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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 with 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 configure desktop and network operating systems, study programming languages, configure and manage both local and wide area networks, and learn network security from industry experts.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters

  • One six-week 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 Network Associate - Security (CCNA-S)

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate - Cyber Ops 

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

It is the responsibility of the graduate to pursue certification.


A six-week 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 7 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) or (U)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Spring Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2023


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2023
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2024

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2023
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2024

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CET 1022 Introduction to Networking 4
CMP 1117 Introduction to Programming 4
CET 1109 Windows Client for IT Professionals 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
CMP 1051 IT Essentials 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
CET 1023 Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials 4
CET 1019 Identity with Windows Server 2016 4
CET 1014 PowerShell 4
STY 1211 Database Design 4
ISP 3026 Spreadsheets for Business 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
CET 1024 Enterprise Networks, Security, and Automation 4
CET 1018 Networking with Windows 2016 4
CET 1111 Unified Communications 3
CET 1112 REST API integration with Python 3
CET 1025 Linux System Administration 4
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
CET 1000 Enterprise Security 4
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
CET 1017 Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 4
CET 2415 Applied Project Management 3
CET 1026 Enterprise Core 4
CET 1106 Private and Public Cloud Infrastructures 4
CET 1034 Advanced Linux Administration 3
Semester 5
CET 1021 Designing Hybrid Cloud Solutions 3
CET 1216 Automating the Cloud Infrastructure 3
CET 1027 Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services 4
CET 2420 Multi-Platform Environments 4
CET 1217 Modern Wireless Communications 3
CRM 1007 Cybersecurity Operations 4
Semester 6
CET 1004 Infrastructure Troubleshooting 4
CET 1107 Securing Windows Server 2016 3
CET 1016 Firewall Design: Perspectives 4
CET 1218 Cyber Threat Tactics, Techniques and Procedures VS Enterprise Security 3
CET 3601 Field Placement 6
 Total Credits130


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.


Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 Academic year is approximately $1,100. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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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