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Network Technician

Closed for Fall 2019

Open for Fall 2020

Open for Spring 2020

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $13,105
Year 1 (International): $20,692

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


This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

When can you apply? 

  • Applications for spring and fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date. 
Term Program start
Spring 2020 May 11, 2020
Fall 2020 Nov. 3, 2020

Program Details

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

Program description

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 96% 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.

Credentials and accreditation

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

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

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

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Spring 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.

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.

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:

  • ICT Fast-Track Career & Program Investigation online form. A link to the form will be emailed to you after you have met the admission requirements and are deemed In Selection. It will be scored to determine suitability so be detailed and thorough in your responses.
  • Proof of previous computer hardware and/or networking experience. School transcripts, industry certifications, online tutorials and/or substantial industry experience will be considered. A hardware or networking tutorial may be required.
  • Attend a selection appointment may be required. International applicants and applicants applying from outside of Calgary will be able to conduct the selection appointment over the phone or the computer.
  • 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 to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "in selection."

Step 6: Submit your ICT Fast-Track Career & Program Investigation form and proof of IT skills. 

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through

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 and the 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 instructional order. Due to the nature of the fast-track programs some courses may be modified or replaced.
  • View additional Network Technician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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

Fall program start

Semester 1
Course codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 credits 1.5
NETT-262 Network Design and Implementation Project 3.0
NETT-275 Microsoft Directory Services and Networking 3.0

Semester 3

Course codeCourse nameCredit
NETT-350 Network Technician Practicum 3.0

Spring program start

Semester 1

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
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $12,120 $462 $288 $235 $13,093

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $19,482 $462 $288 $460 $20,692


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting outand adding dependants

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

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.


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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."

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