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Certificate IV in Programming

Certificate IV in Programming

Course Code: ICT40515
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The Certificate IV in Programming delivers the knowledge individuals require to develop basic programming skills in the most commonly used programming languages. Participants who complete this qualification commonly find roles as assistant programmers within software development teams, or as support programmers to more senior programmers and systems analysts.


Course Structure

This program has been created with a blend of vendor specific, vendor neutral, and trainer developed materials. Vendor training is recognised internationally as an industry benchmark for product specific training. Upskilled uses an online Learning Management System to manage the delivery and assessment of learning resources. The program is conducted over a 12 month period through a blended learning approach of teacher-led workshops or webinars, distance education, and online materials.

Vendor Courses Vendor Neutral Courses Upskilled Courses/Workshop
  • Microsoft Academy Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Academy Windows Server
  • Microsoft Academy SQL Server
  • Microsoft Academy Mobile Development
  • Java Programming
  • XML
  • Privacy, Ethics and Copyright
  • Testing
  • Service Desk Analyst 2
  • Business needs
  • Technical Documentation

Pathways into the qualification

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • With demonstrated vocational experience in a range of programming-related work environments in software programming, application programming, web development, or similar


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Participants often come with experience in one or more ICT competencies, vocationally acquired from a range of sources (both formal and otherwise). Upskilled acknowledges the validity of such experience and encourages candidates to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning where applicable. Upskilled's RPL Calculator is a guide to initial RPL standing, although participants are sometimes entitled to further RPL as enrolment progresses.



Assessment is summative and formative with set assignments, project work and questionnaires.



Upskilled Information Technology courses include detailed learning materials, assessments, online trainer support, and certification upon successful completion.


This qualification utilises many and varied types of learning materials and assessments. These resources are managed and provided through Upskilled’s Learning Management System, MyUpskilled.  Access to a Microsoft based Personal Computer and an internet connection is required to complete any Upskilled IT qualification that utilises Microsoft Academy Courses (listed above).

Unit Outline

Unit Outline

The online e-Learning course addresses the following units of competency from the National ICA11 Information and Communications Technology Training Package. All competencies must be successfully completed to attain the certificate. 

The program is broken into 4 logical clusters of training within the broad category of ICT systems: 1/ Core Infrastructure; 2/ Continuity & Security; 3/ Continuous Improvement; and 4/ Service Delivery & Governance.

Core Units

Unit Codes
Core Units
ICTICT418 Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment Continuity & Security
ICTPRG402 Apply query language Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG403 Develop data-driven applications Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG404 Test applications Continuous Improvement
ICTPRG406 Apply introductory object-oriented language skills Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG410 Build a user interface Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG414 Apply introductory programming skills in another language Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG415 Apply skills in object-oriented design Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG419 Analyse software requirements Continuous Improvement
ICTPRG405 Automate processes Continuity & Security

Elective Units

Unit Codes
Elective Units
ICTDBS403 Create basic databases Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG413 Use a library or pre-existing components Continuity & Security
ICTPRG418 Apply intermediate programming skills in another language Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG409 Develop mobile applications Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG527 Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills Core Infrastructure
ICTICT420 Develop client user interface Core Infrastructure
ICTPRG427 Use XML effectively Continuity & Security
ICTICT408 Create technical documentation Continuous Improvement


Cluster 1 - Core Infrastructure
Infrastructure implementation is the starting point for business seeking to enable their business through utilising IT systems. The workplace skills provided in this cluster cover a broad range of key systems and services. The cluster has software development at its heart to ensure a holistic knowledge base for developers for Microsoft Windows and non-vendor specific web applications. The depth of knowledge transfer is based on the Microsoft .NET framework and is non-browser web application specific. This cluster delivers outcomes that are broad in application type and function, and is relevant to many use cases for client and web server offerings.

Broad concepts covered

  • Basic database functionality
  • Testing
  • Utilising existing code

Cluster 2 - Continuity & Security
Application developers must have the skills and knowledge to ensure that applications are ready, available and capable for the purpose they were designed. The workplace skills provided in this cluster cover a broad range of concepts for business continuity. Identifying key systems and services is paramount to ensure that business can continue to function effectively. This cluster delivers outcomes that are broad and transferable across systems and are relevant to many different application functions and use cases including non-specific browser and server implementations.

Broad concepts covered

• Code maintenance
• Automation
• Naming conventions
• Testing
• Fault finding and de-bugging
• Utilising open source programming practice
• Object oriented design
• User interface
• Development environments
• Application configuration and installation
• Class structure and inheritance
• Client, mobile and browser development

Cluster 3 - Continuous Improvement
This cluster has been developed with business, systems and software improvement in mind. Application developers play a key role in business improvement and must have the skills to offer solutions and alternatives to business managers to address problems and increase productivity and in turn, revenue. The core training involves usage of XML.
This cluster delivers outcomes that are broad in methodology, systems design, and business needs analysis and are transferrable across multiple industries, systems and platforms.

Broad concepts covered

  • Project lifecycle
  • Identification and definition of Stakeholders
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Analysis of business need
  • Site content design and control
  • Systems optimisation

Cluster 4 - Service Delivery & Governance
Successful application developers are generally not successful because of superior technical skills alone. Most have skills and knowledge that ensure they deliver appropriate service through superior communications skills like active listening and situational empathy. Being able to communicate with customers at all levels will ensure positive business support outcomes. The workplace skills provided in this cluster cover a broad range of concepts for systems support and maintenance. At the core of this cluster is ITIL, the "de facto standard", of service management. Included also are soft skills units that prepare the student for client interaction that focus on communication skills through activities and simulations. Many of the skills learned are applicable across many job roles and industry sectors.

This cluster provides the framework and skills set that are platform and systems independent and vital to ensure that website developers and administrators have the procedures, systems and policies in place to support correct, unbiased decision making in times of extreme stress. These will also extend to preventative maintenance and proactive problem management to reduce system incidents.

Broad concepts covered

  • Service metrics
  • Change Management
  • Problem solving - deductive/inductive
  • Ethical conduct and service
  • Information gathering
  • Maintaining technical documentation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Consistency of support
  • Maintenance
  • SLA/OLA/UC management

Career Outcomes

Career Outcomes

Depending on their choice of electives, participants can work in a number of junior programming roles. Selecting design or games development electives could equip an individual for digital, multimedia, or games programming; other electives could underpin a systems programmer role. Possible job titles include:

  • Assistant Applications Programmer
  • Assistant Programmer
  • Assistant Software Developer
  • Assistant Web Application Programmer
  • Assistant Web Developer

Further Study

Pathways from this qualification include:

Diploma of Software Development (ICA50711), or a range of other diploma qualifications.



Course Fees and Payment Options

Pay By Weekly Installment (Interest Free) Pay By Monthly Installment (Interest Free) Pay Upfront
$60 per week with a $210 enrolment fee¹ $405 per month with a $495 enrolment fee² Pay upfront $2,995, saving $335 (10% discount)

¹Payments made over a period of 52 consecutive weeks, totalling $3,330
²Payments made over a period of 7 consecutive months, totalling $3,330


Skills for All Fees (South Australian Residents Only)

For those South Australian's eligible for Skills for All funding there is a subsidised course fee of $950, payable in one of two ways:

  1. A single upfront payment of the course fee attracts a 21% discount, making the cost $750
  2. An upfront fee of $495, and 2 x $227.50 paid per month for six consecutive months, making the total course fee $950

To find out if you're eligible click here


Government Funding and Incentives

At both state and federal level, government commitment to upskilling the Australian workforce has resulted in a comprehensive framework of funding schemes and incentive opportunities. As a result, many Upskilled participants find that their courses are heavily subsidised*.

*Eligibility for traineeships & User Choice is determined by an Australian Apprenticeship Centre. Further information can be found at

Centrelink Financial Support Services

This course is approved for Centrelink financial support services, including  Youth Allowance Austudy and  AbstudyClick here for more info.

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