Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Co-op) (Fast-Track)

Program Details

  • Program Code:3435
  • School:School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
  • Credential:Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type:Fast-track program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 6 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Co-op Fast-Track) program is designed for college or university graduates seeking speedy entry into the field, with the added benefit of work experience prior to graduation.

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

This college technology program prides itself on offering an ideal balance between hands-on experience and theory. You develop technical expertise in areas that include:

  • Wireless communications
  • Data centres/clouds
  • Network design, management and troubleshooting
  • VoIP
  • Network security
  • Windows/Linux system administration and management

These topics are taught in purpose-built labs equipped with state-of-the-art testing and measurement equipment. They are designed to allow you to delve inside computer hardware and learn the intricacies of operating systems, explore the latest in computer systems and networks technology and assemble and maintain systems that will empower users in creative, business and communication activities.

The combination ensures you develop a solid foundation in network design, management and troubleshooting as well as project management, which provides excellent preparation for your future career as well as the co-op portion of the offering. During the co-op work terms, you enhance your education as a paid employee in the field. The experience allows you to put classroom learning into practice and provides valuable contacts for future careers.

Faculty members who teach in Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Co-op Fast Track) maintain a close watch on trends in the industry to ensure that the program reflects the ever-growing digital industry.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Companies Offering Jobs

StorageTek, AIM Funds Management Inc., Canada Life, Celestica, CIBC Mellon Trust, Enbridge, Toronto Hydro, Transport Canada, IBM, RBC, the Ministry of Government Services

Program Highlights

  • You complete what would normally be three-year program, in which theory is reinforced by laboratory work, in two years.
  • Modern labs and lecture facilities designed to cater to the Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Co-op) (Fast-Track) curriculum create a healthy learning environment.
  • You are exposed to information that helps you to understand the demands of ever-changing digital technology in the business environment.
  • The program attracts university graduates from around the world.
  • You are prepared to work on internet, intranets, extranets, telecom and wireless networks that exist in the real world.
  • With the training you receive, you are positioned to pursue industry standard certifications such as CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+, Linux+, Microsoft MTA, MCSA and Cisco CCNA.

Career Outlook

  • Data centre/cloud technician
  • Network/system analyst
  • Security analyst
  • Wireless network administrator/technician
  • Network/system administrator
  • Network/system technologist
  • VoIP administrator
  • Network technical support specialist

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,453.50 $1,282.00 $4,735.50
International $12,800.00 $2,827.00 $15,627.00

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