What to Expect
The CNA program is a theoretical and practical examination of computer network systems. Its major feature is the scope of training provided. The program covers many of the training objectives for various vendor certifications. Knowledge gained will assist students who wish to challenge vendor examinations such as CompTIA's A+, Network+, Linux+, Microsoft's MCSA and Cisco's CCNA.
The program is delivered in a semi-modular format and includes two network design project courses to enhance and complement skills obtained in the classroom.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 27 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 15 hours minimum per week studying and completing class assignments.
All courses are taught in lab/lecture format at NAIT's HP Centre for Information and Communications Technology, in a lab supplied with computers and a data projector.
Is This Program For You?
To be successful, computer network administrators must have:
- the ability to think logically and analyze complex problems
- the ability to express ideas in clear, understandable terms
- the ability to communicate effectively with vendors, co-workers and network users
- the ability to work efficiently under pressure
- the ability to get along well with network users and remain calm in stressful circumstances
- a keen interest in keeping up to date with technological developments
They should also enjoy:
- analyzing information and solving problems
- taking a methodical approach to tasks requiring precision
- consulting with others
Skills you will acquire
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to
- Demonstrate professional skills including documentation, communication, and critical thinking.
- Maintain currency through research and professional development.
- Implement, configure, and support network infrastructure.
- Implement, configure, and support client/server technology.
- Implement, configure, and support business applications.
- Manage and protect the flow and storage of data.
- Work effectively and ethically in a team environment.
- Investigate, troubleshoot, and correct issues at various layers of the OSI model.
- Assess and support user needs within a business process.
Orientation & Schedules
- Orientation - Term 1 students are required to attend orientation, visit the Student Orientation page for a complete list of dates and times.
- Class Schedules - For class schedules, logon to the MyNAIT Portal two weeks prior to the first day of classes and select "Check my schedule".
Women in Technology and Trades
The Computer Network Administrator program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.