Diploma of Network Engineering

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

This program prepares students to become network specialists. Importantly, graduates of this award will have the skills and knowledge to design, commission and maintain networks that play a crucial role in the infrastructure of industry and government organisations.


80 credit points including 2 common, 5 core and 1 elective unit. This 1 year course covers the essentials of data networks and their implementation. The program has a strong practical emphasis and students are given extensive opportunities to put theory into practice.


  • Engineering-network

Standard entry requirements

  • NTCET or equivalent (Year 12) and an ATAR of 60 or higher
  • Or Certificate IV or above
  • Or STAT score of 135 or greater
  • Or submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience
  • Or 6 months of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma
  • Or completion of 40 credit points in the Preparation for Tertiary Study Program (ZTEP01), the Preparation for Tertiary Success (ZPTS11 or ZPTS21), or other recognised tertiary preparation course.

Study pathways

Successful completion of the Diploma of Network Engineering will enable entry into the second year of Charles Darwin University's Bachelor of Information Technology or Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Casuarina International: $33,480
  • ATAR: 77
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Full-time : 1 year

Further information

This course is available externally by distance learning for those who are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband and the ability to load software highly recommended. It is required that students intending to complete the Cisco certification (CCNA1) must be able to attend weekly residential workshops over 12 weeks.

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