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10 tech gigs you can aim for with a free TAFE course

Tech skills can unlock the door to so many careers, and with a free TAFE course you can get a taste for your tech interests and strengths

TAFEs around Australia have been given government funding for hundreds of qualifications from certificates to diplomas, all on offer at no cost for priority groups and sectors. And guess what? Tech and young people aged 17 to 24 are big priorities!

A TAFE qualification could help you transition from school to uni, or it could get you the entry-level position you need to kickstart your dream career. 

Find your TAFE + tech career here:

#1 Analyst / Programmer

Support existing tech or apps, provide tech support or build basic apps.

Free courses: 

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming) (NSW)

Certificate III in Information Technology (VIC) (NSW) (QLD) (WA)

Diploma of Applied Blockchain (QLD)

Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Programming) (QLD) (WA)

#2 Animator

Build animations for company presentations or digital design agencies.

Free courses: 

Certificate III in Information Technology (VIC) (NSW) (QLD)

#3 Cyber security assistant

Analyse data to help protect organisations against cyber security breaches.

Free courses: 

Certificate IV in Cyber Security (NSW) (VIC) (QLD)

Certificate III in Information Technology (VIC) (NSW) (QLD) (WA)

Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security (WA)

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Cyber Security Incident Response) (WA)

#4 Database administrator

Work with big databases to help people make data-informed decisions.

Free courses:

Diploma of Information Technology (Database and Data Management) (NSW

Certificate III in Information Technology (VIC) (NSW) (QLD) (WA)

#5 Game developer

Test or develop games or assist with game animation.

Free courses: 

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Gaming Development) (NSW)

Diploma of Information Technology (Game Art and Design) (NSW)

Diploma of Information Technology (Game Programming) (NSW)

Diploma of Screen and Media – Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects (QLD)
Diploma of Information Technology (Games and Intelligent Systems) (WA)

#6 ICT manager

Combine IT with business strategy or project management.

Free courses: 

Certificate III in Information Technology (VIC) (NSW) (QLD) (WA)

#7 IT help desk officer

Join the IT crowd and provide technical support to employees or customers! 

Free courses: 

Certificate III in Information Technology (VIC) (NSW) (QLD) (WA)

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems Administration Support) (NSW)

#8 Network support technician

Set up servers or cloud computing infrastructure that organisations run on.

Free courses: 

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) (NSW)

Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking and Systems Administration) (QLD) (WA)

Certificate IV in Computer Systems (WA)

#9 Telecommunications technician

Work with mobile phone or internet infrastructure to fix customer problems.

Free courses:

Diploma of Information Technology (Telecommunications Network Engineering) (NSW)

#10 Web developer

Build websites or provide website support to web design companies.

Free courses: 

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Web Development) (WA)

Diploma of Information Technology (Front End Web Development) (NSW)

Diploma of Information Technology (Back End Web Development and Front End Web Development) (QLD) (WA)

For other options you can check out every free TAFE course around Australia on the Your Career website. Found your ideal course but it isn’t free? Search ‘TAFE’ and ‘scholarships’

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