Certificate 4 in Cyber Security

If you have been thinking about how to get involved in a cyber career pathway, the Certificate 4 in Cyber Security might be for you!

The Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group is committed to building cyber capability and providing training to boost our cyber workforce.

The Queensland Government Cyber Security Unit (CSU) is pleased to offer eligible staff supported placements in the Certificate 4 in Cyber Security program, which offers a technical foundation for cyber operations roles. The current program is underway with 23 students from nine departments in the sector.  The nomination process for 2023 will commence in August 2022.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to Queensland Government employees and will develop skills and knowledge for entry level cyber security operational roles. Expressions of interest are sought from:

  • level 1 IT support staff
  • staff who are looking to build on their IT background and take up a role in cyber security
  • non-IT staff who are passionate about pursuing a career change to cyber security (see the IT essentials bridging program).

IT essentials bridging program

Staff interested in applying for the Certificate 4 without a background in IT or whose skills are in need of a refresh are encouraged to sign up for the IT Essentials bridging program which will run for 12 weeks from July 2022. The course content will be delivered online with 3 hours of class time on a Wednesday from 6–9pm and an additional 3 hours of study per week. Successful completion of this program will greatly assist staff with foundational concepts that will enable a smoother transition into the Certificate 4 in Cyber Security.


The bridging course will be run as a co-contribution model. The retail cost of the course is $880. Agencies will contribute $400 per participant with the remainder funded by CSU.

Interested in the bridging course?

Familiarise yourself with the requirements of the Cert 4 program by reviewing the Cert4 2022 program information and express your interest, if you have your manager’s support, by emailing by 23 June 2022.

Next steps for the Cert 4 nomination process for 2023

  • Discuss the requirements for the Certificate 4 in Cyber Security with your manager, and how this will contribute to your cyber career development goals.
  • Decide if you are comfortable with the time commitment, and your manager is happy to support your absence from the office for 1 day a week (during terms) in 2023.
  • If you’d like to nominate for the 2023 program keep an eye on this page or the CSU newsletter which will announce the opening of the nomination process from August 2022.
  • To express your interest from this date you will need to, complete your registration and a short assessment on the TAFE Queensland nomination site.
  • Evaluation and interviews will commence in September 2022.
  • We are aiming to have all successful nominees enrolled by the end of November to maximise uptake of the federal subsidy for this in-demand qualification.

Timeline for nomination

May – June


August – September

October – November

More information

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