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Network Administration Specialist Diploma

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Brighton College is a Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) Member. The goal of this program is to train students to an exceptionally high standard in network planning, implementation, administration and support. Through this program students also achieve requisite skills in computer maintenance and management. This diploma is based on industry certification requirements as determined by Microsoft, CompTIA, and Cisco. The course maps directly to the certification pathways for recognized designations such as:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials
  • CompTIA Network +
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • CompTIA Security +
  • CompTIA Linux +
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)

    Certification Title: MCSA Windows Server 2012

    Required Exams: MCS410, MCS411, MCS412
  • MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Server Infrastructure)

    Certification Title: MCSE Server Infrastructure Windows Server 2012

    Required Exams: MCS410, MCS411, MCS412, MCS413, MCS414

Test Centre | Brighton College Authorized Testing Centre: Pearson VUE

The certification for these designations is administered through outside agencies. There are additional costs for each exam, payable to the Authorized Testing Center. Completion of those outside examinations is not required for college program graduation.

This diploma program is instructor-driven, allowing students to navigate quickly through theory and networking software. The curriculum includes experiential lectures and workshops facilitated by specialized industry experts – instructors have relevant designations and are Microsoft Certified Trainer’s (MCT’s) with work experience in the industry. The program also includes practicum at various businesses. The successful completion of all courses (including 5 weeks of practicum) is required for program graduation.

The program duration is 41 Weeks:
36 Weeks theory classes, 5 Weeks practicum

The theory class is 20 hours per week:
20 hours lecture & discussion

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Grade 10 Math or pass College Math assessment
  • Domestic: Grade 10 English or pass College English assessment; International student: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass College English assessment

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  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Network Technician
  • LAN (local area network) Administrator
  • Network Support Technician
  • Help Desk
  • Security Technician
  • Career Paths
  • Network Administrator
  • System Administrator
  • Network Consultant
  • Security Administrator

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The courses are experiential classroom based lectures and workshops. The last course consists of 5 weeks of work experience / practicum, whereby each student is placed at various small and mid-sized businesses within the lower mainland.

HAR100, 4 Weeks | A+
This course provides complete coverage of all objectives for both the core hardware and operating systems exams. The instructor-driven program contains hundreds of practice exam questions and hands-on exercises, and full practice exam software with interactive tutorials and lab simulations. Topics covered include: identifying, adding, and removing system components; installation, configuration, and system optimization; diagnosing and troubleshooting problems; basic networking, A+ operating systems technologies and more.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Hardware Assembly, OS Installation, Troubleshooting
NTD100, 3 Weeks | Network+
This course covers all CompTIA exam objectives, contains over 200 practice exam questions, and includes CD-ROM with CertTrainer interactive tutorials and lab simulation software and ExamSim practice exam software. It offers full coverage of the topics that need to be reviewed, including how to: demonstrate an understanding of basic network structure including network operating systems, network protocols, networking media and connectors; understand TCP/IP addressing and configure TCP/IP on workstations; implement remote connectivity with dial-up networking; identify the characteristics of WAN technologies, including ISDN, FDDI, ATM, Frame Relay, Sonet/SDH, T3/E3, and more.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Network Structure Design, Network Administration, Network Troubleshooting
CIS100, 4 Weeks | Cisco Certified Network Associate [CCNA]
This course provides the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully obtain CCNA certification. Students will cover networking basics, network types, switching fundamentals, the TCP/IP protocol stack and implementation, IP addressing and routing, WAN technologies, preparation and configuration of CISCO IOS devices, and network environment management.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Installing, Configuring Medium-sized Route and Switched Networks, Operating Cisco Equipment
NTS100, 3 Weeks | Security+
The CompTIA Security+ Certification is a vendor neutral credential. The CompTIA Security+ exam is an internationally recognized validation of foundation-level security skills and knowledge, and is used by organizations and security professionals around the globe. The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to identify risk and participate in risk mitigation activities, provide infrastructure, application, operational and information security, apply security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability, identify appropriate technologies and products, and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Cryptology, Access Control and ID Management, Network Security, Compliance and Operational Security
MCS687, 3 Weeks | Configuring Windows Client Operating System
This course introduces theoretical and practical concepts of local area network on the Microsoft Windows desktop Operating System (OS), including installing and configuring the client OS on devices, administering users, managing devices, organizing file systems, establishing security, and installation and configuration of networking components, covers network and performance monitoring tools provided by the OS and the establishment of baselines to troubleshoot problems.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - System Configuration, OS Troubleshooting
MCS410, 3 Weeks | Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals who have good Windows operating system knowledge and experience and want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the core infrastructure services in an existing Windows Server 2012 environment.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Install/Configure Windows Server 2012, Manage Active Directory objects
MCS411, 3 Weeks | Administering Windows Server 2012
This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to manage and maintain the core infrastructure required for a Windows Server 2012 environment. The key focus for students in this course is to broaden the initial deployment of Windows Server 2012 services and infrastructure and provide the skills necessary to manage and maintain a domain based Windows Server 2012 environment, such as user and group management, network access and data security.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Configure/Troubleshoot DNS, Manage User and Service Accounts, Optimize File Services
MCS412, 3 Weeks | Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
This course is intended for IT professionals with hands-on experience implementing, managing, and maintaining a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment, who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to perform advanced management and provisioning of services within that Windows Server 2012 environment.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Implement Advanced Network Services, Advanced File Services, Dynamic Access Control
MCS413, 3 Weeks | Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
This course is intended for IT professionals who wish to plan, configure, and implement the Windows Server 2012 services, such as server deployment, server virtualization, and network access and infrastructure. It confirms that a candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary for designing, deploying, and maintaining infrastructure services in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Plan and Implement Storage, Plan Server Upgrade and Migration, Implement a Server Deployment Infrastructure
MCS414, 3 Weeks | Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) professionals who are responsible for planning, designing and deploying a physical and logical Windows Server 2012 enterprise and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructures including the network services. Candidates would typically have experience of previous Windows Server operating systems and have Windows Server 2012 certification (MCSA) or equivalent skills.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Plan and Implement Networks and Storage for Virtualization, Information Rights Management Infrastructure
LNX 100, 3 Weeks | Linux+
This course covers system architecture; Linux installation and package management; GNU and Unix commands; devices, Linux file systems, and file system hierarchy standard, students taking the course will know shells, scripting and data management; user interfaces and desktop; administrative tasks; essential system services.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Linux installation and management, Linux File Systems and Standards
BAF 600, 1 Week | Employment Readiness
This course helps students prepare the required skills and knowledge they need to become and remain employed. They will learn the best known job search techniques to help them differentiate themselves from competition, find viable opportunities and make a case for why and how they will add value to prospective employer in today's competitive global economy.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Job search Skills, Presentation Skills, Writing, Sales Skills
WSP700, 5 Weeks | Practicum
The last course consists of 5 weeks of work experience / practicum, whereby each student will be at various small and mid-sized businesses within the lower mainland. The purpose of this time is to apply the theory and skills learned throughout the program and observe professionals in practical situations. The students will also acquire situational-specific skills and identify areas that may need to be developed further. Students receive feedback and evaluation of their performance and gain valuable contacts in this diverse field.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving

" I went to Brighton College to gain added computer skills specifically in network administration. Their team of experts has created an excellent learning environment for my computer development needs. "
Kinsey Tcholakova Brighton College Alumni

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