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Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Optional Co-op)

Program Details

  • 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

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's popular Computer Systems Technology - Networking program focuses on the latest in computer systems.

In the hands-on courses in this advanced diploma program, you gain plenty of practical practice. You'll be delving inside PC hardware and learning the intricacies of operating systems, exploring up-to-date computer systems and networks technology, working with 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 maintaining 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 technology trends, this college computer program's lessons reflect the ever-growing innovations of the digital revolution. This ensures 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 complete an optional co-op component (program #3435).

Co-op Option

The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete three work terms as a paid employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in programs with optional co-op, students will typically complete an application process in the second semester of their studies, and if academically qualified, will be admitted to the co-op program. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

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

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

Program Highlights

  • Due to a strong, hands-on lab and technical problem solving focus in the Computer Systems Technology - Networking program, you work with the latest equipment, and learn techniques for computer systems and networks support, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • With this training, 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 the Greater Toronto Area.


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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca 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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca.

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 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,664.00 $1,043.00 $4,707.00
International $14,140.00 $2,326.00 $16,466.00

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