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Computer Network Specialist - Certificate Computer Network Specialist

Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College
The Computer Network Specialist program provides students with the skills for an entry level computer networking position that will prepare graduates to work directly in the field. Students will gain the necessary capabilities and expertise required to build, maintain and support a fully functional small business network. Students will also address cybersecurity considerations such as multi-factor authentication and firewall security in compliance with pertinent legislation FOIP, PIPEDA, and other requirements.

Office of the Registrar
Grouard Campus
64 Mission Street
Grouard, Alberta, T0G 1C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

A minimum of 50% in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2, and a minimum of 50% in Math 20-1 or 65% in Math 20-2.

Distance Delivery Options

The program is a combination of NLC Live Online and NLC Anytime, Anywhere delivery. For Live Online courses there are regular weekly classes to attend online. Students use internet-based learning management systems. This program is supported in a Windows® environment and uses Microsoft® software and programs. To learn more about Collaborate and to experience using it, check out this guide: To learn more about Brightspace and to experience using it, check out this guide:

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the term start date. Applications received with less than 4 weeks from the term start date may be processed for the next available start date. Applicants are accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis. Applicants are advised to apply early, at least 3 months prior to the program start date, to allow time to complete application processes and arrange funding. Space is limited in some programs, so applicants are accepted on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,199.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,453.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $780.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 09, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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