Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to coordinate and administer, as an independent information and communications technology (ICT) specialist or as part of a team, the installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance of a range of networks, enterprise servers and systems, including internetworking, security and e-business solutions.

Job roles

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

network administrator or coordinator

network engineer

enterprise systems administrator

systems developer

IT administrator or coordinator

IT operations administrator or coordinator

network services administrator or coordinator

administrator or coordinator network support

network operations analyst

administrator or coordinator network security

administrator or coordinator network e-business.


Total number of units = 18

12 core units plus

6 elective units

The elective units consist of:

up to 6 from the elective units listed below

up to 3 from elsewhere in ICA11 at Advanced Diploma level

up to 3 from any other Training Package or accredited course at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

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

Core units

add topic ICANWK506A Configure, verify and troubleshoot WAN links and IP services in a medium enterprise network

add topic ICANWK507A Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise routers

add topic ICANWK508A Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise switches

add topic ICANWK509A Design and implement a security perimeter for ICT networks

add topic ICANWK529A Install and manage complex ICT networks

add topic ICANWK602A Plan, configure and test advanced server based security

add topic ICANWK607A Design and implement wireless network security

add topic ICAPMG608A Manage IT project systems implementation

add topic ICAPMG609A Plan and direct complex IT projects

add topic ICAPRG527A Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills

add topic ICAWEB501A Build a dynamic website

add topic ICAWEB502A Create dynamic web pages

Elective units

add topic ICADBS504A Integrate database with a website

add topic ICAICT502A Develop detailed component specifications from project specifications

add topic ICAICT604A Identify and implement business innovation

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

add topic ICANWK502A Implement secure encryption technologies

add topic ICANWK503A Install and maintain valid authentication processes

add topic ICANWK504A Design and implement an integrated server solution

add topic ICANWK505A Design, build and test a network server

add topic ICANWK524A Install and configure network access storage devices

add topic ICANWK525A Configure an enterprise virtual computing environment

add topic ICANWK526A Install an enterprise virtual computing environment

add topic ICANWK527A Manage an enterprise virtual computing environment

add topic ICANWK603A Plan, configure and test advanced internetwork routing solutions

add topic ICANWK605A Design and configure secure integrated wireless systems

add topic ICANWK610A Design and build integrated VoIP networks

add topic ICANWK611A Configure call processing network elements for secure VoIP networks

add topic ICANWK612A Plan and manage troubleshooting advanced integrated IP networks

add topic ICANWK613A Develop plans to manage structured troubleshooting process of enterprise networks

add topic ICAPRG505A Build advanced user interface

add topic ICAPRG601A Develop advanced mobile multi-touch applications

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

add topic ICASAS517A Use network tools

add topic ICAWEB503A Create web-based programs

add topic ICAWEB505A Develop complex web page layouts


    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    after achieving ICA41011 Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology, or other relevant qualifications or units equivalent to the core of ICA41011.


    with demonstrated vocational experience in a range of work environments in senior network support roles, including administrator, operations analyst, technician, operations or support coordinator/technician.

    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

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


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

establishing and improving work teams in an IT environment


analysing and solving network problems related to the installation of hardware, software and networks

anticipating possible major problems and responding with appropriate contingency recovery plans

Initiative and enterprise

developing new criteria and procedures for performing current practices

identifying, analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources

anticipating and responding to client business needs

Planning and organising

creating project plans to guide the development of systems methodologies

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

planning and designing an intranet

directing and managing the execution of complex IT projects

planning for controls and contingencies when designing systems


taking responsibility for own and others’ output in relation to specified quality standards

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


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

engaging in peer professional development activities

devising and implementing client evaluation and feedback methodologies


managing and implementing software and hardware diagnostic tools, including multimedia contexts and automated testing environments

installing, configuring and administering complex IT networks