Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent to design, develop and use digital media technologies as an assistant information and communications technology (ICT) specialist working independently or as part of a larger development team.

Job roles

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

assistant animator

assistant designer

assistant digital media author

assistant digital media designer

assistant digital media developer

assistant digital media programmer

assistant web designer

interaction media developer

support digital media developer

support digital media development technician.


Total number of units = 17

7 core units plus

10 elective units

The elective units consist of:

5 units from one of the following specialist groups:

Group A Web development

Group B Programming

Group C Interactive media

of the remaining units:

up to 5 may be from the specialist elective groups below or from Group D general elective units below or elsewhere in ICA11

up to 3 may be 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 BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas

add topic BSBOHS302B Participate effectively in OHS communication and consultative processes

add topic CUFDIG401A Author interactive media

add topic ICAICT404A Use online learning tools

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

add topic ICAICT419A Work effectively in the digital media industry

add topic ICAPMG401A Support small scale IT projects

Specialist elective units

Group A Web development

add topic ICAWEB301A Create a simple markup language document

add topic ICAWEB402A Confirm accessibility of websites for people with special needs

add topic ICAWEB406A Create website testing procedures

add topic ICAWEB407A Conduct operational acceptance tests of websites

add topic ICAWEB409A Develop cascading style sheets

add topic ICAWEB411A Produce basic client-side script for dynamic web pages

add topic ICAWEB412A Produce interactive web animation

add topic ICAWEB414A Design simple web page layouts

add topic ICAWEB415A Produce server-side script for dynamic web pages

add topic ICAWEB421A Ensure website content meets technical protocols and standards

add topic ICAWEB425A Apply structured query language to extract and manipulate data

Group B Programming

add topic ICAPRG301A Apply introductory programming techniques

add topic ICAPRG402A Apply query language

add topic ICAPRG405A Automate processes

add topic ICAPRG406A Apply introductory object-oriented language skills

add topic ICAPRG407A Write script for software applications

add topic ICAPRG412A Configure and maintain databases

add topic ICAPRG414A Apply introductory programming skills in another language

Group C Interactive media

add topic CUFANM301A Create 2D digital animations

add topic CUFANM302A Create 3D digital animations

add topic CUFANM402A Create digital visual effects

add topic CUFCAM301A Shoot material for screen productions

add topic CUFPOS401A Edit screen content for fast turnaround

add topic CUFPOS402A Manage media assets

add topic CUFPPM404A Create storyboards

add topic CUFSOU204A Perform basic sound editing

add topic CUFSOU301A Prepare audio assets

add topic ICADMT401A Create visual design components for digital media

add topic ICADMT402A Produce interactive animation

add topic ICADMT403A Produce and edit digital images

add topic ICAGAM401A Produce an interactive game

add topic ICAGAM403A Create design documents for interactive games

add topic ICAGAM405A Write story and content for digital games

add topic ICAGAM413A Design and create 3-D digital models

General elective units

Group D

add topic ICAICT408A Create technical documentation

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

add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic ICADBS412A Build a database


    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 digital media work environments in digital media development, administration or management.

    Pathways from the qualification

    ICA50911 Diploma of Digital Media Technologies, 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


using plain English communication and literacy skills in relation to analysis, evaluation and presentation of information

documenting work and producing technical reports


consulting with work team to review proposed changes against current and future business requirements

working collaboratively with team members in an IT environment


analysing digital media technology and software requirements

diagnosing application and software problems and identifying solutions

Initiative and enterprise

transferring and applying theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a range of digital media situations

Planning and organising

planning and developing a digital media design that meets project specific actions


taking responsibility for own output in relation to specified quality standards

applying environmentally sustainable work practices

meeting copyright, ethical and privacy standards in the areas of security, legal, moral and ethical practice


maintaining knowledge of digital media tools and software applications

obtaining client evaluation and feedback

keeping up-to-date and maintaining own competence


selecting and using software and hardware diagnostic tools for digital media contexts and environments

using digital media tools to design and develop website, online, interactive tools and applications