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Computer Networking Technology

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Computer Networking Technologist

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed

The Computer Networking Technology program will teach you how to ensure an organization’s IT runs smoothly and securely. You will learn how to implement new infrastructure and ensure that all computers, servers, and other devices are networked effectively. 

Courses include Network and Information Security, Web Technologies, Network Analysis and Design, and Virtualization. You will have the opportunity to explore pathways to various certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate, A+, Linux+, Security+ and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.

The Computer Networking Technology program is a CTAB (Canadian Technology Accreditation Board) nationally accredited program at the technologist level.

National program accreditation involves an independent team of certified professionals performing an extensive audit, which provides graduates and employers confidence the program meets the educational standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession.

Graduating from a nationally accredited program creates an expedited path to becoming a certified professional with provincial certifying bodies in Canada.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop data stewardship best practices.
  2. Demonstrate client-focused support relationships.
  3. Apply current industry practices of project management, business principles, ethics, sustainability, compliance laws, codes, and standards.
  4. Implement best practices for network and system performance.
  5. Support on-premises computer networks and cloud-based solutions.
  6. Demonstrate professional and personal skills that enhance job performance and well-being. 

 EC-Council Academia


Cisco Networking Academy: A partnership with Cisco Systems provides students with certified training in network design and implementation from the industry leader in networking equipment.

Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance: Provides students with full working versions of many of Microsoft’s operating systems and applications.

CompTIA Academy Partner: Discounts up to 55% for students interested in obtaining industry certifications.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
Memorial University Marine Institute, Newfoundland Bachelor of Technology Graduates can complete the Bachelor of Technology with an additional 13 courses. This may be completed on site or through distance education.
University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Saint John, N.B. Bachelor of Applied Management Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
  • Grade 12 academic or equivalent
  • Grade 12 academic English
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic math
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Fees are Course Based

1st Year



Tuition $5,460 $11,460
Fees $748 $1,498
Other Costs $1,280 $1,280
Total $7,488 $14,238

2nd Year



Tuition $5,321 $10,421
Fees $828 $1,578
Other Costs $170 $170
Total $6,319 $12,169

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $5,460 $5,321
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $470 $470
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Grad Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $6,208 $6,149
1st installment due first day of first semester $3,478 $3,254
2nd installment due first day of second semester $2,730 $2,895

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,260 $170
Materials & Supplies $20 -
     Total $1,280 $170
Grand Total $7,488 $6,319


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $11,460 $10,421
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $1,220 $1,220
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
WHMIS $20 $20
Grad Fee $100
     Total $12,958 $11,999
1stinstallment due first day of first semester $10,288 $9,104
2ndinstallment due first day of second semester $$2,730 $2,895

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,260 $170
Materials & Supplies $20 -
      Total $1,280 $170
Grand Total $14,238 $12,169

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • LAN administrator
  • WAN administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Server administrator
  • System administrator
  • Network support analyst
  • Network support technician
  • Computer network technician
  • PC technician
  • System support specialist
  • Desktop support analyst


Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:BUSI-1500

Project Management

Manage technology-based projects. Students develop project charters, work breakdown structures, task and resources schedules. Monitoring and controlling of project scope, time, resources, costs, and quality are emphasized. Use of project management software as a tool to manage projects is also covered.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-1600

Introduction to Business and ICT

An introduction to how information and communication technology (ICT) can enhance business operations and profitability. Students investigate the structure and internal functions of small to large businesses. Enterprise level systems for resource planning, customer relations management, human resource management, supply chain management, and business intelligence are also studied.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CMPH-1000

A+ Hardware

n-depth study of computer hardware, computer peripherals, and computer networking hardware. Students will disassemble and assembly a PC; upgrade and configure computers; perform maintenance; and repair common computer problems. Effective problem solving and troubleshooting strategies are developed through hands-on assignments. The learning outcomes of this course map to components of the Comptia A+ certification.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CMPS-1000

A+ Software

Installation, configuration, upgrading, and maintenance of common Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems. Students are introduced to security technologies, tools, and best practices to protect data and computer resources. Students also setup a small office home office (SOHO) computer network. Troubleshooting techniques and tools are utilized to efficiently resolve operating system and computer networking issues. The learning outcomes of this course map to components of the CompTIA A+ certification.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-1010

Introduction to Networks

Study of data communications, computer networking, and router configuration. Students examine the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model, the TCP/IP protocol suite, Ethernet local-area networks (LANs), networking devices such as routers, switches, and wireless access points. Practical hands-on projects develop skills in the construction and testing of computer networks; Internet Protocol (IP) addressing schemes; and router/switch configuration.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-1021

Routing and Switching Essentials

An exploration of the architecture, components, and operation of routers and switches in enterprise networks. Students configure routers and switches for basic functionality and troubleshoot to resolve common issues.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-1050

Network and Information Security

An examination of information and computer system security. Students investigate security equipment and methods designed to protect a business from security threats. Threat analysis, business continuity, incident response plans, security policies and procedures, cryptography, and securing online transactions are also studied.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-1100

Linux Administration

The installation, configuration, and management of Linux distributions to meet clients' needs, hardware availability, and security requirements are explored. Extensive hands-on laboratory exercises emphasis command-line utilities common to most Linux distributions. Troubleshooting and documentation are stressed. The learning outcomes map to CompTIA's Linux+ certification.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-1110

Windows Server Administration

Hands-on projects help students develop the core skills required to work with Microsoft's Windows Servers. Server installation; management of user accounts and resources; server performance monitoring; and security are explored. The learning outcomes for this course map to portions of the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:CNET-2001

Scaling Networks

Exploration into the architecture, components, and operation of routers and switches in large complex networks. Students configure routers and switches for advanced enterprise-level functionality.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2011

Connecting Networks

This course describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. This course covers VPNs, quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks. Students gain skills to manage enterprise networks. They are introduced to network management tools and learn key concepts of software-defined networking, including controller-based architectures and how application programming interfaces (APIs) enable network automation.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2020

Email Management

The study of how to configure, manage, and secure a Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environment. Students follow industry guidelines and best practices to optimize Exchange Server deployment. Alternative messaging technologies to email are also investigated.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:CNET-2030

Web Technologies

The implementation of e-business and e-commerce websites. Students explore both the hardware and software requirements for e-business and e-commerce. Hypertext markup language (HTML), scripting languages, database design, database administration, server installation, server configuration, and site security are examined through hands-on projects.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2050

Powershell and Enterprise Systems

The use of tools and techniques to automate complex, repetitive, and time consuming network administration tasks for large Enterprise systems. Students also investigate the business-related benefits of automating Enterprise level administrative tasks.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2060

Foundations of Cyber-Security

This course is designed to give students the foundations of Cyber-Security and to understand the "how and why" hackers operate. Students will investigate various vulnerabilities within software, hardware and firmware and the penetration tools that are used to detect and exploit them. They will implement security strategies such as intrusion detection, malware analysis/reversing, encryption and risk mitigation.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2110

Identity and Access Management

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a critical aspect of modern Infrastructure that controls access to a company's resources and applications. This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of IAM concepts, technologies, and best practices. Throughout the course, students will engage in hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios to apply their knowledge and skills. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement, and manage an IAM system for an organization.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2201

Network Analysis and Design

The analysis and design of enterprise-level computer networks, network storage, and disaster recovery. Students are also introduced to the design of data centers.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2210

Service based Infrastructure I

To meet the growing IT industry needs, students are aware of current IT infrastructure trends. Students will understand the dynamic platforms, quick turnaround, and low implementation costs that allow business to expand in real time. This course covers the evolution of Datacenters, Virtualization, and Cloud based services. Students will learn concepts such as on-premise Virtualization, migration, and basic Cloud concepts.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2220

Service based Infrastructure II

Concepts such as infrastructure expansion/contraction, security, and cost-effective platforms are required understanding to IT professionals. This course explores real world implementation of IaaS, PaaS, and Containers. Implementation of efficient, highly available, secure, and low-cost solutions to meet business needs will be covered.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CNET-2310

Technology Project

A student initiated capstone design in computer networking or computer systems integration. Formal project management techniques are used to manage the project. The course concludes with the delivery of a written technical report and an oral presentation of the completed project.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:COMM-1000

Technical Communications

An introduction to learning the written and oral communication of technical information. Students research, assemble and present technical information while analysing optimum mediums for industry-specific communication.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CPRG-1000

Basics of Programming

A thorough introduction to the basics of computer programming for those with little or no programming experience. Students acquire introductory skills in problem analysis, solution design and program construction.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:PRAC-2000

Computer Networking Technology OJT

Students complete a work term during which they apply theoretical and practical skills obtained during the program. The opportunity to work in the field under direct supervision provides the student with an invaluable experience that enhances their overall learning.

Credit Value:6

Course Code:PROF-1100

Professional Practices

This course introduces students to the concepts of professionalism, ethical standards, and health and safety parctices as applied to the workplace. Students will learn to use necessary tools to function in a professional manner, respond appropriately to conflict, and contribute effectively as an individual and team member to the productivity of the workplace.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RSRC-2001

Technology Project Preparation

Students develop a project proposal in preparation for the technology project. System specifications are established. Depth and appropriateness of the project as well as project time-lines and costs are determined.

Credit Value:1

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The instructors were very knowledgeable, receptive and always accessible if I got stuck or just needed a little boost along the way. Their insight went far beyond the classroom, allowing you to have an idea of what to anticipate when you go out into the real world. What stood out for me was the course content, which was integral in my decision for electing to take the program. All the courses were industry relevant with hands-on training using live equipment in a world-class facility.

Sophia, Class of 2021


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