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Computer Networking Technician

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Computer Networking Technician

Program Overview

Computer networking technicians are called “network mechanics” because of their ability to solve problems in all kinds of network environments. Since just about every business depends on computer networks, computer networking technicians can find job opportunities in every sector. Your job might involve IT infrastructure support and service, information systems, network or systems administration.

It’s a career that calls for good analytical and organizational skills. Strong communication skills are also important, because you’ll be the go-to person when people need help resolving network issues.

Computer Networking Technician is an intensive certificate program that will help you launch a career in less than a year. The program is available full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus. You’ll learn the fundamentals of information technology (IT) with an emphasis on a hands-on approach to installing, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing computer networking systems and equipment.

Over nine months, you’ll study IT specialties, including:

  • desktop support
  • server infrastructure
  • network infrastructure
  • Linux
  • VoIP
  • security

Equipment is provided for onsite lab learning, including Cisco routers and switches, VoIP phones, desktop PCs and small business servers. You’ll have the opportunity to build complex networked computer systems to further your knowledge of working systems.

Designed with Industry Input

Leading industry representatives volunteer their time and input on our program advisory committee to ensure that your training is in tune with evolving trends and demands in the workplace.

Cisco Regional Academy

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the Cisco Regional Academy for Saskatchewan. The big advantage for you is that most of your courses are designed around industry-recognized certifications. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Computer Networking Technician program will prepare you to:

  • write the exam for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation; and
  • write other industry-recognized exams for Cisco, CompTIA and Microsoft certifications.

Personal study is recommended before you write any industry certification exam.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Computer networking technicians work in computer-related support positions in just about every sector. Graduates are working in network administration, computer programming, hardware, applications and systems analysis and design. You might start your career as an IT analyst, help desk analyst, system support specialist, systems administrator, network support or network administrator.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Computer Network TechnicianComputer Network Technicians (2281)$31,200 - $100,100
Network AnalystComputer Network Technicians (2281)$31,200 - $100,100
User Support TechnicianUser Support Technicians (2282)$40,600 - $87,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September (regular offering)

Length: 33 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 20 or Pre-Calculus 20*
  • English Language Requirement

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • Minimum of 60% in Math A30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Arithmetic
  • 60 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,800

International Students

Regina

Year 1 (33 weeks) - $14,700 tuition

Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNET 101
CISCO Network Associate 1
6
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This course provides you an introduction to the Cisco Networking Academy Program networking field. This is your first of four courses that lead to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation. You will learn to design and configure a network based upon the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) framework.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Equivalent Course(s): CNET 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CNET 102
CISCO Network Associate 2
6
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You will focus on initial router configuration, routing table management, routing protocol configuration and VLSM. You will learn how to configure a router, manage routing tables and configure various routing protocols. This is your second of four courses that lead to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 101(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CNET 106
A+ Cisco IT Essentials 1
6
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Your studies will focus on identifying, installing and troubleshooting computer hardware and software components. You will become familiar with maintenance procedures. In a lab setting you will install, setup and troubleshoot printers and basic networks. Your studies will help prepare you to challenge the CompTIA A+ exam as well as one elective.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COAP 118
Microsoft Windows
5
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You will become familiar with Windows features, managing a file system, storage, basic user groups, profiles, policies, system utilities, system tuning and monitoring. You will gain practical experience using security, access control, remote access service, application support, registry, boot-up sequence, and troubleshooting. You will learn how to install network protocols, printers and support devices. The course will help you prepare to write the Microsoft Windows certification exam.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CSRV 100
Microsoft Windows Server 1
6
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You will study curriculum associated with the first of three exams required for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate exam (MCSA). You will validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. The three MCSA exams collectively validate the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server environment. This Microsoft course is mapped to the current Administering Windows Server exam skills, including the recent objectives.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNET 103
CISCO Network Associate 3
5
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You will focus on advanced IP addressing techniques (Variable Length Subnet Masking - VLSM), command-line interface configuration of switches, Ethernet switching, Virtual LANs (VLANs), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP). Applying what you learned in CNET 101 (Cisco Network Associate 1) and CNET 102 (Cisco Network Associate 2) to a network and explaining how and why a particular strategy is employed will be emphasized. This is your third of four courses that lead to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CNET 104
CISCO Network Associate 4
5
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You will focus on advanced IP addressing techniques including Network Address Translation (NAT), Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP), WAN technology and terminology, Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), frame relay and network management. You will also receive experience in the application and configuration of Access Control Lists (ACLs) as a form of security. This is your final of the four courses you will study to prepare you to challenge the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 103(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CNET 108
IP Telephony Call Manager Express
5
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You will be introduced to the packet switch voice communication networking field using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Your studies will help prepare you to write the CISCO Certified Voice Professional (CCVP) designation.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 104(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
COAP 104
Security+
4
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You will become familiar with general Windows security concepts. You will identify the different methods of attack on the network, best methods of communication, infrastructure, cryptography and planning (hardware and software). You will learn how to use risk identification management as a preplanning tool for future growth and configuration. The course will help you prepare to write the CompTIA Security+ exam.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COOS 101
LINUX+
4
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Your studies will focus on describing, installing, configuring and administering Linux operating system workstations and servers. You will use troubleshooting practices to diagnose hardware and software problems and maintain the Linux network system. The course will help you prepare to write the CompTIA Linux+ exam.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CSRV 101
Microsoft Windows Server 2
6
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You will study curriculum associated with the second of three exams required for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate exam (MCSA). You will validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a Windows Server Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. The three MCSA exams collectively validate the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server environment. This Microsoft course content is mapped to the current Administering Windows Server exam skills, including the recent objectives.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): CSRV 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CSRV 102
Microsoft Windows Server 3
6
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You will study the curriculum associated with the third of three exams required for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate exam (MCSA). You will validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a Windows Server Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. The three MCSA exams collectively validate the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server environment. This Microsoft course content is mapped to the current Administering Windows Server exam skills, including the recent objectives.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): CSRV 101(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TCOM 105
Communications for Technicians
2
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You will learn and practice written, oral and interpersonal communication for the workplace. You will apply these skills as team members and in short presentations. You will also develop effective job search strategies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, TCOM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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