners pay $1,000
  • we will cover the rest of the cost.

The full costs must be paid before you begin the course.

After the course

Agencies have nominated candidates with potential to further their cyber career in the public sector. QGCSU is offering these staff the chance to participate in a cross-agency mobility program for an agreed period. The program is in development and will be discussed in more detail at the induction workshop.

How to nominate

Nominations are currently closed.