Computer Systems Technology – Networking 3405

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 3405
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Progress Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

Centennial’s popular Computer Systems Technology - Networking program incorporates the latest in computer systems. The program will reflect the ever-growing innovations of the digital revolution.
Program graduates find jobs in technical support for the growing mesh of Internet, intranet, extranet and telecoms. 

You will go inside PC hardware and learn about operating systems as well as configuring and troubleshooting wired and wireless networks in order to have full control of the computing and communicating technology. You will put together and maintain systems that will empower users in their creative, business and communication activities.

The program offers an optional co-op component (program #3415). Academically qualified students enhance their education by working three terms as paid employees in the field. The experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but also provides valuable contacts for future careers.

Fast Track

Qualified college or university graduates with a background in networks gain direct admission into semester three of this three-year program and receive their Computer Systems Technology - Networking advanced diploma in four semesters (program #3425).

Computer Systems Technology - Networking is a CTAB accredited program.

Be someone’s knight in shining armour…or at least the person who can bring back their last 12 hours of lost work. Centennial’s Computer Systems Technician/Technology – Networking programs put you at the forefront of the latest technological advances, ensuring you’ll be both career and industry ready.
Our committed faculty maintain a close watch on trends in the industry to ensure your studies reflect the ever-growing digital industry. Delve inside PC hardware and learn the intricacies of operating systems; explore the latest in computer systems and networks technology; and assemble and maintain systems that empower users in their creative, business and communication activities.

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-101 PC Hardware Progress Campus
CNET-102 PC Operating Systems Progress Campus
CNET-104 Technical Writing with MS Office 2010 and Visio Progress Campus
CNET-204 Introduction to Web Design Progress Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
GNED-212 Ethics in Technology and the Environment Progress Campus
MATH-149 Mathematics for Computer Systems 1 Progress Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-124 Network Technologies Progress Campus
CNET-126 Electricity for Computer Systems Progress Campus
CNET-202 Windows Server Operating System Progress Campus
CNET-205 Customer Skills Progress Campus
CNET-206 Introduction to Unix/Linux Progress Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
MATH-169 Mathematics for Computer Systems 2 Progress Campus

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-201 Network Devices Progress Campus
CNET-219 The Physical Layer Progress Campus
CNET-222 Network Services Progress Campus
CNET-225 Introduction to Telephony Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
MATH-269 Statistics for Computer Systems Progress Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-221 Network Security Progress Campus
CNET-224 Data Communications Progress Campus
CNET-229 Introduction to Business and ICT Progress Campus
CNET-232 Introduction to Programming Progress Campus
CNET-306 Unix/ Linux Progress Campus
CNET-311 Routing & Switching Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester 5 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-231 WAN Technologies Progress Campus
CNET-239 Computer Forensics Progress Campus
CNET-301 Network Design & Test Progress Campus
CNET-304 Wireless Technology Progress Campus
CNET-305 Voice & Video Over IP Progress Campus
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Progress Campus

Semester 6 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-320 Data Centre Progress Campus
CNET-321 Network Management Progress Campus
CNET-323 Relational Database Management Progress Campus
CNET-324 Wireless Networks Progress Campus
CNET-327 Technologist Project Progress Campus
CNET-328 Internetwork Troubleshooting Progress Campus
CNET-329 Business and ICT Progress Campus
EMPS-101 Employment Skills Progress Campus

Companies that have hired graduates of this program include:

  • Enbridge Consumers Gas
  • StorageTek
  • Toronto Hydro
  • Transport Canada
Program Highlights
  • A strong focus is placed on hands-on labs and technical problem-solving
  • Exit points are available to qualified students after one year (CRAM certificate) and two years (Technician diploma)
  • Graduates are positioned to pursue industry standard certifications such as Comptia A+, Net+, iNet, Cisco CCNA, Novell CNE, Microsoft Win2000 Professional and Server
  •  Hands-on experience is gained with the latest equipment and techniques for copper/ fiber cabling certification and network troubleshooting
Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study.

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Computer Systems Technology - Networking program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes the Computer Systems Technology - Networking program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


Most of us see technical glitches like an unsolvable Rubicks cube. You’ll be a welcome sight for any workplace. You’ll be prepared to handle the mesh of Internet, intranets, extranets and telecom and wireless networks that crop up in the real world. Ready to dive into the real world? With the co-op option you’ll have three semesters of practical experience during your co-op employment. Gain the exposure necessary to understand the demands of ever changing digital technology in the business environment. You’ll be equipped to help companies adapt quickly and efficiently.


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Academic Requirements
  • For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario, your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college.
Career Outlook
Graduates of this program are prepared to work as:
  • Computer systems technologists
  • Field service representatives
  • Network technologists
  • Network technical support specialists
  • Help desk support
  • LAN support
  • LAN administrators

Career opportunities for graduates include computer systems technicians, field service representatives, network technicians and network technical support specialists.

We like to let your graduates’ work speak for itself. Some of our grads work here: AIM Funds Management Inc., Canada Life, Celestica, CIBC Mellon Trust, Enbridge, StorageTek, Toronto Hydro, Transport Canada, IBM and RBC, Ministry of Government Services.

These programs are also available as Fast-track option(s). Please see page 6 for details.

* CTAB and OACETT certified program