Certificate IV in Information Technology Testing

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of ICT positions directly related to testing, either as an assistant tester working mostly independently or as part of a team.

Job roles

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

assistant ICT tester

assistant software or systems tester

assistant web tester.


Total number of units = 20

8 core units plus

12 elective units

The elective units consist of:

up to 12 from the elective units listed below

up to 4 from elsewhere in ICA11 or any other Training Package or accredited course at Certificate IV or Diploma level.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

Core units

add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic ICAICT401A Determine and confirm client business requirements

add topic ICAICT408A Create technical documentation

add topic ICAICT411A Select and employ software and hardware testing tools

add topic ICAICT418A Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment

add topic ICAPMG401A Support small scale IT projects

add topic ICAPRG405A Automate processes

add topic ICASAS301A Run standard diagnostic tests

Elective units

add topic BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas

add topic ICAICT417A Identify, evaluate and apply current industry-specific technologies to meet industry standards

add topic ICANWK403A Manage network and data integrity

add topic ICANWK404A Install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network

add topic ICANWK501A Plan, implement and test enterprise communication solutions

add topic ICAPRG404A Test applications

add topic ICASAS401A Perform unit test for a class

add topic ICASAS503A Perform systems tests

add topic ICASAS504A Develop and conduct client acceptance test

add topic ICASAS513A Develop detailed test plans

add topic ICASAS514A Perform integration tests

add topic ICASAS515A Manage the testing process

add topic ICASAS516A Perform stress and load tests on integrated platforms

add topic ICAWEB406A Create website testing procedures

add topic ICAWEB407A Conduct operational acceptance tests of websites

add topic ICAWEB423A Ensure dynamic website security

add topic ICTSUS4183A Install and test renewable energy system for ICT networks

add topic ICTTEN4198A Install, configure and test an internet protocol network


    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    after achieving ICA30111 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, or other relevant qualifications or units equivalent to the core of ICA30111


    with demonstrated vocational experience in a range of testing environments or similar.

    Pathways from the qualification

    ICA50111 Diploma of Information Technology, or a range of other Diploma qualifications.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no link between this qualification and licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements. However users should confirm requirements with the relevant federal, state or territory authority. There may be some alignment with industry standard certification competencies.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


preparing briefs on client business requirements

creating technical documentation in plain English

writing and presenting reports on the results of standard diagnostic and troubleshooting tests


working collaboratively with team members


analysing project design

solving technical hardware, software, web and network problems

Initiative and enterprise

responding to clients in a timely manner

identifying, analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources

Planning and organising

preparing feasibility reports that take into account project scope, time, cost, quality, communications and risk management


taking responsibility for own outputs in relation to specified quality standards

working according to the Australian Computer Society Code of Ethics regarding security, legal, moral and ethical issues


maintaining knowledge of tools and software applications and the goods and services provided

obtaining client evaluation and feedback

providing one-to-one instruction for clients and users


selecting and using software and hardware diagnostic tools, including for multimedia contexts and automated testing environments