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Certified Cybersecurity Professional

Learn in-demand skills and launch a career in cyber security

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Overview

The cyber security industry is facing a massive skills shortage, with a cyber crime being reported every ten minutes in Australia.

Open Colleges has partnered with industry leaders Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) to bring you the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course. Co-created by AIICT with industry experts, this interactive online course teaches you the skills employers are looking for.  

The course includes three International Standard Organisation (ISO) and American National Standard Institute (ANSI) accredited certifications issued by CompTIA, the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications.  

With interactive learning activities and hands-on lab sessions, this course will help you master the fundamentals of cyber security. You could go from zero industry experience to a job ready frontline Cyber Security Analyst in less than twelve months.

 

What you’ll learn

In this course you'll learn:

  • the foundational skills required to understand networking and the security measures required to protect various networks;
  • how to identify key threats and vulnerabilities which organisations face daily and how to prepare for these threats;
  • how to implement a sound network architecture to provide the best defence against cyber attacks; and
  • hands-on skills while competing with your classmates in real-world hacking simulations.

For the full list of topics covered in this course, refer to the Course Content tab.

Benefits to you

On completing this course and passing the exams, you’ll:

  • develop your foundational skills in Networking and IT and gain a sound understanding of best practice;
  • receive three certifications in globally recognised and ISO/ANSI accredited CompTIA course content as well as an AIICT Certified Cybersecurity Professional certification;
  • sharpen your soft skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, working in agile environments, effective risk management and more;
  • gain access to AIICT’s Industry Partner Program, connecting you to the best companies currently hiring in cyber security; and
  • be prepared for a role as a frontline Cyber Security Analyst in a 0% unemployment global industry.

 

Complete at your pace

The Certified Cybersecurity Professional Course can be completed at your own pace.

You’ll have twelve months to complete the course, but with the right time management you should be able to complete it within six to eight months.

Course at a Glance

LEARNING, TOOLS & RESOURCES

Webinars, practice labs, practice exams, videos and e-books

PRACTICE

Technical skills, penetration testing, discussion of methodology and techniques

COMPLETION ESTIMATE

Approximately 6 months (with 10 - 15 hours of study per week)

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR

This course is for:

  • people new to the workforce or returning to the workforce;

  • professionals looking to upskill; or

  • small business owners.

ACCESS

12 months

Next intake starts 2 November, 2020

REQUIREMENTS

No prior IT knowledge

This Certified Cybersecurity Professional Course has been designed to teach you the skills and knowledge you need to begin a frontline career in the cyber security industry. This means that the course has been engineered in a way that makes the technical subjects easy to comprehend for people with no prior IT knowledge.

If you’re naturally inquisitive, are fascinated by the constantly evolving world of technology and love problem solving, then a career in cyber security could be perfect for you.

 

The course is ideal for:

  • people entering the workforce for the first time or returning to the workforce who are looking for an entry-level role in cyber security;
  • people who are currently working but are looking to upskill or switch careers; and
  • small business owners who are looking to better understand how to protect their business.

 

This course also addresses some common issues, such as:

  • identifying threats - How do I analyse indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware?
  • cyber security support - How do I install and configure hardware and software network components to support organisational security?
  • essential network devices – How do I configure, manage and maintain essential network devices?
  • creating a secure network – How can I segment network traffic and create resilient networks?

This course contains three certifications from CompTIA. CompTIA stands for the Computing Technology Industry Association and it’s the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world. They have been developing IT specific training and certification exams for over 20 years.

CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. The CompTIA A+ is made up of two parts, Core 1 and Core 2. There is an exam for each Core and both these exams will count towards your CompTIA A+ certification.

In this section of this course, you’ll learn how to assemble components based on customer requirements, install and configure PCs, mobile devices and software, diagnose and resolve common hardware and software issues, and apply troubleshooting skills.

Learning Content

  • Installing hardware and display components
  • Mobile device connectivity and application support
  • TCP and UDP ports
  • Networking
  • Configuring a wired/wireless network
  • Wireless network protocols
  • Network hosts
  • Networking tools
  • Working with motherboards, CPUs, and add-on cards
  • Custom PC configuration
  • Cloud computing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Microsoft operating system installation and upgrade
  • Microsoft system administration tools
  • Application installation, networking and tools
  • System utilities

Learning Activities

  • Practice labs
  • Exam preparation
  • Webinars hosted by your mentor and industry experts
  • Lesson test

Topic Takeaways and Tools

  • Demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configure device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management and scripting
  • Support basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configure and support PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implement basic data backup and recovery methods and apply data storage and management best practices

CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.

In this topic, you’ll work towards building a solid understanding of how to manage and maintain essential network devices and how to create secure networks. You’ll develop the skills you need to troubleshoot common network devices, establish basic network connectivity and implement security protocols.

Learning Content

  • Ports and protocols and the OSI model
  • Routing, switching and IP addressing
  • Network topologies
  • Cloud concepts and network services
  • Networking devices
  • Remote access methods
  • Security devices and wireless security
  • Network monitoring and remote access methods
  • Troubleshooting

Learning Activities

  • Practice labs
  • Exam preparation
  • Webinars hosted by your mentor and industry experts
  • Lesson test

Topic Takeaways and Tools

  • Design and implement functional networks
  • Configure, manage and maintain essential network devices
  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations
  • Implement network security, standards and protocols
  • Troubleshoot network problems
  • Support the creation of virtualised networks

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills you’ll need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

In this topic, you’ll learn how to identify different types of malware, learn about penetration testing and how to implement secure protocols. You’ll develop the essential skills needed to perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques, and install and configure systems to secure applications, networks and devices.

Learning Content

  • The present threat landscape
  • Types of malware
  • Social engineering and related attacks
  • Application and service attacks
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability scanning
  • Impacts from vulnerability types
  • Components supporting organisational security
  • Security assessment using software tools
  • Cryptography
  • Wireless security settings
  • Analysing output from security technologies
  • Implementing secure protocols
  • Identify and access management controls
  • Common account management practices
  • Frameworks, guidelines and physical security
  • Cloud, virtualisation and resiliency concepts
  • Policies, plans and procedures
  • Business impact analysis and risk management
  • Incident responses, forensics and disaster recovery

Learning Activities

  • Practice labs
  • Exam preparation
  • Webinars hosted by your mentor and industry experts
  • Lesson test

Topic Takeaways and Tools

  • Analyse indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware
  • Compare and contrast types of attacks
  • Explain threat actor types and attributes
  • Explain penetration testing concepts
  • Explain vulnerability scanning concepts
  • Install and configure network components, both hardware and software-based, to support organisational security
  • Use appropriate software tools to assess the security posture of an organisation
  • Troubleshoot common security issues
  • Deploy mobile devices securely
  • Implement secure protocols
  • Compare and contrast identity and access management concepts
  • Implement identity and access management controls
  • Explain the importance of policies, plans and procedures related to organisational security
  • Explain risk management processes and concepts
  • Follow incident response procedures
  • Summarise basic concepts of forensics
  • Explain disaster recovery and continuity of operation concepts
  • Compare and contrast basic concepts of cryptography

After you've paid the fee, enrolled and received your login information, you'll be invited to attend an online orientation.

The dates for this course are all set, so once the start date commences, you’ll be able to access the course and get straight into the learning!

 

You’ll learn through:

1. StudySpot

StudySpot is the AIICT Learning Management System (LMS) and online portal for your studies. This is where you’ll access all study materials that will guide you through the course.

With a sleek, user-friendly look, the AIICT LMS has been designed to be super intuitive and easy to navigate. Here, you can monitor your progress compared to others in your cohort, while also keeping track of your study streak!

 

 

2. Mentoring and support

You will be allocated an experienced cyber security mentor. Your mentor is an industry expert with years of experience and it is their job to help and guide you throughout the duration of the course. They'll host some of the webinars you’ll participate in as part of the learning activities and will also work on arranging webinars hosted by other industry experts.

Your mentor will be available by email or via instant message using Slack.

 

 

3. Exams

There are 4 exams across three certifications included in your course – there are two exams for A+, one exam for Network + and one exam for Security +. These exams will be multiple choice and performance based and the exams can be sat in person or with remote testing.

Throughout the course, there’ll also be test exams to prepare you for the real thing, as well as quizzes.

 

 

4. Extra activities and resources

During your course, you’ll gain hands-on experience with activities such as ‘Hack the Box’ where you can compete with your classmates, as well as interactive lab sessions. You’ll also have access to a selection of ebooks, provided by AIICT. They are not mandatory reading but will be extremely helpful references before you tackle your exams.

 

Here's some answers to the most commonly asked questions around this course.

  • Who is this course delivered by?

    This course has been created by the Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT), which is part of the DDLS family.  DDLS is the largest provider of IT training in Australia and has a history spanning 25 years.

    The focus of AIICT is on providing high-quality training to people who are looking to launch or further their career in IT.

    Open Colleges is the authorised reseller of this course on behalf of DDLS.  We are authorised to market and advertise this course, and facilitate your enrolment including taking payment of the course fees on behalf of DDLS.

    AIICT will be responsible for delivering the course to you on their online platform, for any matters arising out of your enrolment (including support, assessments examinations, etc.) and for issuing any certificates of completion.  You should refer to AIICT with any questions or issues about your studies.

  • What are the learning activities?

    In this course, AIICT have created learning assets which you can utilise to gain skills to fast-track your workplace success and grow your career.

    During this course, you’ll have exposure to some hands-on experiences such as ‘Hack the Box’. This is an online simulation tool with over 200,000 users worldwide, and it allows you to interact with real-world examples of attacks that you may face while working in the cyber security industry. Users compete for points, which contribute to their place on the global leader board. 

    Lab sessions are another activity where students gain critical hands-on skills and develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter to prepare for exams.  These exercises are quite varied and are dependent upon the stage of the course.

    You’ll also have access to video content and quizzes to test your knowledge.

  • Are there any tests or exams?

    Yes. This course includes four exams across three certifications – there are two exams for CompTIA A+, one exam for CompTIA Network+ and one exam for CompTIA Security+.  These exams will be multiple choice and performance based, and the exams can be sat in person or with remote testing.

    The cost of the exams (one attempt) is included in the cost of the course. AIICT will provide you with exam vouchers in order to register for these exams. If you’re required to retake an exam there will be an additional cost payable by you to AIICT for this.

    Throughout the course, there’ll also be test exams to prepare you for the real thing, as well as quizzes.

  • Will I receive a certificate when I complete this course?

    You will receive three certifications in globally recognised CompTIA course content after passing the four mandatory exams, as well as an AIICT Certified Cybersecurity Professional certification.

    The CompTIA certifications are:

    1. CompTIA A+, which is the is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles.
    2. CompTIA Network+, which helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.
    3. CompTIA Security+, which is a global certification that validates the baseline skills one needs to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

    These certifications are accredited by International Organisation for Standardisation and the American National Standards Institute (ISO/ANSI).

    Please note, this program is not accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (i.e. it’s not a Certificate I - IV or Diploma).

  • What are the minimum desktop and mobile requirements to view and access this course?

    While there are no prerequisites for the course, you’ll need to have access to a laptop or desktop computer with a reliable internet connection.
  • How do I access the course I purchased?

    Once you’ve purchased your course, you’ll receive an email within 48 hours from AIICT containing login information and simple instructions on how to get started and access your content within the AIICT online campus. You’ll also receive an online orientation that will help you prepare.

    If you have not received an email, please check your spam or junk folders within your email program to make sure it has not accidentally been filtered by your email program.

  • What kind of support will I get during my course?

    As this course is delivered by AIICT, you’ll have the support of an experienced cyber security mentor. Their job will be to help and guide you throughout the duration of your course. Your mentor will be available by email or via instant message using Slack.

    You’ll also have the support of your cohort and you are free to discuss ideas or challenges with them.

    For any other post-enrolment support, such as technical support, you’ll need to contact AIICT directly.

  • Do I need to take the course in a specific order?

    You’ll need to complete this course in the order it is presented in.  This gives you an introduction and overview to the course, with each topic acting like a building block to prepare you for the next.

  • Can I call Open Colleges over the phone to purchase this course?

    Unfortunately, we do not facilitate the purchase of the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course over the phone.  All enrolments for this course are online only.

  • Are flexible payment options or government funding available?

    Unfortunately, we do not offer payment plans or government funding for this course.

    The course price displayed ($4,455) includes GST and a 10% discount on the full course price, giving you a saving of $495. It must be paid in full upfront and no further discounts apply.

    If you still have any questions about the course price and alternate payment options, please submit an enquiry through the ‘Enquiries’ tab.

  • Is my course refundable?

    Subject to your rights under the Consumer Law, after the initial cooling off period of seven calendar days (see here for more information), the course is non-refundable if you choose to cancel or withdraw from the course.

    We encourage you to carefully consider whether this course is suited to your needs prior to enrolling and then during the cooling off period and ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions that apply.

  • How long will my course take to complete?

    The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course has a maximum duration of 12 months, so you’ll need to finish your course within that time frame.

  • What is my course expiry date?

    Your course expiry date is 12 months from the date of your enrolment.

  • Can I start the course at any time?

    No.  This course has set start dates, but it is self-paced. This means you’ll have the flexibility to choose how and when you want to study, provided you complete within the required timeframe.

  • Is there a cooling off period?

    Yes, there is a cooling off period of seven calendar days from the date of enrolment. This means you can withdraw from the course within this cooling off period and receive a refund of the course fees paid.  AIICT will retain an administration fee of $600.

  • Can I cancel this course?

    Yes. You can cancel your enrolment in the course at any time.

    Subject to your rights under the Consumer Law, after the initial cooling off period of seven days (see here for more information), the course is non-refundable if you choose to cancel your enrolment.

    We encourage you to carefully consider whether this course is suited to your needs prior to enrolling and then during the cooling off period and ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions that apply.

  • Are there any additional items, on top of course fees, that I will need to purchase if I undertake this course?

    Nothing further is required except access to a printer to print your PDFs from the available Resources section if desired.

  • What are the jobs that I can expect to get after doing this course?

    The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course has been designed to prepare you for a successful career as a Cyber Security Analyst. If you do not have any previous IT experience, you could expect to start in a junior role in IT or systems, and progress as you gain more experience.

    While Open Colleges and AIICT cannot guarantee you employment on completion of this course, you can participate in AIICT’s Industry Partner Program to connect with potential employers in the cyber security industry. 

  • What is the Industry Partner Program?

    The Cybersecurity Professional course has been developed by AIICT in partnership with leading employers in Australia to prepare you for a successful career as a Cyber Security Analyst.

    After successfully completing this course and passing the exams, graduates will be eligible to join the Industry Partner Program, where AIICT connects you with businesses who are recruiting for cyber security roles.

    As AIICT is part of the DDLS family, you’ll have the benefit of being connected to DDLS’s wide range of industry contacts through this program. While AIICT cannot guarantee you employment by utilising the Industry Partner Program, the program is designed to place you in front of prospective employers to give you a head start when looking for work.

  • How old do I need to be in order to enrol for this course?

    You must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Australia to be eligible to purchase a short course.

  • What are the terms and conditions of this course?

    Open Colleges have been authorised to sell this course on behalf of AIICT.  Your enrolment in the course is subject to Open Colleges’ Terms and Conditions. The OC Terms also incorporate the AIICT Student Enrolment Agreement.

    Our Privacy Policy will also apply and this details how we will collect, use and handle your personal information.  In enrolling in the course you agree to and accept the terms of our Privacy Policy, including that we will provide your information to AIICT for the purposes of your enrolment in the course. AIICT’s Privacy Policy will also apply to how they collect, use and handle your information.

    It is important that you read all of these documents carefully before you enrol as these are legal terms that will apply to you. By enrolling in the course you agree to and accept the OC Terms and the AIICT Terms will apply.

Got a question on the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course? We aim to answer your questions same business day.

Overview

The cyber security industry is facing a massive skills shortage, with a cyber crime being reported every ten minutes in Australia.

Open Colleges has partnered with industry leaders Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) to bring you the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course. Co-created by AIICT with industry experts, this interactive online course teaches you the skills employers are looking for.  

The course includes three International Standard Organisation (ISO) and American National Standard Institute (ANSI) accredited certifications issued by CompTIA, the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications.  

With interactive learning activities and hands-on lab sessions, this course will help you master the fundamentals of cyber security. You could go from zero industry experience to a job ready frontline Cyber Security Analyst in less than twelve months.

 

What you’ll learn

In this course you'll learn:

  • the foundational skills required to understand networking and the security measures required to protect various networks;
  • how to identify key threats and vulnerabilities which organisations face daily and how to prepare for these threats;
  • how to implement a sound network architecture to provide the best defence against cyber attacks; and
  • hands-on skills while competing with your classmates in real-world hacking simulations.

For the full list of topics covered in this course, refer to the Course Content tab.

Benefits to you

On completing this course and passing the exams, you’ll:

  • develop your foundational skills in Networking and IT and gain a sound understanding of best practice;
  • receive three certifications in globally recognised and ISO/ANSI accredited CompTIA course content as well as an AIICT Certified Cybersecurity Professional certification;
  • sharpen your soft skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, working in agile environments, effective risk management and more;
  • gain access to AIICT’s Industry Partner Program, connecting you to the best companies currently hiring in cyber security; and
  • be prepared for a role as a frontline Cyber Security Analyst in a 0% unemployment global industry.

 

Complete at your pace

The Certified Cybersecurity Professional Course can be completed at your own pace.

You’ll have twelve months to complete the course, but with the right time management you should be able to complete it within six to eight months.

Who's this for?

This Certified Cybersecurity Professional Course has been designed to teach you the skills and knowledge you need to begin a frontline career in the cyber security industry. This means that the course has been engineered in a way that makes the technical subjects easy to comprehend for people with no prior IT knowledge.

If you’re naturally inquisitive, are fascinated by the constantly evolving world of technology and love problem solving, then a career in cyber security could be perfect for you.

 

The course is ideal for:

  • people entering the workforce for the first time or returning to the workforce who are looking for an entry-level role in cyber security;
  • people who are currently working but are looking to upskill or switch careers; and
  • small business owners who are looking to better understand how to protect their business.

 

This course also addresses some common issues, such as:

  • identifying threats - How do I analyse indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware?
  • cyber security support - How do I install and configure hardware and software network components to support organisational security?
  • essential network devices – How do I configure, manage and maintain essential network devices?
  • creating a secure network – How can I segment network traffic and create resilient networks?

Course Content

This course contains three certifications from CompTIA. CompTIA stands for the Computing Technology Industry Association and it’s the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world. They have been developing IT specific training and certification exams for over 20 years.

CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. The CompTIA A+ is made up of two parts, Core 1 and Core 2. There is an exam for each Core and both these exams will count towards your CompTIA A+ certification.

In this section of this course, you’ll learn how to assemble components based on customer requirements, install and configure PCs, mobile devices and software, diagnose and resolve common hardware and software issues, and apply troubleshooting skills.

Learning Content

  • Installing hardware and display components
  • Mobile device connectivity and application support
  • TCP and UDP ports
  • Networking
  • Configuring a wired/wireless network
  • Wireless network protocols
  • Network hosts
  • Networking tools
  • Working with motherboards, CPUs, and add-on cards
  • Custom PC configuration
  • Cloud computing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Microsoft operating system installation and upgrade
  • Microsoft system administration tools
  • Application installation, networking and tools
  • System utilities

Learning Activities

  • Practice labs
  • Exam preparation
  • Webinars hosted by your mentor and industry experts
  • Lesson test

Topic Takeaways and Tools

  • Demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configure device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management and scripting
  • Support basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configure and support PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implement basic data backup and recovery methods and apply data storage and management best practices

CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.

In this topic, you’ll work towards building a solid understanding of how to manage and maintain essential network devices and how to create secure networks. You’ll develop the skills you need to troubleshoot common network devices, establish basic network connectivity and implement security protocols.

Learning Content

  • Ports and protocols and the OSI model
  • Routing, switching and IP addressing
  • Network topologies
  • Cloud concepts and network services
  • Networking devices
  • Remote access methods
  • Security devices and wireless security
  • Network monitoring and remote access methods
  • Troubleshooting

Learning Activities

  • Practice labs
  • Exam preparation
  • Webinars hosted by your mentor and industry experts
  • Lesson test

Topic Takeaways and Tools

  • Design and implement functional networks
  • Configure, manage and maintain essential network devices
  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations
  • Implement network security, standards and protocols
  • Troubleshoot network problems
  • Support the creation of virtualised networks

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills you’ll need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

In this topic, you’ll learn how to identify different types of malware, learn about penetration testing and how to implement secure protocols. You’ll develop the essential skills needed to perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques, and install and configure systems to secure applications, networks and devices.

Learning Content

  • The present threat landscape
  • Types of malware
  • Social engineering and related attacks
  • Application and service attacks
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability scanning
  • Impacts from vulnerability types
  • Components supporting organisational security
  • Security assessment using software tools
  • Cryptography
  • Wireless security settings
  • Analysing output from security technologies
  • Implementing secure protocols
  • Identify and access management controls
  • Common account management practices
  • Frameworks, guidelines and physical security
  • Cloud, virtualisation and resiliency concepts
  • Policies, plans and procedures
  • Business impact analysis and risk management
  • Incident responses, forensics and disaster recovery

Learning Activities

  • Practice labs
  • Exam preparation
  • Webinars hosted by your mentor and industry experts
  • Lesson test

Topic Takeaways and Tools

  • Analyse indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware
  • Compare and contrast types of attacks
  • Explain threat actor types and attributes
  • Explain penetration testing concepts
  • Explain vulnerability scanning concepts
  • Install and configure network components, both hardware and software-based, to support organisational security
  • Use appropriate software tools to assess the security posture of an organisation
  • Troubleshoot common security issues
  • Deploy mobile devices securely
  • Implement secure protocols
  • Compare and contrast identity and access management concepts
  • Implement identity and access management controls
  • Explain the importance of policies, plans and procedures related to organisational security
  • Explain risk management processes and concepts
  • Follow incident response procedures
  • Summarise basic concepts of forensics
  • Explain disaster recovery and continuity of operation concepts
  • Compare and contrast basic concepts of cryptography

How it works

After you've paid the fee, enrolled and received your login information, you'll be invited to attend an online orientation.

The dates for this course are all set, so once the start date commences, you’ll be able to access the course and get straight into the learning!

 

You’ll learn through:

1. StudySpot

StudySpot is the AIICT Learning Management System (LMS) and online portal for your studies. This is where you’ll access all study materials that will guide you through the course.

With a sleek, user-friendly look, the AIICT LMS has been designed to be super intuitive and easy to navigate. Here, you can monitor your progress compared to others in your cohort, while also keeping track of your study streak!

 

 

2. Mentoring and support

You will be allocated an experienced cyber security mentor. Your mentor is an industry expert with years of experience and it is their job to help and guide you throughout the duration of the course. They'll host some of the webinars you’ll participate in as part of the learning activities and will also work on arranging webinars hosted by other industry experts.

Your mentor will be available by email or via instant message using Slack.

 

 

3. Exams

There are 4 exams across three certifications included in your course – there are two exams for A+, one exam for Network + and one exam for Security +. These exams will be multiple choice and performance based and the exams can be sat in person or with remote testing.

Throughout the course, there’ll also be test exams to prepare you for the real thing, as well as quizzes.

 

 

4. Extra activities and resources

During your course, you’ll gain hands-on experience with activities such as ‘Hack the Box’ where you can compete with your classmates, as well as interactive lab sessions. You’ll also have access to a selection of ebooks, provided by AIICT. They are not mandatory reading but will be extremely helpful references before you tackle your exams.

 

FAQs

Here's some answers to the most commonly asked questions around this course.

This course has been created by the Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT), which is part of the DDLS family.  DDLS is the largest provider of IT training in Australia and has a history spanning 25 years.

The focus of AIICT is on providing high-quality training to people who are looking to launch or further their career in IT.

Open Colleges is the authorised reseller of this course on behalf of DDLS.  We are authorised to market and advertise this course, and facilitate your enrolment including taking payment of the course fees on behalf of DDLS.

AIICT will be responsible for delivering the course to you on their online platform, for any matters arising out of your enrolment (including support, assessments examinations, etc.) and for issuing any certificates of completion.  You should refer to AIICT with any questions or issues about your studies.

In this course, AIICT have created learning assets which you can utilise to gain skills to fast-track your workplace success and grow your career.

During this course, you’ll have exposure to some hands-on experiences such as ‘Hack the Box’. This is an online simulation tool with over 200,000 users worldwide, and it allows you to interact with real-world examples of attacks that you may face while working in the cyber security industry. Users compete for points, which contribute to their place on the global leader board. 

Lab sessions are another activity where students gain critical hands-on skills and develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter to prepare for exams.  These exercises are quite varied and are dependent upon the stage of the course.

You’ll also have access to video content and quizzes to test your knowledge.

Yes. This course includes four exams across three certifications – there are two exams for CompTIA A+, one exam for CompTIA Network+ and one exam for CompTIA Security+.  These exams will be multiple choice and performance based, and the exams can be sat in person or with remote testing.

The cost of the exams (one attempt) is included in the cost of the course. AIICT will provide you with exam vouchers in order to register for these exams. If you’re required to retake an exam there will be an additional cost payable by you to AIICT for this.

Throughout the course, there’ll also be test exams to prepare you for the real thing, as well as quizzes.

You will receive three certifications in globally recognised CompTIA course content after passing the four mandatory exams, as well as an AIICT Certified Cybersecurity Professional certification.

The CompTIA certifications are:

  1. CompTIA A+, which is the is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles.
  2. CompTIA Network+, which helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.
  3. CompTIA Security+, which is a global certification that validates the baseline skills one needs to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

These certifications are accredited by International Organisation for Standardisation and the American National Standards Institute (ISO/ANSI).

Please note, this program is not accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (i.e. it’s not a Certificate I - IV or Diploma).

While there are no prerequisites for the course, you’ll need to have access to a laptop or desktop computer with a reliable internet connection.

Once you’ve purchased your course, you’ll receive an email within 48 hours from AIICT containing login information and simple instructions on how to get started and access your content within the AIICT online campus. You’ll also receive an online orientation that will help you prepare.

If you have not received an email, please check your spam or junk folders within your email program to make sure it has not accidentally been filtered by your email program.

As this course is delivered by AIICT, you’ll have the support of an experienced cyber security mentor. Their job will be to help and guide you throughout the duration of your course. Your mentor will be available by email or via instant message using Slack.

You’ll also have the support of your cohort and you are free to discuss ideas or challenges with them.

For any other post-enrolment support, such as technical support, you’ll need to contact AIICT directly.

You’ll need to complete this course in the order it is presented in.  This gives you an introduction and overview to the course, with each topic acting like a building block to prepare you for the next.

Unfortunately, we do not facilitate the purchase of the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course over the phone.  All enrolments for this course are online only.

Unfortunately, we do not offer payment plans or government funding for this course.

The course price displayed ($4,455) includes GST and a 10% discount on the full course price, giving you a saving of $495. It must be paid in full upfront and no further discounts apply.

If you still have any questions about the course price and alternate payment options, please submit an enquiry through the ‘Enquiries’ tab.

Subject to your rights under the Consumer Law, after the initial cooling off period of seven calendar days (see here for more information), the course is non-refundable if you choose to cancel or withdraw from the course.

We encourage you to carefully consider whether this course is suited to your needs prior to enrolling and then during the cooling off period and ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions that apply.

The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course has a maximum duration of 12 months, so you’ll need to finish your course within that time frame.

Your course expiry date is 12 months from the date of your enrolment.

No.  This course has set start dates, but it is self-paced. This means you’ll have the flexibility to choose how and when you want to study, provided you complete within the required timeframe.

Yes, there is a cooling off period of seven calendar days from the date of enrolment. This means you can withdraw from the course within this cooling off period and receive a refund of the course fees paid.  AIICT will retain an administration fee of $600.

Yes. You can cancel your enrolment in the course at any time.

Subject to your rights under the Consumer Law, after the initial cooling off period of seven days (see here for more information), the course is non-refundable if you choose to cancel your enrolment.

We encourage you to carefully consider whether this course is suited to your needs prior to enrolling and then during the cooling off period and ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions that apply.

Nothing further is required except access to a printer to print your PDFs from the available Resources section if desired.

The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course has been designed to prepare you for a successful career as a Cyber Security Analyst. If you do not have any previous IT experience, you could expect to start in a junior role in IT or systems, and progress as you gain more experience.

While Open Colleges and AIICT cannot guarantee you employment on completion of this course, you can participate in AIICT’s Industry Partner Program to connect with potential employers in the cyber security industry. 

The Cybersecurity Professional course has been developed by AIICT in partnership with leading employers in Australia to prepare you for a successful career as a Cyber Security Analyst.

After successfully completing this course and passing the exams, graduates will be eligible to join the Industry Partner Program, where AIICT connects you with businesses who are recruiting for cyber security roles.

As AIICT is part of the DDLS family, you’ll have the benefit of being connected to DDLS’s wide range of industry contacts through this program. While AIICT cannot guarantee you employment by utilising the Industry Partner Program, the program is designed to place you in front of prospective employers to give you a head start when looking for work.

You must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Australia to be eligible to purchase a short course.

Open Colleges have been authorised to sell this course on behalf of AIICT.  Your enrolment in the course is subject to Open Colleges’ Terms and Conditions. The OC Terms also incorporate the AIICT Student Enrolment Agreement.

Our Privacy Policy will also apply and this details how we will collect, use and handle your personal information.  In enrolling in the course you agree to and accept the terms of our Privacy Policy, including that we will provide your information to AIICT for the purposes of your enrolment in the course. AIICT’s Privacy Policy will also apply to how they collect, use and handle your information.

It is important that you read all of these documents carefully before you enrol as these are legal terms that will apply to you. By enrolling in the course you agree to and accept the OC Terms and the AIICT Terms will apply.

Enquiries

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$4455

12 MONTHS ACCESS

NEXT INTAKE: 2 NOVEMEBER 2020

Course at a Glance

LEARNING, TOOLS & RESOURCES

Webinars, practice labs, practice exams, videos and e-books

PRACTICE

Technical skills, penetration testing, discussion of methodology and techniques

COMPLETION ESTIMATE

Approximately 6 months (with 10 - 15 hours of study per week)

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR

This course is for:

  • people new to the workforce or returning to the workforce;

  • professionals looking to upskill; or

  • small business owners.

ACCESS

12 months

Next intake starts 2 November, 2020

REQUIREMENTS

No prior IT knowledge

$4455

12 MONTHS ACCESS

NEXT INTAKE: 2 NOVEMEBER 2020