Certificate IV in Information Technology (Websites)
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in website design and/or administration either as an independent ICT specialist or as part of a team. The qualification has a strong ICT base with the potential for inclusion of a range of broader design and multimedia units to suit particular needs. The qualification could provide logical progression from the ICA05 Certificate III in IT and entry into the Diploma of Information Technology (Website Development) and several other diplomas.
It is the logical pathway from the ICA05 Certificate III in IT, Support or Applications streams and has 2 specialist streams with direct relevance to workplace roles.
Design Stream This role involves designing and constructing web pages and creating the look and feel of the site. The design role's objective is to create, in consultation with the client, the flow or 'story' of the website and how information will be displayed. From a technical perspective, designers will make use of graphical knowledge, knowledge of specific technologies and various platforms, creative flair and ability to put down an image, layout and design skills, technical knowledge of hardware, software and specific web languages.
The stream provides for training in the specific design tools built on a fundamental ICT technical base. It is possible to come into this area without qualifications but this is likely to be difficult. The provision for selecting some electives from elsewhere in the Training Package enables other ICT oriented skill areas (e.g. network development or e-business strategy) to also be included in the qualification.
Administration Stream Depending on the level of responsibility and the particular job role involved an administration stream graduate would be expected to manage the various technical aspects of the website including technical performance analysis and reporting, development of protocols for transferring content, maintenance of standards and security, building basic sites and creating basic script and other technical elements for a website.
Additionally, such a role may also include developing custom programs to extend the function of the website and administering the day to day operation of the server software, monitoring logs and usage statistics, adjusting configuration settings and backing up the system.
The electives in this qualification allow for a degree of specialisation, for example in database work, content development or basic programming. The provision for selecting some electives from elsewhere in either the ICT or any other Training Package enables the incorporation of other skill areas (e.g. design or e-business database). Depending on the stream and electives chosen, this qualification could provide entry into one of several ICA05 Diploma qualifications including Website Development and Systems Administration.
Complementary qualifications with less of an ICT focus can be found in several other Training Packages including:
CUF07 Screen and Media
ICP05 Printing and Graphic Arts
CUV03 Visual Arts, Craft and Design
BSB07 Business Services
Individual job roles relating to this qualification span a range of ICT technical areas. Those graduates with a design focus would use skills in the design and production of websites to work as a designer and builder of websites. Administration graduates could use skills in the management of websites, corporate intranets and extranets to work as a web manager, intranet manager or network systems manager.
Possible job titles include:
Multimedia Content Author
Multimedia Graphic Designer
Web Applications Developers
Web Developer/Technical Writer
Web Development Officer
Web Graphic Designer
Website or Web Administrator
A number of units within this qualification have prerequisites. These are detailed as follows:
Code and Title
Prerequisite units required
ICAA4142C Design a website to meet technical requirements
ICAB4135B Create a simple mark-up language document to specification
ICAB4137B Produce basic client side script for dynamic web pages
CUFMEM07A Apply principles of visual design and communication to the development of a multimedia product
ICAB4220B Create scripts for networking
ICAB4225B Automate processes
ICAD4198B Develop guidelines for uploading information to a website
ICAD3218B Create user documentation
ICAD4217B Create technical documentation
ICAT4186B Conduct operational acceptance tests of websites
ICAT4184B Ensure site usability for full range of users
ICAT4194B Ensure basic website security
ICAI3101B Install and manage network protocols