Software Engineering Technician (Fast-Track)

Program Code: 3428

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

The Software Engineering Technician (Fast Track) program will allow you to gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of the two-year program and receive your diploma in one year (two semesters), if you are a qualified college or university graduate with a background in software. This program will be ideal for you if you are seeking a shorter-term program for timely reentry into the workplace.

While most people just use software, you will learn to design, develop and maintain various software applications, human computer interfaces and enterprise information systems.

Through a combination of theory and hands-on leaning, you will acquire solid knowledge of software engineering methodologies, programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, data management tools and networking fundamentals. The course work will emphasize object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, C#, Java, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Microsoft’s .NET and software testing and QA.

To underscore the applied focus of the Software Engineering Technician (Fast Track) curriculum, this School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program includes a software development project. This real-world business application will require you to utilize all the technical and business skills acquired during your studies to build higher quality software.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-228 Java Programming Progress Campus
COMP-229 Web Application Development Progress Campus
COMP-246 Object Oriented Software Engineering Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMP-212 Programming 3 Progress Campus
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
EMPS-101 Employment Skills Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester Note

Semester 4 Technical Electives (two required):
Choose 1 of:
COMP387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions
COMP397 Web Game Programming
Choose 1 of:
CNET124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks
CNET307 IT Project Management
CNET329 Business and ICT
COMP304 Wireless Programming
COMP305 Game Programming 1
COMP306 Web Services Programming
COMP317 Software Quality Assurance and Test Management
COMP380 Structure of HCIS
COMP381 Tools, Algorithms and Methods for HCIS
COMP392 Advanced Graphics

Companies Offering Jobs

Scotiabank, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Toronto Stock Exchange, American Express, Bell Canada, IBM Canada, Manulife, Toronto Stock Exchange, CIBC, RBC

Program Highlights

  • Throughout your Software Engineering Technician (Fast Track) courses you will use leading-edge technology that is geared to industry standards.
  • You will receive one-on-one training from knowledgeable and approachable faculty members who have diverse business experience and academic credentials.


  • The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Canadian Council of Technician and Technologies (CCTT) jointly approved accreditation of this program in 2011. This joint accreditation is the first of its kind in Canada. Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either CIPS or their provincial engineering technology association.
  • The Software Engineering Technician (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).


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

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Systems Analyst
  • Web Applications Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Applications or Software Support

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, information technology, software engineering or a related discipline
  • We will consider applicants with a combination of partial diploma or degree and relevant work experiences

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.