Fast-Track Courses in Computer Networking in Canada

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The two-year post-secondary program in computer systems technician – networking helps students get out into the job market sooner. This fast-track course incorporates the latest in computer systems and network technology, and prepares students for jobs in technical support from the growing mesh of internet, intranet, extranet and telecom networks.

The program lays emphasis on

  • building strong theoretical fundamentals
  • hands-on lab
  • technical problem solving
  • It covers a wide range of subjects, including:

Semester 1

  • PC hardware
  • PC operating systems
  • Technical writing with MS Office 2010 and Visio
  • Web design
  • Ethics in Technology and Environment
  • Mathematics for computer systems

Semester 2

  • Network technologies
  • Electricity for computer systems
  • Windows server operating system
  • Customer skills 

Semester 3

  • Network devices
  • Network services
  • Introduction to telephony
  • Report Writing in technical environment
  • Statistics for computer systems

Semester 4

  • Network security
  • Data communications
  • Computer forensics
  • Routing and switching
  • Introduction to business and ICT              

The students are taught to

  • Dismantle computer hardware
  • Understand the details of operating systems
  • Have full human control of computing and communication technology
  • Re-assemble and maintain computer systems

Career Prospects

The graduates of this program may find employment as computer systems technicians, field service representatives, network technicians, network technical support specialists, technical support staff and help desk support.

Computer systems technicians can work with telecom companies, IT companies, customer service organizations or any company that relies on computer networks for its daily functioning. The career prospects are bright in this field as most of the companies operating in today’s world rely on computers and computer networks.

Choosing the Right Program

A number of colleges in Canada offer programs in computer systems technician – networking. Unfortunately, not all are accredited. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to choose a college carefully.

Centennial College’s program in computer networking has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). It has also met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT).

In addition to this, the program is also recognized by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for this program, students will need:

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent
  • English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or 12 C or University or equivalent

Students currently in high school can also apply for this program. Their midterm and final term scores will be directly transmitted to the college. Qualified college or university graduates with a background in computer networks are eligible to gain direct admission into semester three of this two-year program. They can receive their computer systems technician – diploma in two semesters.

The graduates of this program can choose to either pursue their careers or apply their credits towards more advanced courses in computer networking at the university. They may also transfer to the college’s three-year technology advanced diploma.

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