Sep 19, 2021  
PUBLISHED 2020-2021 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2020-2021 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Network Technician

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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.” (

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.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  •   32 week Fast-track certificate offered over multiple semesters.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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

Program Outline

Total Credits 33

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