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Network Technician

Closed for Spring 2021

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

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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.

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.

Is this the right fit for me?

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.


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.


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

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This program will be replaced by Network Systems Specialist, beginning Fall 2021

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n):

  • network technician
  • network analyst
  • help desk analyst
  • system support specialist
  • IT consultant

Related careers include:

  • network administrator
  • web technician

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $14,190

Year 1 (International): $22,159

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

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


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply? 

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until the program start date. 
  • Applications for spring 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date. 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Nov. 3, 2020
Spring 2021 May 17, 2021

How to apply

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Spring 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

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

Direct Entry: four step process

Please complete these steps to learn more about the program you have chosen and confirm that this is the right training for you for your chosen career path.

Step 1: Read the program information on the website and review this program presentation to learn more about student expectations during the program.

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

Step 3: Apply for the program.

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Previous computer operating systems, cloud technologies and/or networking experience gained through education, industry experience, industry certifications, or completion of online tutorial related to tutorial related to computer operating systems or networking is strongly recommended.

Communication during admissions

Email is the primary source of communication during the admissions 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 a 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.


Program outline

The courses listed are not shown in the 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.

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Fall program start

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
CMPH-239 IT Essentials 3.0
CMPN-276 Internetworks Level I 3.0
CPNT-208  Data Storage and Management  1.5
NETT-270 Linux Installation and Administration 1.5

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
CMPN-277 Internetworks Level II 3.0
CMPN-287 Internetworks Level III 3.0
CMPN-288 Internetworks Level IV 3.0
CPNT-211 Virtualization 1.5
CPNT-223 CCNA Security 3.0
CPLN-240 Career Planning and Management  1.5
NETT-262 Network Design and Implementation Project 3.0
NETT-275 Microsoft Directory Services and Networking 3.0

Semester 3

Course code Course name Credit
NETT-350 Network Technician Practicum 3.0

Spring program start

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
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
CPNT-208 Data Storage and Management 1.5
CPNT-211 Virtualization 1.5
CPLN-240 Career Planning and Management 1.5
NETT-270 Linux Installation and Administration 1.5
NETT-275 Microsoft Directory Services and Networking 3.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
CPNT-223 CCNA Security 3.0
NETT-262 Network Design and Implementation Project 3.0
NETT-350 Network Technician Practicum 3.0


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.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Rocky Mountain College
  • SAIT

To learn more, visit transfer options.


2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $12,968 $682 $288 $252 $14,190

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $20,846 $682 $288 $344 $22,159

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about  tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Spring 2021


Orientation for new students will take place online on May 17, 2021.

Watch your inbox for the time and link.


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Spring 2021 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Students may also be required to purchase hosted virtual lab tools at their own expense.

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

Textbooks will be provided at no additional cost.


Phone: 403.210.4522
Email: fast-track@sait.ca

Academic chair

Karen Graham, Academic Chair

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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