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Computer Network Administrator

Sep 03, 2019
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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of B- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

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Link up your career

If you're curious about technology and its endless possibilities, and like to challenge yourself to find solutions to technical problems, NAIT's Computer Network Administrator program may be the perfect fit for you!

This 1-year certificate program will provide you with a solid foundation for an information technology career with solid computer networking and administration skills. 

You'll be taught by seasoned professionals in modern classrooms and labs. The program is also regular reviewed by an industry-led program advisory council, which ensures the curriculum is always up-to-date and aligned with employer expectations.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Computer Network Administrator (CNA) program provides students with the fundamental knowledge and hands-on technical skills required to be successful in today’s information technology world. The CNA program teaches students foundational technology skills, core knowledge areas, and strategies for being successful. Students get specialized training with up-to-date applied technology.  

Through the course of the program, you can expect to learn:

  • PC fundamentals
  • Microsoft Windows server and client operations
  • Linux server and client operations
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud computing
  • Scripting and automation
  • Network infrastructure
  • Troubleshooting
  • Assessing and supporting end user needs
  • Supporting basic security policies and practices
  • Working effectively and ethically as an individual or member of a team

Enter the workforce with confidence

The knowledge and skills you'll gain in the Computer Network Administrator program will help you jump into the field of information technology. As our reliance on computers, networking and digital communications increases, so too will the number of job opportunities available to our graduates. 

Typical employment opportunities

  • Junior Network Administrator
  • Server Administrator
  • Service Desk Support
  • Remote Support Technician
  • Network Services Technician
  • IT Administrator
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Remote Operations Coordinator
  • Computer System Analyst
  • Computer Network Administrator
  • Deployment Technician
  • Information Systems Technician

Typical employers

  • Managed service providers
  • Provincial government
  • Healthcare providers
  • School boards and post-secondary institutions
  • Oil and gas companies
  • A wide range of public and private sector companies

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a Computer Network Administrator certificate.

Depending on your career goals, you may also obtain vendor certifications including CompTIA's A+, Network+, Linux+, Microsoft and Cisco after completing the Computer Network Administrator program. This will require additional studying after completing the Computer Network Administrator program.

Note: Vendor certification may provide advanced credit for courses. If you're currently enrolled in the Computer Network Administrator program, you may contact the program for more information: cna@nait.ca

Opportunities for further education

The CNA program is designed to give you the skills necessary to gain employment upon graduation. Should you wish to pursue additional education you may do so in the Network Engineering Technology (2 year diploma), Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology: Network Management (applied degree) or Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (degree) programs. Entry into these programs may require an additional year of post-secondary education or bridging courses.

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Term 1

COMM1000Technical Communications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program or the Network Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: COMM1200
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will place an emphasis on developing professional communication skills to enable students to be successful members of a team in a work environment. The course concentrates on skills in writing, reading, speaking, researching, and critical thinking, within the context of technical communications in the workplace.

COMP1000Client/Server Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Modern computers are rarely deployed in isolation, but typically have network connectivity. Students will work with the underlying hardware components of servers and workstations. Students will also learn how to configure client and server operating systems in a network environment.

COMP1110Linux Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Course Equivalencies: COMP1700, NET1700
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The Linux operating system is a secure and robust platform for providing application and network services. Students will configure and manage virtualized Linux systems and resources in a network environment.

NETW1000Network Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1300, NETE1200
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Networks rely on a number of devices, reference models and rules to communicate. Students will investigate both the Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) models. Theoretical concepts will be reinforced through the basic configuration and management of typical network devices.

PRGM1000Scripting Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program or Network Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Fundamental skills in programming are critical to many of the tasks IT professionals perform. Students will create modular programs and scripts that use iteration, decision-making, and information processing. Students will implement algorithms and analyze, debug, and troubleshoot programs.

Term 2

COMP1200Server Administration
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisite: COMP1000.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The modern enterprise requires stable, secure and efficient access to networked infrastructure and services. Students will configure and administer collaboration, deployment and directory services, as well as system management tools.

  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program, or the Network Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisites: COMP1110 and COMP1000.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Virtualization is a technology that allows businesses to optimize available computing resources. The rationale for deploying virtualization will be examined. Students will install and configure virtual hosts and networks with current technologies

COMP1400Service Desk Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program, or the Network Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: COMP1000.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1000
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Managing end-user requests is important in an IT environment. Students will be introduced to the processes and tools that will make them more effective while providing technical support to their clients. Topics covered include: information gathering techniques, troubleshooting and incident documentation.

NETW1100Local Area Networks
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs. Pre-Requisite: NETW1000.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1800, NETE1800
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The configuration and implementation of Local Area Networks are core skills for our students. Students will, individually and in teams, construct, configure, manage and maintain local area networks using simulation software and classroom hardware.

PROJ1000Technical Project I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1980, CNA1990
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Building something as complex as a computer network relies on the timely completion of interdependent smaller components. Under supervision, students will build a network based on a given scenario while demonstrating teamwork, technical skills, research abilities, and professionalism.


Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $567
Tuition Cap: $6,111

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $625
Level 1 Term 2: $200

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English
  • Math 20-1 or Pure Math 20 or Math 30-2 or Applied Math 30
  • One of: Science 30 or Physics 20
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • Students must have access to a computer using the Windows operating system for the duration of this program.
  • Computer keyboard entry comprises a significant portion of training time; therefore typing or basic keyboarding skills are a definite asset.

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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