Students troubleshoot large computer mainframe.

Network Technician

Closed for Fall 2017

Length: 32 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Launch a career in computer network design, maintenance or support through hands-on training in networking, troubleshooting, security and storage management and prepare for a career as a network technician, IT consultant or system support specialist.

Download Program PDF

Next Information Session

All Information Sessions

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $12,943
Year 1 (International): $19,003

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: review of your supporting documentation (career and program investigation form and resumé) and a selection appointment. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications for spring and fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017. 
TermProgram start
Fall 2017 Oct. 10, 2017
Spring 2018 April 30, 2018
Fall 2018 Applications open Oct. 18, 2017

Program Details

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Program Description

"Computer networking is the connecting of two or more computers that allows them to share resources. It can be done between computers in a home, in a business, across a corporation, and even internationally. It can equally be defined as a method of connecting two or more computer systems together including printers and other devices.

The benefits of networking are considerable ... PC networking is, as a consequence, a rapidly evolving discipline with many exciting opportunities."  (gwww.goarticles.com)

The Network Technician (NT) program is an intensive 32-week certificate program designed to prepare you for the essential fields of computer networking design, maintenance and support. Technically focusing on Cisco, Microsoft, open source technologies and operating systems, this program emphasizes key industry requirements such as security, storage management, virtualization and effective troubleshooting. Through hands-on, practical assignments, you will gain experience solving technical problems and providing solutions on time and within scope. Upon completion, you will be prepared to challenge the CCNA certification exam. Additional self-study is usually required. The mandatory eight-week practicum solidifies the classroom experience and prepares you to launch into or continue your IT career.

Your Career

A graduate from this program may find employment as a network technician, network analyst, help desk analyst, system support specialist or an IT consultant.

  • Graduates of the Network Technician program have a 90% employment rate.

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.

Experience with computer hardware and/or operating and networking systems an asset.

This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy; students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate as a Network Technician.

Accreditation

By the end of the program, graduates will have the knowledge to challenge the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) exams. With additional relevant work experience and additional exam preparation study, you would be prepared to challenge other relevant industry exams such as CompTIA A+, VMWare, EMC and Microsoft certifications.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: Oct. 20, 2017.
  • Spring 2018 start: April 30, 2018.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent, OR
  • A minimum of two years post-secondary education from a recognized university, institute or college. 
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Due to the tight integration of the courses in the Network Technician (NT) program, credit for Prior Learning is not available.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.  

Selection is done on a continuous basis and is based on the following criteria:

  • Current resumé outlining previous education and experience.
  • ICT Fast-Track Career & Program Investigation form. This form will be emailed to you once you have applied. It will be scored to determine suitability for the program; please be detailed and thorough.
  • A photocopy of your educational transcripts and any other supporting documents.  
  • Attend a mandatory selection appointment once the above documents have been submitted and scored by the department. Telephone appointments can be scheduled for out-of-town applicants.  
  • The final decision for acceptance into the program will be determined by the Academic Chair.

Step 4: Apply to Network Technician and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Submit your resumé, Career & Program Investigation form and transcripts.

  • Send your documentation to the School of ICT Fast-Track office by email to fast-track@sait.ca or fax to 403.210.4523.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add fast-track@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Ideal Applicant

The ideal candidate for the Network Technician (NT) program is a motivated, mature learner with an interest in computer networking, who wants to specialize or to upgrade their existing skills. You are technically proficient and detail-oriented. Your approach to problem solving is both creative and logical, depending on the circumstances. You work well as part of a team and enjoy interacting with others. You possess good working knowledge of operating systems and computer hardware. You are probably the person your friends and family go to when they have computer problems.

Courses

Program Outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • The courses listed are not shown in instructional order. Due to the nature of the fast-track programs some courses may be modified or replaced.

This is a 32 week Fast-track certificate offered over multiple semesters.

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CMPH-239 IT Essentials 3.0
CMPN-276 Internetworks Level I 3.0
CMPN-277 Internetworks Level II 3.0
CMPN-287 Internetworks Level III 3.0
CMPN-288 Internetworks Level IV 3.0
CPLN-240 Career Planning and Management 1.5
CPNT-208 Data Storage and Management 1.5
CPNT-211 Virtualization 1.5
CPNT-223 CCNA Security 3.0
NETT-262 Network Design and Implementation Project 3.0
NETT-270 Linux Installation and Administration 1.5
NETT-275 Microsoft Directory Services and Networking 3.0
NETT-350 Network Technician Practicum 3.0
Program Total 33.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $12,120 $300 $523 $12,943

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $18,180 $300 $523 $19,003

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $140 (If you meet the eligibility requirements, the UPass fee will be assessed with your tuition.)

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • The tuition fee includes all course materials, student fees and access to appropriate technology.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Contact Information

Fast-Track  
403.210.4522
fast-track@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

The hands-on experience that included an eight-week practicum course was the best part of the program, says Traian.

Traian Anghel
Network Technician | 2017

"It pushed me."