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CISCO Networking Academy Program

Chisholm Institute of TAFE RTO 0260


Chisholm TAFE is the Regional Academy for the internationally recognised CISCO Networking Academy Program. VET in schools multiplies opportunities for students.  They enable students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification as well as contribute towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate. Classroom learning is combined with structured hands-on training and practice in industry. This program provides VCE students with training and practical skills in the design, construction and maintenance of small to medium sized computer networks.


Selected units from 21915VIC - Certificate 1V in Shared Technolgy

There are four units in the program taken over two years covering

  • Networking fundamentals
  • Router theory and router technologies
  • Switched networks and advanced routing
  • Wide area networking

Upon completion, students will be prepared to undertake assessment for internationally recognised and accredited qualifications, including the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination. This qualification leads to enhanced employment opportunities in a range of fields including computer systems, information technology, engineering and telecommunications.


  • Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch College
  • Time: first year, Wednesday 12.30 – 5pm

Students are enrolled as CISCO Program students and have full access to the learning materials via the internet; however class attendance is still required. This program requires some mathematical abilities. Year 10 level or higher is recommended.

Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Learning is not mandated in this program, however the VCAA strongly recommend all VET students undertake some work placement. The VCAA strongly recommend a minimum of 80 hours.

Contribution to the VCE and VCAL

On completion of the first year of the program students are eligible for two credits towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate, two at units and a 3 and 4 sequence. Students who successfully complete the second year will be eligible for an additional Unit 3-4 sequence. Students will be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four.

Further information on the increment process can be found on the VCAA website:

This program will also satisfy the learning outcomes for the VCAL Industry Specific and the Work Related Skills strand. Bachelor of Computer Science;

Units of Competency

Units delivered over 2 years may include


Unit of Competency Name

VPAU645 (Discovery 1) Install and configure a home or small office network
VPAU646 (Discovery 2) Install and configure a small to medium business network
VBP118 (Discovery 1 & 2) Carry out a shared technology project
VPAU810 (Exploration 1) Build and maintain a fundamental network
VPAU811 (Exploration 2) Apply advanced routing protocols to network design
VBP121 (Exploration 1 & 2) Install and configure basic network and computer operation systems
VPAU812 (Exploration 3) Configure and troubleshoot advanced network switching
VPAU813 (Exploration 4) Install and maintain a WAN
VBP123 (Exploration 3 & 4) Build a small wireless LAN

To view the latest Units of Competency and course information go to:

CISCO Get VET Video Link

See VCE and VCAL students across Victoria exploring their passion through VET, developing workplace skills and knowledge and creating flexible pathways towards future education and employment.


Successful completion of this program will result in significant credit in the Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering and Certificate III and Certificate IV in Information Technology. For further information:


  • Certificate IV in Computer Systems
  • Advanced Diploma of Networking Security
  • Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
  • Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

University Options

  • Bachelor of Computer Science;
  • Bachelor of Information Systems; or Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology Systems; or Bachelor of Information & Communication Technology