Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast Track) 3425

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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: 3425
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Progress Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

Qualified college or university graduates in relevant programs gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of the three-year program and receive their technology diploma in two years (four semesters).

The fast-track Computer Systems Technology - Networking program has been designed to prepare you for a challenging career in the computer industry. You will develop technical expertise in areas such as wireless communications, data communications, networking, VoIP, network security and network management.
You will work with state-of-the-art testing and measurement equipment in purpose-built labs, developing a solid foundation in network design and test as well as project management. The program has an optimum balance between hands-on experience and theory.

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 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-124 Network Technologies Progress Campus
CNET-201 Network Devices Progress Campus
CNET-222 Network Services Progress Campus
CNET-225 Introduction to Telephony Progress Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
GNED-212 Ethics in Technology and the Environment 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-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action 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-306 Unix/ Linux 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:

  • AIM Funds Management Inc.
  • Canada Life
  • Celestica
  • CIBC Mellon Trust
  • Enbridge Consumers Gas
  • StorageTek
  • Toronto Hydro
  • Transport Canada

Program Highlights

  • You will complete a three-year program in two-years
  • Modern labs and lecture facilities that create a healthy learning environment are housed at the Centennial Science and Technology Centre campus
  • Theory is reinforced by laboratory work
  • The program is part of an active student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • The program attracts university graduates from around the world
  • Graduates may become members of a multidisciplinary group involved in equipment manufacturing or installation, research and testing, equipment maintenance and repair and sales
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.


  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, engineering or a related discipline
  • We will consider applicants with a combination of partial degree or diploma and relevant work experience
Additional Requirements

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Career Outlook
Graduates of this program are prepared to work in fields such as:
  • Telecommunications
  • Network administration
  • Network support
  • Help desk support
  • LAN support
  • LAN administration

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.

* CTAB and OACETT certified program