ICT50315 – Diploma of Technology Systems Administration

If you like all-things-IT then this is the Diploma course for you. It's designed to teach skills across a broad range of IT solutions, in particular designing and implementing systems networks, troubleshooting and security administration. The course is designed for students wanting to get into roles such as Computer Technicians, Help Desk Officers, IT Technicians or Database Administrators.

Hurry, enrolments close 29 June 2017!

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What you will learn 

This course will provide you with the skills to manage the day-to-day operations of IT systems, manage IT queries and to ensure that systems run effectively. You will study best practice principles in disaster recovery, contingency planning, maintenance services, installation deployment and release testing. You will explore the areas of ethics, business requirements gathering, workplace effectiveness and strategic thinking.

As part of this qualification, you can gain a selection of Vendor Certifications. These certifications are not recognised against the Australian Qualifications Framework, but are recognised extensively within industry, locally and globally.

How you will study 

Classes are run using a range of flexible delivery models. Some classes are instructor led (in class or online) whilst others are self-managed online study.

Classes are run in the Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth New Horizons campuses and you will have access to a dedicated instructor throughout the program.

You can plan your-own timetable based on scheduled class times within the 12-month period. We recommend you plan this with your Learning Solutions Advisor when commencing your study.

This combined in-class and online delivery approach provides great balance. It offers you maximum flexibility, whilst still getting direct access to accredited instructors and time to build a network with other students.  


Competency will be assessed by way of written and practical assignments.

If you wish to gain Vendor Certification, you will be required to sit and pass dedicated Exams. Vendor Certification is optional, and incurs additional exam costs.

Eligibility requirements 

There are no formal eligibility requirements. New Horizons Australia will assess your academic suitability to ensure you have the best chance of successful completion and value. The criteria our assessors determine suitability is by

  • providing New Horizons with a copy of an Australian year 12 certificate, or 
  • providing a copy of any other Certificate IV qualification (or above), or
  • completion of a Core Skills Profile for Audits online assessment and passing at above Exit Level 3 under the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.


This program is conducted over 12 months, and runs from June 2017 to June 2018.  

Course costs 

The total tuition fees are $11,400. 

You can elect to pay via: 

  • Self funding, where you pay your own fees by credit card, direct debit or cash 
  • VET Student Loans, which is an Australian Government income contingent loan, plus you pay the outstanding fee of $1,400 

Should you opt to complete the Vendor Certification exams, an additional fee of AUD$1519 will be payable. Exams can be done individually and cost approximately between AUD$235-$321.

VET Student Loan available 

This Diploma course is eligible for a VET Student Loan from the Australian Government to assist you with paying for your tuition fees. VET Student Loan is an Australian Government Loan program available to Australian Citizens. For the ICT50315 - Diploma of Technology Systems Administration, you can borrow a $10,000 VET Student Loan, which you will be required to pay back once you are earning above a certain threshold. 

The balance of the tuition fees can be made with $200 up front and $100 every month over the 12 month period. You can pay the remaining balance in one lump sum if preferred. 

Please note: 

  • that a 20% government loan fee will be applied to the VET Student Loan amount
  • that VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements
  • that a VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid

What you will study 

Vendor Certification/Modules



Competency Evaluation

In Class*


Prince2 Foundation

3 Days

Runs Monthly

Not Available

Assessment Required.

Exam Optional.

Comptia Network+

5 Days

Runs Monthly

Not Available

Assessment Required.

Exam Optional.

Comptia Security+

5 Days

Runs Monthly

Not Available

Assessment Required.

Exam Optional.

Comptia A+

5 Days

Runs Monthly

Not Available

Assessment Required.

2 x Exams Optional.

20410 Installing And Configuring Windows Server 2012

5 Days

Runs Monthly

90-day access

Assessment Required.

Exam Optional.

8 Additional Self-Managed Learning Modules

Approx 5 Days Each

Not Available

Study anytime over 12 months

Assessment Required.

*In Class schedule is run subject to demand. The schedule may be amended from time to time.

The Vendor Certification/Modules you study will cover all necessary units of competency under this Diploma. These are:        

  • ICTICT509 Gather data to identify business requirements
  • ICTICT511 Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise
  • ICTPMG501 Manage ICT projects
  • ICTNWK529 Install and manage complex ICT networks
  • ICTTEN611 Produce an ICT network architecture design
  • ICTNWK513 Manage system security
  • ICTSAS512 Review and manage delivery of maintenance services
  • ICTSAS515 Manage the testing process
  • ICTTEN516 Produce technical solutions from business specifications
  • ICTSAS512 Review and manage delivery of maintenance services
  • ICTSAS505 Review and update disaster recovery and contingency plans
  • ICTSUS501 Implement server virtualisation for a sustainable ICT system

Self-managed learning modules

  • BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability 
  • ICTICT418 Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment
  • ICTSAS406 Implement and hand over system components
  • ICTSAS502 Establish and maintain client user liaison
  • BSBLDR501 Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • BSBLDR502 Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development 

Please contact the New Horizons Australian Learning Solutions Advisor if you have any queries at all about this course, the fees or eligibility criteria.