Computer Systems Technology – Networking

Program Code: 3405

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

Centennial College’s popular Computer Systems Technology - Networking program will focus on the latest in computer systems.

With the offering’s hands-on approach, you will gain plenty of practical practice by delving inside PC hardware and learn the intricacies of operating systems; exploring up-to-date computer systems and networks technology; working with the leading edge of communication, computer/server and network technologies; learning how to administer and manage computer systems (Windows/Linux), Converged networks (VoIP), wireless networks, Network Security and Data Centres/Clouds; and assembling and maintain systems that serve to empower users in creative, business and communication activities.

With faculty members from the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science maintaining a close watch on trends, the program’s lessons will reflect the ever-growing innovations of the digital revolution. This will ensure you are career-ready for jobs in technical support for Internet, intranet, extranet and telecoms.

Please note:

  • The program offers an optional co-op component (program #3415). Academically qualified students may enhance their education by working three terms as paid employees in the field.
  • Qualified college or university graduates with a background in networks may 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). There is also the option to have an optional co-op component (program #3435) 
Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-101 PC Hardware Progress Campus
CNET-102 PC Operating Systems Progress Campus
CNET-104 Technical Writing with MS Office 2013 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
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks Progress Campus
CNET-126 Electricity for Computer Systems Progress Campus
CNET-205 Customer Skills Progress Campus
CNET-206 Introduction to Unix/Linux Progress Campus
CNET-224 Data Communications Progress Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
MATH-169 Mathematics for Computer Systems 2 Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-201 Fundamentals of Routing and Switching Progress Campus
CNET-202 Windows Server Operating System Progress Campus
CNET-219 The Physical Layer 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
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 General Education Elective Progress Campus
Semester 5
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 6
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

Companies that have hired grads of this program include: 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

  • Due to a strong hands-on lab and technical problem solving focus, you will work with latest equipment, and learn techniques for computer systems and networks support, maintenance  and troubleshooting.
  • This School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program will offer exit points after one year (CRAM certificate) and two years (Technician diploma).
  • With the training you receive, you will be positioned to pursue industry standard certifications such as such as CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+, Linux+, Microsoft MTA, MCSA and Cisco CCNA.


  • 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).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

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.