Qualification details

ICA40511 - Certificate IV in Programming (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to ICA40505 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming)ICA40505 core units updated and reduced. Removal of entry requirements and prerequisites. Qualification made more flexible. Elective units added and technical content updated. OUTCOMES DEEMED EQUIVALENT. 17/Jul/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to ICT40515 - Certificate IV in ProgrammingUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. 24/Mar/2015

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1 (this release) 18/Jul/2011

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Units of competency

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ICAPRG401A - Maintain open-source code programsMaintain open-source code programsN/A
ICAICT408A - Create technical documentationCreate technical documentationN/A
ICAPRG414A - Apply introductory programming skills in another languageApply introductory programming skills in another languageN/A
ICAPMG401A - Support small scale IT projectsSupport small scale IT projectsN/A
ICAICT417A - Identify, evaluate and apply current industry-specific technologies to meet industry standardsIdentify, evaluate and apply current industry-specific technologies to meet industry standardsN/A
ICASAD502A - Model data processesModel data processesN/A
ICAPRG412A - Configure and maintain databasesConfigure and maintain databasesN/A
BSBCRT401A - Articulate, present and debate ideasArticulate, present and debate ideasN/A
ICAPRG419A - Analyse software requirementsAnalyse software requirementsN/A
ICAPRG527A - Apply intermediate object-oriented language skillsApply intermediate object-oriented language skillsN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 313100 Ict Support Technicians 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3294-11 Computing Support Technician 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0201 Computer Science 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Information Technology Programming 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Web Programmer,Analyst Programmer,Games Programmer,Middleware Programmer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 313100 Ict Support Technicians 04/Nov/2011 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3294-11 Computing Support Technician 04/Nov/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0201 Computer Science 04/Nov/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 18/Jul/2011 
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Modification History



Release 1

This Qualification first released with ICA11 Information and Communications Technology Training Package version 1.0


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to develop basic programming skills in the most commonly used programming languages.

A person with this qualification could work as an assistant programmer in a team of software developers or as a support programmer to more senior programmers or systems analysts.

Job roles 

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • assistant applications programmer
  • assistant programmer
  • assistant software developer
  • assistant web application programmer
  • assistant web developer.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • after achieving ICA30111 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, or other relevant qualifications or units equivalent to the core of ICA30111


  • with demonstrated vocational experience in a range of programming-related work environments in software programming, application programming, web development or similar.

Pathways from the qualification 

ICA50711 Diploma of Software Development, or a range of other Diploma qualifications.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There is no link between this qualification and licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements. However users should confirm requirements with the relevant federal, state or territory authority. There may be some alignment with industry standard certification competencies.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification 


  • documenting technical work in plain English
  • writing and presenting reports


  • working collaboratively with project team members


  • using an integrated development environment, in particular language debugging facilities, to debug code
  • analysing software requirements

Initiative and enterprise

  • responding to clients in a timely manner
  • identifying, analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources

Planning and organising

  • preparing feasibility reports that take into account project scope, time, cost, quality, communications and risk management


  • taking responsibility for own outputs in relation to specified quality standards
  • working according to the Australian Computer Society Code of Ethics regarding security, legal, moral and ethical issues


  • maintaining knowledge of tools and software applications and the goods and services provided
  • obtaining client evaluation and feedback
  • providing one-to-one instruction for clients and users


  • selecting and using compilers, interpreters and other programming tools to produce program code that meets user requirements

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 18 

10 core units  plus 

8 elective units 

The elective units consist of:

  • up to 8 from the elective units listed below
  • up to 3 from elsewhere in ICA11 or any other Training Package or accredited course at Certificate IV or Diploma level.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

Core units 

ICAICT418A Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment

ICAPRG402A Apply query language

ICAPRG403A Develop data-driven applications

ICAPRG404A Test applications

ICAPRG405A Automate processes

ICAPRG406A Apply introductory object-oriented language skills

ICAPRG410A Build a user interface

ICAPRG414A Apply introductory programming skills in another language

ICAPRG415A Apply skills in object-oriented design

ICAPRG419A Analyse software requirements

Elective units 

BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas

BSBOHS302B Participate effectively in OHS communication and consultative processes

ICADBS403A Create basic databases

ICAICT404A Use online learning tools

ICAICT408A Create technical documentation

ICAICT417A Identify, evaluate and apply current industry-specific technologies to meet industry standards

ICAICT420A Develop client user interface

ICAPMG401A Support small scale IT projects

ICAPRG401A Maintain open-source code programs

ICAPRG407A Write script for software applications

ICAPRG409A Develop mobile applications

ICAPRG412A Configure and maintain databases

ICAPRG413A Use a library or pre-existing components

ICAPRG418A Apply intermediate programming skills in another language

ICAPRG427A Use XML effectively

ICAPRG428A Use regular expressions in programming languages

ICAPRG527A Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills

ICASAD401A Develop and present feasibility reports

ICASAD501A Model data objects

ICASAD502A Model data processes