"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.

Program Info

The demand for skilled network and database administrators continues to grow. CDI College'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 work placement to gain the real-world experience that employers demand.

Job Opportunities
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Database Support Specialist
  • Help Desk Troubleshooter
"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.
Program Courses

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

Term 1

Code Course Name
  • SSSE Student Success Strategies

    • This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
  • ICAE Introduction to Office Application

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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+

    • 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.
  • VISE Visio

    • IT professionals are constantly working with a variety of diagrams from basic flowcharts to floor plans and Network diagrams. This Introduction to Microsoft Visio course is designed for students who are new to Visio and who will be using Microsoft Visio to create basic workflows and perform end-to-end flowcharting and diagrams. Students will learn about the tools and features of Visio and apply the skills to create a variety of diagrams on a scale from the basic organizational charts and flowcharts to the more complex workflow diagrams and network diagrams.

Term 2

Code Course Name
  • WN7E Configuring a Windows Client Operating Systems

    • 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.
  • W410E Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

    • The Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 is the first of the MCSA courses that covers the installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, Active Directory, and basic networking services. Other topics including configuring local storage, configuring print and document services, configure servers for remote management, configuring Hyper-V, IPv4/IPv6 addressing, DHCP, DNS, and group policies.

      The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-410 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.
  • SCPE Security+

    • 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.
  • LX1E Linux Fundamentals

    • 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.
  • PWSE PowerShell

    • In this course, students will learn to use PowerShell scripting to automate the common tasks and administrative jobs that can be applied on the client or server version of Windows. The course starts with an introduction to the PowerShell language and scripting environment and then proceeds to a thorough explanation of creating functional scripts that can be used for performing common tasks that involve working with files, Internet-connected scripts, user interaction, and solving tasks in systems, and enterprise management deployments such as working with Active Directory and the file system.
  • INNE Introduction to Internetworking

    • 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

    • 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.

Term 3

Code Course Name
  • W411E Administering Windows Server 2012

    • Administering Windows Server 2012 is the second of the MCSA courses. This course covers the administering Windows Server 2012. It covers deploying, managing, and maintaining servers including configuring file and print services, configuring network services and access, configuring a network policy server infrastructure, configuring and managing Active Directory, and configuring and managing Group Policy. The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-411 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.
  • W412E Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

    • The Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 is the third of the MCSA courses that covers the installation, administering and configuring Windows Server 2012. It continues with the material learned in the previous two courses, by configuring and managing high availability, configuring file and storage solutions, configuring network services, configuring the Active Directory infrastructure, and configuring identity and access solutions. The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-412 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.
  • W413E Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

    • This course provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, design, and deploy a physical and logical Windows Server 2012 and network infrastructure with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructure. The course also provides the skills to perform name resolution, application integration, optimization of automate remediation, and maintenance of network access services.
  • W414E Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

    • In this course, students will learn how to plan, implement, manage and maintain the more advanced features available in Windows Server 2012 network. Students will explore the considerations for managing an enterprise data centre including the planning and implementation of a server virtualization strategy using Microsoft System Centre 2012 including storage for virtualization, deployment of virtual machines and their management. Students will learn how to plan and implement a server monitoring strategy and deploy necessary action plans. The course will also explore the implementation of a high availability infrastructure for file services and applications by using failover clustering. Advanced services such as server-updates infrastructure, public key infrastructure (PKI), Identity Federation Infrastructure and Information Rights Management (IRM) infrastructure will also be explored in detail.
  • PSKE Professional Skills

    • 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.

Term 4

Code Course Name
  • DBCE Database Concepts

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.
  • CESE Career and Employment Strategies

    • 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.
  • PRAC Practicum

    • This program includes a practicum component which consists 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.