Course Description

Open Colleges' ICT40315 Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies will prepare you to confidently:

  • Navigate internet and website basics.
  • Create websites, taking into consideration design factors including visual elements, as well as user experience.
  • Understand and comply with copyright, web standards and WHS.
  • Master web-hosting.
  • Take on basic front end (HTML, CSS, Javascript) and back end coding (PHP).
  • Manage databases (SQL) and database connections to webpages.
  • Execute the basics of CMS (WordPress).
  • Monitor and maintain websites

Why study this course?

  • This online web design course will equip you with career-focused IT skills, and will take you beyond web building basics.
  • The ICT40315 Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies will provide you with the skills and knowledge to move into a variety of entry-level IT fields, including: web development, web design or digital production.
  • This web development course is also perfect for people looking to take the next step in their career by upskilling with advanced technical web development skills.
  • Study online and fit your learning around your lifestyle and work. With this course, you can study where you want, when you want, at a pace that suits you.

This website development course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region.

Potential career outcomes

  • Digital Media Assistant
  • Junior Developer
  • Junior Digital/Web Designer
  • Website Administrator
  • Website assistant
Course number E1110
Qualification name ICT40315 Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Portfolio, Projects, Short-answer questions, Written reports
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


Pathways for this qualification include:

  • Direct entry
  • After achieving Certificate II or III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Vocational training and/or work experience across a range of work settings.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and you should have intermediate computing skills.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection (2Mb)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • File compression software
  • Digital audio or video recording capability
  • Access to web browsers: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer (download if necessary)
  • Skype application (check visual and audio function).

Specific requirements for Mac OS users:

  • Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher recommended (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz recommended).

Specific requirements for Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher ( Windows 8recommended)
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz recommended).


You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, audio and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.

You will also need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc are available as a download from the internet.

Some assessments include a component for you to record an audio or video. The requirements for these vary depending on the assessment. If you are unable to conduct these in the workplace and this is a requirement of the assessment, you have the option of engaging with friends, family and other students to record this via other means, such as Skype.


You will require access to office equipment and resources including telephone, photocopier, scanner and printer.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image, audio and video files.


Software subscription: You will be required to purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud membership (either monthly or yearly, at discounted student rate). The course specifically requires for you to use this software during Study Period 2: Design, however you may choose to extend your membership beyond this point if you are interested in refining your web content for all following assessments throughout the course.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

The Web 101

  • Determine context of business need or problem
  • Gather information
  • Confirm system specifications
  • Define the technical environment
  • Define the human computer interface
  • Determine the site hierarchy
  • Integrate the design components

Website design and planning

  • Identify main layout sections from design specification
  • Layout the web page to match design specification
  • Test and validate the layout
  • Prepare design for interface
  • Design and document user interface
  • Identify commonly used visual design components for games and interactive media
  • Identify the graphics software packages used for visual design
  • Use graphics software
  • Create the visual design components for an interactive media
  • Evaluate the implementation

Front end basics

  • Analyse the specifications and requirements
  • Create the document structure
  • Incorporate the web page components
  • Validate the documents
  • Analyse the requirements for web documents
  • Design and produce web documents
  • Test the scripts and debug
  • Format, style and lay out the elements on a web page
  • Test and validate the web pages

Hosting and transferring content

  • Select the ISP
  • Ensure guarantee of a permanent online presence
  • Ensure that the web host meets the technical requirements
  • Benchmark performance and test it against specified criteria
  • Configure the file transfer protocol client
  • Plan and prepare for the data transfer
  • Establish the connection to server
  • Transfer the data to a remote server

Back end basics

  • Analyse the requirements for web documents requiring server-side dynamic interaction
  • Design server-side scripts
  • Produce the web documents​
  • Test the scripts and debug
  • Set up security
  • Analyse the requirements for the database
  • Use data modelling to design the database to suit requirements
  • Create a database on a web or database server
  • Test the database and debug
  • Identify SQL requirements from the specification documentation
  • Create a relational database
  • Test SQL results
  • Identify the client and server-side dynamic content
  • Create the dynamic content
  • Test the dynamic pages

Testing and compliance

  • Identify the accessibility standards
  • Test for website accessibility
  • Test the pages
  • Design a site user test
  • Conduct the user test
  • Evaluate the user test
  • Document the results
  • Contribute to establishing and running WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Raise WHS issues with others
  • Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues

Connecting and customisation

  • Analyse the specifications and requirements
  • Develop the code and documentation
  • Validate the integration
  • Analyse the specifications and requirements
  • Research the requirements
  • Create a content management system powered website
  • Validate and evaluate the final website

Monitoring your site

  • Select web traffic monitoring tools
  • Monitor web traffic
  • Make recommendations for improvements
  • Protect intellectual property
  • Contribute to copyright policy
  • Protect rights of stakeholders
  • Contribute to privacy policy
  • Maintain privacy policy
  • Contribute to creation of ethics code
  • Maintain ethics code
  • Benchmark website performance
  • Track website performance
  • Tune performance
  • Initiate and monitor performance improvement



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

Damian Kasper

Damian has worked in the IT industry for over eight years in many different roles. Starting from desktop support, he progressed to network and systems engineering, software development and IT project management. He has worked for international organisations in both Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea, while learning to fluently speak Tetun. His most recent position was IT Manager for a large multinational corporation. Damian’s qualifications include the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Networks & Systems), TAE40110 Certificate IV Training and Assessment and Certificate II in Information Technology.

Maria Tentzeraki

Maria is an IT professional with experience in web applications programming and database design, IT training and online course development. She has worked for major organisations such as Oracle Corporation and the NSW Department of Education and Training, and has participated in projects for major clients including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She also provides IT consultancy to small businesses.

Maria holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Bachelor in Information Technology and a Master of Information Systems. Her current interests are the latest web development trends, social media marketing and open source applications communities and contribution.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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