The Diploma of Software Development addresses skills and knowledge around programming and software development. The qualification facilitates careers in bespoke software product creation, and in the customisation of existing software products to answer evolving customer requirements.


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

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 online workshops, distance education, and webinars.

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
  • MCSD: App Builder – MCSA: Web Applications; and Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Vendor Neutral Courses
  • ITIL Foundations 
  • Project Management
  • Javascript
Upskilled Courses/Workshops
  • Privacy, Ethics and Copyright
  • Business Need
  • Testing
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Cloud Computing
  • Service Desk Analyst 2
  • Technical Documentation 

* Vendor exams are not included in the Upskilled course

Pathways into the qualification

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • 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 upon successful completion, certification for ICT50715 Diploma of Software 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
ICTICT418Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
ICTPRG520Validate an application design against specifications
ICTPRG418Apply intermediate programming skills in another language
ICTPRG527Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills
ICTPRG529Apply testing techniques for software development
ICTPRG503Debug and monitor applications
ICTPRG502Manage a project using software management tools
ICTPRG523Apply advanced programming skills in another language
ICTPRG501Apply advanced object-oriented language skills
ICTPRG504Deploy an application to a production environment
ICTPMG501Manage ICT projects
ICTPRG508Create mashups
ICTPRG515Review developed software
ICTPRG604Create cloud computing services
ICTPRG514Prepare for software development using rapid application development
ICTICT509Gather data to identify business requirements

Career Outcomes

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Analyst Programmer Support
  • Assistant Programming Developer
  • Assistant Software Applications Programmer
  • Assistant Software Developer
  • Database Support Programmer
  • Web Support Programmer

Microsoft Certification Mapping

This qualification covers the Microsoft learning content for the following Certification:

  • MTA: Database Fundamentals
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012
  • MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C#
  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • 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:

ICt 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 Smart & Skilled (NSW) and User Choice (ACT) funding. Enquire now to find out if you're eligible.

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