Advanced Diploma of Information Technology

This qualification provides high level information and communications technology (ICT), process improvement and business skills and knowledge to enable an individual to be effective in senior ICT roles within organisations. The qualification builds on a base core of management competencies, with specialist and general elective choices to suit particular ICT and business needs, especially in the areas of knowledge management and systems development.

Job roles

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

knowledge management analyst

knowledge manager

manager, IT infrastructure solutions

business development manager

software manager.


Total number of units = 16

5 core units plus

11 elective units

The elective units consist of:

5 from one of the following specialist groups:

Group A Knowledge management

Group B Systems development

of the remaining units:

up to 6 may be from the specialist elective groups below or from Group C general elective units below

up to 3 may be from elsewhere in ICA11 or any other Training Package or accredited course at Advanced Diploma level.

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

Core units

add topic BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

add topic ICAICT608A Interact with clients on a business level

add topic ICAICT610A Manage copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment

add topic ICAPMG609A Plan and direct complex IT projects

add topic ICTSUS6233A Integrate sustainability in ICT planning and design projects

Elective units

Specialist elective units

Group A Knowledge management

add topic ICADBS501A Monitor and improve knowledge management system

add topic ICADBS601A Build a data warehouse

add topic ICADBS602A Develop a knowledge management strategy

add topic ICAICT604A Identify and implement business innovation

add topic ICAICT605A Implement a knowledge management strategy

Group B Systems development

add topic ICAICT508A Evaluate vendor products and equipment

add topic ICAICT602A Develop contracts and manage contracted performance

add topic ICAPRG603A Create cloud computing services

add topic ICASAD504A Implement quality assurance processes for business solutions

add topic ICASAD505A Develop technical requirements for business solutions

add topic ICASAS601A Implement change-management processes

General elective units

Group C

add topic BSBINN601B Manage organisational change

add topic BSBMGT608C Manage innovation and continuous improvement

add topic ICADBS603A Determine suitability of database functionality and scalability

add topic ICAICT601A Develop IT strategic and action plans

add topic ICAICT603A Manage the use of appropriate development methodologies

add topic ICAICT606A Develop communities of practice

add topic ICAICT609A Lead the evaluation and implementation of current industry-specific technologies

add topic ICANWK601A Design and implement a security system

add topic ICAPMG606A Manage IT project quality

add topic ICAPRG601A Develop advanced mobile multi-touch applications

add topic ICAPRG602A Manage the development of technical solutions from business specifications

add topic ICASAD602A Conduct knowledge audits


    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    after achieving any ICA11 Diploma qualification or other relevant Diploma.


    with demonstrated vocational experience in a range of work environments in senior information technology or systems roles, including analyst or designer.

    Pathways from the qualification

    ICA11 Vocational Graduate Certificate qualifications or other higher education sector 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


articulating complex scenarios in a clear, concise manner relevant to all levels of an organisation

researching, analysing and evaluating information from a range of sources

writing and presenting complex reports for specific business purposes using a range of methodologies and media


managing group facilitation and presentation skills in relation to transferring and collecting information

reviewing strategy with key stakeholders


developing controls and contingencies to alleviate security threats

taking corrective action on system implementation breakdowns

implementing a change management strategy for an organisation

managing evolving complex scenarios of access and security

Initiative and enterprise

developing new strategies, criteria, applications, knowledge and procedures

generating innovative ideas through the analysis of multiple sources of information and concepts

anticipating and responding to client business needs

Planning and organising

managing the execution of complex project plans

planning for controls and contingencies when designing systems


taking accountability and responsibility for self and others in achieving work outcomes

taking responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad quantity and quality parameters


keeping abreast of current industry-accepted practices, and hardware and software products, including broad knowledge of their security features and capabilities

engaging in peer professional development activities


managing implementation of technology needs

assessing the technological capability of various products against architecture requirements and deciding on the best IT solution

estimating current and future capacity against a client's future requirements and devising and implementing a business strategy to suit