Computer Networking Technician

Certificate

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
  • security

Equipment is provided for onsite lab learning, including Cisco routers and switches, 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
IT Network TechnicianComputer Network Technicians (2281)$45,000 - $97,800
Network AnalystComputer Network Technicians (2281)$45,000 - $97,800
Desktop SupportUser Support Technicians (2282)$44,000 - $104,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September


Length:

36 weeks


Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • Math A30

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.



ACCUPLACER©

Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 247 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Post-secondary

Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2022/23 Academic Year

$6,295

International Students

View tuition rates for international students.

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNET 113
A+ Cisco IT Essentials 1
4
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You will install personal computer hardware using safe lab procedures. You will discuss the procedures used to maintain virtual and physical personal computer systems. You will investigate computer networks and common configurations. You will also review portable devices, printers, and scanners. Your studies will also prepare you to challenge the CompTIA A+ exam.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNET 114
A+ Cisco IT Essentials 2
4
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You will build on the foundation provided in CNET 113. You will be responsible for installing operating systems like Windows and Linux. You will perform preventative maintenance on operating systems. You will configure operating systems using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the Command Line Interface (CLI). You will review network security and discuss ways to keep networks safe. After completion of CNET 113, and CNET 114 you will qualify to write the Cisco exam to obtain a certificate of completion by Cisco. Your studies will also prepare you to challenge the CompTIA A+ exam.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 113(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNET 115
CISCO Network Associate 1A
4
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You will study the Introduction to Networks (ITN) which focuses on the architecture, structure, functions and components of the Internet and other computer networks. You will develop a basic understanding of how networks operate and how to build simple local area networks (LAN), perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement Internet Protocol (IP).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNET 116
CISCO Network Associate 1B
4
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You will build on the foundations learned in CISCO Network Associate 1A. You will learn how to subnet IPV4 and IPV6 networks. Learn how to use ICMP and tools to test network connectivity. You will learn about TCP and UDP Protocols. Learn about application layer protocols that support end user services. You will implement security fundamentals on networks. After completion of CISCO Network Associate 1A and CISCO Network Associate 1A, you will qualify to write the Cisco exam to obtain a certificate of completion by Cisco.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 115(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNET 117
CISCO Network Associate 2A
4
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You will study Cisco Certified Network Associate: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials (SRWE) which focuses on the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in small networks.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 116(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNET 118
CISCO Network Associate 2B
4
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You will build on the foundations learned in CISCO Network Associate 2A. You will also study wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. You will configure and troubleshoot routers and switches for advanced functionality using security best practices and resolve common network issues. After completion of CISCO Network Associate 2A and CISCO Network Associate 2B, you will qualify to write the Cisco exam to obtain a certificate of completion by Cisco.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 117(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
INDG 100
Introduction to Indigenous Studies
1
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You will receive an introduction to the Indigenous cultural groups within Saskatchewan. You will learn about the colonization of Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state. Your studies will help you discuss current issues and explore possible solutions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNET 119
CISCO Network Associate 3A
4
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You will study Cisco Certified Network Associate: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (ENSA) which focuses on the architecture, components, operations, and security for large, complex networks, including wide area network (WAN) technologies.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 118
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNET 120
CISCO Network Associate 3B
4
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You will build on the foundations in CISCO Network Associate 3A. The course emphasizes network security concepts and introduces network virtualization and automation. You will configure, troubleshoot, and secure enterprise network devices and study the application programming interfaces (API) and configuration management tools that enable network automation. After completion of CISCO Network Associate 3A and CISCO Network Associate 3A, you will qualify to write the Cisco exam to obtain a certificate of completion by Cisco.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 119(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNET 121
Programming with Python 1
3
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You will study the basics of programming with Python and general computer programming concepts and techniques. You will acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to conditional execution, loops, Python programming language, syntax, semantics, and the runtime environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
COAP 104
CCNA Cybersecurity Operations
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. After completing COAP 104, you will receive a Cisco certificate of completion.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 104CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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
Equivalent Course(s): COOS 101CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CSRV 103
Windows Server Administration
4
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You will focus on Windows Server administration best practices and tools for managing Windows Servers. You will learn to navigate the Windows Server Admin Centre to perform various administration tasks and manage network infrastructure services.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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, TCOM 105CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNET 112
Managing Modern Desktops
3
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You will manage desktops, devices, cloud services and compliance. You will learn how to enable more flexibility in how users work, while keeping organizational data safe. This course will help you as a Desktop Administrator, learn about these technologies and how to use them. You will use cloud technologies that incorporate new methods and approaches to common challenges with deployment and management.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CNET 122
Programming with Python 2
3
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You will build on the foundations learned in Programming with Python 1. You will become familiar with the object-oriented approach to programming. You will use the skills and knowledge that you develop in real-world programming tasks and situations. Upon completion of Programming with Python 1 and Programming with Python 2, you are prepared to take the PCAP - Certified Associate in Python Programming certification exam.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

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