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Transition to Cyber Security

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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.

  • Securing various OS platforms (including an introduction to Hardware Security)
  • An understanding of popular attack trends and the best-practice responses using proven Cyber Security frameworks
  • Use current industry analytical tools to investigate network, system and application incidents for anomaly detection
  • Learn Python scripting language for programming techniques used in the field

I have the following attributes:

  • I want to start my journey to becoming a Cyber Security professional
  • A fundamental level of understanding in IT principles such as programming and networking, or a keenness to learn
Free in 2023

This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Free in '23  page for further information.


This job ready skill set is part of the Skills Ready program. All job ready skill sets are available for everyone to study, some are free for everyone, some are free for eligible people (including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 years not at school).

More skill sets can be found on our Skill sets and short courses page, and for other qualifications be sure to check the Courses page, to see everything we have to offer.

There are no prerequisites to gain entry into this course. However, if you have no prior IT experience, it is recommended you complete the Introduction to Cyber Security skill set first.

You'll be able to access your personal timetable (find out how on our Timetables page), once you have paid your fees. In the meantime the information below provides an indication of the time commitment required to complete this course, depending on available study options.

Delivery is a mix of scheduled Collaborate (virtual classroom) and online self paced sessions, with some face to face tutorials.

Combined (Online & On campus) - Perth 

Monday night - first 3 weeks in the classroom and then online, 5.30pm to 8.30pm, delivering the following:

  • VU23214 Configure and secure networked end points
  • VU23217 Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation

Thursday night - first 4 weeks in the classroom and then online, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, delivering the following:

  • ICTPRG435 Write scripts for software applications
  • VU23216 Perform basic cyber security data analysis

Timetable information is indicative only and subject to change.

Please note: eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $391.60

You will need to have access to a computer and the internet.

This course will run subject to enrolment numbers. If you submit an expression of interest, this will be processed once dates are confirmed. If the course doesn't run your details will be kept to be notified of the next available intake.

The next intake for this course will be in semester 2, 2023

There are limited job opportunities on completion of skill set, further study is generally required. See the further study section for qualifications.

Study options and next steps

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Semester 2, 2023

Perth - Combined (Online and On Campus)

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Perth
How Combined (Online and On Campus)

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