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The Network Administrator program focuses on preparing students to manage and maintain computers and network installations. You will develop technical skills in network installation, maintenance and management as well as implementation, and operating computer services. In addition to developing a solid foundation in Information Technology skills, you will participate in a 200-hour work placement program. The Network Administrator program at CDI College also prepares you to write exams for Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ and Network+ certifications, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA).

This program is 31 weeks in length.

Job Opportunities
  • Network Administrator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Help Desk Troubleshooter

Program Courses

The program outline below is for Manitoba .Click here to see the outlines for British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta.

Code Course Name Hours
  • SSSE Student Success Strategies 25

    • This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic and career success.
  • INCE Introduction to Computers 60

    • This course gives the student an introduction to computer systems, the Windows operating system and the computer software applications that are commonly used today. It covers the basic use of the Windows operating system and Internet software, the text editing and document formatting capabilities of Microsoft Word as well as Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software and Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software.
  • AP3E Managing and Maintaining PCs: A+ Part 1 50

    • This course is the first of two courses that cover the general installation, maintenance and management of computer hardware and software resources. This first course focuses on the hardware resources that make up a computer system course will align to the COMPTIA A+ learning objectives. Students will learn about the operation of microcomputer systems, the various hardware components that make up a computer system and how to troubleshoot common hardware problems.
  • AP3E2 Managing and Maintaining PCs: A+ Part 2 50

    • This course is the second of two consecutive courses that align to the COMPTIA A+ certification requirements. This course focuses on the software installation, configuration and troubleshooting as well as system security. Students will gain an understanding of the various network models, standards and protocols. Students will install configure and troubleshoot operating system software as well as application software packages. Finally the course will explore security issues involving software installations.
  • NPSE Network+ 75

    • The Network+ course will provide students with an introduction to the theory of networks. Students will learn basic networking concepts relating to the types of networks, general networking components, specialized hardware and software associated with networks, and how to setup and configure networks. Students will also learn about network security, wireless networks as well as Voice over IP network capabilities.
  • CWCO Configuring a Windows Client Operating Systems 75

    • This course explores the features and capabilities of a Windows operating system. Students will install and Configure a Windows based operating system. Students will explore System requirements, User and System Management and Administration, Networking and Remote access services. The course will also explore how the operating system will interoperate with other operating systems. Students will learn the concepts of system security as they apply to the operating system as well as disaster protection, recovery and troubleshooting. The final part of this course will explore the operating system support for software applications as well as the optimization of the operating system.
  • CWSO Configuring a Windows Server Operating System 75

    • This course provides the student with an overview of the Windows Server 2008 Core. Students will install the Windows Server 2008 core components, and configure the various server roles and other components. Students will learn to create and manage users and user groups as well as user and group rights. The course will then explore the common server administration tasks and management of services.
  • LUXE Linux Fundamentals 75

    • In this course, the student will learn to install, and maintain a Linux system. The student will configure and use graphical user interfaces (GUIs), use Linux commands to manage files and file systems, administer users, groups, permissions and attributes. The student will learn to work with Linux scripts, services, processes and schedule tasks. Students will be able to set up Linux client side networking and printing services as well as File Sharing services. Finally students will enable and administer Linux and Windows integration tools and learn to compile and install software on a Linux system.
  • ITIE Introduction to Internetworking 60

    • This course explores the fundamental concepts in internetworking. The focus of this course is TCP/IP. Students will explore the DOD and OSI Reference Models and learn to identify TCP/IP Protocol Suite Components and implement IP addressing and Subnet Masks. Students will learn about name resolution and TCP/IP naming services and how to navigate the Cisco IOS Interface and perform basic operations on Cisco routers and switches.
  • CCNE Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 75

    • This course explores the configuration and administration of common Cisco Network devices. Students will learn about Layered Internetwork Communication, Protocols and Standards and how to plan and design Internetworked LANS and WANS. This course will allow the students to work with the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) in a simulated environment. Students will learn to implement and manage Cisco routers and switches.
  • WSNI Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration 75

    • This course builds upon the fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 and focuses on the features and functionality of the networking components and services available in the operating system. By the end of this course students will be able to configure IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Routing, IPSec, Domain Name Resolution, Network Access and File and Print Services on a Windows Network. Student will also learn to monitor and Manage a Network Infrastructure.
  • PSKE Professional Skills 25

    • This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
  • CESE Career and Employment Strategies 25

    • This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview.
  • PRAC Practicum 100

    • Students will benefit from a 100 hour practicum component at a job location. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the service of the student during the practicum.