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Network Administration Specialist Diploma


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. Our courses map 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 2016
    • Required Exams: MCS 740, MCS 741, MCS 742
    • Certification Title: MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
    • Required Exams: MCS 744

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 Trainers (MCT’s) with work experience in the industry. The program also includes a practicum at various businesses. The successful completion of all courses (including 5 weeks of practicum) is required for program graduation.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Pass college mathematic assessment or Math 10 and above
  • Domestic students: Grade 10 English or pass college English assessment; International students: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass college English assessment

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    Optimizing Complex Systems
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    Analyting, Solving, Knowing
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    Managing Challenging Projects
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    Global Learning Opportunities
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    Where Technology Meets Creativity


  • 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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41 Week Diploma, 5 Week Practicum Included


HAR100 | A+*
This course covers how to assemble hardware components based on customer requirements, how to install, configure, and maintain devices, PCs, and software for end users, and how to provide appropriate customer support. Upon completion of the course, students will understand the basics of networking and security/forensics, and the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging and deployment. This course will require students to properly and safely diagnose, resolve, and document common hardware and software issues, and apply troubleshooting skills.

Duration: 80 hours, 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
NTD100 | Network+
This course covers how to establish basic network design and connectivity, identify network limitations and weaknesses, understand and maintain network documentation, and implement network security, standards and protocols.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
CIS100 | Cisco Certified Network Associate [CCNA]
This course includes Interconnection Cisco Network Devices Par1 (ICND1) and Part 2 (ICND2). The ICND1 provides the knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot a small branch office network. It includes the operation of IP data networks, LAN switching technologies, IPv6, IP routing technologies, IP services network device security, and basic troubleshooting. The ICND2 provides the knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot a small- to medium-size enterprise branch network. It includes LAN switching technologies, IP routing technologies, security, troubleshooting and WAN technologies.

Duration: 80 hours, 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
LNX100 | Linux+
This is an introductory course for people who want to enter careers involving Linux. It arms students with the skills necessary to install, operate, and troubleshoot a Linux system and familiarity with Linux-specific concepts and basic hardware. This course covers basic Linux installation, configuration, maintenance, applications, networking, and security. Students will learn enough to get a Linux system up and running and to configure it for many common tasks.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
NTS100 | Security+
This course provides the skills and knowledge required to obtain 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 skills tested include: Identifying risk, participating in risk mitigation activities, providing infrastructure, application, information and operational security, applying security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability, identifying appropriate technologies and products, troubleshooting security events and incidents, and operating with an awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
VSO100 | Visio
This course focusses on creating flowcharts, network diagrams, org charts, floor plans and more using modern shapes and templates. Increase productivity by learning advanced diagramming. The course teaches creating business diagrams of all types, ranging from flowcharts, network diagrams, and organization charts, to floor plans and brainstorming diagrams. The student can learn about templates that create maps for an Active Directory and an LDAP Directory.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
PWS100 | Powershell Scripting
Windows PowerShell is the de facto management standard for Windows administrators. As part of the Microsoft Engineering Common Criteria Windows PowerShell hooks are built into all server-based products, including Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, System Center, and SharePoint. Knowledge and expertise in this technology is no longer “nice to know”, and has become essential for system administration. This course offers a solid footing for the student to acquire skills on this essential management technology.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
MCS698 | Configuring Windows 10 Client Operating System
This course is intended for IT professionals looking to validate their skills in and knowledge of installing and configuring Windows. It covers local installation, configuration of core local services, and the general local management and maintenance of Windows 10. Although the focus is primarily on local scenarios, enterprise scenarios are also included, where applicable. Some cloud-integrated services are also covered.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
MCS740 | Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016
This course focuses on the installation, storage, and compute features and functionality available in Windows Server 2016. It covers general installation tasks and considerations and the installation and configuration of Nano Server, in addition to the creation and management of images for deployment. It also covers local and server storage solutions, including the configuration of disks and volumes, Data Deduplication, High Availability, Disaster Recovery, Storage Spaces Direct, and Failover Clustering solutions. The exam also covers Hyper-V and containers, along with the maintenance and monitoring of servers in physical and compute environments.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
MCS741 | Networking with Windows Sever 2016
This course provides the networking features and functionality available in Windows Server 2016, DNS, DHCP, and IPAM implementations, in addition to remote access solutions, such as VPN and Direct Access. It also covers DFS and BranchCache solutions, high performance network features and functionality, and implementation of software-defined networking (SDN) solutions, such as Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) and Network Controller.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
MCS742 | Identity with Windows Server 2016
This course deals with the identity functionality in Windows Server 2016. It covers the installation and configuration of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), in addition to Group Policy implementation for non-Nano Server environments. It also covers functionality such as Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), Active Directory Federations Services (AD FS), and Web Application proxy implementations.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
MCS744 | Securing Windows Server 2016
This exam focuses on how to secure Windows Server 2016 environments. It covers methods and technologies for hardening server environments and securing virtual machine infrastructures using Shielded and encryption-supported virtual machines and Guarded Fabric. In addition, the exam covers the protection of Active Directory and identity infrastructure. The exam also covers threat detection solutions, such as auditing, implementing Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA), the understanding of Operations Management Suite (OMS) solutions, and workload-specific security including the use of Nano Server for particular server workloads.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
ITL100 | ITIL Foundation
The course centers around creating an understanding of the concepts, processes, policies and methods of the ITIL ( IT Infrastructure Library) Framework. ITIL is a Vendor Neutral, Non-prescriptive, Best practice global framework for IT Service Management. The student will learn the core disciplines of the ITIL Best Practices.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
BUS500 | Employment Readiness/Job Search
This course helps students prepare the required job search skills and knowledge they need to become employed. Students will learn the best known job search techniques to find viable opportunities, strategies to differentiate themselves from the competition and how they will add value to prospective employers in today’s competitive global economy.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
WEP180 | Practicum
The student will have the opportunity to integrate competencies developed during the lectures into industry-specific experiences. This opportunity ensures students are able to practice and refine their skills and to obtain practical field experience to further strengthen their ability to obtain employment after completing the program. To ensure a high quality practical experience, the institution will monitor both the student’s and the employer’s performance throughout the practicum. At the conclusion of the practicum, students and employers jointly complete a written evaluation of the student’s performance to direct the future career development of the student.

Duration: 180 hours, 5 weeks.

The program is delivered via an in-class instruction method. The program has an intermittent intake model. Students can start the program with HAR100 indicated by (*) and then complete the remaining lecture courses in the order listed.

ENHANCE YOUR CAREER Network Administration Specialist

" The program was intensive and provided me with the opportunity to learn a lot in short period of time. The classes were small and there was a lot of engagement and interaction with the teachers. "
Leon Li Brighton College Alumni

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