"I chose this program to update my technical skills. I gained a lot of hands-on skills and have better self confidence now." - Tim K., CDI College Graduate.

The demand for skilled network and database administrators continues to grow. CDI's Network and Database Administrator program teaches you the essential skills required in any network administrator job description.

You will learn to administer and support database users on networked computer systems and become proficient on the latest network admin tools. Based on Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco industry certification requirements, this program uses hands-on learning to teach network implementation, installation, maintenance and management. Students participate in a 200-hour work placement to gain the real-world experience that employers demand.

This program is 60 weeks in length.

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

Program Courses

The program outline below is for British Columbia.Click here to see the outlines for Manitoba, 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.
  • ICAE Introduction to Office Application 75

    • This course gives the student an introduction to documentation, report writing, spreadsheets, and presentations using the computer software applications that are commonly used today in the human services field. 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.
  • PC1E 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 which 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.
  • PC2E 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.
  • NWPE 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.
  • NP1E Phase 1 Integration Project 25

    • The Phase 1 Integration Project is a hands-on test of a variety of concepts covered in previous courses. The student will be required to demonstrate skills as a PC and network technician as well as prove the ability to utilize information technology in a typical business setting.
  • WN7E 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.
  • WS8E 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. 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.
  • LX1E 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, and 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.
  • LX2E Linux Server Administration 75

    • In this course, students will learn to install and configure a Linux server. Students will learn to configure file and print sharing services, plan and implement LDAP, configure DNS, routing and VPNs on a Linux server. Students will be able to secure a Linux server and a Linux Network as well as monitor a Linux network and configure backups. By the end of the course students will be able to install, configure and manage an Apache server as well as an e-mail server.
  • INNE Introduction to Internetworking 75

    • This course explores the fundamental concepts of 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.
  • ICNE 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.
  • SCPE Security + 75

    • This course explores the issues related to computer and network security and its implications. Students will learn to recognize security threats and ramifications, identify sources of security threats and major areas of vulnerability. The course will examine ways to detect and neutralize system and network security threats, implement security protection procedures and practices. Methods of security disaster recovery will also be explored in this course.
  • ADCE Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration 75

    • Active Directory is the directory service used on Microsoft Window networks that allows administrators to manage network resources (including users, computers and groups) and services. It is also essential for authentication and authorization, which is important for network and data security. This course covers installing Active Directory, defining subnets and sites, managing operations masters and global catalogs, managing users, computers and groups, implementing group policies and implementing Active Directory Certificate Services.
  • NICE Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastucture 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. Students will also learn to monitor and manage network infrastructure.
  • WSAE Windows Server 2008 Administration 75

    • The Server Administrator focuses on the planning for server deployment, server management and planning of application and data provisioning. In this course, students will learn to plan server installations and upgrades, automated server deployment strategies, infrastructure services, server roles, deployment of application servers and services, file and print server roles, administration and management of the servers, and group policy strategy. Students will also learn to implement patch management strategies and monitor servers for performance evaluation and optimization. Finally, students will be able to monitor and maintain security and policies as well as plan for applications, data storage, backup and recovery.
  • APCE Windows Server 2008 Application Configuration 75

    • The Windows Server 2008 Application Infrastructure includes those network applications that enhance your network capabilities or network services. Topics include deploying Windows with Windows Deployment Services, deploying virtual servers with Hyper-V, configuring high availability (failover cluster and network load balancing), configuring storage, configuring terminal services, configuring a web services infrastructure using Internet Information Services (IIS), implementing Windows Media server and implementing Windows SharePoint Services.
  • 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. Students will learn about how people find jobs, employment expectations, transferable skills, effective telemarketing, job search management and many other helpful, career strategy topics.
  • DBCE Database Concepts 50

    • This course explores the foundational topics of Database Management Systems. Students will learn what components make up a RDBMS, the installation processes as well as the key concepts and terminology related to database management systems. The course will also introduce the fundamental database administration tools offered by SQL Server.
  • SQIE Implementation and Maintenance of SQL Servers 75

    • SQL Server administration requires an in-depth knowledge of the commands, processes, tools and features of SQL server. In this course, students will learn to select an appropriate SQL Server version, and install and configure SQL Server in a Windows Operating System Environment. Students will also learn how to upgrade SQL Server, configure database options, use the various SQL clauses and T-SQL commands, triggers and stored procedures. The course will also explore the advanced implementation and administration tasks related to the automation of data transfer and manipulation, replication services and security issues. Students will learn to manage security through permissions and alerts, monitor and fine tune SQL Server and backup and restore data.
  • SQDE Design and Optimization of SQL Server 75

    • Designing a comprehensive database solution requires a thorough understanding of the database’s hardware and software components as well as the various processes and procedures involved in the day to day operation of the database. In this course students will learn to design a database’s hardware and software infrastructures, physical storage solutions, and the various levels of database security, data archiving, replication and recovery of data.
  • PR1 Practicum 100

    • This program includes a practicum component which consists of 100 hours of work at a job site. The practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.