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Gain the knowledge and skills to confidently take on a role in high-level network design, configuration and management. Students will also gain foundational skills needed for other Information Technology areas such as programming, web technologies, computer services and computer troubleshooting.

Students will be trained as network administrators according to current industry practices, network hardware, software and virtualisation technology.

The qualification covers a wide range of content in relation to career opportunities in:

  • local area networks
  • wide area networks
  • protocols
  • network topologies
  • transmission media
  • web development
  • security

Elements of the program will be project-based, giving students the opportunity to work as part of a team in a real-world environment. This will include the installation and configuration of network hardware/software such as:

  • cabling
  • power management systems
  • switches
  • rack-mounted routers
  • rack-mounted servers
  • VOIP phones
  • wireless access points
  • Virtualisation of Hardware using:
    • VMware - Player/Workstation then later using ESXi
    • Microsoft Hyper-V VDI ( Townsville Only)
  • Server administration functions and services using multiple operating systems such asWindows, Linux etc.
  • Microsoft Academy
  • scripting/batch file to reduce repetitive processes

Cairns Only - Students will undertake the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching course as part of the Diploma. Our practical lab has all the required needs for CCNA training and will prepare you for rollout within a business Course details


Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

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Full time: 1 year / up to 5 days per week

Course details


  • International fee $14,500

Cost details

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom
Townsville (Pimlico) Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

Prospective students should complete the self-assessment checklist (located above under the Relevant documents section) to determine which course would best suit their experience. Applicants may need to attend an interview prior to enrolment.

Students will be expected to have computer skills including basic operating systems, computer hardware, an understanding of office applications (word processing, spread sheets and power point). You will be required to attend an interview to determine current skill level.

There are no prerequisite requirements for this qualification, however, English and math’s skills equivalent to year 12 level are recommended.

International Student specific entry requirements:

English: For students whose first language is not English, the required minimum English language levels is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no individual score less than 5.0 or equivalent assessment.

More information on English entry requirements can be found on our website.

Academic: The minimum requirements can be one of the following:

  • Certificate II or III – 10 years of schooling (or equivalent) with passes in mathematics and English
  • Certificate IV or Diploma – 12 years of schooling (or equivalent) with passes in mathematics and English
  • Mature –aged entry with work experience in a related field



Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Students must wear closed in shoes when working in the Hardware classroom


45 weeks (39 weeks of full-time delivery plus 6 weeks of holidays).

Important Information

Please note that when packaging the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICT30115) (CRICOS Code 086494F) with the Diploma of Information Technology, Networking (ICT50415) (CRICOS Code 086643J), students are advised to commence their Certificate III studies in the second semester (July start) as the Diploma runs for 12 months and only commences in the beginning of the following year (February).


Students need to successfully complete 16 units to gain the qualification; 5 core and 11 elective units.

ICTICT418 Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment Core
ICTNWK504 Design and implement an integrated server solution Elective
ICTNWK505 Design, build and test a network server Elective
ICTTEN513 Install, configure and test local area network switch Elective
ICTICT511 Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise Core
ICTTEN514 Install, configure and test a server Elective
ICTNWK508 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise switches Elective
ICTWEB505 Develop complex web page layouts Elective Cairns Only
ICTNWK502 Implement secure encryption technologies Elective
ICTNWK531 Configure an internet gateway Elective
ICTNWK507 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise routers Elective
ICTNWK511 Manage network security Elective
ICTNWK529 Install and manage complex ICT networks Core
ICTSUS501 Implement server virtualisation for a sustainable ICT system Core
ICTTEN611 Produce an ICT network architecture design Core
ICTNWK527 Manage an enterprise virtual computing environment Elective
ICTNWK615 Design and configure desktop virtualisation Elective Townsville Only


Not all electives available at all campuses

Payment options explained

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.



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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Students will need to provide the following:

  • USB drive (Minimum size 16GB, preferred 32GB+
  • Portable hard drive (100GB+) is recommended but only required for taking virtual machines home/software


ICT50415 Diploma of Information Technology Networking.  This qualification can direct you down the following paths:

  • ICT administrator
  • ICT operations administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Network e-business coordinator
  • Network operations analyst
  • Network security coordinator
  • Network services administrator
  • Network support coordinator
  • Enable progression to a Degree in Information Technology at university

Job prospects

  • Computer Network Professionals

Apply now

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

Read the student rules and refund policy.


If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.


Compulsory Orientation: All students must participate in compulsory International orientation on the Friday before classes commence.

Last updated on 11 May 2017

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