Course Code: ICT50715

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. VET FEE-HELP is available for this course.

This qualification will be delivered and assessed by Upskilled Pty Ltd (RTO: 40374) on behalf of SMR Learning Services (Trading as TrainSmart Australia, RTO 51771). TrainSmart Australia is the approved VET FEE-HELP provider.


  • Studying online
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  • Nationally Recognised
  • Rolling Start Dates
  • Access to
  • Student Reward Program
  • Government Funding Available
Course structure

This course covers 16 units of competency

Study Mode

This course is delivered online

Locations & Dates

Start when you're ready

  • 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 a blended learning approach of teacher-led workshops or webinars, distance education, and online materials.

    Vendor Courses Vendor Neutral Courses Upskilled Courses/Workshops
    • MTA: Database Fundamentals
    • MCSA: SQL Server 2012
    • MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C#
    • MCSD: Web Applications
    • ITIL Foundations 
    • Project Management
    • HTML/CSS
    • Javascript
    • Privacy, Ethics and Copyright
    • Business Need
    • Testing
    • Disaster Recovery
    • Cloud Computing
    • Service Desk Analyst 2
    • Technical Documentation 

    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 certification upon successful completion.

    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.

    When applying for VET FEE-HELP, you will be required to either provide a copy of your Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or complete a language literacy and numeracy task to ensure that the level of qualification you have selected is appropriate for your study needs.

    If you are applying for VET FEE-HELP assistance there are specific eligibility requirements that you must meet, please view our VET FEE-HELP page for more information.

    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.

  • Price and Payment Options

    The full fee for this course is $15,000. This course is approved for VET FEE-HELP,  for more information about VET FEE-HELP click here

    VET FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students to pay their tuition fees for higher-level VET courses (at the diploma-level and above) undertaken at approved VET FEE-HELP providers.  VET FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the Australian Taxation Office once your income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. For more information about VET FEE-HELP click here.

    The fee schedule for this course is available here.

    Upfront and Payment plans are also available for this qualification. Please enquire for more information

  • Upcoming Courses

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    01/11/2016 Enquire Now
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    02/01/2017 Enquire Now


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