The Diploma of Database Design and Development provides the skills and knowledge individuals require to be effective in the design and development of ICT database systems. The qualification builds on a base core of design and development competencies, and is customised for professional interests via electives covering business needs analysis, quality assurance, and project management. 


Industry recognition
Industry recognition

Complete this course and cover the learning materials required for Vendor Certification

Get recognised across Australia
Get recognised across Australia

This is a nationally accredited qualification

100% online delivery
100% online delivery

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Course Description

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*
  • MTA: Database – Database Fundamentals 
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 – Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014; and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases; and Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
  • MCSE: Data Management and Analytics – MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014; and Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
Vendor Neutral Courses
  • ITIL Foundations
  • Project Management
  • Java
  • WHS
Upskilled Courses/Workshops
  • Privacy Ethics and Copyright
  • Business Needs
  • Testing
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Technical Documentation
  • Sustainability
  • Service Desk Analyst 1 & 2

* Vendor exams are not included in the Upskilled course

Pathways into the qualification

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:

  • Demonstrated vocational experience in a range of database design and development areas.

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 upon successful completion, certification for ICT50515 Diploma of Database Design and Development.

IT students also have access to Pluralsight's online training library, a comprehensive online video training library delivered by those in the industry. The content is accessible 24/7 so you can study and further your skills whenever it suits you.  


There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

Students will be required to have regular access to a computer and internet access to complete this course.


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

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

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

Unit Code
Unit Name
ICTICT502Develop detailed component specifications from project specifications
ICTDBS502Design a database
ICTPRG425Use structured query language
ICTICT418Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
ICTSAD502Model data processes
ICTNWK514Model preferred system solutions
ICTPRG509Build using rapid application development
ICTSAD501Model data objects
ICTSUS601Integrate sustainability in ICT planning and design projects
ICTSAD505Develop technical requirements for business solutions
ICTPRG528Perform ICT data conversion
ICTSAS502Establish and maintain client user liaison
ICTDBS603Determine suitability of database functionality and scalability
ICTSAD506Produce a feasibility report
ICTPMG501Manage ICT projects
ICTPMG606Manage ICT project quality
ICTICT511Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise
ICTPRG511Monitor and support data conversion to new ICT system
ICTICT509Gather data to identify business requirements
ICTSAS505Review and update disaster recovery and contingency plans

Career Outcomes

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Assistant Database Designer
  • Assistant Database Developer
  • Assistant Database Specialist

Microsoft Certification Mapping

This qualification covers the Microsoft learning content for the following Certifications:
MTA: Database Fundamentals
MCSA: SQL Server 2012
MCSE: Data Platform
ITIL Foundations
All recommended learning materials for these certifications are provided in this Upskilled Diploma, Microsoft Learning also recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product along with studying these materials.

Further Study

Pathways from the qualification:
ICA11 Advanced Diploma, Vocational Graduate Certificate qualifications, or other higher education sector qualifications.

For information about Pathways to University, click here.

* Vendor Certifications are current at the time of publishing but are subject to change as these are managed by external organisations to Upskilled.

Flexible Payment Options

Upskilled offers three flexible payment options for our students. Enquire now for more information on payment methods and government funding.

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Total course cost: $3,825

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Total course cost: $4,500

Government subsidies

This course is eligible for Higher Skills (QLD) funding. Enquire now to find out if you're eligible.

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