Build in-demand skills with the Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming). Learn about object-orientated programming, software analysis, database design, web development, the business applications of A.I tools and how to create mobile apps. Build on these skills and immerse in the industry through workshops, presentations and industry mentorship. 

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
  • TAFE Victoria
    TAFE Victoria
Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Front end web development
  • Back-end web development
  • Database design, MS SQL-Server and noSQL
  • HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • SQL, PHP and T-SQLT
  • Application Programming and C++

Your career opportunities

  • ICT Support Technician
  • Web Developer
  • Junior Software Developer
  • Analyst Programmer

Location options


There are no entry requirements for this course.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Total of 20 units, comprising 7 core units, plus 13 elective units.

  • First term covers introduction to database, intro to programming, version control, and front-end web technologies. You will research and use AI to solve various business problems.
  • Second term you will develop your programming skills with object-oriented programming. At the same time creating dynamically updatable websites by combining further knowledge of databases and back-end web development technologies.
Core units
Elective units
Certificate IV

Indicative nominal course hours: 940

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Apply advanced critical thinking to work processes
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Contribute to cyber security risk management
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Identify and evaluate emerging technologies and practices
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Work collaboratively in the ICT industry
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Comply with IP, ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Apply introductory programming techniques
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Identify and resolve client ICT problems
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Elective units
Identify opportunities to apply artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning
Elective unit
Determine database requirements
Elective unit
Build a database
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Create basic relational databases
Elective unit
Use version control systems in development environments
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Apply introductory object-oriented language skills
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Test software developments
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Build a user interface
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Produce server-side script for dynamic web pages
Elective unit
Design website layouts
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Apply structured query language in relational databases
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Create a markup language document
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Apply introductory programming skills in different languages
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.


Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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