To ensure that you choose the appropriate technology to participate in courses delivered in the Information & Communication Engineering Technology programs, please consult recommended computer specifications for the ICET academic programs here.
This Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast-Track) program is for students who previously completed a relevant college or university program and wish to receive their diploma in two years (four semesters) by entering the second year of the three-year Networking offering.
This college engineering program prides itself on facilitating an ideal balance between hands-on experience and theory in its Computer Systems Technology courses. As such, you'll learn by using state-of-the-art testing and measurement equipment in purpose-built labs to develop a solid foundation in network design and testing as well as project management.
Hands-on activities will include delving inside computer hardware and learning 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.
The specific areas in which you'll develop technical expertise will include:
- Wireless communications
- Data centre/cloud
- Network design, management and troubleshooting
- Converged (VoIP) networks
- Network security
- Administration and management of Windows/Linux systems
With its lessons that centre on the latest technological advances in the ever-growing digital industry, the Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast Track) program will ensure you're fully prepared for a challenging career in the world of computers.
Please note: This program is available with a co-op option (program #3435) that includes four semesters and two co-op work terms.
Career Options and Education Pathways
Companies Offering Jobs
Transport Canada, AIM Funds Management Inc., Canada Life, RBC, Celestica, CIBC Mellon Trust, Enbridge, StorageTek, Toronto Hydro, IBM, the Ministry of Government Services
- You enter the industry quickly by completing a three-year program in two years.
- The theory you learn in the Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast-Track) courses is reinforced by laboratory work.
- Modern labs and lecture facilities create a realistic learning environment.
- 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 to work with internet, intranets, extranets and telecom and wireless networks.
- The training positions grads to pursue industry standard certifications such as CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+, Linux+, Microsoft MTA, MCSA and Cisco CCNA.
- 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
Successful graduates of this Computer Systems Technology – Networking (Fast Track) Advanced Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.
Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.
For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes this TAC nationally-accredited program as meeting the academic standard for certification in the Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) category as well as the OACETT technology report and language benchmark requirements.
This program has met the national educational standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession, as such, has received national program accreditation by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).
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 recognition, 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.
- Degree or a three-year college diploma in computer science, engineering, or a related discipline
- We will consider applicants with a combination of partial degree or diploma and relevant work experience.
The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete two co-op work terms as an 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 this co-op option, you will need to complete an application process in the first semester. If academically qualified, you may be admitted to the co-op program. Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for the co-op preparation course as scheduled.
- Minimum of 80% of courses completed from semester one
- Completion of COMM-170/171* by the end of semester 1 with a C grade (60%) or higher
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (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 submit their application for co-op to the Career Services & Cooperative Education Department in semester 1
Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.
*COMM 170/171 - Students who are enrolled in COMM 160/161 in semester 1 who are considering applying to co-op must switch to the COMM160/161 COMM170/171 compressed course in semester 1 in order to meet the COMM prerequisite for co-op.
How to Apply
1. Apply Online
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.
Apply directly to Centennial College here.
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.
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
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.
||Tuition (2 Semesters)