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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

As an authorized Cisco Systems Networking Academy and Microsoft IT Academy, Cambrian equips you all the in-depth technical and customer service skills needed to manage and solve the networking, security, wireless access, and VoIP needs of support teams within organizations of all sizes.

Plus, you'll study desktop multi-user operating systems, local and wide area networks, network security and management, and programming languages from faculty like Bob Vachon – one of our profs who literally helped write the Cisco Systems book on networking.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • 1 placement
  • Cambrian is an authorized Cisco Systems Networking Academy and Microsoft IT Academy
  • Gain technical skills as well as the communication, customer service, entrepreneurship, and project management skills desired by employers
  • Our students consistently medal at the annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition
  • As a graduate, you can challenge industry certifications that will save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours

Partnerships – Cisco and Microsoft

Through its partnerships with Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Corporation, Cambrian College is a recognized Cisco Networking Academy as well as a Microsoft Networking Academy. These relationships provide students with the opportunity to gain up-to-date industry-recognized skills.

Certification Opportunities

Graduates may challenge the following industry certifications:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Associate Security Specialist (CCNAS)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA)

It is the responsibility of the graduate to pursue certification.


An on-site placement in the sixth semester is part of the program of study.

4D Learning Opportunities

Skills competitions - Each year, select students compete in the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Since 2006, our students have earned 15 provincial medals and 6 national medals.

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How to Apply

Business and Information Technology

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C), (U) or (M) (MCT4C is highly recommended)

Recommended: computer competency in relevant software


Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Semester 5 - Fall 2018
Semester 6 - Winter 2019

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
CET 2306Local Area Networks 5
CET 2321Windows for IT Professionals 4
CMP 1117Introduction to Programming 4
CMP 1119IT Essentials 4
ENG 1002College Communication 3
The following General Education course:  3
Entrepreneurship 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 2
CET 1210Deploying Windows Server 4
CET 1007Routing Switching Essentials 5
ENG 1754Technical Communication II 3
STY 1211Database Design 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Client Comm. Leadership Develop 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 3
CET 2310Managing Windows Servers 4
CET 1008Scaling Networks 4
CET 2345Accessing the WAN 4
CMP 1102SQL Server 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Personal Finance 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 4
CET 2331UNIX System Administration 4
CET 2425Network Infrastructure 4
CET 3511Active Directory 4
CET 3520Building Scalable Networks 4
CET 3621Multi-Layer Switching 4
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 5
CET 1000Enterprise Security 4
CET 1001Sharepoint 3
CET 1006MS Exchange Server 4
CET 2415Applied Project Management 3
CET 2420Multi-Platform Environments 4
 Term Credits: 18
Semester 6
CET 1004Infrastructure Troubleshooting 4
CET 1005Implementing Enterprise Solutions 3
CET 3601Field Placement 6
CET 3615Network Security 3
CET 1002Secure Firewall Design 4
 Term Credits: 20
 Total Credits: 119

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,655.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,614.00 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $1100 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in educational, governmental, medical, retail, industrial, or other work environments and may obtain positions as a(n):

  • Network administrator
  • Network designer
  • Network installer
  • System administrator
  • Information systems product support technician
  • Network security specialist

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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