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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
  • Virtualization 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

Payment options

$10000 VET Student Loan available


Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

Key dates and info


Full time: 12 months / up to 4 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $13,280
  • Subsidised $10,000
  • Concession $9,016

Cost details

1300 656 959

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns Full time / up to 4 days per week Classroom
Townsville (Pimlico) Full time / up to 4 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.


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.


Cairns campus: Full time over 12 months attending 4 days per week.
Townsville (Pimlico) campus : Full time over 12 months attending four days per week.

 Expressions of Interest welcome for 2018. 


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
ICTNWK508 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise switches Elective
ICTTEN514 Install, configure and test a server Elective
ICTWEB505 Develop complex web page layouts Elective Cairns Only
ICTNWK502 Implement secure encryption technologies Elective
ICTNWK507 Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise routers Elective
ICTNWK531 Configure an internet gateway 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

Please note that if students are wishing to access VET Student Loans to pay for their fees, they must meet the ‘Student entry procedure’ requirements; namely:

  • obtains a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded to the student by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for the student’s completion of year 12; or

  • the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy; and that the VET provider reasonably believes that the student displays that competence.

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Full fee

This is the total cost of the course.

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


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.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • For some courses, you may also be required to hold a certificate 3 in a relevant industry field.


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

Enrol now

You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:

Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 29 September 2017

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1300 656 959

Payment options

$10000 VET Student Loan available