The Dual Certificate IV in Programming and Digital and Interactive Games delivers the knowledge individuals require to develop basic programming skills in the most commonly used programming languages. It also supports those aiming to design, develop and program basic digital games briefs as part of a larger development team. 


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Course Description

These two useful qualifications provide the skills and knowledge required to find a role as an assistant programmer within a software development team, or as a support programmer to a more senior programming team and/or working with systems analysts. This dual qualification will also allow you to expand your skills and potentially gain employment as an assistant animator; or as a support role to a web designer, games developer, or designer.

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 distance education, online workshops, and webinars.

Vendor Courses*
  • MTA: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
  • MTA: Software Development Fundamentals
  • MTA: Database Fundamentals
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft C#.NET Language
  • Introduction to Unity 5
Vendor Neutral Courses
  • Writing Research Papers
  • Becoming a .NET Developer
  • Windows Form Introduction
  • Introduction to C# and .NET
  • Object Orientated Programming Fundamentals in C#
  • ADO.NET Fundamentals
  • XML Essentials
  • HTML5 From Scratch
  • Practical HTML5
  • Building Windows 8 Applications with JavaScript and HTML
  • Windows Azure Mobile Services
  • Windows Server 2012: Technical Overview
  • Windows Server 2012: Installation and Configuration
  • Introduction to Copyright
  • Ethics in Leadership
  • Introduction to Business Analysis
  • Developing Models for Software Design
  • Object Orientated Design
  • Introduction to Software Testing
  • Automated Testing: End to End
  • Introduction to Customer Service
  • ITIL Foundations
  • Welcome to Developing Games
  • Introduction to Unity 5
  • Utilising Unity 5 Development Environment
  • Foundations of Programming: Object Oriented Design
  • Scripting Unity with C#
  • GIMP Essential Training
  • Build a Match 3 Game with Unity
  • Creating a Short Film
  • Creating a Storyboard
  • Real Time Strategy and Artificial Intelligence
  • Project Management
  • Designing a Presentation
  • Getting Your Point Across
  • Planning a Web Design Portfolio: Getting a Job
Upskilled Courses/Workshops
  • Writing Research Papers
  • Researching
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Database Concepts
  • Introduction to SQL Server
  • Storyboards
  • Privacy, Copyright, Ethics
  • Business Needs Analysis
  • Translate Business Needs
  • Enterprise Strategic Direction
  • Writing Technical Documents
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Project Integration
  • Articulate, Present and Debate Ideas
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Service Desk Analyst

* Vendor exams are not included in the Upskilled course

Pathways into the qualification

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include any of the following: 

  • Achieving ICT30115 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • OR Other relevant qualifications or units equivalent to the core of ICT30115 
  • OR Demonstrated vocational experience in a range of work environments such as digital media, games development, animation, graphics design, software programming, application programming, web development
  • OR similar roles/professional activities  

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 ICT40515/ICT40915 Dual Certificate IV in Programming and Digital and Interactive Games.


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). 

All participants will require the following hardware and software:

  • Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (or higher)
  • Browser Mozilla Firefox 3 (or higher)
  • Browser Apple Safari 2 (or higher)
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Operating System Apple Mac OS X 10.4 (or higher)
  • Processor Pentium III 1 GHz (or better)
  • Processor Macintosh Intel-based or PowerPC G4 (or better)
  • RAM 512 MB (1 GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection 256K (broadband recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 (current version recommended)
  • Adobe Reader 9 (or higher)

Other requirements may apply to supplemental offline activities.

Unit Outline

In total, there are 30 Units of Competency to complete to obtain both qualifications. All units must be successfully completed to attain both the Certificate IV in Programming and the Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games. 

There are 18 Units of Competency as identified to successfully complete to attain the Certificate IV in Programming. There are also an additional 12 Units of Competency to successfully complete the Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games. 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 (Programming)
ICTPRG406 Apply introductory object-oriented language skills
ICTPRG419 Analyse software requirements
ICTICT418 Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
ICTPRG404 Test applications
ICTPRG402 Apply query language
ICTPRG403 Develop data-driven applications
ICTPRG414 Apply introductory programming skills in another language
ICTPRG410 Build a user interface
ICTPRG415 Apply skills in object-oriented design
ICTPRG405 Automate processes
ICTPRG409 Develop mobile applications
ICTDBS403 Create basic databases
ICTICT420 Develop client user interface
ICTPRG527 Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills
ICTPRG418 Apply intermediate programming skills in another language
ICTPRG413 Use a library or pre-existing components
ICTICT408 Create technical documentation
ICTPRG427 Use XML effectively
Unit Code
Unit Name (Digital and Interactive Games)
BSBWHS304 Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes
ICTICT419 Work effectively in the digital media industry
ICTGAM401 Produce an interactive game
CUAPPM407 Create storyboards
ICTGAM407 Write scripts for interactive games
ICTGAM402 Identify and apply principles of games design and game playing
ICTGAM405 Write story and content for digital games
ICTGAM403 Create design documents for interactive games
ICTGAM404 Apply artificial intelligence in game development
ICTPRG301 Apply introductory programming techniques
ICTGAM406 Create visual design components for interactive games
ICTICT406 Build a graphical user interface

Career Outcomes

As this is a dual certification program, depending on their choice of electives, participants can work in a number of junior programming and game deveopement 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
  • 2D/3D artist support
  • Assistant animator
  • Assistant designer
  • Assistant graphic/media designer
  • Assistant PC games programmer
  • Digital media developer support
  • Games developer support
  • Interactive media developer support
  • Web designer support

Vendor Certification

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

  • MTA: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
  • MTA: Software Development Fundamentals
  • MTA: Database Fundamentals
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft.NET Framework
  • Microsoft C#.NET Language

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.

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: $4,624

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