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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

DURATION: 0.5 year full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July/November

LOCATION: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Rockhampton

This program provides an opportunity for you to expand your skills and improve your career prospects in the information technology industry.  It is specifically designed to prepare you for a successful managerial role and is ideal for those already working in leadership positions.   You will develop detailed knowledge of the design, implementation, and management issues involved in the application of IT and obtain a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and practicalities of the information systems development process.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology requires you to complete a total of three courses in areas such as ICT management, database development and management and structured programming. You will gain a broad understanding of a range of areas within the field of information technology.

The Graduate Certificate is a pathway degree into the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology.  Within the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology you will study six courses from a broad range of information technology subjects such as systems development, database development and management and structured programming. You will enhance your knowledge from the areas studied in the graduate certificate by completing three additional courses on a range of specialist areas such as digital forensics, software design and implementation and network security.

What am I studying?

Emerging changes and advances in global technology have led to a more connected world where people can share information, photos and conversations simply and quickly. Information technology, information systems and multimedia have paved the way in enabling all of this to occur. Retrieving, processing, receiving, transmitting, protecting and storing information are all elements of information technology. 

The study of information technology and information systems are aligned, however there are differences within the two areas. Information technology is a combination of tools, processes and methodologies that are used to collect, process and present information. Information systems focuses on the use of technology and how it can assist with the organisation of people through the use of databases, networks and the Internet, and personal computers.

The term multimedia is used to describe the integrated presentation of text, graphics, sound and images, including digital video via computer-based media. Multimedia includes the study of animation and games for mobile devices, web design, digital video, and audio production. Students who study multimedia are able to create and apply digital content for communication, education and entertainment.

A career in information technology (IT) industry, either working in information technology, information systems, or multimedia is fast-paced, challenging and dynamic. Information technology and information systems specialists are sought after in nearly every business or organisation and in a range of employment fields.  Job opportunities exist in Internet/web development, network/communication technology, programming, video gaming, data entry, systems analyst, database management, multimedia, data communications expert, software developer, computer technician or security officer. Multimedia graduates work in the areas of publishing, advertising, communications, internet and database development, media design, games and gaming and animation.

Why Study Graduate Certificate in Information Technology at CQUni

CQUniversity’s Information Technology (IT) programs recognise the impact of IT on all aspects of our day-to-day lives.  We offer a wide range of study options leading to traditional IT qualifications, as well as specialist areas such as aviation technology and multimedia studies.

All of our programs are flexible, with most programs offering you the choice to study either full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by distance education. This means you can individually tailor your learning to suit your personal and professional needs.

At CQUniversity, we provide just the right mix of theory and practical experience to ensure that you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to widen your career options.  In some of our programs you will also be given the opportunity to pursue paid work placements where you can earn while you learn.

Unlike most other IT programs, our focus extends beyond teaching just the technical aspects but focuses on delivering a unique personal approach to teaching.  Every program is delivered by our supportive lecturers and staff who offer industry-relevant and real-work experience, from areas such as IT specialists, programmers and graphic designers.

Each of our programs is monitored and upgraded to ensure they stay current, are at the leading edge of new developments, and in line with the latest industry practices.  We also have a host of new IT projects coming online, so there has never been a better time to enjoy the benefits that CQUniversity offers and boost your prospects for a successful career in IT.


  • A bachelor degree or equivalent qualification; or
  •  A recognised diploma and a minimum of two years of relevant communication and information technology experience; or
  • A minimum of five years of relevant communication and information technology experience;
  • Resume from applicant detailing employment history;
  • Secondary and post secondary certificates;
  • Evidence from employer (past and present) on company letterhead;
  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language (international students)

Career Opportunities

On completing a Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology, you will have increased managerial abilities boosting your IT career opportunities in the following areas and enable you to progress to a masters level program.

  • Application programmer
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Database manager
  • Network engineer
  • IT project manager.

Program Structure

You are required to complete 3 courses (24 units of credit)

Professional Recognition

The Graduate Diploma of Information Technology has been accredited at the associate level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) . 

Please note: the ACS accredits each campus individually.

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