School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Computer Network Administrator

Sep 01, 2022
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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • 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.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

You are curious about technology and its endless possibilities. You like to challenge yourself to find a solution to a problem. You want to be the go-to desktop or server support guru for technical advice. You are fascinated by cloud computing and how it works. This is a great way to jump into the field of technology because you’ll learn how to support secure servers and network infrastructures using on premise and cloud technologies. Come and join the dynamic and exciting field of technology! CNA – Supporting IT!

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
CNA students

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:

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), Cybersecurity (post-diploma certificate), Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology: Network Management (applied degree) or Bachelor of Technology (degree) programs. Entry into these programs may require an additional year of post-secondary education or bridging courses.

CNA pathways

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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 availability is subject to change without notice.