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Computer Systems Technician

CETNSchool of Information Technology

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Flex / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Myles Peterson

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6431
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Program Overview

Support IT infrastructures for organizations large and small

With this hands-on program, you’ll learn to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair a wide range of digital networks, from the simple to the complex. Gain the in-depth skills you need to solve the computer networking and security needs of all sizes and types of organizations. We provide the software for your hardware and prepare you for a prized computer technician career. 
Cambrian is an authorized Cisco Systems Networking Academy, Red Hat Academy, and Microsoft IT Academy. As a successful graduate, you can enter directly into the third year of Cambrian’s Computer Systems Technology program. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Train to install, manage, and troubleshoot networks and internetworks 
  • Courses cover programming, server administration, LANS, WANS, client service, and more 
  • Authorized Cisco Systems Networking Academy, Red Hat Academy, and Microsoft IT Academy, which allows you to challenge industry certifications 
  • Grads can enter directly into the third year of Cambrian’s Computer Systems Technology program 


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)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admissions requirements


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CET 1022Introduction to Networking4
CMP 1117Introduction to Programming4
CET 1109Windows Client for IT Professionals4
ENG 1002College Communications3
CMP 1051IT Essentials3
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 2
CET 1023Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials4
CET 1019Identity with Server Operating Systems4
CET 1014PowerShell4
MTH 1235Technical Math and Subnetting3
IOT 1105Relational Databases4
CET 1025Linux System Administration4
Semester 3
CET 1024Enterprise Networks, Security, and Automation4
CET 1018Networking with Server Operating Systems4
CET 1112REST API integration with Python3
CET 1034Advanced Linux Administration3
CET 1106Private and Public Cloud Infrastructures4
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 4
CET 1000Enterprise Security4
ENG 1754Technical Communication3
CET 1017Administrating Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure4
CET 2415Applied Project Management3
ISP 3026Spreadsheets for Business3
CET 1036OpenStack Administration3
One General Education Course. 13
 Total Credits88

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$3,996.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

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 and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Information Technology

Play a pivotal role in shaping the digital future. By pursuing a field of study in information technology (IT), you’ll open doors to a vast variety of revolutionary careers and make your mark on society as a tech pioneer. From software development and network administration to cybersecurity and data analysis, Cambrian offers exciting programs that place you at the forefront of innovation.

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Specific program pathways

Graduates can enter directly into the:

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities as:

  • Network Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Helpdesk Support
  • End-user Support
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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