Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast-Track)

Program Code: 3425

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: *Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

You may gain direct admission into the second year of the three-year Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast Track) program and receive your technology in two years (four semesters) if you previously completed a relevant college or university program.

The program, which falls under the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science umbrella, prides itself on offering an ideal balance between hands-on experience and theory. As such, to develop a solid foundation in network design and testing as well as project management, you will learn using state-of-the-art testing and measurement equipment in purpose-built labs.

Hands-on activities will include delving inside PC hardware and learn the intricacies of operating systems; exploring current computer systems and networks technology; and assembling and maintaining systems that will empower users in creative, business and communication activities.

Among the specific areas in which you will develop technical expertise will be:

  • Wireless communications
  • Data centres/clouds
  • Network Design, management and troubleshooting
  • Converged (VoIP) networks
  • Network security
  • Administration and Management of Windows/Linux systems

The Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast Track) program will ensure you are fully prepared for a challenging career in the computer industry by offering lessons that centre on the latest technological advances in the ever-growing digital industry.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-202 Windows Server Operating System Progress Campus
CNET-217 Switching and Routing Essentials 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 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-221 Network Security Progress Campus
CNET-222 Network Services 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 and Switching Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-231 WAN Technologies Progress Campus
CNET-301 Network Design and Test Progress Campus
CNET-304 Wireless Technology Progress Campus
CNET-305 Voice and Video Over IP Progress Campus
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
CNET-320 Data Centre Progress Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-239 Computer Forensics 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 Offering Jobs

Past graduates of this offering have been hired by reputable companies such as: AIM Funds Management Inc., Canada Life, Celestica, CIBC Mellon Trust, Enbridge, StorageTek, Toronto Hydro, Transport Canada, IBM and RBC, and the Ministry of Government Services

Program Highlights

  • You will enter the industry quickly by completing a three-year program in two years.
  • The theory you will learn in the Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast Track) courses will be reinforced by laboratory work.
  • Modern labs and lecture facilities that create a healthy learning environment are housed at Progress campus, Centennial College’s most technologically advanced location.
  • The program attracts university graduates from around the world.
  • Once you complete this School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program, you will be prepared for employment in Internet, intranets, extranets and telecom and wireless networks.
  • With the training you receive, you will be positioned to pursue industry standard certifications such as CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+, Linux+, Microsoft MTA, MCSA and Cisco CCNA.


  • The Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast Track) 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). It is the only CTAB accredited, Computer Systems/Networks Technician program in GTA.  


Please note: 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.

Career Outlook

  • Network/System Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Wireless Network Administrator/Technician
  • Network/System Administrator
  • Data Centre/Cloud Technician
  • Network/System Technologist
  • VoIP Administrator
  • Network Technical Support Specialist

Academic Requirements

  • 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

  • Transcript and resume review is required
  • Centennial College English Skills Assessment is required (must score 170 or 171 for admission)

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.