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Cyber Security

Meeting a growing global demand for cyber security professionals

As the first TAFE in WA to open a Cyber Security Training Centre, we are skilling Western Australians to take on jobs in the growing cyber security industry.

We collaborate with ECU, AustCyber, City of Joondalup and WA Police Force – all located in the Joondalup Innovation Hub – which is set to become one of the world’s leading centres in the fight against cyber crime.

Our cyber security courses focus on the practical and theoretical dimensions of IT security across a range of fundamental areas, such as network security and vulnerability assessment, information security, digital forensics, wireless device security and database security.

North Metropolitan TAFE’s authorised status with the Microsoft Imagine Academy, Cisco Networking Academy and Red Hat Learning Academy means that our students benefit from extra technical skills and certifications to improve their employment prospects.

Our expertise

Collectively, our cyber security training team has over 100 years’ teaching experience in IT related fields from Certificate II to postgraduate level; 40 years in the network and security-related industries; 30 years in software and web development; and 25 years in IT management.

Our lecturers keep up-to-date with industry relevant qualifications and professional development including being both Cisco Certified Instructors and Microsoft Certified Instructors for security related courses, and Red Hat Instructors for Enterprise Linux Security courses.

Our facilities

Joondalup (Kendrew) campus | Cyber Security Training Centre

The new $356,000 Cyber Security Training Centre includes a hackers den, defence hub and control centre.

Students will learn how to: implement appropriate software; use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats; protect an organisation from insider security breaches; and develop systems to minimise network vulnerabilities and risks.

What our clients say

“I am delighted to partner with leading edge training organisations such as North Metro TAFE as they work to build a strong pipeline of locally skilled cyber security professionals. They demonstrate a clear commitment of support to the development of a vibrant and globally competitive WA cyber sector.”

Dr Ian Martinus

WA AustCyber Node

Job titles
  • ICT customer support
  • ICT help desk officer/technician
  • System support officer
Responsibilities

ICT Customer Support Officers provide support, education and guidance in the deployment and maintenance of computer infrastructure and the diagnosis and resolution of technical problems and issues.

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Job titles
  • Website | Network security officer
  • ICT security specialist/consultant
  • Penetration tester
  • Cyber security intrusion tester 
Responsibilities

Perform penetration tests on computer systems, networks and applications. Create new testing methods to identify vulnerabilities. Perform physical security assessments of systems, servers and other network devices to identify areas that require physical protection. 

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Job titles
  • Security systems help desk support
  • Information systems security officer
  • Cyber security/Network operations centre officer
Responsibilities

Provide support, education and guidance in the deployment and maintenance of computer infrastructure and the diagnosis and resolution of technical problems and issues. Maintain the computer systems and networks, update and install new software and equipment and provide training to other staff members.

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Job titles
  • Audit collection officer
  • Incident response team member
  • Information security officer 
  • IT security consultant
  • Integration analyst
    Responsibilities

    Ensuring data security, oversee implementing effective technology solutions that prevent internal and external malicious users from compromising data integrity, assess software, computer systems, and networks for vulnerabilities, design and implement the best security solutions for an organisation's needs. They play the role of both the attacker and the victim and are asked to locate and potentially exploit vulnerabilities.

    Explore our courses to get you there

    Job titles
    • IT/hardware technician
    • User support specialist
    • Network audit officer
    • Operations team member
    Responsibilities

    Support and maintain computer systems and peripherals by installing, configuring, testing, troubleshooting, and repairing hardware. 

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    Job titles
    • Computer technical support security
    • Information security
    • Network audit officer
    • Security systems support
    Responsibilities

    Maintain company computer systems, installs, and configures hardware and software, and solves technical issues as they arise.

    Perform penetration tests on computer systems, networks and applications. Create new testing methods to identify vulnerabilities. Perform physical security assessments of systems, servers and other network devices to identify areas that require physical protection. 

    Instituting security protocols, fending off attacks, and running diagnostics. Monitor networks and create a risk management plans. Building firewalls, performing risk assessments, and performing security updates.

    Explore our courses to get you there

    Course list

    ^ You will pay half price for the tuition fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as Resource fees that are specific to your course. For full details see our Half price courses page.
    National ID: ICT20120
    State ID: BGJ3
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

    Certificate II in Applied Digital Technologies

    Develop your digital skills for the workplace or further study

    Gain the basic skills and knowledge to use digital technology in the workplace. You'll cover Office applications such as Word and Excel, workplace communication skills and an introduction to design and digital imaging.

    Develop your digital skills for the workplace or further study

    This qualification provides you with the basic skills and knowledge to use digital technology in the workplace across a range of information and communication technology (ICT) areas, including using office applications, workplace skills, and an introduction to design and digital imaging.

    Our Certificate II Applied Digital Technologies lecturer has extensive experience in supporting students with a wide range of learning needs. Units are delivered over the year to provide students with the best opportunity to succeed.

    You will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of foundation digital skills which can lead to career pathways in the ICT, design, or business industries, or any role where computers are used.

    Certificate II
    State ID: SC-ENW-V1353
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

    Cisco CCNA 2- Routing and switching essentials

    Delve further into the world of networking

    Focus on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks, including wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concept

    Delve further into the world of networking

    This course focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks, including wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. You’ll perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN.

    This course will help you on your way to CCNA Certification.

    Gain these skills:
    • Work with routers, switches and wireless devices to configure and troubleshoot VLANs, Wireless LANs and Inter-VLAN routing.
    • Configure and troubleshoot redundancy on a switched network using STP and EtherChannel.
    • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer.
    • Explain how to support available and reliable networks using dynamic addressing and first-hop redundancy protocols.

    Contact us via email to register your interest for the next intake - pacintech@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

    Short course
    State ID: SC-ENW-V1351
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

    Cisco CCNA1 Intro to Networks

    Learn networking fundamentals in a customised, small group, Cisco lab environment

    You'll cover the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the internet and other computer networks and gain skills to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

    Gain the fundamentals of networking in a customised, small group, Cisco lab environment

    This is a certification program for entry-level network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increases the value of your employer’s network and is for Network Specialists, Administrators, and Support Engineers with 1 - 3 years of experience.

    This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the internet and other computer networks. You'll have small class sizes with instructor led delivery from start to finish. You'll gain skills to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

    Whether you are trying to gain an entry level position in a network engineering role or improve your employability skills, this course can help you on your way to certification.

    This course is an introduction course and a basic understanding of computers and Linux is desirable.

    Contact us via email to register your interest for the next intake - pacintech@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

    Short course
    National ID: UEE20520
    State ID: BFP7
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

    Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair

    Gain the Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair and Certificate II in Electronics qualifications

    This dual qualification will give you a foundation for entry to a range of studies and you'll learn to select components and assemble computers to customer specifications and carry out routine hardware repairs.

    Are you looking for career in electronics?

    North Metropolitan TAFE is offering a dual qualification in Electronics and Computer Assembly and Repair. You can gain the Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair and the Certificate II in Electronics qualifications in just six months, opening doors to many different fields of further study and/or employment.

    In this course you will develop the ability to select components and assemble computers to customer specifications. You will also learn how to carry out routine hardware repairs (generally by replacement) of known faulty components.

    Successful completion of this dual qualification could lead to an apprenticeship or employment as a technician’s trade assistant in a wide variety of electronic fields such as computer assembly and servicing, refrigeration and air conditioning, telecommunications, and security and fire alarms. Many employers regard basic training in electrical/electronic theory as a pre-requisite to employment.

    We will be offering the dual qualification at both our East Perth and Midland campuses starting in Semester 2

    It will provide an entry point for the electronics, robotic, and electrical industries. It will also prepare you for possible further study in Semester 1 2021, in courses such as the Certificate IV in Robotics, or the Certificate IV Electronics and Communications.

    You will need to have some math ability, particularly in relation to Ohms Law, and be motivated to finish the course in a short time.

    Many of the subjects in this fast track program will cover off subjects in a Certificate II Electrotechnology (Career Start).

    Certificate II
    National ID: 22445VIC
    State ID: BCZ09
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security

    North Metropolitan TAFE is a premier Cyber Security training provider at the paraprofessional level

    Gain the skills to work in a team of security practitioners on the front line protecting the integrity of your company’s security perimeter and IT network. You'll learn to develop and maintain cyber security policies and overall defence strategy, and to rigorously test and work to protect an organisation's information assets.

    Get qualified to work in this booming industry 

    The Australian Government's Cyber Security Strategy states that Australia, along with many other nations is facing a skills shortage in the field of cyber security and these skills are essential in our connected technology-enabled world. Current predictions estimate that we will see a worldwide deficit of 1.5 million information security professionals while employment prospects for cyber security and related jobs in Australia will grow by 21% over the next 5 years according to Labour Market employment projections.

    Both state and federal governments have made a commitment to ensure Australians have the opportunity to equip themselves with cyber security skills and North Metropolitan TAFE is a premier Cyber Security training provider at the paraprofessional level.

    As a cyber security graduate, you could be a member of a team of security practitioners on the front line protecting the integrity of your company’s security perimeter and IT network. As an integral team member, you will work to develop and maintain the company’s cyber security policies and overall defence strategy and to rigorously test and work to protect the company’s information assets

    New students who have not studied the course that precedes this qualification must contact the area or apply instead for Certificate IV in CyberSecurity due to pre-requisite skills/knowledge requirements.

    Advanced Diploma
    National ID: 22603VIC
    State ID: BGT15
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Certificate IV in Cyber Security

    There is currently a skills shortage in this very specialised sector of the IT industry

    This is a technician level qualification that will provide you with a comprehensive set of technical skills that will mean you are job ready and highly employable.

    Be equipped to tackle the network security challenges faced by Australian businesses, services and industry with this specialised course in cyber security

    Cyber attacks on Australian networks are an ever-increasing threat to individuals, businesses and national security and there is currently a skills shortage in this very specialised sector of the IT industry. You'll gain insights into mitigation techniques that are key to tackling potential cyber attacks faced by modern industry by completing North Metropolitan TAFE's Certificate IV in Cyber Security.

    Our Certificate IV in Cyber Security is a technician level qualification that will provide you with the knowledge and a comprehensive set of technical skills that will mean you are job ready and highly employable.

    Certificate IV
    State ID: EAD16
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Cyber Security - Python Application Scripting for Beginners Skill Set

    Learn to use Python for creating programs and automating processes

    In this skill set you will gain skills in using Python scripting language to construct software solutions and learn simple programming techniques used in cyber security.

    Learn to use Python for creating programs and automating processes

    This course is for anyone who is newly unemployed or looking at exploring a career in cyber security; or IT employees in the networking field who want to upskill or start their journey in cyber security scripting language.

    You'll gain skills in using a scripting language to construct software solutions and learn simple programming techniques used in cyber security.

    If you would like to continue the Cyber Security pathway, successful completion of this skill set awards you with two units, which can be credited toward the Certificate IV in Cyber Security.

    Skill set
    State ID: SC-JTE-V1424
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

    Cyber Security Awareness for Beginners

    Gain an understanding of basic cyber security principles to use at home or in the office

    Gain a quick understanding of the broad principles and terminology required to secure your IT assets at home or in a small business.

    Gain an understanding of basic cyber security principles that you can apply at home or the office

    This course is aimed at novices and will give you an introduction into cyber security awareness. You'll gain a quick understanding of the broad principles and terminology required to secure your IT assets at home or in a small business.

    This course is also suitable for professional development to ensure employees have a basic understanding of cyber awareness, so they do not become victims to social engineering practices.

    On completion of a short quiz, to ensure you understand the content, you will receive a Certificate of Participation.

    Short course
    National ID: ICT30120
    State ID: BFF7
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Half price^

    Certificate III in Information Technology

    Start you ICT career in programming, networking or technical support

    This course will give you foundation skills in supporting information technology activities in the workplace. Our three campuses offer different groups of electives so you have the opportunity to focus on the ICT field of most interest to you. With further study you may follow a career pathway into areas including CyberSecurity, Programming, Networking or Web Design.

    Gain a broad range of ICT skills

    This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to support information technology activities in the workplace across a range of information and communication technologies (ICT) areas, including programming, networking and technical support.

    At North Metropolitan TAFE you will have the opportunity to focus on the ICT field of most interest to you with the different electives offered at the three campuses where we deliver this course.

    This Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology gives you the foundation skills to begin a career in ICT with further study at North Metropolitan TAFE. You may follow a career pathway into the ICT industry in areas including cyber security, programming, networking or web design.

    Certificate III
    National ID: ICT50220
    State ID: AC20
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking)

    Gain the skills needed to be successful in this in-demand industry

    Extend your skills from the Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking). You'll cover managing complex networks, configuring virtual computing environments, applying advanced switching skills, implementing active directories, administering Microsoft 365 systems, Linux operating system and VMware, managing data storage systems and building complex networks.

    To infinity and beyond - this course could give you the perfect pathway to a successful career in IT

    When you complete the Diploma of Information Technology Networking you will have all the skills needed to be successful in this in-demand industry. You'll extend the knowledge and skills learnt in the ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) by managing complex networks, configuring virtual computing environments, applying advanced switching skills, implementing active directories, administering Microsoft 365 systems, Linux operating system and VMware, managing data storage systems and building complex networks.

    All current industry standards are covered and you'll gain real-world experience conducting help-desk support as part of your studies on our dedicated training network. This course also embeds studies in Cisco, Microsoft Server and VMware.

    You'll be able to utilise project management techniques and develop advanced soft skills such as communication with clients through team work to produce the end product aligned with business needs. Independent thinking and problem solving skills developed within your Certificate IV course are further enhanced with real life client projects.

    Our graduates are confident, job ready and sought after by industry because of the specific skills they have gained at North Metropolitan TAFE. Many have employment by the time they graduate.

    New students who have not completed either a Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) or Certificate IV in Cyber Security, or equivalent, should contact the area to ensure they apply for the correct level of study.

    Diploma
    National ID: ICT30120
    State ID: AC12
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Half price^

    Certificate III in Information Technology (Cyber Security)

    Learn to respond to the challenges of cyber security

    Our Cisco accredited program will teach you the fundamentals of networking security and design. You'll cover monitoring system security, managing network and data integrity, along with installing, configuring and testing network security and providing advice to clients.

    Beat the hackers at their own game

    If you love computers, and you aren't afraid of the challenges being presented by the dark web; this Certificate III course will get you on your way to building a career in the vitally important field of Cyber Security. North Metropolitan TAFE offers you a pathway to gain the practical skills that you need to be part of Australia's cyber defences.

    In this nationally recognised Certificate III program you will learn the fundamentals of networking security and design in our Cisco accredited program; system configuration and hardening; and Microsoft server management and protection in a hands-on practical environment.

    We also offer further training in this booming field so you can continue to add to your cyber security skills, and as North Metropolitan TAFE is an authorised Cisco Academy, and Microsoft Silver Partner; you will also be in line to achieve valuable Industry Cisco and Microsoft certification.

    Certificate III
    National ID: ICT30120
    State ID: AC11
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Half price^

    Certificate III in Information Technology (Network Administration)

    Start your career in the fast growing ICT industry

    This course will teach you to configure, secure and test system software for a small home office network or a small to medium business network. At Joondalup we offer you the opportunity to complete a dual qualification to broaden your skills and job opportunities.

    Ready to start your career in the fast growing ICT industry?

    This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to support information technology activities in the workplace across a range of ICT areas including technical support and network administration.

    You will learn how to configure, secure and test system software for a small home office network or small to medium business network.

    At our Joondalup campus we also offer you the opportunity to gain a dual qualification during your study. You can complete this qualification and ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology [Web Development], talk to staff when you enrol.

    Benefits of the dual qualification include:

    • Broadening your employment opportunities within the IT sector
    • Furthering your skills to qualify you for a range of higher level qualifications
    • Only need to enrol in one extra cluster of units to do the combined course
    Certificate III
    National ID: ICT40120
    State ID: AC10
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)

    A great starting point to specialise in Networking

    Gain the practical skills to install and configure small to medium size modern networks. Our East Perth and Joondalup campuses have dedicated Training Networks and are registered as both Cisco Academy and Redhat Academy providers.

    Networking is one of the fastest growing areas in IT

    If you have chosen Networking as your area of expertise in the field of IT, then our ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) qualification provides you with a great foundation.  

    You'll gain the practical skills to install and configure small to medium size modern networks - including exposure to virtual machines, wireless technologies, cloud storage, infrastructure devices, network security, deployment resources to desktops and user support.

    East Perth and Joondalup campuses have dedicated Training Networks and are registered as both Cisco Academy and Redhat Academy providers.
    Joondalup also offers Microsoft Imagine Academy as part of your studies.

    Certificate IV
    National ID: ICT40120
    State ID: AC07
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming)

    Get the competitive edge to advance your programming career

    The Certificate IV in Programming will give you skills in C#, Java, JavaScript, SQL, and ASP. You'll delve into websites, scripting and database design, as well as programming for mobile applications and games development.

    Join the top priority IT industry and take on a crucial role in IT programming

    Study this course and you'll gain skills in basic and intermediate programming by using at least two different programming languages.

    Programming is a crucial part of IT and is constantly innovating and evolving.  Completing our Certificate IV in Programming  will open the door into this in-demand industry.

    The experience you will gain in C#, Java, JavaScript, SQL, and ASP will give you the competitive edge to advance your career and further study options. You'll delve into websites, scripting and database design as well as be exposed to advanced programming skills for mobile applications and games development.

    Our ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming) is the foundation and core development structure that leads into our Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Programming). Essential concepts covered include Internet of Things (IoT), Data driven Apps and Mobile App development. You'll be encouraged to develop the independent thinking and problem solving skills needed for communicating and working with clients in the Diploma course.

    Certificate IV
    National ID: ICT30120
    State ID: AC15
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Half price^

    Certificate III in Information Technology (Web Development)

    A 21st century digital media career

    This course will give you the fundamentals of programming and web development including web design and business focused application development. You can gain valuable industry Cisco and Microsoft certifications. At Joondalup we offer you the opportunity to complete a dual qualification .

    Are you looking for a 21st Century Digital Media Career?

    When you complete this qualification you will have the fundamentals of programming and web development with key subjects specialising in web design and business focused application development.

    Pathways into our Certificate IV and Diploma level courses progress you into a career as a Web Developer, Mobile App Developer or an Applications Programmer.

    North Metro TAFE is an authorised Cisco Academy, and Microsoft Imagine Academy; you can also gain valuable industry Cisco and Microsoft certifications. You will gain these certifications at no extra cost to you

    In addition at our Joondalup campus we offer you the opportunity to gain a dual qualification during your study. You can complete this qualification and ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology (Network Administration), talk to staff when you enrol.

    Benefits of the dual qualification include:

    • Broadening your employment opportunities within the IT sector
    • Furthering your skills to qualify you for a range of higher level qualifications
    • Only need to enrol in one extra  cluster of units to do the combined course
    Certificate III
    National ID: ICT40120
    State ID: AC25
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Certificate IV in Information Technology (Web Development)

    Help businesses and organisations reach their target audience

    This course covers the technical development of a website. You will gain skills in digital graphics and be exposed to a variety of technologies including HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL and JavaScript.

    Enter the vast world of website design and development

    Most businesses and organisations have an online presence and websites have become an essential part of any organisation looking to reach out to its target audience.

    Upon completion of this qualification you'll be able to be involved in both the design and technical development of a website, designing and constructing web pages and creating the look and feel of the site. With your qualification you could find a career as an in-house designer or work in a design studio.

    Our ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Web Development) covers essential concepts including front end and back end development, and leads into our Diploma of Web Development. You'll be encouraged to develop the independent thinking and problem solving skills needed for communicating and working with clients in the Diploma course.

    You will use the the latest industry standard HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL and JavaScript using a range of development tools.

    Certificate IV
    State ID: AE781
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Introduction to Cyber Security

    Learn how to be cyber-aware

    Gain the skills you need to recognise threats and how to understand the impact of breaches.

    Gain a glimpse into the world of cyber risks and threats and an understanding of how to protect yourself and those around you.

    If you have always wanted a broad, entry level understanding of cyber awareness, this skill set is aimed at providing you with knowledge about cyber risks and threats in the world we live in. You'll gain skills to help you protect yourself and others around you.

    Armed with an understanding of Privacy Laws in relation to Cyber Security, you'll be able to manage your own personal profile and identifiable information more effectively.

    You'll gain an awareness of the potentially catastrophic impact of cyber security breaches through reviewing scenarios that play out all too frequently.

    Within organisations, security threats must be identified and reported to limit exposure and impact. You'll learn how this is achieved via case studies and standard industry practices.

    This skill set will benefit all non-technical employees and managers equipping them to support the business by protecting themselves, equipment, assets and the organisation as a whole. You could also use the skills you gain to begin on a pathway to employment in cyber security. A technical background in IT is not essential.

    Please note this skill set is experiencing high demand and places are limited.

    Skill set
    State ID: AE780
    Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
    Free in 2023

    Transition to Cyber Security

    Kick start your career and existing passion for cyber security with this specialised skill set

    You'll gain a broad range of skills and techniques in cyber security that are a springboard to further study. The course covers four underpinning areas that give you confidence in exploring techniques in tackling cyber attacks.

    Kick start your career and existing passion for cyber security with this specialised skill set

    This course will provided you with techniques that are a springboard for further study and then onto a platform for deciding from the many different Cyber Security employment avenues available.

    You will cover four underpinning areas that give you confidence in exploring techniques in tackling cyber attacks and gain a broad range of skills.

    This course is focused on people who have made the decision to start their journey to becoming a Cyber Security professional. It will give you key skills required to continue your studies. Completion of the skill set adds credit towards the Certificate IV of Cyber Security, which is held in high regard Australia wide and helps lead into the Advanced Diploma in Cyber Security.

    Skill set
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